Rated 1 out of 5 by portland4 Did not like the fabric or the fit
The fabric is very thick; seams are bulky. If you are trying to hide a large tummy, this may work for you. I am by no means thin, but it looked like a sack on me.
February 5, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Floridalife329 Not happy
I purchased this dress in the Bold Violet. I have had this dress in many other colours and have always been satisfied, but this one is different. I love the style, colour - in fact these are my go to every day dresses, especially here in Florida where you want something that is comfortable, stylish, yet wicks away moisture. It's a great travel dress, no wrinkles, no iron the perfect companion. OK onto why I am sending this one back...... the stitching down the side seams and the ones at the front shadow a whiteness - which is obviously the seam stitching, it does not give a good look, the stitching also does not look "tight". I compared to my other dresses and they all have a same self colour thread, which makes perfect sense. The stitching along the bodice seam is fine. Some of the other dresses I have even have an overstitching on the seam in self colour which would also of eliminated this "whiteness" - I was hoping it was just my one dress but looks as though it is a construction issue - please bring it back with a self colour thread. I love my fitness dresses.
January 14, 2015
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