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I'm 10 days into my 100 day challenge, and I needed a dress that was suitable for breastfeeding. I'm not usually drawn to this style, but I was so surprised how much I've fallen in love with Clara. This dress is so versatile. I love it with a belt, as a blouse with a skirt, or tucked into jeans. I followed the advice here to get my normal size, and I actually wish I sized down to XS. The dress does relax enough for me that XS would have been a better fit. Once I'm done my challenge, I intend to get it tailored. If you're smaller in the chest like me, I would advise you to consider sizing down.
I really, really like this dress--the cut, the fabric, the color, and the fit. I initially ordered it in Black XL, thinking that for the investment-level price, it would make a great and versatile wardrobe staple for cooler months. The XL was huge on me, and when I set out to make my exchange, it was sold out in L, so I went with the Deep Teal. It turns out to be a really lovely color--saturated yet somehow muted, a bit more blue than green. This dress is a perfect fit for me, with no tightness anywhere. (I'm almost afraid to wash it for that reason!) The sleeves are even the right length, which is uncommon for me when I buy things that fit my hips and chest--usually the sleeves are too long. I'm very happy with this and look forward to trying it with different accessories and layers. I would love it if Wool& would bring back the burgundy/wine color too.
My measurements are roughly:
I think one of these measurements caused me to size up to XL, but it was just too long and too baggy everywhere, especially in the chest. I have no problem fitting into the L, though maybe I wriggle a little pulling it down past the hips. It's fully comfortable to move around in when on, but there's no stretch, so if you're used to the range of motion available in a swing dress, that's not available in this. I notice the lack of stretch getting in and out of the car, but otherwise it's completely easy to wear and looks polished. Wrinkles steam out of it easily, too. Great for travel.
I ordered a small per reviews, but it is too snug around the booty. I’m fairly slender, but the dress bunched up around my butt when walking. I’m returning and ever so patiently waiting for a restock so I can order in a Medium. As soon as it’s available, I will purchase the correct size for me, because this IS a beautiful, well made staple item I’d love to add to my wardrobe!
I love the color. I love the cut. I love the material. Love, love, love!
The color is gorgeous. The fabric feels wonderful. The neckline is great!
I am busty, hippy, with a drawn in waist. I am short waisted, with longer legs and proportional arms (not long, not short.) I really wanted this dress. It’s 100% wool in a luscious color. The only way this worked for me was if I used the belt loops to tie it in the back (and did not cross the belt across the front.) I measure an XL on the size chart but wear an L in Margo. Because of the lack of stretch in this fabric, I went with my measured XL size and it overwhelmed my frame and didn’t accentuate it like I wanted to.
However! This color is also available in a button down shirt and I’m thinking of getting that to use as a jacket for a simpler dress.