Women's Pattern Knit Shirred Surplice Dress
stunning, classy, go-anywhere dress
I bought the beautiful aqua coloured dress - I've never bought a LE dress before although I have been buying winter gear, and summer tops for years. I loved the modal tops this year with the cross over (a style I usually can't wear as they always seem to gape) so I thought I would give the dress a try. Well, I was just blown away by how fabulously this frock fits, and the beautiful and superior quality of the fabric. First of all the aqua is the most stunning colour. The fit is so flattering - unlike the last review, I find it very flattering, adds shape to my figure and doesn't thicken the waist. I also find that the fabric is the perfect weight and drapes beautifully. I guess all these things are in the eye of the beholder, which doesn't help people reading reviews to help decide if they want to purchase the dress! I am about 5 foot 6 inches and about 115 pounds and the extra small fit perfectly. Somehow the cross over neckline stays just where it should. I am kicking myself that I didn't try these dresses sooner as I would have bought them all (I'm going back to buy the pink one, even though I don't have one other pink thing in my wardrobe! I like the style THAT much!). Hope LE brings the exact same dress - and high quality fabric - back again next year. I see sometimes things get a little less polished when they are brought back again, so I am very much hoping that will not be the case with the lovely knit dress. Buy it... you'll be happy (I hope!).
November 13, 2014
I have wanted a nice aqua dress and this one looked like it would fit the bill, but it wasn't what I had hoped for. The cloth is very heavy and does not drape well. The fit made my waistline and middle look thick, in contrast to the fit and flare dresses that I enjoy from Land's End. So this dress is going back.
November 9, 2014
Heavyweight, not for warm weather
This is made of very heavy knit, and it would be much too warm (and would literally weigh you down) in summer. There is a LOT of fabric here! I ordered the blue one and didn't realize the dots would be quite THAT pink -it looks like an Easter egg. It's going back.
October 21, 2014
I am very pleased with this dress although I have a bit of a problem with the surplice style gaping on me. I used a safety pin to fix the problem but will tack it with thread before I wear again. I got so many compliments, even from strangers on this dress. It is very comfortable and I am well pleased.
October 13, 2014
Beautiful Spring & Summer Dress!
This dress is very flattering for hourglass and pear-shaped women, and the pattern is bright and beautiful! Great with a cardigan for work, or with wedges for the weekend! This was the first dress I purchased from LE, and I had to come back for more!
October 9, 2014
Glow in the dark colors
I was hoping that getting the dress a little big would give me more length. With the spandex and the fact that I wanted it for casual wear, I wasn't really worried that it would be too big (I usually wear a small). But this dress was HUGE. And worse, the pattern (cyan) is cheap looking and the colors were bright enough to require sunglasses. I will not wear this. I live in Japan, so sending it back is also not an option. I am planning to donate it to a clothing drive the next time I'm in the States.
October 1, 2014
A Rare Dress
I haven't bought a dress in many years--just got fixated on pants and tops. This dress, however, is very flattering and I look forward to wearing it in Florida and Michigan--places where I split my time. The color is very nice, and I got a short little sweater to top it off.
September 28, 2014
It weighs a ton
The stirred section has way too much fabric and makes the dress not only heavy but also unflattering. Of the 4 dresses I ordered, this was the one I liked the best online. But it's the only one of the 4 that I am returning.
September 26, 2014
A perfect dress for an outdoor wedding.
I really liked this dress. I bought it to wear to an outdoor wedding and it was perfect.
September 24, 2014
Nice All-Occasion Dress - Good for DDs
OK, let me start by saying that I have a problem with current styles being just too short for a woman my age - 55+. Above the knee dresses and skirts are, frankly, inappropriate. (LE Buyers: take note!) Although I'm 5'1" I bought the regular so it would fall below my knees. I also find, as a woman with DDs (since the "change of life") that I often NEED a regular/misses size to maintain the waistline where it should be.
All that said as preface - I liked this dress very much. Fit was great, length just right, good chest coverage, laundered well (cold gentle/low partial dry + hang out). I would definitely consider buying in another color/pattern. I bought this for work + dining out. Fabric will carry from spring through fall (with a cardigan as needed). I am 139 lbs, 5'1", 40-33-40 (isn)
September 24, 2014