Rated 3 out of 5 by Sizesmall Order up!
I ordered this dress in two sizes, 8 and 10 (LL Bean skirt size is 6). Although the 8 was a perfect fit, I loved the color of the 10 and decided to keep it because the belt cinched in any extra fullness. To reduce the scratchy stiffness, I washed the dress in cold water and dried it on delicate setting, as the directions recommend, removing it from the dryer before it was completely dry. It shrank a full size! Even the extra room at the armholes is gone. This is the company whose clothes are not supposed to shrink?
June 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ejfv This Dress
I am 5'2 somewhat full figured and I love this dress. I found the bust buttons well placed so there is no gaping, the arms are very comfortable and I have no issue with the hemline or the button placement for the hemline. I probably won't wear the belt but that is just a personal thing. The fabric is lovely and I am very happy with both the blue and the mallard. I ordered my usual size and found it fit perfectly. The side pockets really impressed me...I can see myself ordering this dress in other colors at some point.
June 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by mommycozy Interesting design; good drape; quality fabric
The dress has a good weight. The linen fabric is substantial and soft at the same time. I am less than 5 inch and weigh 100 pounds so fit in size 4 petite nicely. I just show more of my thigh when I sit down cross-legged. The armholes are very comfortable.
I find the design interesting and unique. I don't remember having seen this dress style anywhere else. I opt to not use the belt to show off the dress design more. I especially like the long front pleats and the 2 pockets. I push a stroller around so really appreciate the pockets.
The neck is stiff though and not open enough to show off necklace for dressing up.
June 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BigSkyMama Sweet Summer Dress
I just received my new washable linen blue print summer dress! The
The fabric design is fresh, the fabric is soft, the wisteria blue print is so sweet, and the fit is fantastic! I'm 69 yrs. old, 5' 2 and 3/4" and weigh 124; I've worn the same size for years, which is usually an 8. This size 8 is great! The armholes are just right, the buttons don't pull, and the length is just right. I recommend this dress to anyone my size. I do stay in shape as I work out, so I don't have too many issues for my age!
June 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pumelo Good dress overall
Here are my thoughts.
Material: Excellent quality. Substantive linen, not flimsy at all. Definitely won't need a slip. Another commenter felt it is stiff, but I find it soft. It holds the shape of the dress, so the flare shirt does wear with a little flare. This is linen, so it will shrink if you put it in the dryer on high. Button color matches the dress color -- really appreciate this detail.
Workmanship: Excellent. Sturdy construction.
Cut and sizing: Definitely needs two more buttons at the bottom. I had to sew the bottom so it doesn't open up too high. The cut is generous, I won't call this "slightly fitted", but then petite size 4 is generally too big for me, that's why when so many commenters mentioned it runs small, I felt I actually have a chance to be able to wear this dress (I am 5'1 and 98 lb). I by mistake shrunk it in the dryer, which actually would make it fit better on me except that curved sides made the slit too high. I did unshrink it by soaking it in water and hung it dry. The weight of the water logged fabric pulled the dress back into original size. I think the curved up sides is impractical. The curve isn't very high, but it leaves no room for people who want to sew it down a little if they want. This dress has two side pockets.
Suggestions for improvement: Have side slits rather than curve up. Two more buttons at the bottom. Straight skirt rather than flare.
Note to LL Bean: I used to be a regular customer, and could fit into XS and petite size 4. But now these sizes are too big (no, I didn't lose any weight), I rarely buy from LL Bean any more.
May 28, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by fpmhighland okay only
The fabric is stiff and the sizing runs small. Cut is a bit odd, narrow in hips.
May 28, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by DFBGal Versatile Style but Runs Small
I typically wear a 10 or 12 in LL Bean clothing, but had to go with a 14 in this dress, as it ran small.
Nice linen and versatile style. Length long enough for work casual.
May 27, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Quansoo Runs sooo small
Was hoping this dress would work for summer but what a disappointment! I tried on my usual size and it was microscopic. Went up a size and it was still way too small, especially in the bust and stomach area. Decided I did NOT want to size up 2 full sizes so gave up. Who can fit into these clothes??
May 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by sjsmith Great casual summer dress
I purchased this dress in blue. I love the color and the weight of the fabric. I live in a humid climate, and the linen is very cool, but the fabric is thick enough to wear without a slip. It's very comfortable for a casual BBQ or walking around town.
Because of the previous reviews about it running small, I ordered my true size (I usually have to size down for LL Bean items), and I ordered a regular instead of petite. I'm glad I got the regular, because the length is just perfect and from where the arm holes & waist fall, I think a petite wouldn't have fit. It was a bit long out of the bag, but after one wash it shrunk up about an inch to hit the top of my knee. The belt helps give it a little shape, but it isn't too form-fitting. I did put a safety pin below the last button as it did gap too much when sitting down. With the safety pin it stays closes and I can still walk easily.
May 19, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by manhattaniteD Perfect weight linen and style but...
I am sorry to be returning this dress; the style is great and in black this linen dress is wearable without a slip, which is a requirement for hot summer days. However, like others, when I sit down the gapping between buttons at the bottom of the dress is way too revealing. A slip may cover you up, but it won't disguise the gaps which look terrible. A few design tweaks (more a-line skirt and / or closed skirt) and I would buy it in every color.
May 12, 2015