Rated 5 out of 5 by LovingmyLLBeanStyle Versatile and Easy to Wear
Received the solid black dress (with black inside) and blue print dress. Washed for the first time and are dried (I dry everything). They look great, can't wait to officially wear them out and about.
I'm a curvy 5'3" size 16, so I ordered XL. Black dress fits perfect! Blue fits perfect but lands slightly below my knee. I actually like it that way for everyday wear to do things that involve bending over, reaching up, etc. Black dress length is ideal for going out, such as date night, etc. Really, there is only an inch difference at the most... but since I am short, I notice it.
LL Bean must have had the inside of the black dress updated to be black. I read reviews stating the inside was white, hence the stitching made the underside white show through on the outside. Not an issue with mine.
A few other reviews complained about the weight of the fabric or having a shine to it. The fabric is Lycra... if you know your fabrics, you'll know what it is like. It is similar to a heavier swimsuit material. It does give. I love it! The dresses lay nicely and are NOT clingy. If you like cling... like fitted fabrics with a next to nothing feel and weight; you may not like this.
These dresses have substance... the fabric should last a long time without losing shape. I don't believe it will not pill or fade.
Yes, there is a slight slight slight sheen ... but again, it is Lycra.
LL Bean; I read in a review this dress came in coral. Please bring it back. I'll buy!
May 27, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ironmomof2 Love the Fitness Dress
I love this style dress..I now have 4. Two are solids from many years back, I STILL get compliments on them and they show NO wear/picks at all (black and teal) I also have the coral print, same size as all the others but fits slightly larger. The dress I just purchased is the BLACK PRINT. It fits like the 2 solid dresses fit. The big negative is the seams...there is a small amount of white that shows on some of the seams...this is due to the fact that the reverse side of the fabric is WHITE...not black...IF the backside of the fabric was BLACK this would not occur..that being said I will keep the dress because it is not too noticeable and looks like stitching, but for future reference LLBean should note this and stay away from the white backed materials..For reference I wear a size small and I am 5'3", 130#, 32DDD lean athletic build.
May 10, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by CharlotteC Okay fit, awful material
I wanted to like this dress. The fit was okay, but the material and stitching were not up to the quality I'm used to from LLBean. My husband (who's not terribly observant) noticed the stitching was not right on the side of it. The fabric is a very shiny polyester material. While I liked the color of both the blue and black, it didn't look good with all the shine.
May 10, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by khd5 Flattering cut and fit.
I got the gray print (my big leap from black (haha)). As a reviewer on the black version noted the white seams are visible with the slightest pressure on them. Odd, because the dress IS well made. And though I am sympathetic to the reviewers who chastise those complaining about the high tech fabric -- it is a fitness dress, after all -- be forewarned the fabric is a little shiny, and a bit more casual than it would be otherwise. But very happy with my purchase. Cute pocket.
April 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by MomInMassachusetts Versatile and Very Flattering
I bought this dress for my daughter (age 16) who needed a few casual dresses and skirts for occasions when jeans or shorts don't do, but she doesn't need to be in very dressy clothes. It bridges that gap wonderfully. I absolutely love it on her, and she loves it too. She is 5'7", and about 135 lbs. - all muscle. She's generally very hard to fit because she's a competitive swimmer with huge shoulders and a tiny waist, and muscular thighs. She wears a size 6 petite in LL Bean skirts (we bought 4 and they're all perfect), and either a small or medium in a shirt (depending on the shoulders) and with this dress, a small was perfect. This dress is really quite flattering on, and doesn't need anything to pair with it, but could be dressed up with a nice necklace, scarf, or maybe even a belt. I can see it going from a very casual toss on cover-up type dress with flats, sandals, or even sneakers, to something more dressy (sports award banquet, college interview, or something like that for her) with nicer shoes. It looks as though it won't wrinkle much if tossed into a suitcase. If this dress was available in additional solid colors, I would definitely buy more. (We didn't care for the print version.) Seriously love this dress! PLEASE MAKE MORE!
April 22, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by activelaxmom bad seams
Was excited to receive my 2 fitness dresses based on reviews and also perceived versatility of dress. Opened package and was extremely disappointed with quality of seam work. Can see white thread used on black dress in seams both back and front of dress. I would be okay if it looked like that was the style, but it's hit or miss on the dress making it look cheaply made. Coral dot dress had same issue...almost looks like material was stretched and can see white stretches of fabric and loose stitching everywhere. Great concept for dress and could be nice looking if quality if sewing was better. Will be returning.
February 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shesaid Bought the black fitness dress
Well made, I bought the small, I am 115 pounds , 5' 2" and the dress hits the middle of my knee. I like the length. It's is nicely cut, not tent like, not clingy. Convenient zip pocket. Very comfortable. It will definitely be one of my favorites in the warmer weather.
January 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by BakingMom LOVE...my summer "uniform."
This was definitely my most worn item last summer, it is flattering and stays wrinkle free. I just purchased another dress in solid black. So many dresses are too clingy, which is not good when you don't exactly have a flat stomach. It was also approved by my 21 year old daughter!
December 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by tinagay Nice fit, too long
This dress is very comfortable and flattering, but it falls below the knee and I'm 5' 5". I'd prefer it to hit right above the knee like the sleeveless version does.
November 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by RIShortie Cute dress, versatile.
This is definitely fitness type fabric but can work to go out to lunch or casual dinner.
This could be worn to the pool over a swimsuit and then work for a lunch date.
Pocket on this one is awkwardly placed to reach it and I think princess style seams would give it a much better shape.
September 11, 2015