It's a great idea to order a sample dress! I'm 5'6'', 170 lbs with a 40' bust, 33'' waist, 35-36' tummy, 42' hips. This dress fit me snug around the waist like I hoped (I had to have the husband help squeeze me in, but once zippered, there weren't any issues), and didn't reveal/highlight any of my less-thin portions. The bust was large on me, if I had an extra padded bra it probably would have been fine, but since the back is so low, a bra isn't possible. The straps, while gorgeous, were longer than my torso, however. I don't have a short torso by any means, so I think it may have been compensating for bustier ladies. Normally I'd say taking it to a tailor would be the easy fix, but because this dress has twisted fabric over the straps, I'm not sure how easy it would be to fix after it's already made. I ordered a custom fit dress after trying this on, so hopefully they adjust for my smaller bust and height! The photo you can see how low the dress is cut in the front, and the straps. I had pulled them back a bit for a tighter look (and added some bra inserts), but once I moved they slide down my shoulders. I'd say there were about 2 inches of room that could be removed from the straps.