Romantic, effortless and comfortable
I am a size 16 and so often being a fat woman means that I have to deal with the fashion world sending me a very clear message: "We don't want you. Your body isn't okay. You don't belong in our stores, or deserve beautiful things. Your body is the problem, and not, in fact, our narrow ideas of what beauty is. Enjoy whatever shapeless tent you find to hide in, and get off our lawn."
As someone confident in her own skin, these messages of body shaming usually dont penetrate. Until I started wedding dress shopping. Uhhhg. What a nightmare...until Bhldn.
I worked with Beka in the LA store and what a delight! The first dress I tried on, and ended up purchasing, was the Omelia. I have beautiful shoulders and collar bones, as well as full-sleeve tattoos, and this dress emphasized the femininity of these features. The color was somewhere between warm candlelight and rich ivory, complementing my very fair complexion. I have a large bust and narrow hips, so the cut of this dress was perfect on my shape.
I'm getting married in a redwood forest next October, so I wanted a dress that was effortless, romantic, structurally interesting, and sturdy. The Omelia is all of these things, plus its just a dream to wear.
October 22, 2013
Love this gown
Absolutely love this gown!!! I'm curvy and was worried I would just look frumpy but I loved the style. So I ordered it and it fits perfect needs some alterations but what dress doesn't!
September 26, 2013
loving everything about this dress
i was lucky enough to try this on at bhldn's recent nyc trunk show. this dress is like a dream come true for those who want something traditional AND atypical. i am 5'8", small chested, narrow waisted, with fairly broad shoulders and not-so-long legs. i tried on a 4, and the dress made me feel slim, tall and elegant (and not like a linebacker, which is a rarity). the dress was a little long on me with 2" heels, but i am sure it could easily be shortened at the waist. otherwise, it fit beautifully. the swiss dot pattern is subtle and does not take away from the lace at all, and it does not make it feel "granny", as i feared it would based on some of the stock photos. it also looks great with or without a veil (i tried it on with the curving periphery veil, and the combination was a knockout, however a little too formal for me). this dress is such a win and i won't ever stop drooling over it!
July 17, 2013
This dress is lovely on the model but does not work on a super pear shape like me. Luckily the return policy is really easy so it's worth to try it. I did find though that the dress doesn't look as expensive as it is, and like many of their other dresses, it looks like a lovely nightgown. Would be nice for a small gathering on someone tall and slim, but may raise some eyebrows with older family members. The color is a beautiful champagne and the dotted tulle is to die for.
May 8, 2013