I think this dress fits true to size. I ordered a size up since all of the previous reviews said it ran small, but now it is too big. I love how delicate and feminine this dress is. I see that my true size will ship later this month. Definitely exchanging!
June 11, 2014
Beautiful Dress- it's exactly like the picture
I purchased this dress in a larger size since the reviews indicated that the dress ran super small. I was hoping they were wrong, but unfortunately they really were not. The dress does run small, however if you are aware of that and can go up at least a size or two, you should be fine. I am normally a street size 12 and I ordered the 14 and it *just* fit. I am pretty proportionate (except my arms, so the sleeves were a little tight. However, I expected that because I deal with that in all my clothes so I knew before ordering this dress that I would need the sleeves to be altered to give me a little more room.)
The silk chiffon in the front of the dress has a split panel that you really can't see in the picture of the model. I think it's pretty though and I believe it's there to give the dress more movement.
It's really a beautiful dress and what I really love about it is how unique this dress is. In a sea of strapless mermaid dresses, this dress stands out. It will go beautifully with my soft, romantic theme wedding.
A few things I will mention to help anyone considering this dress:
a. the color says it's ivory, but to me, it really was white. That is fine with me, but if you are looking for a truly ivory dress, this might not be the correct color for you. b. the zipper was a little hard to zip. Even without the dress on, it was really hard to unzip.We were afraid we might break the zipper when the dress was on. It's a hidden zipper so that's probably why, but I need to have it looked at by the woman doing the alterations and see if anything can be done to help the zipper.
Really love the dress!
May 8, 2014
Very, very small
I have a hourglass shape and the dress fits fine on the bottom (which makes sense given the cut and fabric) but is ridiculously small on top. I ordered a 12 (my typical size) and thought that I may need to alter a little/lose a little weight but this fits more like a 6/8 (something that should be mentioned in the description). I certainly cannot zip it up at all, and will need to make severe alterations to the back. I would recommend sizing up, at least 2 sizes. Bust cups are indeed small, but workable. Detailing is beautiful and it is lovely, very romantic and unique, which is one of two reasons that I am keeping it.
The other was my unfortunate experience with duties (I live in Canada) and the canned response I received from BHLDN. I was charged nearly $400 in duties/brokerage, which is obscene. I recognize that duties are the responsibility of the customer, but surely BHLDN knows that this 30% in additional charges to ship to Canada occurs to Canadian customers and does not fairly warn them. I have never been charged such a large amount (percentage and cost), and when I asked them about this they said that I can just return it and that duties are the responsibility of the customer. I think it should be responsibility to inform Canadian customers of this possible expense. I certainly wouldn't have bought the dress if I had known this, and surely others wouldn't either.
I'm not even going to bother with returns, as I don't think the 14 would make a huge difference, and I will try working on altering this one.
Overall, a pretty disappointing experience.
February 25, 2014
The proportions of this dress are completely off.
The good: The dress is just as beautiful in person as it is in the photo. It is breaking my heart it has to go back. I found the bust and waist measurements are right on the mark, but I don't know why BHLDN did not show the hip measurements (see below).
The bad: The smell of the plastic bag and the dress is absolutely HORRIFIC. The overlay of the dress splits and opens up completely in half, right down the middle. The top half of the dress fits perfectly based on the measurement chart, but there is a thin under dress (slip-like) that is skin tight. I purchased a size 2 and I am not curvy. As soon as the overlay shifts, you can see every bump and curve. I was afraid to breathe. That is the last thing I want to worry about on my wedding day. It is a shame because the dress is so pretty!
February 25, 2014