Beautiful but wasn't the dress!
The sizing didn't run large for me. I usually am a size 0 and ordered a 00 per suggestion from the website. The chest area was tight and hard to zip up. My regular size would have fit better and more comfortably. Unfortunately, I decided to return this dress not necessarily because of the wrong size but because the shape and material of the dress were not as I expected.
The pictures show the bottom of the dress flaring out really beautifully however the bottom of the dress fell straight down rather than out. You can get this effect by someone styling the bottom of the dress for pictures but definitely not walking around. I was considering getting some kind of petticoat to keep the bottom flared out however the material of the dress was so thin I feel like it would have shown from underneath.
Also because the lining and lace is thin, the dress really showed every bump on me which I didn't like! The lining of the dress seemed a little staticky too.
Overall, this dress is beautiful and I loved the uniqueness of the lace. It just ended up not being the dress for me!
July 11, 2014
I had it narrowed down to this one and one other dress. I found this dress to be extremely flattering, comfortable, and beautiful. I know that I would have been 100% happy with it, but the other dress just seemed more elegant and had a few details that I loved. What I loved about this dress was that it was so lightweight and airy. It really is a beautiful dress. I found it to be true to size. I tried on my normal size 4 and I wouldn't need any alterations.
June 27, 2014
I went to 8 different bridal boutiques and tried on dozens of dresses and liked some, but all of the dresses were pretty much the same. Too many sequins, too puffy, to much detail etc..... I was looking for an elegant simple dress that was more fitted to the body without a long train. This dress is STUNNING. The lace is absolutely gorgeous, the chest area fits wonderful (my chest size is 34ddd and the length couldn't be more perfect (I am 5"9). I ordered a size 10. I will have to get the middle section taken in a bit, but pretty much you will have to have some alterations done in any dress you buy. I am thrilled I purchased this dress on a whim. I never thought I would have purchased my wedding dress online. It is beyond elegant. Very very very classy and you can accessories with it. I can't believe this dress is only $600.00 either compared to the overrated expensive bridal gowns at many boutiques. This was my first purchase from BHLDN and now I can't wait to purchase a belt and some jewellery from BHLDN to pair with it :)
June 19, 2014
Beautiful dress for great value!
Absolutely gorgeous dress- simplicity at its best!
The lace and gown are beautifully constructed. The gown itself is surprisingly lightweight for lace and extremely comfortable.
Just a few notes on fit for those considering this dress. First- I found that the bottom portion of the dress did not have as much of a flared or mermaid look as the pictures suggest. It nicely hugs the torso and hips but then, very elegantly, falls fairly straight to the floor. However, there is plenty of material to create this flared look for photos. I personally prefer the way it fits in person but thought I should mention this for those looking for something closer to the mermaid style.
In terms of sizing, I agree that the dress runs large but I found this to be more true of the bust than the waist/hip area if you're curvy. I spanned three dress sizes according to my measurements on the chart (e.g., my bust fit two sizes larger than my waist/hip did) and decided to go with the size in the middle. Glad I did because I found the bust to be quite big (despite it being a size smaller than my measurements on the chart) and the waist/hip fit perfectly for my tastes (despite it being larger than my measurements). Since the dress is so simple and light- the material and construction do not hide much in the waist/hip area like other dresses might, so the extra inch in those areas helps I think. Didn't notice it feeling or looking big there at all. But on the other hand, think the size down would've fit like a glove (but highlighted a bit too much of the wrong variety of curve).
And last but not least- length. I'm 5'8'' and found the length to be just right! I can easily wear heels and still have a little bit fall past the floor. But if you're on the shorter side- you'll probably need hemming.
All and all- think I found my dress and was so pleased with the easy process. Thank you BHLDN!
June 4, 2014