Rated 4 out of 5 by JoyceinAZ Out of the package/out the door
I am 67 year old woman, 5'4" and a little curvy: I purchased a medium and it fit but felt a little too snug so I exchanged it for a large. It arrived today and I wore it right away to do errands. My only "complaint" is what I have seen mentioned before: the white stitching detracts from the look of the dress. The print is very subtle which I like, but I am not crazy about how the stitching looks. Hope it will come out in different colors: dark blue, deep red... both would look rich and I would buy more. The bright blue is a little too bright for my age and stage!
July 14, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by classicfashionista3 Cute, easy to wear dress
I got this dress (black print) and the solid black version. I have been looking for an easy to wear, comfy, flattering dress to wear on weekends and maybe to work (casual workplace). I am very curvy and in the process on loosing weight, so I'm not super happy with my figure right now. I am a pear shape, bottom is about a size larger than my top, I am 5'1" and about 190 lbs and the xl fits a little big. I'd love it if the length was about an inch shorter, but it works. I large would fit for sure, but I know the bottom half of the dress would've been clingy, which is not what I want. My son asked me if it was a swim suit, lol, because it feels like that kind of fabric, but I like the way it fits and drapes, hides the lumps and bumps well, and it's flattering and comfy. Not perfect, but it'll fill the void in my closet well!
July 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by greaty versatile
I have received a million compliments on this simple blue dress. It fits well, it's not too short and it is flattering.
I am 5'6" and 118 lbs. and I ordered the small.
July 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Putter7 go anywhere, do anything!
I now own two of these awesome dresses (blue print and black) and get compliments each time I wear them. When they arrived I wasn't so sure about the weight of the fabric and wondered if they might be too heavy for 90+ degree days. But they quickly became my go-to items! The fabric is super comfortable and moves as I move, and they launder quite easily. I machine wash and hang them to dry, although I suspect they would still look amazing even if I put them in the dryer. They also pack really well and look great when I arrive at my destination. I'm a curvy girl (pleasantly plump) so I ordered a size up and I'm glad I did. They're not clingy at all. I've worn them with both tennis shoes and sandals and feel they can be easily dressed up or down, depending on the situation. The white stitching should probably be a different color to blend in more, but since they're not clingy it hasn't been an issue. I've just noticed it when I launder them. Great investment for summer!
June 29, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by AmosR Yes and No
My main complaint is that the color (black) looks like a black bathing suit that has been washed a few times and has faded. It looks like I have had it about 2 years. It isn't a very deep black. My dress, that I received today, has a slight haze to the finish. I thought it would be jet black, based on the picture. If you are on the fence about size, it seems to fit on the snug side. I'm 5'8" and opted for the large. I probably should have gotten the XL, but I was afraid it would fit like a tent. It is more fitting in the mid section than I guessed. I'm happy but disappointed in the coloring.
June 29, 2016
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