redheadedmandy - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
I was really torn about this dress-- I've been dying for a white shirtdress with a flared skirt for ages, and this ticks so many boxes, but isn't without its issues.
First off, the good: the fabric is quite a nice cotton weave, with a smooth hand; it will, of course, hold creases but it doesn't seem prone to pucker-style wrinkling, which is good. It's got some crispness and structure to it, which lets the skirt move in large folds rather than draping. It should steam or press smooth with ease. The skirt has the perfect amount of fullness for flare without adding bulk, and the detailing is lovely.
Now the not-so good: the lining is only partial, a weirdly common clothing construction thing that drives me *absolutely insane*. The dress is not so see-through in normal light that people would notice, but if light is shining through the fabric, you can definitely see it. It makes clothing look so much cheaper. I'm also really not a fan of the drawstring waist-- it does the job, I guess, but it's not the greatest-looking thing and is a little irritating, so I would replace it with elastic and cover with a belt.
The biggest issue I had, and the thing that caused me to return the dress, has to do with the way it fit on me. I found that with the fairly crisp, structured fabric, there was too much volume at the shoulders/around the underarms to be flattering. I have a thicker neck and arms, plus broad/square shoulders, so I prefer items that de-emphasize these features.
I would say that the dress is actually true to size, but accentuated my larger shoulders/arms in a unflattering way, so I will be reordering a size down to see if that fixes my fit issues. I had already anticipated that possibility-- with items that have puffing at the shoulders I prefer to size down so that the shoulder line hits further in than my actual shoulder, allowing the puffing to give the illusion of smaller shoulders-- so I'm not too fussed about it.