Rated 5 out of 5Â by RachelAnn Stunning!
When I saw this dress in the store I gasped! The patchwork of lace and pretty prints made my heart race. The price was steep but when you see all the workmanship from head to toe you realize that it's a very labor intensive garment. There are full panels from hip to floor with 2 separate slips underneath. I'm 5'3" so I figured a maxi dress would swallow me. I was right. I was standing in a pool of fabric in the dressing room. Every week when I looked at the 'Fresh Cuts' sale section on-line I would hope this dress would show up. The day it did I saw that it came in petite! I ordered both a 10 and a 12. I have a D cup and buttons down the front usually gap. The 10 gaped slightly and the 12 was perfect! The length is just to the top of my feet and I wear this with my highest wooden platform shoes from the 70's. It's VERY flattering over my curvy chest and hips. The waist sash gives just the right amount of definition. This will be a perfect summer to fall transition dress.
July 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by julianapwk Gorgeous dress, unfortunately too $$$ for me
I have to agree with the first reviewer that this gown is absolutely beautiful, but no way could I afford to buy it for the price. $500?! Uh-uh; unless I win the lottery (or get a humongous pay increase), I unfortunately am not going near a cash register with this dress. It was gorgeous though - very ethereal, flowy, and although when I first saw it I thought all of the patterns and colors might overwhelm me and my small frame, it didn't. Now, if only I had a reason to justify needing this dress!
June 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by alibobali heartbroken by this beautiful gown!
When I saw the picture of this dress online, I gasped aloud. Byron Lars had done it again! The Wilderflora maxi had been reincarnated! At last, I could hope to have one of my very own!! I knew there would be limited sizes because it was an online exclusive, and I didn't want to run out before I got mine, so I promptly ordered a 2 and a 4 the following day. (The price is STEEP, my friends. Thank god I knew at least one of them was going back.)
When I pulled the dresses out of the box, the first thing I was struck by was the weight and construction. This is a very well made dress. It Has myriads of different patterns and fabrics -- the back with the teal lace is absolutely STUNNING. This dress is so ROMANTIC and whimsical... I could not wait to try it on.
While I take a solid 4 in all of my Byron Lars sheath dresses (Carissma, Lasercut, etc.) the 4 was slightly too big in this dress. I take the 4 to accommodate my butt/hips and in this, the design is free -- so you are going to want to size for your ribs and bustline. I am very narrow through the ribs but have sizeable shoulders -- but again, the design is fairly loose through the sleeves, and you are going to WANT this to be very fitted through the top -- because there is SO MUCH fabric to walk around with.
Unfortunately, all good things do come to an end, because after I had buttoned it up (there is no zipper for this dress, I recoiled in horror: The pleating & pattern break fell at an absolutely horrible place on my hips and made me look WIDE. Like, comically wide. One would think that with all the swirling fabric, this could be overlooked, or blend into the background when you walked -- but it is not the case. Also, the length fell over 60 inches - even with my tallest heels, this would be a stretch.
This dress will be great for willowy, romantic types. It will be great for those with straighter figures. It will be wonderful for tall women, because you are going to need a serious amount of height to pull this off.
I found this dress was wearing ME. And while I love a good statement dress... this was not the statement I wanted to be making.
It is with a heavy heart that I must return this beauty. Perhaps if it were cheaper, I would have found a way to make it work. I am still so in love with it that I am seriously pondering ordering the petite, in hopes that the breakaway will fall differently on the hips in the smaller construction. In a five hundred dollar dress, you should look amazing. Not like a barn.
Bottom line: Strongly recommended, but with serious reservations and specific body types.
April 23, 2014