Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 7
Rated 3 out of 5 by Sunny ignore the size guide.
style wise, the dress is exactly as pictured. however, this dress runs huge. since it was final sale and i needed a bridesmaid dress, i had myself measured by a seamstress. the size guide indicated i was a 10 (borderline 12 in the hips). i ordered the 10 and i am swimming in it. especially in the chest. i probably needed a 6 in this dress given how large it runs. if you are looking to purchase, go for your normal size based on mainstream mall brands - and then consider going down one more size (unless you have a very large bust). boo to vanity sizing (especially when it doesn't match the size guide).
April 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by shoegirl Great dress for cocktail parties, weddings, etc.
I am a reliable J. Crew size 4 and the 4 fit me perfectly so I wouldn't recommend sizing down. Looks gorgeous on, I have the cabernet and am already thinking about what other color to buy. The material is nice, could be a bit thicker that's why I didn't give it full stars. Flattering but not too revealing in chest area. Love it!
May 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sepp Holy wow
This is the perfect dress for an hourglass or pear leaning towards hourglass. You do need to be able to fill out an ample bust. I purchased a size 2. My 32d bust was practically busting out (ha) of the size 2 Arabelle still in my closet from slimmer times, but I have room in the size 2 Serena. It does nip in the waist, which is great if you have a naturally defined waist, but it might pose a problem for an apple or rectangle. This is a super flattering dress if it works with your body type, hits at the knee for me (5'5") and has more than enough fabric to cover my bottom heavy hip area (6-8 in bristol pants) without looking stretched thin. I bought it in 3 colors. I did notice that while the bluegrass color was snug (and just fit at the waist) the blue cove color is ever so slightly larger, and fits perfectly. Haven't received black yet to compare.
June 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by medst A bit roomy in the bust
Very beautiful dress. Glad I nabbed it on sale. I am usually a J Crew Size 6 for tops/dresses (34C, bust 35.4 in, waist 29 in, hip 38 in) and overall I have to say the dress fits true to size when going with the sizing guide. I am comfortable and the back zipper goes up without any struggle against my rib cage. However the top of the dress is roomy against my bust and the straps slide a little, but not enough to fall off the shoulder. I tried this on with an unlined bra, so I think that the issue will be remedied by wearing a padded bra. Bustier women will probably not have this issue. Also I am 5'3", so the dress hits about an inch below my knees. I prefer this length but petite women may want to go with the petite version.
June 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dyann GREAT DRESS!
Bought this dress for a wedding. Wasn't sure of the sizing--had to get a couple orders but my normal size fit. Very flattering and flow-y.
A good fit for a spring summer wedding!
June 6, 2015