Rated 5 out of 5 by jprufrock Great construction; soft material; comfortable
I bought this in-store and fell in love! This dress is constructed very well, the color is rich, and the material is extremely comfortable--a definite plus if you plan to wear this all day. The length of this piece is perfect, and it can be dressed up or down. The pockets are also placed perfectly at the hips and fall in line with the pleats (instead of flaring out) when not in use.
I would say this dress runs a little big in the waist area. It wasn't egregious enough for me to order a size down, but you may want to try it on in the store first.
February 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JojoM Gorgeous, Versatile Dress
I got this dress as a Christmas present from my husband, and I couldn't be happier with it. It's a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down. The fabric is thick yet falls nicely. The box pleats give it interest. Very flattering.
The only thing I would caution about is for the bustier gals...I'm 5'4" and a 32DD, normally a size 2. I did get the size 2 because it fit my waist better, but it is tight on my chest. I can't zip it up on my own and it's still a bit of a struggle for my husband to zip it up. However, I'd rather have it a little snug in the bust to get the right fit at my waist. Along those lines, the midline hits nicely at your natural waist and looks great with a slim belt.
January 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lday20 The Perfect LBD
I grabbed this dress when I saw it on sale, thinking it might be good for my honeymoon later this year. It's fabulous in every way. Rock-solid construction, beautiful substantial fabric, unique and adorable back, and (on sale) a pretty amazing price. I ordered a 0 and a 2, as sometimes Madewell dresses run a little big for me, and both fit beautifully. Just have to decide which one to return. SO happy with this purchase.
January 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Biance Perfection
This is without a doubt the nicest dress I have ever gotten. Everything about it is modern and feminine, it's the epitome of a little black dress... I cannot say a single critical thing about the dress.
Beautiful fabric, beautiful fit and it just makes me feel so dang lady-like! ;)
Your best yet Madewell...
January 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ciaomochi Modern, simple, perfect
The flattering shape and clean simplicity of this dress initially attracted me. The fit is true to size, and it is very comfortable to wear. Pockets are a must and give the dress versatility. This is a perfect black dress and a timeless and effortless addition to any closet.
January 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Redtomato Simple and pretty
Less size inflation than j Crew so a four really is a four. Material has a nice structure to it. Very flattering.
January 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by chubbs figure flattering glamour redefined
this dress is flatteringly form fitting and well made. hugs the figure without suffocating and has well disguised pockets for getaway change, glossy lips or phone. even your exit is dramatic with the racer back design.
December 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by marysia beautiful dress
Normally, I would not even consider buying something 100% synthetic, but the cut of this dress was so pretty that I went for it. It fits perfectly and looks very flattering and elegant on. As someone mentioned, pulling the zipper up can be challenging because the fabric is so thick, but to me it's not a big deal.
December 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by rockymtnneighbor Impeccable LBD with pockets
My one issue with this dress was the zipper. I had a heck of a time pulling it up past the seam in the midsection of the dress since it is a thick fabric to begin with and in that area the fabric is doubled over. At times I felt like I was going to break off the zipper pull when trying to pull it up from behind. Since I had no extra helping hands around, I ended up having to turn the dress around with it just up to above my waist, zip it up past the problematic area, and then turn it around and squeeze my arms into the armholes. I normally wear a XS in knit pieces at Jcrew factory & 0/xxs in tailored pieces so the 0 for this dress on me was perfect. Great dress other than the zipper, which might get easier with more wears. Only time will tell.
December 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by vnsa very thick
When reading the description, I completely missed the part that mentioned "soft, sculptural scuba fabric." It is definitely a very cute cut and fits true to size, but the material is quite thick. I am keeping it to wear in the winter with a turtleneck or other shirt inside as I'm not sure how it will look alone. If you're really confident, you're probably fine to wear it alone in warmer weather. Because the material is a bit bulky, I'm not sure if I fall in that camp.
January 5, 2014