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Yep, I LOVE this dress! I now own 2 Rowenas, 1 Sierra, 1 Clara and a pair of Frankie shorts to top off (or bottom off) my woolie outfits. My other Ro is a regular length, and I was curious about the long for warmer weather bare legs. I think I may end up hemming it about an inch shorter, but I want to live with it a bit before I give that a go. The teal color is truly stunning and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
I love theses wool dresses! It’s the perfect weight, slightly stretchy, it has long sleeves that are still breathable, and I love having clothes that don’t have to be washed super frequently. And the longer length is actually work appropriate on me!
But it’s VERY big. I know that people like that ‘flowy’ look, but it seems very excessive on me. Thankfully it works with a belt, but even then it would improve were it a bit slimmer. I also wish it dress was available as a v-neck. The neck is nowhere near as open as previous reviewers claim, and I feel Wool& may have overshot a compromise.
I was initially excited when this dress came back in stock in the olive colour. Unfortunately, I will be returning this dress. The sleeves were very long and although the could be tucked under they felt sloppy. The top half of the dress gently hugged me the bottom half however was not flattering on me. I have an hourglass figure and I added several belts (wide and narrow) and the dress just rumpled. Had the dress been more fitted on the sides and/or less fabric I would have been thrilled to keep it. I ordered a Maggie and feel it is a much better fit (pun intended) all around for me. For some the fit will be just fine, but not for me. The colour, weight, and overall quality of the dress is good, but in the end it wasn't enough for me to keep it.
So soft, comfortable and flattering. I genuinely do not want to take it off. It suits me so well I plant to buy 3 more in different colors and make this dress the staple of my capsule wardrobe.
I actually bought a Sierra to do the challenge, but then it won’t ship til 6/11 and I asked the FB group about Ro, which was available and so many folks said it was lighter and cooler ... so I went for it, and it’s true. The wool is about a good quality t-shirt weight, loose and flow-y, and the deep pockets rock. I hang it each night and it’s fresh by morning. I have loved not having to think before I put on my dress each day. The dark blue goes with lots. I pair it with wool leggings when it’s cooler and wool boy shorts when it’s hotter. I can wear it pretty much anywhere.
I'm on day 71 of the 100 day challenge, and I probably love my dress even more now than when I first started. I got my Long Rowena Swing Dress in Forest Night Marl, and it is so more beautiful and nuanced of a color in person than it looks online. I thought it looked dark online, and was a little worried about it, but I'm very glad I went with it!
I originally bought the Rowena (not-long) Swing Dress in Black/Green Stripe in a size L. I super loved the stripes, but it hugged a little tight (thanks Pandemic Weight), and was a little short for my personal comfort level in an office work setting. My partner convinced me to return it and get a different size so I would actually enjoy my 100 day challenge (and be able to squat/bend over to low file drawers without flashing a few folks) instead of dreading it and I'm so glad I did.
I went 2 sizes up and went from regular length to a long length, because when I started it was winter in the North, and I was thinking layers, and honestly I just wanted the embodiment of comfort on my skin. I likely could have gone with an XL in the long length and been fine, the sleeves on XXL are a wee bit long for my 5'2" frame but it doesn't bother me much. No matter what I wear, I'm rolling my sleeves up anyway because I like my wrists free, but on cold days its nice to tug them down for more coverage. The XXL is not hugging me anywhere but drapes nicely over my chest, or if I'm bending, my backside, but I still think it's fairly flattering. And I've gone through many style preferences in my life, but having just started a new job, I'm okay that it's not overly form-fitting as well, I like having folks interact with me on a purely knowledge/information stand point as a brand new colleague. But, I may seek out a smaller size in the future if the mood strikes.
Originally, I wanted to do this challenge and try out this dress because the entire concept intrigued me, and I was looking for ways to simplify my life and consumer lifestyle. Then, I decided to buy my first house and pack, move, unpack etc. all during this challenge and the dress turned out to be a beacon of stability and hope in my chaotic-turned life. Jumping between two households for 2 months while we move, prep the new home, and pack/move the old home? Only took 1 very small bag back and forth each day: dress + leggings + underthings, occasional sweater, and toiletry bag. Amazing and an absolute life-saver.
Packing for a weekend trip to see parents? I normally bring way too many changes of outfits, this time dress + 2 sweaters + underclothes + pair of leggings and pajamas. Probably could have packed it all in my purse if I really wanted to.
Before I got my dress, I was looking online seeing people changing their dress up: with a top over it= skirt style; skirt over it= top style; scrunched up and tucked in to pants= shirt style; backwards, forwards and everything in between. I thought that looked incredibly glamorous and fun and also made for good marketing. With perfect amount of extra room my XXL afforded me, plus extra length, successfully tucking this in to pants and wearing as a shirt was not going to happen for me. But, also, I wasn't sad about it at all. I actually loved the simplicity of just wearing the dress, as it was, every day. I definitely worried about what my coworkers would think or if they would notice or say something, but I'm on day 71 and no one has said anything yet so either they are too kind to say something, or it really is true that most folks don't notice what you're wearing the majority of the time. (To be fair, many of my coworkers wear the same/very similar clothes every day based on the nature of their job as well.)
The most amazing thing, besides the pure and lovely simplicity of it all, is that I also notice less what other people are wearing. I've had four conversations with my coworker who shares a workstation with me just this morning, but I can't tell you what she's wearing at all, I'd have to turn around to peek to remember or find out. It's like there's a giant vacancy in the part of my brain that used to spend all this time coordinating outfits and picking out what to wear, and I've been able to fill it up with so many different meaningful things. I'm not sure there's a direct correlation, but I have more mental capacity for moving and I've even started dabbling in crafts and making art again after a many-years break.
I know my challenge is slated to "end" in mid-June, but aside from maybe getting a dress with shorter sleeves for summer, I don't know if I'm anywhere near ready for it to be over.
I hope this information helps you make an informed choice on your purchase for sizing, reasoning, or possible benefits!
I received this dress and have worn it three times so far. I tend to be cold (work in A/C in the summer) and I love the weight of the fabric and the warmth it provides. It is a very comforting piece of apparel. Forgiving of figures and I know I'll use it a lot. I ordered another one like this Rowena and am also looking forward to trying other styles.
My Rowena has become the start of a whole new way of looking at clothing. It is so cozy it is tempting to sleep in it. I like that it is very plain on its own because I can accessorize it any way I want to. It is amazing for not holding odors, so it doesn't need to be washed very often. After wearing it for the 100-day challenge, it still looks brand new. I now have two other wool& dresses (another Rowena and a Sierra) and some other wool items in other brands. I am saving up for another dress already, with the eventual aim of wearing almost exclusively wool.
The dress is so comfortable and light, I can wear it multiple times without wrinkling or smelling, it's easy to clean hair and other stains off on a spot basis as to not have to launder it every day. The dress can be styled a number of different ways as to be able to be worn every day and the comfort is by far the best that I've found in a dress such as this.
I have the Rowena long in a size small, green. I love the dress and completed the 100 day challenge in it. It surprised me that it wasn’t all that warm. It’s wearable in the 70s, which is great, but not warm in winter for my climate without a lot of layers, which doesn’t work so with a dress. That said, it’s a lovely dress, fits great, easy to wash just the armpits occasionally and keep wearing.