I read the reviews before I purchased and it was mentioned about the tightness, so I ordered a larger size..just in case. Much to my surprise, even the 12 was tight around my ribcage, so tight that I have to return and I'm buying the 14. To be fair, I have a large ribcage (swimmer in my younger years!) The dress itself is pretty; has a very 60's feel to it, but I love the lines of the dress. There was something I noticed in the picture and when I got the dress I saw, there is a slit in the front of the dress in the bodice; some may like that, some may not. The color is a true garnet red, a very pretty color. I'm giving the dress a 4 because of the fit, but I do like it.