Smocked Mini Dress

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Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 37 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Drop Waist Done Right It's amazing what the right amount of support can do for a dress! This dress is made of thick, stretchy lace and has a smooth lining. The sleeves are flowy and graced over my large upper arms well. I might have liked the neck opening to be wider (I think wider is generally more flattering), but there is little else I would change. Something important to take into consideration- the picture is deceiving in how short the dress is. Lined up next to it's friends on the home page and it looks almost as long as the others! Well, I didn't find that to be true. It came up to almost mid-thigh on me, so it's true-blue (green) mini to me. The main draw for this dress is its drop waist front panel. Normally I shun this design in a dress as it highlights an especially bumpy part of me, but here it totally works. It's thick and supportive (almost like a back brace) and has a distinct sucking-in effect. This makes the lower belly seem smaller and tighter, especially from the side. I took a small- as I usually do in stretchy pull overs. If your size is not available I would suggest sizing down rather than up because I tried on a medium (which I occasionally wear) and the dress lost it's spanx effect and was a bit too loose. For Reference: Bust: 39.5 in (36B) Natural Waist: 32.5 in Drop waist: 34.5 in Hips at Fullest Part of Bum: 38.5 in 140 lb April 2, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not my cup of tea I am not sure why I even picked this up in the store - it's not my style at all. It's really not so bad if you like this sort of dress. I took this in my usual Small (measurements: 32D-26-36) and it fit perfectly. It was really comfortable. In fact, I liked this a lot until I looked in the mirror. The top part of this dress was baggy and not form-fitting. This is exactly how the dress is supposed to be, but it's not my personal style. Actually, I give props to this dress for being flowy and still accentuating my hourglass figure. The middle bunch of fabric cinches in the waist. The cool part about this is that the fabric here is wide, so I think waists of any height would benefit from this fabric. I was not a fan of the the sleeves. I usually tend toward predictable sleeves because I don't like to showcase my arms. The asymmetric cut of the skirt hem is actually pretty cute. The shortness in the front is the playful length, but the length in the back makes it appropriate. I realize that I have a lot of good things to say about this dress...but it's just not me. If this is your style, go for it! April 2, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great dress! I wasn't looking for a dress and just stumbled upon this one today. I just had to try it on. The blue is a gorgeous shade - my photos don't do the color justice. The other two colors are great as well. This is a summer dress. It is very lightweight and easy to get on and off. Very comfortable. The material is eyelet. I like the cut and found that it drapes nicely. I agree with previous reviewers who find the front just a tad short. This is why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. However, I actually think if the slip were just a bit longer, it would be okay. The eyelet part is probably long enough for me, but because you can see through it, a lot of thigh is visible. Not a deal breaker for me. I did not buy it on the spot, but intend to go back for it. I tried on the small, which was fine. I am really tall and thin. Most of my height is in my torso and this makes dresses a challenge, but the drop waist here worked great. A great summer dress! July 14, 2012
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BLUE A floral pointelle layer lends airy drape to LeifNotes' high-low frock. Style #:23939861 Smocked Mini Dress