AMAZING with a belt!
I adore this dress! I originally fell in love with a similar designer dress that was $5000, then tried on this one and felt like it was as equally beautiful for a fraction of the price! The beading is stunning, however with that being said it is also very heavy. HOWEVER, if you put a belt on the dress, it gives the dress structure and makes it SO much more comfortable! For the price and elegance of this dress I would give it 10 stars! At 5'9, the dress length was perfect and I didn't have to alter it at all. Sizing can be a little funky though, so I would recommend ordering a few different sizes and just see which one makes you feel best.
January 3, 2015
I went in to the store thinking this dress would be the one, or at least top 3, and I was so disappointed. The beading makes the dress so heavy! It was also extremely long and because of the bead design I don't see how you could have it shortened. Also, because it is so heavy, the attached slip rides up constantly and it shows very clearly. The dress is very transparent.
The big pro of the dress is that the bead work is BEAUTIFUL!
December 22, 2014
Online photos do not do this gown justice
This gown is simply stunning in person and I am thrilled that it is mine. The consultant fitted me for a size that was two sizes larger than the one I am now wearing. Once you get the right fit, it is extremely comfortable despite its weight due to the beading. I am considering having my tailor do a small bustle for the train so that the beautiful bead work does not get ruined throughout the night.
November 4, 2014
Glamorously accentuates curves
As anyone who is a size 12 or above knows, shopping for a bridal gown is an emotionally exhausting experience. BHLDN has been my savior with many dresses that were flattering on me. After 8 months of searching, I had already just celebrated finding "my dress" at BHLDN when, only days later, Elsa appeared. Although it was out of my price range and although I was set on wearing a vintage lace dress, once I tried this on, it was a clear winner. With my size 12/14 body, I felt so beautiful and glamorous in this dress. The pattern of beading is exquisite and the cut is so flattering on my curvy shape.
Like other reviewers said, it does run large. I purchased the 12, but probably could have gone with the 10. Keep in mind that the dress shrinks and stretches with you, so you have flexibility on the size. The dress is also quite long and you will most likely have to hem it - and it won't be cheap because it has to be done by hand. I had tried it on with 5" heels with my 5'7" height and it still dragged under my feet.
In my opinion, the beauty of this dress exceeds its cost. The design rivals that of far more expensive dresses.
November 3, 2014