I fell in love with this dress when I tried it on at BHLDN in Chicago. It's classic, romantic, curve-flattering, and perfect for our garden wedding. I'm fuller in the bust, so the top half was not as large on me as for some other reviewers; however, I still have to get it taken in a bit. Can't wait to wear it for our wedding in August! One complaint I do have, however, is for BHLDN regarding shipping. The dress arrived in a thick plastic-like garment bag, and when I opened the box, the bag - and dress! - smelled horribly of chemical plastic/rubber! I got rid of the bag it was shipped in and bought a breathable bag, but the smell is still there on the dress. I will have to steam clean the dress anyways, but this was a real bummer. Just wanted to let BHLDN know about this, in case this problem is affecting other dresses as well.
April 9, 2014
Best for curves!
I'm terribly curvy, but mostly on the top. I originally skipped over the Odessa gown because it didn't look that unique hanging on the rack or the mannequin. However - once I tried it on? STUNNING. I'm generally a street size 8. I ordered this in a 6, which is fitted around the hips, slightly big around the bust/shoulders, and quite bit around the waist. Overall it worked well to size down slightly and then have it altered in where needed. The fabric is a deeper ivory - almost buttery to me - and the lace is white. I'm quite pale, and it looks really flattering on light skin tones. Overall, I'm absolutely IN LOVE with this dress! I want to wear it all the time!
March 29, 2014
Beautiful as on the photo! Order one size smaller.
It truly is a beautiful dress. Not too much but not too little either. Just be careful with the size - I hope this will help some future brides: I fit size 6 according to the measures but should have ordered size 4. If you are around 170cm, you will have to have the dress shortened even when in heels. So definitely order one size smaller than the chart says. I had the dress shipped overseas and had a great experience with the customer service. Thank you!
March 24, 2014
I have to agree with the other reviews, I definitely had to get the top half altered in order to fit me correctly. Even if it did fit, I feel like I would have still needed to get darts put in the bust area to make it form fitting. Loved the overall result though.
March 22, 2014