Well, Iâ€™m back from my travels to Dallas and had the most fantabulous time at my cousinâ€™s wedding. Â And the dress? Â Well, it was an absolute dream! Â You can check out my previous post about picking out the right dress here, but as a refresher, I chose the Badgley Mischka Midnight Glamour Dress. Â Full disclosure: Â I am 5â€™6â€³ and post-baby weigh around 150 pounds. Â Iâ€™m a pretty solid size 8/Medium. Â I know that many formal dresses run a bit on the small side, so I ordered a size 8 and a size 10. Â Rent the Runway is fabulous because you can add a second size for free! Â It definitely made me feel much more comfortable about ordering a dress I wasnâ€™t able to try on ahead of time.
The dresses arrived on Thursday afternoon (the wedding was Saturday) and I immediately tried on the size 8. Â It fit perfectly and I was so relieved! Â However, the zipper gave me a lot of trouble. Â It was extremely stiff due to the thickness of the fabric, and my friend had a really hard time zipping it up. Â The dress had a deep v-neck but I could still wear my normal (boring, gray cotton) bra without anything showing. Â I felt like a million bucks when I put on that dress! Â Rent the Runway also sent fashion tape for any sort of fashion/fit issues, a coupon for Magnum ice cream bars (yum!), a travel size Dove body wash and some q-tips.
The afternoon of the wedding, I got dressed and had a very, very difficult time pulling up the zipper. Â My friend and her mom both helped to get the zipper up, and fabric kept getting caught in the teeth. Â Eventually, they were able to zip me up â€¦ and then about a minute later, the zipper came apart underneath. Â Uh oh. Â It wasnâ€™t broken, but it was stuck, so I quickly put on the size 10 for the evening â€“ another reason why having two dresses is a must! Â The 10 fit fine, but was definitely on the larger side in the bodice. Â As a result, I think I probably had more cleavage than I was planning on having. Â Additionally, the straps were ever so slightly too big so I kept self-consciously pulling them back up on my shoulders.
exhibit a: Â kind of a lot of cleavage
Zipper issue aside, this dress was FABULOUS. Â Since it was so fun and sparkly, I toned down my jewelry quite a bit, wearing only diamond stud earrings and my wedding rings. Â I wore a pair of silver Kate Spade heels that I wore for my wedding and carried a small silver clutch. Â Paired with some fun red lipstick (Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella), it was a truly fabulous look!
exhibit b: fun!
Perhaps most importantly, the dress was incredibly comfortable and easy to dance in. Â As you can see from this slightly blurry, slightly sweaty photo of my cousins and me, much fun was had by all. Â And the cleavage? Â Honestly, since having a baby, thatâ€™s the one part of my body I feel really fabulous about, so I embraced it! Â I received several compliments about the dress, and looking (and feeling) that good was a huge boost to my post-partum self esteem.
The next morning, I folded up both dresses and put them in the prepaid UPS envelope that was enclosed in the shipment. Â I found my nearest UPS drop box, dropped it in, and that was it!
The whole Rent the RunwayÂ process is easy as pie and could not have gone more smoothly. Â I highly recommendÂ Rent the RunwayÂ to any new mom who needs something fun for a special occasion! Â Additionally, for those pregnant ladies out there reading this, you can search for â€œbump-friendlyâ€ dresses on theÂ Rent the RunwayÂ site! Â I had a really hard time finding a great maternity navy dress to wear as a bridesmaid in Lisaâ€™s wedding last summer â€¦ now I know that I definitely should have looked atÂ Rent the Runway!
Disclaimer: Â Rent the Runway provided this fabulous dress, but the opinions above are my own!