Rated 4.9 out of 5Â by 38
Rated 5 out of 5
Â by Verified Reviewer My perfect dress
I couldn't be happier with my choice for a gown. I knew the moment that I put this dress on that it was the one. I'm athletically built, with broad shoulders and a small chest, but this dress highlighted my figure perfectly. It was so comfortable as well. I didn't feel restricted at all.
I had a seamstress make some minor alterations, including adding small cups to the chest and a simple bustle. Although I originally was going to wear a beaded belt, I ended up wearing the ribbon that the dress comes with and I'm happy with that choice.
I wish that I could wear it again and again. It was just lovely :)
September 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
Â by Verified Reviewer Simply stunning
I will agree with everyone that the model photos online, while lovely, don't really do this dress justice. I knew I wanted something simple and classic, but even still this dress wasn't one I was drawn to initially. At the suggestion of my BHLDN stylist, I tried it on and knew immediately it would be "the one." This was the only dress I tried on that entire day that felt like me. Simple and timeless, but not expected - it didn't look like your typical wedding dress.
I am fairly petite and fit the size 0 but ended up buying the 2 so we'd have "more materials to work with" for alterations. Looking back, after all the alterations (around $400 worth), I think it might have just been easier to start out smaller, but that's really up to the seamstress.
I am quite small up top so I had to take the straps up (and in - they get thicker as you raise them so make sure you thin them out to maintain their original look) and I got cups sewn in (then went braless). I also had the BHLDN "Golden Garden" sash (that from what I can tell, is no longer available, though any of the sash options would work if you wanted to add a bit of glitz) sewn onto the dress so it wouldn't spin around.
As for shapewear, I struggled a bit.. I saw so many people mentioned here that they wore some type of Spanx, but every pair I tried on (And I tried on a lot!) showed either in the back of the dress or on my thighs. I ended up just wearing a thong (Commando brand) and you couldn't see it at all.
Overall I was thrilled with this dress (And the price!) - I got so many compliments, especially on the draped back. It was comfortable, not hot at all (I was concerned it might show sweat since the arm hole is a bit high cut) but I didn't have any issues. It was the perfect dress for our fantastic day. :)
August 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
Â by Verified Reviewer Sleeper hit!
Like many other reviewers, this was not a dress I would have picked out for myself, but the BHLDN bridal consultant popped it in my dressing room toward the end of my appointment. After trying on 7 or 8 dresses I felt okay about, this dress felt different on. I felt like myself rather than someone dressing up as a bride. I should mention I'm pretty petite, straight and narrow so it looked slightly different on me than on a taller, curvier person, but the dress actually cut these very long smooth lines that showed off my curves in an effortless way. I ordered the size 0, it came the same week I ordered it. I wore this dress for my 6/4/16 wedding day at an old social club in Brooklyn and loved every minute of wearing it. I wore the satin sash it comes with and a string of pearls for the ceremony, and changed into the sparkly Pearly Back Drape necklace, Ballroom Chandelier earrings, and a more ornate crystal and pearl sash for the reception. Mid-rise spanx (no higher because the back comes down so low) almost to the knee and a stick on Nu Bra were crucial to feeling secure and comfortable. I used a french bustle with ribbons to tie up the dress and the lining. Received tons of compliments and felt like a 40's movie star. It had a real wow factor that surpassed my expectations leading up to the day by a long shot.
August 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
Â by Verified Reviewer Dress of my dreams
I had a very specific style of dress in mind (sheath, simple, backless), and this fit the bill. I ordered it based on measurements (limited by my 41" hips/tush), and the size 10 was initially a pretty good fit, although as other reviews said, it's made for those who are well-endowed on top. I'm not, so I knew I'd have to have the chest and straps taken in. The alterations ended up being about 50% of the dress price (!!!) because I lost a bit of weight and had to have the whole thing sized down. That said, $1200 after alterations is still a very reasonable price for a dress, and it was totally worth it, because this one is an absolute stunner. I think the model photos don't totally do it justice; it has a very sexy-but-class Old Hollywood look. Anyway, I'm babbling, but this dress was a fantastic decision. A few comments...
1) The material is almost 100% polyester, but it doesn't look or feel cheap.
2) If you're small on top like me, you'll need to have it taken in. I also highly recommend sticking the straps to your shoulders with dress tape.
3) I also had my seamstress tack where the V-neck meets in the middle so I didn't flash my stick-on chicken cutlets to our guests the entire night. That alteration shows in some pictures, but I'm glad I did it.
4) Seamless shapers (high-waisted to mid-thigh) were necessary.
5) I was able to use the bathroom all by myself, twice! The train is very short and manageable, I just lifted the dress up to my chest with one hand and pulled down the shapers with the other.
July 26, 2016