Rated 3 out of 5 by backyardbirdmom Disappointed
Bought this dress in Sea Grass for a Garden Wedding. I loved it from the moment I opened it, it was perfect, until I put it on. Size was good except the bust area. I'm a 38DD and the waist went around the bust. I think if it was a tall it would have worked. Please LLBean we need more talls. I'm almost 5'9" and long waist. Otherwise, the dress would be perfect for someone needed a garden wedding dress. I sent it back.
April 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by scampeau Great modest, summer dress... Perfect!
I am a young professional, I'm 5'2 and about 130 pounds with a curvy hourglass/pear shaped figure. Working with children I have trouble finding dresses that are long enough and not too low when bending down or leaning over and this dress is perfect. I bought an XS regular in the navy polka dotted pattern and the fit is perfect. Enough stretch to be comfortable and flattering without being too clingy and looks really cute with a white camisole underneath for added coverage. Can easily be worn casually or dressed up for a summer event. This will definitely be one of my go-to comfort dresses this season.
Totally worth the added duty and exchange rate to ship it to Canada. Keep it up LL Bean. You've become a favourite store of mine.
April 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by cjaynrun Lovely Dress
I love this dress. I am 5'4" 150 pounds and purchased the large. It fits great and falls below the knee. I wear a tank underneath to fill in the V-neck gap and it looks great. This dress is extremely comfortable and couldn't be easier to care for. I wear about a 2-1/2 inch pump with it. It also looks good with pretty much any kind of sweater but, when necessary, I pair it with a shorter length cardigan. I love the style with its empire waist, which is very forgiving if you carry weight at the waistline, like I do. It's a very lovely dress and I am very appreciative that L.L. Bean carries it. I hope they will continue to carry this type of style.
April 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by celest A great dress
I got his dress (a polka dot print) today and love it. Most dresses are made for women with big tops and skinny hips, but if you're the least bit pear shaped, it is really hard to find dresses that look good. This one fits perfectly. I'm 5'6" 130 pounds and ordered a small. It is not too low cut, and it hides my knee surgery scars. As soon as these come out in other colors, I will definitely order more. Would love to see this style with long sleeves for winter.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 2Shelties Flattering and Easy to Wear
Ordered this in Petite Large, I am 5"4" and size 12/14. Perfect trim fit - definitely slightly fitted and not oversized, especially on top, but going up a size might look sloppy. The bodice is not overly generous. I am a full C/small D and will have to pick the right bra so that the bodice lies properly. The lovely print and non-clingy fabric hide a multitude of sins including the dreaded middle-aged waistline thickening. Hits just below the knee, which is where I like dresses. Definitely will be a summer favorite and I'm ordering another color. At this price it's a great buy.
April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by teeshirtguy Perfect Spring/Summer Dress
I just received this dress and it is fantastic. The fit is very
comfortable, and the delicate elastic around the empire waist
gives it shape. It is not too short, falling below the knees.
It can be dressed up with jewelry or scarves, or worn more
casually. I am really pleased with this dress and am so
glad I ordered. (Navy dot) I wish there were more colors.
My husband almost exclusively buys from LL Bean. The
quality is always excellent. Thank you.
(teeshirt guy's wife)
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ConservativeShopper2 Dress is perfect!
I just received this dress in the navy polka dot color and wore it to church today on Easter Sunday. Today is quite warm and a bit humid, and the fabric weight and breathability is just perfect for our weather here in Florida. It does not wrinkle in the least! I usually wear a size 10 in store bought clothing, but in this dress the large fit perfectly. I am 5' 7" tall and the large is about an inch or so below the knee. #Pay attention to the size measurements listed by L.L. Bean, particularly the chest measurement with this dress.# This is my first order with the company as we have no stores here. The dress is very comfortable and quite flattering. The style is timeless and would look well on many different age groups. The fact that it does not cling hides body imperfections. The description of the dress is exactly how it looks on. I would not have known how attractive the dress is from how it looks on a hanger. I read the reviews and did not find the V-neckline too revealing. I am conservative and in my upper 60's and no cleavage whatsoever shows. I love the fit as it is not too loose or too tight. The thin elastic in the band in the empire waist is not snug and quite comfortable, but if the dress was too small, it would be uncomfortable. The elastic, which does not touch my body, gathers the fabric ever so slightly to allow the dress to hang in a flattering manner. I was concerned about it when I read a few of the reviews, but the elastic itself is not a wide band, just two 1/8" wide strips sewn around the dress two and a quarter inches apart. Since the dress is so perfect, I have just ordered the pink polka dot dress in this same style. If you buy this dress, you will not be sorry!
April 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by APPPR Wonderful dress!
This dress is absolutely lovely! The fabric drapes beautifully and the pattern is fantastic. The Petite XXS fits like a dream (I'm 5'4'' and 115 lbs).
April 4, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by sully3 Not for top-heavy women
Do not order this dress if you have large breasts. The fit makes you look top heavy. VERY unflattering.
The empire (almost) waist accentuates the problem by putting all the focus up top. Pulling the waist down makes the top too low and revealing. There was nothing I could do to this dress to make it look even half decent.
The fabric and the drape were very nice and would be perfect for summer. But only if you have a small cup size and are slender.
April 4, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by DisappointedBySizing Petite sizing is way off
I ordered this dress in 2 colors in Petite medium (I am 5'2", approximately 145 lbs). When they arrived, I tried them on, and found that the chest area was WAY too big. I sent them back to exchange for Petite smalls - because of the drapey nature of the dress, and the empire waist, I can get away with a small in this style.
They didn't have petite small in any color but black. The Petite small in black arrived, I tried it on, and it is still too big in the chest - both in terms of cup size and shoulder-to-waist length. I called LLBean to inquire if it was, in fact, a petite, since the dress only says S on it, not PS. The customer service woman explained that "Petite only means shorter; it doesn't mean the torso is smaller". 'The (supposedly petite) small still came about an inch below my knee - I would have preferred that it hit at or just above the knee.
I won't be ordering anything more from LLBean - I find it concerning that this company apparently believes that the only difference in body size between a shorter woman and a taller woman is leg length.
That being said - if you are a woman of average height and medium-to-large breast size, this dress is fantastic - comfortable, easy to wear, flattering. Probably needs some sort of spanx and/or a camisole, depending on your need for modesty.
April 2, 2015