I purchased this for a fall wedding and believe it will be perfect for what I need. I normally wear a size 8, and the 8 fits me wonderfully. I am only 5'1", so the length is quite long on me, but I expected that. I will (and expected to) pay to have this hemmed, but because of the shape of the top layer and two different materials used on the dress, it will cost me almost as much as the dress itself. I figured this in ahead of time, and as I had originally figured on spending over $***for a dress, I'll still be in my price-range afterwards. However, it is something for you to consider if you purchase this dress. I am a B cup, and this dress makes me look a little flat. I will have some darts put in under the arms, though, and that should make that perfect. The ruching under the breasts is wonderful....snug enough, but not so snug that I won't be able to eat/breath/sit during the reception. The color is very much as described. Lastly, the straps will need to be moved over slightly for me, in the back, in order to hide my bra. I don't know if this is a common issue with this particular dress, or if it's just because it's not designed for petites. I'm suspecting that for a "normal" height person, this won't be an issue.