Rated 5 out of 5
┬áby aliasQT A petite woman's dream dress!
I own seven Bailey 44 column dresses. I have the tank styles, boat neck, long sleeve, cap sleeve, maxi length, short length, as well as two column skirts. I have a petite frame and I must say this petite cut dress fits the best out of all the column dresses I own. Like another reviewer said, the length is not any shorter than the regular cut dresses but I could tell immediately when putting it on this style was cut for the petite frame woman. The neckline fits better than the other tank style Bailey 44 dresses I own. I own 2 other tank style dresses and I had to take them both to the tailor to have the tank straps pulled up so my bra does not show. The regular cut tank dresses are too low cut for my 5'1, 32A, 111 lb petite frame but not this one. This one fit like a glove giving me beautiful curves! This dress is an online exclusive (what I was told when I called a store) so I ordered a small and extra small to see which would fit better. My usual size is xs for Bailey 44 but for this dress, I found the small to fit better. The xs was a tad too snug and showed my stomach more. The small was still form fitting but more modest than the snug fitting XS. For reference, the small is 30 inches from center of neckline to botton of dress and 14.5 inches fron armpit to armpit laying flat. The xs was about a 1/2 inch smaller all around. Those of us who love these Bailey 44 column dresses know how incredibly sexy and versatile they are. I can wear this dress to a summer BBQ, to the office with a cropped cardigan (I'm a university professor), as well as to a fancy restaurant or nightclub. They also pack easily for travel. I can go from an academic conference presentation during the day to an evening reception in this dress. I wear all my Bailey 44 dresses regularly and even though the label says dry clean, I have always handwashed mine in cold water and they hold up fine. Like reviewers for other Bailey 44 column dresses have pointed out, the edges are unfinished and they do fray (I sometimes see lint from the fraying on the floor) but I don't find this to affect the beauty of these dresses. To date, this petite column tank dress (I have the brown) is my favorite out of them all because it fits like it was made for my petite frame! I hope Baily 44 continues to make petite cut column dresses!
July 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
┬áby donkey most flattering of the 3 i own
this is my third column dress (it pains me to think that i've spent almost $600 on this line...so far), and as confirmed by my boyfriend, it is the best one. i own the 3/4 length sleeve boatneck, and the maia petite dress that just came out also. i would say the maia is sweet and flattering, and the brown version of this is sexaaaay. i was nervous that i had too many iterations to buy another and that they would be too similar, but once my bf saw it, he said i MUST keep it. which i gladly obliged :)
i am 5'4", a 8 on bottom (very curvy) and 6-8 on top, and i always get the large petite in these dresses. i tried on a medium just to be sure, and while it certainly fit because these are a bit stretchy, the large did a better job of helping me smooth out any bumps i have (especially around my hips/thigh area).
i haven't seen it in person, but i think that the orange version of this dress might be a bit too similar to the maia so if you own that, i would definitely go for the brown. love that this is petite only. although i got petites in both the maia and this, i would say the maia is a bit shorter as that hit a few inches above my knees, and this hit just at my knees.
June 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5┬áby AWalton Dress # 3
I now own the three-quarter sleeve tan and white, the navy and tan cap sleeve and now the orange version of this dress. All three are unique, but this one stands out. The colors are beautiful, especially for summer (I have a tan), the wide strap tank suits my upper body and the way the dress hugs just echoes all the other reviews. This says petite, but it's as long on me as my other 2. I have purchased all 3 in an XS and the fit is divine. I don't believe this dress is meant to fit loosely. I am 5'1 and it hits just above my knee. I HATE spending this much on a dress, but they fit so incredibly, it's hard not to justify. Happy summer!!
June 27, 2012