Rated 5 out of 5 by SwiftlyDoesIt Versatile, comfortable, flattering
After relishing my purchase of the black fitness dress I decided the print in French Blue would be a worthwhile experiment. I love this dress just as much if not more! I call the blue one my Superhero Dress because the slick fabric makes me feel aerodynamically ready for the day. It's smooth and shiny and drapes beautifully. I'm a curvy gal and like how the dress cascades over my hips while kindly leaving my middle alone. I get at least one compliment on these dresses every time I wear them. I feel they run large and loose - I'm 5'6", 140 lbs wearing the size S and was swimming in a size M. The fabric does feel thick but it keeps me surprisingly cool in hot weather activities, while in the winter I wear these dresses with tights and boots (like a proper superhero) and throw a sweater over the top. Cute look and very warm layering. In fact, I was having a hard time finding the right winter skirt for my wardrobe - no hemline was flattering enough, fabrics were either too stiff or too flimsy. Once I figured out how versatile these dresses were, I realized I have two perfect winter skirts already and saved myself money and hassle right there. Already they're working their superpowers!
December 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Honujoan Strange fabric
Too bad the fabric is so stiff and thick, I would not consider taking on vacation as it is pretty heavy in my book. The styling is cute, nice lines but the fabric is not at all what I expected based on the other reviews. I got this in black, it is being returned.
November 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLinBoston I Love This Dress
I have never loved an article of clothing as much as I love this dress. It is flattering, versatile, and indestructible. I'm a mom of 2 young children and work full time in professional office setting. When I am with my children, the dress keeps up with all of the activity. For work, I throw a cardigan on top and am ready to go. It has held up incredibly well after many washes and even a few unfortunate incidents involving toddler sticky substances of unknown origin. I'm 5' 9" 150 pounds, and I purchased a size 10. I have the solid black and the turquoise pattern. The dress hits just above my knee. It is forgiving and hides my post-baby belly while accentuating everything else. It's perfect. Just wish LL Bean offered more solid color choices.
November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MichelleJo The perfect dress, wish it were in more colors!
I have the old aqua print version of this dress and absolutely love it. It is a modest, but not frumpy cut. I'm 5'2" and it hits just at the knee. The V-neckline is flattering, but not too low. It's seems harder and harder to find dresses with sleeves and these are just right. It's a substantial weight fabric, but not hot at all. (Tested at in a high school gym at graduation with no a/c and travelling through Japan in summer.) Needs no ironing, so it is the perfect piece to toss into a suitcase. Topping it off- it has a pocket!
I have gotten compliments every single time I have worn this dress. I love it so much, I bought the black version yesterday and wore it to church today. Three different women asked where I got it.
I only wish it came in other solid colors. The black is a great basic color to dress up or down, but a navy blue at least would be a great addition.
September 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WestBoothbayHarbor Perfect Dress
I can't begin to describe how much I like this dress. The fabric is wonderful, thick with a quality feel that skims over the body but doesn't cling. Modest enough for work without being frumpy. No showing of bra straps. Great by itself, pairs well with a jacket or sweater, will be great with tights and boots when the weather is cool. Wish I could get one in every color. I wear it to work, to run errands, out to the movies, on walks, to cocktail parties with nice jewelry. Every single time I wear it I get compliments, makes me feel good!
September 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by deddle 5'5", 185 lbs and pg looking belly. 68 years old
Just received this dress and the black sleeveless fitness in the mail
I ordered a total of 9 items ( 6 of them dresses)
I ordered the French Blue print fitness dress, tried it on and fell in love with it. I will return 6 items. Keeping three. I just ordered the purple/raspberry color and the black with short sleeves fitness dresses. Yep and the fitness dresses are worth every penny.
I am considered a big woman at 5'5" and 185 lbs. My belly looks like 8 months pregnant. I wish I knew how to take a picture and post here how good these dresses make me look. I ordered size XL and I was worried, but there is plenty room and does not look too snug.
I am 68 years young.
I am back w/llbean. I guess when you are good, you are good.
The colors are gorgeous. I usually order XXL but beans XL is great for fit. Fabric is a little heavy but supportive for me. My hubby says the length is right on. Me, could be one inch shorter. LOVE these FITNESS dresses.
You will not regret this purchase !
August 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PhoenixLouise Best Buy!
This black dress has been my "go to" summer outfit. I can wear it with a fitness jacket, sweater, dress it up or down. I have been buying LLBean all my life and this is one of my favorite purchases. I feel good in the fabric because it is thick enough to hide my figure flaws, stretchy enough to move with me, it doesn't wrinkle, and it has classic LBD styling. I don't leave home without it!
August 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NAWTNRS Love the fit
I have 4 of the LL Bean Fitness dresses! Great to run errands, hike in the desert or mountains and go out for a meal. I am 5'8" tall, size 16 and the XL gives me plenty of room to move. Looking forward to next season's colors and prints.
August 3, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by SportyBeanGurl Frumpy Dress
I liked the sporty look of this dress so I ordered it. When it arrived and I tried it on, it made me look like a nun! I'm 5'6" and curvy and the dress made me look like a frumpy old woman. Ahhh, no. It's going back. On the positive side, it was made of great material. Sorry but the style was a big miss for me.
August 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ellempei Just love it
I love the short sleeve fitness dress! It's such an easy way to get dressed - just pop it on and go. I get compliments every time I wear it. I agree with the previous reviewer, the purple color is darker than shown online, and it's beautiful.
The only things that LLBean could do to improve this dress are 1) more prints! and 2) offer it in Tall sizes!
July 18, 2014