Dress was classy and appropriate for an older female. Comfortable for dinner and dancing evening lasting over 6 hours. Dress fit perfectly with no alterations required. Right length to wear with flats which was nice for this older female. I am 5'9". Also can wear this dress with a regular bra. No need for special bra without straps, etc. which is also nice for an older female. Good value that does not look cheap! I often have difficulty finding dresses that fit well on upper torso as I have additional length from neck to waist. This gown would fit a range of upper torso lengths I think. Being sleeveless, but with the scarf available, allows for persons who tend to be hot but then quickly cool off as many older females do. I am definitely satisfied with this on line purchase.
This is a beautiful dress - I am returning it only because I found a dress more suitable in color and weight for a Caribbean wedding; first, it is true to color in the image - it is a very dark charcoal. It is also true to size. I ordered the size I always wear and it fits perfectly. The skirt is long for me, as is always the case for my size (wider than I am tall) - I would have the hem professionally altered had I kept it. The shawl is elegant- I would wear it on the elbows, as pictured with the celery colored version, or drape it on the neck with the scarf down the back perhaps. The bodice is beautifully beaded in a high quality craftmanship. This really stands apart; this year all major designers for mother of bride/groom and evening dresses are all about sequins and lace overlay and lots of dark colors. Those popular dressmaker brands, however, turn out some chintzy looking sequins. By contrast this dress is well made. Unfortunately it is too dark and heavy for my event. Also, because I am short-ish, I feel I look just a little stocky. It also is not as flexible in the bodice as I would like. The beading is a little rough on my inner arms with my arms at my side. If I were going to dance the night away it might not be a deal breaker. However, in the end it won't do for the climate I'll be in nor for the dark color. I thought about keeping it anyway because it is so delicious! But my clutter coach's voice on my shoulder is saying "Don't hold onto things you won't use." I was a little concerned when it arrived very compactly bagged in a plastic envelope-type delivery. However, it held up fine. The scarf has some fold lines, but it is polyester and dry clean only; I wouldn't touch it with heat/iron, maybe a cooler steam would work out those fold lines. I would consider the celery color if it worked in the color scheme. So satisfied that I tried this dress out and I can recommend it with this info. It has made me notice J Laxmi and I have only seen the name here on Overstock. I will be keeping my eye out now.
I received this dress yesterday and could not wait to try it on. It is for a formal Valentine's Day event. I LOVE it. It is elegant and beautiful. My only wish is that it came in a petite size, not because of the overall length which works with high heels, but because it's a little long from neck to waist resulting in a slight bulge of fabric in the back above the waist but don't let that stop you from purchasing it. I'm 5'2'' (with a short torso).
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