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Average rating for Occasion & Cocktail
(4.3 / 5)
155 Reviews
  1. / May 14 2015
    Timeless Piece, Lovely Silhouette
    As some reviewers have mentioned, I can testify that the Pieced Brocade dress does in fact run large. I think a bit too large, but applicable to specific regions, such as the abdominal/thoracic, and especially the hips. In my experience with Byron Lars' dresses (Carissima, Lana, Fleur de Lys) they all have been spacious in the chest. For this particular dress (size 12, last size they had in store), the neckline is so breezy because it fits so loosely. I'm grateful for the incorporation of the front zipper (because the first 3 dresses had a plethora of buttons) which makes it more feasible to put the dress on. The Pieced Brocade felt snug around the waist and hips, but left plenty of room in the chest, as if Byron Lars intentionally tapered the dress to define a silhouette, which the dress did a wonderful job of doing. I think it's best to go with the petite size, unless you are blessed vertically. Despite all the minor cons, the design and quality of the dress overcomes the them, just as Byron Lars' reputation precedes any doubt over this dress.
  2. / Dec 15 2014
    Conversation Topic
    The work on this dress is out of this world. It was a conversation topic at dinner! One of the reason I always choose this cut is because I have a very short torso. The dress comes with a black dress. I choose to not wear it. I am in between two sizes 6-8. I have an “Athletic” shape. Tops I am an 8 and bottoms 6, so I bought both sizes, the 8 was loose and the 6 needed me to hold perfect posture. So be prepare to hold your head high! You’ll look prettier. The dress length of course fit me longer than the model – but nothing that a pair of nude high heel doesn't fix. The neckline will look just like in the picture... it didn't look flattering on me with the zipper all the way up. Which is just perfect paired up with tiny jewelry. What I didn't like (and you can’t see it very good in the picture) is that the above the shoulder there is a piece of fabric – same one from the back section – that in my opinion is too wide. The sleeves on me looked very puffy– I had to “shorten” those too. I am 5’5. 135, 34D, Short torso, Long legs, skinny shaped arms
  3. / May 12 2015
    Can't recommend enough
    This is one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen. It really doesn't need anymore reviews, but I have to say, it is a stunning work of art. I have fallen so in love with this piece and it looks amazing on. With the array of colors, I think the options for jewelry and shoes are also extensive. Most of the pictures do not show the black belt which is nice on but the dress looks wonderful either way. I would say the dress runs true to size with the caveat of the hips. I am unsure about the regular sizing, but in the petite size I was surprised at how the garment fit my hips. I am generally size 00, 0, 0P and I tried the 2P and the 0P and I tend to be narrow through the hips. While I still went with my expected size 0P, the hips were a tad snug, but it still had a much better fit overall than the 2P. The dress is cut a bit longer so if you are a petite I would suggest ordering a petite size as I think the regular would be a little too long (the petite still hits right below my kneecap. For reference, I am 5"2" and ~110lbs. Get this, and honestly, you can wait for a dress promo if you wish, but it's worth every penny, regardless
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  1. / Apr 13 2015
    WOW dress
    This dress is a show-stopper and has exquisite movement. I'll be wearing it to a cocktail party where I'll be on my feet for most of the evening. The styling is unique and timeless. I can easily wear this dress as resort wear, out for a nice dinner, or cocktail party/semi formal. I'm 5'4, 114 lbs, small B cup. My body type is straight, no curves. I have longer legs than torso. The dress looks a little longer on me than on the model, but it's still a fun length. I tried on the small, but it was way too large. The XS fit much better, but it's still just a little big in the chest area. I'll either take it in just a smidge or wear a more padded bra. The dress slipped on very easily - no need to wiggle or force it on. There are no zippers on garment. The colors look more vibrant in pictures. I feel in real life the colors are a bit more muted. It's such a great dress, I just had to have it while it was available and I was more than happy to pay retail for it!
  2. / May 20 2015
    perfect for weddings
    I am usually an XS or S in anthro brands and I went with the XS on this one. I am a 34 C but still had room in the chest/arm holes in the S. The length is perfect for me, hits a few inches above the knee. The best part is the back, the swinging details dress it up just enough for nicer weddings, but you could also dress down with wedges for a shower or day event. Perfect for summer! The colors are even cuter in person! Must buy!!
  3. / May 15 2015
    Seriously Perfect for Everything
    Okay, i saw this dress and although it usually takes me a week or so to commit to an anthro dress, i bought this one immediately. I love it so much, it is very unique and very comfortable. I usually wear a 0 at anthro but sometimes a 2 in the more fitted dresses. The XS is perfect. It is a little on the baggy side, but that is the cut not the sizing. I recommend this dress to anyone. I cannot wait to wear it out!
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  1. / May 13 2015
    Well I bought the dress in both a 4 and a 6.Kept the 6.So pretty.Fit perfect.I just tried on with nude bra no problem.It was pricey but every woman should have a nice dress to feel beautiful in.
  2. / May 03 2015
    Beautiful but...
    When on the body, this dress is gorgeous. Perfect for a semi-formal event or outdoor wedding. I'll be wearing it as Mother of the Bride for daughter's late summer wedding. I especially appreciate the fact that Anthropologie offers petite long/maxi dresses as those are incredibly difficult to find. I read previous reviews and though I'm normally a 2P or XSP in dresses, I ordered a 4P. The 4P was a good/snug fit. I could NOT have worn a smaller size, so I can only assume this dress runs a size small. Overall I'm happy with this purchase because of the overall look and flattering fit, but I feel as if the fabric quality (especially the very cheap polyester lining!!) make this dress overpriced. I'm almost tempted to rip out the lining and make an underslip of better fabric.
  3. / May 13 2015
    My new fav!
    For a girl with some curves and height issue, it is so difficult to find dress this elegant and a perfect fit!
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  1. / Apr 08 2015
    Beautiful dress, high-quality fabric
    I purchased this dress to wear to a spring gala, and I am so pleased. I tend to shy away from prints, especially when dressing up, but this one is so beautiful, and the clean, classic lines of this dress offset the boldness of the print. The fabric is even more stunning in person than in the photo, and the fit is very flattering. I am 5'6" and 114 lbs. and I purchased a size 2. It is slightly large in the shoulders, but the fit through the hips is perfect, so I don't think I would want to go down to a size 0. I plan on wearing this with silver peep-toe pumps and simple, dangly earrings. My only complaint is that it had a very strong smell (of fabric dyes, I think), when I took it out of the package. I am hoping this will dissipate after a few days of letting it air out on a hanger, outside of the closet.
  2. / Apr 19 2015
    luxurious and gorgeous
    My normal size 10 fits great. As other reviewer mentioned, the dress is so gorgeous! The fabric has Thai silk like texture and looks very durable, it has no stretch to it. Totally worth full price.
  3. / Mar 02 2015
    I haven't purchased from anthropologie for several years because the quality of the fabric used in clothing had deteriorated. I am pleased to say this dress is gorgeous, the fabric is of a good quality, the design is lovely and the colors are striking. I am 5' 3.5" and weigh 123 lbs. I purchased a petite size 6P and the fit is perfect. I hope serious consideration will be given to continually provide clothing made from quality fabric? This purchase is an encouraging sign.
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  1. / Jan 20 2015
    Size up for this swingy silk maxi
    I agree with the previous reviewer that this dress runs small on top. Size up. I'm 5'2", currently a 30D/32C, 33-24.5-~37 with narrow shoulders and ribcage. Often the size XS regular dresses at Anthro are too large for me on top, but the XS fit me almost perfectly and was just a few inches too long while wearing my flat boots. I have a longish waist and the seam hit just below the narrowest part of my waist - you can see a bit of the extra fabric in the one photo. True petites shorter than me may do better with petite sizes for the waist seam placement. I would say the top portion fits like the Larksong Corduroy Dress in 0, and the Painted Plaid dress in 0 by Corey Lyn Calter. This dress felt so comfortable on. The silk crepe is substantial, not so thin that it will snag or wrinkle by just putting it on. Hidden zipper in back. There is a stretchy poly lining that goes from the bodice to about the knee, but I don't think it is even needed. There is a slit one one side only...to the knee. About 5 or 6 gores make the skirt flare from the waist seam without adding bulk. Looks great while walking. I think the pattern placement may be a bit different with each dress, but as this isn't a symmetrical pattern it shouldn't matter too much. Worth full price for me.
  2. / Apr 07 2015
    Elegant silk maxi
    I just wore this dress to Easter and felt elegant and beautiful (I also received many compliments). I am 5'9 and got a large, which was perfect because this dress is tight across the chest. People that are short will definitely have to shorten the dress, but it fits perfectly for me whether wearing flats or heels. I definitely recommend this dress. It looks classy yet effortless at the same time. I know I will get a lot of use out of it.
  3. / May 11 2015
    Lovely dress
    I bought this dress for an upcoming wedding and I am anxiously awaiting my chance to wear it. The fabric is lovely and the print is rendered beautifully. It does run a bit small, particularly across the rib cage and shoulders, but some slight tailoring or shape wear will solve this problem easily.
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  1. / Feb 13 2015
    Tricky bra, quality issues
    As previous reviewers have noted, this is tricky to style with a bra. As a D-cup, going without was not an option, but I found a backless plunge stick on bra from the most popular not-so-secret lingerie mall chain in America that just manages to hide under the silk bodice. It's another investment after the already expensive dress. With that covered, wow! It's a total Marilyn Monroe moment, especially in the eye-popping red. However, some other caveats - there was a loose silk thread in the back by the zipper pull straight out of the packaging, really a shame at this price point. And the length makes the sexy-thigh slit negligible on petites (even in the pic on the tall model you can see she's holding it up.) I will probably take this to the tailor to get a few inches taken off the bottom at some point. But I love the red too much to send it back, even at this price.
  2. / May 10 2015
    Va Va Voom
    I love this dress! I bought it in black and have it stashed in my closet for my next dressy occasion. I hate the pressure of having to find a great dress for an event - so when I find one, I buy it and have it ready for when something comes up. The fabric of this dress is very light, and there were a few threads hanging on it when it arrived. For the price, I think the quality could have been better. But, I still love it because the cut is fabulous. It is classy-sexy. Plan on buying some breast petals in lieu of a bra, and maybe also some fashion tape to avert any gaping fabric when you lean over. You will turn heads in this - in a good way.
  3. / Feb 10 2015
    stunning, but not without some flaws
    First off, if I weren't pressed for time, I would have sent this dress back because of a couple of quality issues. Straight out of the plastic mailer, it has a minor pull in the silk on the back, and the seams don't line up from side to side perfectly on either side of the zipper. That being said, the navy is no longer an option on the website, and I don't have enough time to shop around for another navy dress before an upcoming event. Except for these minor flaws, the dress is fabulous. It looks stunning on! It runs big. I usually take a size 2-4. The 0 is snug around the rib cage and flows nicely over my stomach. The shoulders however are still a little big and may slip off. I have an A cup, thus it may just be because I don't fill the top very much, esp without a bra! As the previous reviewer stated, you probably need to be comfortable without a bra for this dress to work. But these issues are nothing that a little fashion tape and nipple covers can't solve. The dress is a bit more high maintenance than I would like. Beautiful mix of sexy and classy. I know I'll feel like a million bucks as long as I don't have a Janet Jackson Super Bowl moment.
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  1. / Apr 23 2015
    This dress is gorgeous. I purchased it for my rehearsal dinner the night before my wedding since it is a cook out with casual dress. This is perfect, so visually interesting with the texture, beautiful finishing details. I am short so a purchased the petite and I am so glad I did! The length and fit are both perfect. I cannot wait to wear this!!!
  2. / Mar 18 2015
    ○○○ ENCHANTING ○○○
    This is not your typical white dress. The texture of the dress is what drew me to it initially and I had to give it a try. I took my usual size 6 and it fits perfectly. Where do I start with so many pros? • The fabric isn't delicate. •The underlay is long enough to be modest and is also smooth to the skin. • The V back creates a lovely silhouette •The A line cut is so flattering to the body. • Most importantly it's so versatile, I tried it with a Pilcro denim jacket and a few long necklaces. Perfection. This will be your go to dress for several occasions.
  3. / Apr 24 2015
    Awesome dress
    I tried this one on in the store today and LOVED it, and would have walked away with it but it was 3 inches too short. This would be perfect on someone about 5'8. It's sexy on, but comfortable at the same time! Can't go wrong with that.
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