Sizing: so I read a lot of other reviews, went over the size guide measurements and then compared those to other brands that I wear a lot before deciding what size to order. Generally I am a size 18 Plus (Talbots, Kiyonna, Melissa Masse), the Tadashi Shoji website says to size down as they tend to run large but I opted to size up to a 20Q and here's why... (1) while the website says they run large other reviewers have said maybe large in the bust but narrower in the hip (2) the size guide for tadashi indicated my measurements would be a 20 in the hip but an 18 in the bust (3) another reviewer pointed out that with the ribbon detail at the waist you probably don't want that puckering or being too tight. Ultimately I will need to get the shoulders lifted to make the bust fit properly but the rest fits amazingly well.....I would encourage anyone to take the time to take their measurements and do their research and then pick the size to order. Material: the dress is not flimsy and does have weight to it without being heavy. The embroidery on the tulle is beautifully done and looks richly textured with the lining. Colour: the photo makes it look a bit lighter than it actually is. It's very beautiful. Cannot wait to wear this to a wedding in August.