Rated 5 out of 5áby onemused Love it!
This dress fits so beautifully and is so well-made! I am in my mid-20s and 5'8" with a professional job, so I am always on the look out for things that look professional but are comfortable.
I typically wear between 8-12 at stores (depending on vanity sizing, most likely). I wear an 8 in regular LLBean outfits, but I wore a 10 Regular in this dress (like most of LLBean signature it runs smaller than typical LLBean). It falls perfectly at about mid-knee on me and the waist hits at the bottom of my ribcage. I mention this because I often need a "tall" size (even though my height is borderline "tall") at other stores (and I often wish LLBean had a tall size for women as shirts can be a little short on me). It might be a little high for the waist, but I think it works well anyway (doesn't look too short).
This dress is perfectly designed for the pleats to fall in a way that doesn't make your hips look bigger (a concern of mine with pleats). It really gives a perfect hourglass shape. The polka dots are adorable too- just the right size. I usually wear it with a pearl necklace and some brown flats- so cute!
It also has some "bonuses" for a dress- pockets!! I can carry my keys in them easily without looking like its bulging. They are a little forward and not on the total side, so it makes it easier to carry things in them unnoticeably. They also have the strings/snaps for bra straps at the top to keep your bra straps from showing. It is also perfectly lined with a solid piece of fabric, so you don't have to worry about a slip. These are really just the extra touches and thoughts that make this dress a must-have and worth the price!
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby llbeanershopaholic NEVER have I received so many compliments!!
Lovely, classy dress. I am generally a sized 12 across all brands. I am 5'6" tall. I ordered a 14 Regular, and the fit is perfect. It drapes slightly outward to just below my knees. The neckline is high, which is rather classy. The armholes are a tad large. I could see my bra a bit when looking for it. I found it very comfortable, I could have worn it all day. I had ladies fawning over this dress all day! Most of them were classy elderly ladies who had "similar dresses when they were young" ie 1950s and 1960s. I am not elderly, nor did it make me look old, it's just a dress cut from a different era, and I just reveled in it. If they had another one in my size I would happily spend my money on it! So, with that said, LLBean please make more!!! :)
June 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Iman Great Fit
I have six of these dresses. The fit is flattering, comfortable, sexy and they are versatile, looking great at work or for a dressy occasion.
June 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Betho GREAT DRESS!
This dress is a classic. It is very feminine, and accentuates what you've "got" and is kind to what you have a bit too much of :)
I have gotten many compliments each time I wear it. I would love to see this with sleeves for the fall ... take note, LL Bean!
June 18, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby Spiritwind Not to size
I love the print and material of this dress. It's beautiful! Now saying that, there is nothing else good to say about this dress. The fit is way off. It's uncomfortable to wear and just doesn't fit right. I bought a size up considering it was made out of cotton and I was concerned about shrinkage. It's a good thing I did as it was still tight across the bust and waste area. Totally surprised as this was a signature item. Definitely not made to size! Very disappointed to spend this on a dress and have it not fit well at all.
June 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby pcsqueen Another Fantastic Version
Here's what I wrote in my review of the solid poplin dress:
"I was fortunate to be able to order the bright navy version of dress on sale, but, having tried it, would now consider paying full price for another version of it."
Well I did when I saw those wonderful polka dots. And I don't regret it!
My bust/waist/hip measurements are evenly proportioned, but I have broad shoulders and am short-waisted. For me, 50's style, "Lucy Ricardo" dresses are my best bet because they come with a very defined waist - and this one fits the bill perfectly.
Like its solid-colored sibling, it's a gorgeous dress and one that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. (I recently wore it with a white cardigan, white belt, and white sandals to a colleague's retirement dinner.) And, best of all, it's washable - but take care to treat it gently.
I would love to see the basic style adapted into a shirtwaist with a stand-up collar and a longer skirt - classic 1950's but timeless.
May 31, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby Poddlegirl Too Puffy
I wanted to love this dress-it looked so comfortable and easy to wear. From the waist up, it looked great. I ordered my usual size (4 petite) and it was a little tight but certainly not enough to cause a return. However, from the waist down, it puffed out too much. It made me look heavy at the waist due to the pleating and the skirt ended at mid-knee, which is an unflattering length. It looked like a dress a housewife would wear in the 1950's. It needs slimmed down just a little bit. Or maybe I just needed to be taller to carry it off (I'm 5'2"). Sadly this dress is being returned.
May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby shorebird7 Updated Classic
I love this dress! I ordered the bright navy dress in 6 regular because I was concerned the 6 petite would be too short. The 6 regular arrived within 2 days and looked fine, but the neck and arm holes appeared just a little too large. My daughter suggested I order the 6 petite. The 6 petite arrived in 2 days and the fit is perfect, including the length. I think this dress will be perfect for a summer wedding.
May 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby earlymusician not for busty women
I adored this dress when I saw it online, ordered it, immediately tried it on when it came, and at first I thought it was perfect. I am mostly a 4, but slightly larger in the chest (not by much though). There was not enough fabric across the front for it to be comfortable, but then it was too broad in the back so it puckered out at my neck. If I walked around hunched over, it fit, which is a shame. love the fabric, love how it fits around my waist, love the long skirt. Have to return it though... a 6 would be way too big everywhere else.
April 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby LLBeandiscerningshopper short-waisted
I first ordered this in a petite, because I'm 5'3" and short-waisted.The waistband hit me about 2" above the navel, so I ordered a regular, and it fit fine. The length is good for my age. The dress is tailored and will be perfect for a summer wedding.
April 11, 2014