Women's Elbow Sleeve Velvet Dress
Beautiful Little Black Dress!
Love this dress! I bought to wear to a holiday party and it was perfect...I felt absolutely beautiful in it. The dress is a great fit and true to size. It's soft with a bit of stretch, fitted in all the right places and a little flair to the skirt to boot. Can be dressed up or dressed down, whatever the occasion calls for...a truly versatile piece to add to your wardrobe.
January 5, 2013
sizing issues, seam issues
Great colors. Terrible fit. The sleeves are too long to be short, too short to be 3/4. The seam along the neckline flips over so it's inside out. I loved the colors and fabric, but should have believed the other reviews and steered clear of this little number.
November 25, 2013
I purchased this dress in gunmetal (because it's different and I already have SEVERAL black dresses) to wear for various occasions during the upcoming holiday season. The material is light and soft to the touch. At my age and stage in life, it's all about comfort, and this dress has it!! I'm overweight and bottom heavy, so I figured the style would be perfect. I think it will help to wear the right undergarments, but the style will still flatter most figures. I am 5' 7" and 155 lbs and got the Medium. It is a little big, but I know the small would have been tight, uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Considering I got it on sale, it is a GREAT buy. Can't say how it launders, as I just received it. Looking forward to wearing it next month!
November 23, 2013
Flattering and Comfortable
I fell in love with this dress two years ago and finally got to order it this year (was waiting for extra pounds to go away!).
I first ordered the Regular Medium but the dress was about 2 inches longer in the front than the sides and back, so I exchanged it for Petite Medium and it fits perfectly.
Because the dress was defective, I didn't have to pay for returning it, nor for shipping on the exchange. Lands End certainly does honour it guarantee!
November 22, 2013
Great for semi-dressy occasions
I chanced upon this dress when I was browsing the site after buying uniforms for my daughter. I ordered it in XS Blue, and I'm glad I did. The fabric is nice...just heavy enough, without having to worry about overheating in a crowded room this winter. Please believe me and the other commenters when we say that it runs extremely large, however. I'm generally a 4, so I was dubious that a garment sized 2-4 would fit me, but it is still loose throughout the waist and hips while fitting pretty well through the shoulders and bodice. I can see how the untacked neckline facing might be an issue for some, but I think my shoulders are broad enough that it will help it lie flat. Overall, I am satisfied with the purchase, especially since I got it on sale.
November 20, 2013
I had high hopes for this dress. It was okay. Not unflattering but not flattering either. I'm returning it.
November 20, 2013
Horrible! returned immediately.
My first review did not make it in - maybe it was too harsh for the censors :o
Other than two industrial strength skirts I returned a couple of years ago - this was a rare return for not liking an item.
I could not disagree with all the reviewers more than I do on this, which is also very rare.
I found the material cheap, the fit - matronly (to be kind), the collar would not stay put - I think the model has it pinned in the back or something.
The elbow sleeves are awkward and uncomfortable and if I were to wear a little cardigan over it, I am sure it would have felt even more uncomfortable - should either be 3/4 lenght or short sleeved - seems like it didn't make up its mind the day it was being conceived.
Needless to say I returned the black and the red immediately - and quite honestly I was anticipating wearing the red one for Valentine's Day - was really looking forward to the "special" look I thought I was buying. Sorry ladies, this one is not for me...
January 30, 2013
The fabric was nice, but the fit was small. I usually take a size small (6-8, closer to the 8) in LE dresses, but this dress fit too snugly. Also, I couldn't get the front neck lining to stay inside the dress. Sorry to have to return it.
January 27, 2013
I was initially turned off by the idea of wearing velvet (I thought we were over that by the early 90s!), but seeing the price and the reviews, I thought I'd take a risk. Okay, so first of all, the fabric is subtle and doesn't have that dated velvet look. The cut is pretty (even with my pooch) and can still flatter my high waist. The sleeves also come to just above my elbows, even in a petite. I ordered a small petite and am 5'2" 130 lbs.
January 27, 2013
I just "discovered" this dress when it was featured as a sale item in an email, but it is really a great fit and style. Velvet these days is for wearing anytime or place, so this dress could be worn with boots and a cardigan just for work. I like the sleeve length too, since it covers up the flabby part of my arms.
January 9, 2013