Rated 5 out of 5 by KitandCaboodle I love it!
I never write reviews, but this one deserved it. The quality of the fabric is wonderful, it's thick enough to conceal undergarments but still lightweight for summer wear. The style is definitely not "fancy," but the pleats do dress it up slightly and make you feel like you're wearing something special. The elastic part under the bust is incredibly figure flattering - the dress shows off my natural figure without being tight, clingy, or inappropriate in any way. I am 5'4 and 115 pounds, the XS regular fits perfectly. I'm a young, fashion-oriented twenty-something who is always on the quest to find cute clothes that aren't too low cut in both the front and back, or too high cut in the hem. This dress is feminine, easy to wear, and conservative without being frumpy. I love it so much, I bought two colors :)
July 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bestbeancustomer Flattering Dress
I bought this dress in the floral print and am so pleased with it. Finally, a dress without a deep vee neck! I love the higher scoop neckline that keeps the chest covered, and the pleats add interest. I'm 5'4", 134 lbs, and the medium regular fits perfectly and falls just barely above the knee, which I also love. It's not too short, but not frumpy-looking below the knee. The dress seems well-made and drapes well. It also washes and dries like a dream. I washed it in cold water and dried it on low and it came out with no wrinkles. The only thing I would change would be to make it with true short-sleeves, not capped, for those of us who are middle-aged and don't like to go sleeveless. Good job, LLBean!
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 5thtryforanickname pleated knit dress-Soft Cobalt
This is the 1st review that I have ever written, even though I have been shopping at LLBean for a few years now. I have poured over the reviews trying to navigate swimsuit and summer dress purchases, so I decided to do my share. Hopefully this will help someone else choosing a color or size.
This color of this dress is beautiful and the dress is flattering. I am 5'9" and wear 12 tops and 14 skirts/pants.. Usually I order L in LL Bean dresses because I am self conscious about skirts being too tight through the hips. Not only is this dress a perfect fit, but it is also a perfect length. It comes right above my knees. Sometimes LL Bean dresses that are above the knee are much shorter that I am comfortable wearing since having kids, but this one is perfect. I have already ordered another color.
LL-Bean How about some tall sizes? There was another dress that I wanted, but the reviews all said that it came to the top of their knees & they were around 5'2". Even the longer skirts would be great in a tall, because in the winter I love for dresses to be longer than mid-calf.
June 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by luvmytwins not for plus size
I wear a size 18 and took a chance on this dress in an x-large hoping it would be ok, I order other items in xl or 1x than can be too big so I thought this would be perfect, but it was to form fitting around the belly area and definitely made by breasts appear a lot larger which I don't need any help with. Liked the quality and style, but it needed more fullness in the skirt to hang and drape more flattering for those who have curves and a belly since it hugs like spandex. Disappointed.
May 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Acorn89 Great dress!
I got both the light and dark blue patterns and wear them with a cardigan over them (might be me, but I didn't like the look without the cardigan). I am 5'7" and 145 lbs and got the medium and it fits well. Really easy outfit and you'll get a lot of compliments!
May 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MinnieMN Classy
I am very pleased with the quality of this fabric. It is lightweight yet sturdy and drapes nicely. This dress can be worn with a belt for a pop of color. I wore it for the first time and I received several compliments. It's a great choice for me because of the neckline. I wasn't self-conscious when I would bend over to pick up my child, which can be a problem at times. I am 5'1" and this dress fell just below the knee. I don't plan to take it up. Buy it - you won't regret it!
May 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MomToThreeBoys Great for pear shapes and/or small busted girls
I ordered this dress in both a medium and a large because I wasn't sure how clingy the bottom half would be, but the medium fit nicely and was very flattering. I am 5'7" and about 135 (cough, cough), okay, 140 lbs, with a small bust and childbearing hips. This dress made my girls look bigger and the elastic waist gave me a nice hourglass shape. Best of all, the skirt skims nicely over my wide hips and doesn't show any lumps or bumps. This dress is a winner, so I went back and ordered another color. It's nice enough that it can be dressed down if worn with flip-flops and no accessories, or dressed up with a necklace and some wedge heels. I love the fabric, too - very soft, but I can tell it will pack well and won't wrinkle.
May 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by maplescones Soft, sturdy fabric-attractive style and fit.
I am 5'4", weight 130-135 lbs. with an average build. I ordered a medium and it fits me perfectly. Was concerned that it might cling too much below my waist, and it does not. I am really happy that the armholes are just right (no gaping below the armpits) and that it has an attractive, modest neckline. The skirt hits me right at the bottom of my knees. It would be even more flattering for different figures if the skirt was a few inches longer and fuller/swirlier. The fabric is soft yet substantial/sturdy, and it looks like the kind that should travel and wear very well.
**Please consider keeping this dress style and fabric and offering different, flattering smaller-scaled prints throughout the year. The ember print is lovely-would love to see this dress in a feminine soft green print. Plunging v-necks are just not flattering on me, so it is a relief to find a pretty dress that I can feel comfortable wearing. Great dress, LL Bean!
April 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ratterrierlover perfect sundress
I bought this dress in coral and then bought the other colors because I like it so much. In the past, I've had trouble with LLBean sleeveless tops because the armholes were too big, but they're just right in this dress. The pleating is a nice touch, and the ruching is figure-flattering on me. The length hits at the knee so not too short. This dress is also versatile and not so revealing that I'd feel uncomfortable wearing it in public. I live in Arizona so I wear sundresses for much of the year--this is a winner.
April 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by RIYogaGirl Too short-waisted for me
The dress is well made and would travel wear. Unfortunately, it was too short-waisted for me. The elastic waistband accentuated all of the wrong places on me. Bummer.
April 5, 2014