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I ordered my Mara hoping to make it my 100 day dress and while it wasn’t suited for that (for me) I do love it and wore it a lot (50 days) last winter, into early Spring, and I’m considering buying another to wear next winter.
First, here is what I love- Of all my wool& dresses, it strikes the best balance between being both comfortable and flattering. The fabric isn’t as stretchy as Rowena fabric and feels much more substantial which is nice for a winter dress. The cut of the body of the Mira is narrower than a Rowena and tapered a bit so, while it is loose on the midsection, it isn’t shapeless. If you live in a place with wind, the narrower cut also eliminates the blow-up effect of the Rowena which mandates wearing leggings or shorts under the dress. I usually don’t like high necklines, as I’m weird about having tight things around my neck, but this neckline is great. It’s high enough to frame the face, hide some of the flaws that come with age, and provide some warmth, but loose enough that it isn’t constrictive (at all.)
My problem with the Mira and why I couldn’t make it work were all about the tapered arms. Note that other reviewers really like them, so it’s not a “design flaw,” but an issue about how I like to wear my clothes and the flexibility that I, a warm-natured person in a mildish-winter climate, needs in a single dress, worn from a cold February to a fairly warm April, with temps in the 60s & 70s. If you are cold natured or live in the North, my issues might be read as pluses.
I dislike the tapered forearms that on me (and I ordered a size larger than I probably needed) are too snug (and non-stretchy) to push up when it’s too warm. While my decidedly less flattering Rowena isn’t warm enough as a stand-alone winter dress, it’s easy enough to layer for warmth and remove layers when temps heat-up. With the Mira, you can layer to make it a fantastic dead-of-winter dress that’s way more appropriate than the Rowena… but you can’t un layer it to ALSO be a super-appropriate dress on a 70 degree Spring afternoon.
Again, if you live somewhere cold or you are a person who gets chilled easily and might wear a light sweatshirt on a 70 degree day, no problem. The tapered sleeves might be a non-issue. For me, if the sleeves were just a tad looser or stretchier, so I could push up the sleeves on a warmer day, I could have made it work… After a great 50 days, as the weather warmed, the lack of flexibility was my 90 day deal-breaker.
All that said, I still love my Mara, plan to wear it a lot during cold months, and am considering buying another! And, while I love the 100 Day concept, every dress I own doesn’t have to be an 100 Day Dress. I love my Mira for what it is: the best winter dress in the current Wool& line up!
the material used in this dress is unlike any of my other Wool& dresses
I wanted a dress that would be warm, cozy, have pockets, and be able to be dressed up or down. Mara fits the bill. Feels great, looks very nice. Works with flats, boots, leggings, tights, and bare legs just fine. The washed navy is a flattering dusky blue.
I have only tried on my new Mara…..but it fits really well……and I like the black color. I’m not wearing it currently as I live in central Texas and it’s just too hot I think but looking forward to wearing in later in the year. It will look great with leggings and boots I think. It seems very comfortable and I really like the pockets.
The Mara was a sleeper hit for me. If you are on the fence, give it a try. I'm L by the chart*, and tried on both L and M. L looked nice, and less baggy than the model pics, but M was perfect. It's not tight at all, just more streamlined and flattering on me. I'm 39-34-41, so a straight cut works fairly well on my frame. I'll be honest, the model pics kept me from trying it, I was worried it would be oversized where I prefer a little more shape. I am so glad I took a chance! The fabric is that same delicious terry of Sierra, and the sleeves are plenty long on my long arms. The neck is somewhere between a mock and a turtleneck, but isn't tight at all. I can't wear turtlenecks comfortably, but this doesn't actually touch the front of my neck. It's extremely comfortable, and now I am antsy for fall!
* I prefer M in Rowena and Sierra, and L in Clara. I'm also L in the Axis leggings.
I absolutely LOVE the soft fabric and lines of this dress & the Washed Navy is fabulous! It’s summer and too warm yet to be wrapped up in Mara’s gentle hug, but she is waiting for her moment. I wear a Medium in Rowena and Sierra, but chose to up it a size to Large in Mara to give me a bit more room to layer. If you’re on the fence JUST DO IT! 🌻
This is my favorite Wool& dress. I love the fabric and it is so comfy, easy and flattering. I am doing my 100 day challenge in Ellie, but am so glad I have Mara for cool evenings and lounging.
This is a fantastic dress! I love the material! It’s so soft. The dropped shoulders and slouchy neck add a casual element that I love! I ordered this as my 100 Day Dress Challenge reward, now I want the blue also! I like the straight slightly fitted silhouette better than the swing style. This will be so cute in the fall with leggings and chucks or boots!
I absolutely love the Mara. I put it on and wanted to grab a book and cup of tea. It is very comfy and cozy. It is not dressy dress. It can be an everyday dress to zoom off the the grocery, out to lunch or to a movie and you look good and feel great.
I wish there were more colors. A deep plum or deep teal would be wonderful. For winter a holiday red would be fun.
I had the Willow swing long in a medium for my challenge but ended up selling it because it felt to loose and long. I contemplated altering it but decided to sell it and get this instead after seeing someone in it on FB. I love it as much as I thought I would! I do wish the neck was more of a cowl or a hoodie but that’s my only “complaint.” I’m just not the biggest fan of a much turtleneck which this reminds me of but not as snug. I can tuck this in to be a shirt, easily, even into jeans! It’s short but more than enough coverage. I am so happy with this dress!! I will wear it all fall and winter long. Glad IN had a few cold May days so I could wear it before fall! (In this picture, I’m standing on an ottoman, not super tall!)
Like a warm stew on a cold night, my Mara dress makes me feel emotionality secure. It's warm, comfortable, snuggly. Living in there Pacific Northwest even summer can be cool, butt Mara keeps me comfortably warm, not sweaty. I love it.