I was drawn to this dress right away, and it was everything I hoped for and more.
HOWEVER: At the beginning when I tried the dress on, it fit strangely. I was worried! Then I realised that I needed to remove the straps in order for the dress to fit more "naturally". Otherwise it was pulling my chest up too much!
I got so many compliments on the dress, and it's a truly beautiful piece (you could also wear it again, since it's not obviously *just* a wedding dress).
It fits true to size, from my experience. And I was meticulous about measurements!
May 9, 2014
I'm in love!
I ordered this dress for my August 2014 wedding. I am absolutely in love - it was everything I was looking for. It fits almost perfectly, and is so elegant but low-key. It shows just the right amount of skin without being "revealing." I'm getting married in a church and sometimes it's tricky to find that balance, but this one does it. It hits just below my knees (longer than it looks in the pictures). I'm 5'5 and I ordered a size 2 - it does run a little larger than the size chart indicates, but according to that I was between a size 2 and size 4. The only issue is it's a tiny bit big in the waist, but that's nothing a tailor can't fix. I would recommend ordering this dress to fit your chest since it is flowy and loose below the waist.
Also, if you're smaller chested, it can absolutely be worn without a bra. I tried it on with and without, and it actually looked better without one.
Thank you to the BHLDN salespeople for helping me pick the right dress! I can't wait to wear this for my wedding :)
April 15, 2014
Love the dress
I adore my dress! Absolutely cannot wait to show it off! It is a very elegant and romantic dress, but it also has that bohemian feel I love so much. I ordered the dress a full size down and it was still a bit large, I had a seamstress take it in a bit at the shoulder and now it fits perfectly.
February 10, 2014
elegant but not too serious
Be sure to read the specific fit guide for this dress (in centimetres) and not the general BHLDN fit guide! I'm a street size 12 and bought a 12 in this dress, but I think I could have gotten away with a size 8.
That said, I have been staring at this dress for months online. It looked like it would be perfect for a beach wedding. It was even more gorgeous than expected in person. The lace is a little stiff, but looks elegant. I love the back and the little string tie. It has a (somewhat flimsy) set of bra cups and thin removable straps sewn inside as well, which may have worked well for me if I had gotten this in the correct size. It wouldn't have interfered with undergarments, though. The skirt is longer than I expected, but I was happy with that -- it hit just below the knee. The skirt is a wonderful soft material that I can't even describe.
Sadly, I have to return it. It looks awkward on me in a size 12, and I don't have enough time to buy additional sizes and try them on before the wedding. Due to the largeness, the sleeves were big and looked awkward if I stretched out my arms. And since it is so large in the waist and doesn't define my ribcage/natural waist, the fit makes me look like I'm pregnant. If you could get it altered for yuor shape, this might work out perfectly for a variety of body types and it's worth a try.
December 23, 2013