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First Pick Textured Dress

Item 356262

First Pick Textured Dress: It just gets better. Based on your feedback, we've improved our best-selling knit dress. First, we gave the textured cotton-rayon fabric a tighter tensile knit to create a smoother fabric that retains its shape. Then, we eased the elbow-length sleeves for a more comfortable fit, and added additional hidden snaps to support the front closure wood button. Same pull-on styling, scoop henley neckline and relaxed, slightly A-line silhouette. Knee length. Machine washable. Imported. 39" length.

Regular Women's Sizing

All of our women's clothes are designed to fit true to size.
Size 2 4
Bust 32½ 33½
Sleeves 30 30½ 31 31½ 32
Waist 24 25
Hips 34½ 35½

Petite Women's Sizing

Size 2 4
Bust 32 33
Sleeves 28½ 29 29½ 30 30½
Waist 23½ 24½
Hips 34 35
Do you know your acetate from a hole in the ground? Your gussets from your grommets? If not, here's a list of the more commonly used textile words and terms that you'll see in our catalog. For more information or clarification, you can call us at: 1-800-882-4323

ACETATE - A manufactured fiber that uses cellulose refined from cotton and/or wood pulp. Characteristics: fast drying, wrinkle- and shrinkage-resistant, crisp or soft depending on end use, luxurious in appearance.

ACRYLIC - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.

ALPACA - The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.

BANDED COLLAR - A shirt without a fold-over collar; there is only the band at the neck.

BARTACK - A close series of stitches crossing a piece of cloth in order to reinforce at a point of concentrated strain (e.g. belt loop or patch pocket corner).

BASKET WEAVE - A variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads weave alike in both warp (down) and filling (across) directions, joined in the regular order of the plain weave. So named for the basket-like pattern of the weave.

BATIK - A method of resist dyeing which employs wax as the resist. The pattern is covered with wax, and the fabric is then dyed: the wax patterns will not take the dye. The wax is removed after dyeing by boiling the fabric or applying solvent. The fabric is often streaked where the dye has gone through cracks in the wax. Batik dyeing originated in Indonesia.

BESOM - A narrow piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; can be single besom, one side of pocket opening or double besom, both sides.

BOX PLEAT - Two small, back to back outward facing pleats that have a box- like appearance. On shirts, box pleats are positioned in the center back at the bottom of the yoke to allow ease of movement in the shoulders and arms.

BROADCLOTH - A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.

BRUSHING - A finishing process for woven or knit fabrics in which brushes or other abrading elements are used to raise a nap (a fuzzy or downy surface). Brushed fabrics have a soft, slightly weathered, broken-in feel.

BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR - Having buttonholes on the collar points so they fasten to the shirt.

CAMP COLLAR - A one-piece collar that lays flat, part of the shirt also lays flat to create a notch. Also called a Convertible Collar or Notched Collar.

CANVAS - A general classification of strong, firm, closely woven fabrics usually made with cotton. A heavier, open weave comprised of plied yarns (a number of single yarns, usually three, twisted together). Characteristics: very hard-wearing, generally water-resistant.

CASHMERE - The fleece that comes from a Cashmere goat. These animals roam at high elevations (10,000 - 15,000 ft.), hence their very warm, soft fleece. Garments made with cashmere are normally more expensive because of limited yield (one goat produces only 4 ounces of fleece a year).

CHAMBRAY - A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured patterns.

COMBING - The removal of short fibers or noils from material so that the resulting yarn be composed of larger fibers. The comb straightens and arranges them in parallel order.

CORDUROY - A strong, durable fabric with cotton ground and vertical cut-pile stripes (wales) formed by an extra system of filling yarns. The foundation of the fabric can be either a plain or twill weave. Of all cotton fabrics, corduroy is the warmest because its wales form an insulated cushion of air.

COTTON - A vegetable fiber consisting of unicellular hairs attached to the seed of the cotton plant. The normal color of cotton is light to dark cream, and its chemical composition is almost pure cellulose. A distinct feature of the mature fiber is its spirality or twist. In fabrics, cotton makes for strong, versatile, cool-wearing and comfortable garments.

CREPE - A general classification of fabric characterized by a broad range of crinkled or gained surface effects. Methods of making crepe include the use of hard twisted yarns, special chemical treatment, special weaves and embossing.

DART - A tuck in the fabric that is sewn. It is used to define the shape of a garment making a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three-dimensional garment. Darts are usually seen where the body curves: bust, waist, hip.

DENIM - A well-known basic cotton or blended fabric in a right- or left-hand woven twill. Generally, the warp (down) is dyed blue with a white filling (across). Also called "dungaree."

DOBBY - A general term for a fabric woven on a special dobby loom, which allows the weaving of small, geometric figures. These patterns are beyond the range of simple looms, yet too limited to be produced economically by Jacquard loom. A dobby weave can be distinguished from a plain weave by its more ornate and intricate woven appearance.

FLANNEL - Generally, a cotton or wool fabric, napped on one or both sides (usually both), then bleached, dyed or printed, and brushed or rerun through the napping machine to revive the nap. Flannel fabrics are very soft and cozy.

FLEECE - 1). A heavy napped surface, most often in knit goods, made with a heavy and soft-spun back yarn, which is napped in finishing (e.g. the inside surface of a sweatshirt). 2). Wool sheared from sheep or other animals in the wool class. The term is especially used for the entire coat of wool shorn from the sheep at one time; it is generally taken off the animal in one piece.

GARMENT DYEING - The garment is first produced, then the complete garment is dyed.

GARMENT WASH - The garment is constructed and then washed to soften the fabric and minimize shrinkage.

GAUGE - A measurement used in knitted garments that reflects the size of the needles used to knit the garment. The larger the gauge, the smaller the needle - therefore, the finer the knit.

GORE - Vertical panels in a skirt or dress; enhances the fit of a garment.

GROMMET - Little air holes reinforced with metal ring, usually on jackets, hats or shoes to allow ventilation.

GROSGRAIN - A firm, closely woven, ribbed fabric. It has a dressy appearance and is used for ribbons, neckties, hatbands and trimmings.

GUSSET - A triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to improve the fit or for reinforcement (e.g. on the sleeve of a jacket under the arm to allow for extra layering).

HERRINGBONE TWILL - A broken twill weave composed of vertical sections which are alternately right hand and left hand in direction, resembling the vertebral structure of the herring (zigzag). The twill changes direction perfectly where the weave breaks, balancing the overall pattern of the fabric.

HOLLYWOOD WAISTBAND - The waistband is the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment. Advantages are that it has a smooth silhouette making the transition from hip to waist more gradual.

JACQUARD - A system of weaving which, because of a pattern-making mechanism of great versatility, permits the production of very ornate, complex woven designs. This type of weaving is used for tapestry, figured necktie and dress fabric, and figured patterns on knit goods (sweaters).

JERSEY - A generic term for a plain knitted fabric; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib (e.g. T-shirt fabric).

KNIT - Knit fabrics are made up of a series of interlocking loops that result in a flexible construction. All knits have some stretch.

LINEN - One of the oldest textile fibers known. Though the fiber and the fabric are both commonly known as linen, it is actually flax, the fiber of the Linum plant. Linen is generally favored for its fine, strong, cool-wearing properties. It drapes away from the skin rather than clinging to it. In knitwear, linen is combined with other natural or synthetic fibers for improved strength and resiliency.

MERCERIZATION - A treatment of cotton yarn or fabric to increase its luster. Its affinity for dyes is also enhanced. In the process, the material is immersed under tension in a sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) solution. This later is neutralized in acid. The process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, thus increasing its luster.

NYLON - The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Characteristics: high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and quick-drying.

OMBRE - A color effect woven into the fabric that has gradual changes in shade from light to dark, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

PIGMENT DYEING - A process in which a specific type of dye is applied to the surface of a fabric, then after one washing it fades into a softer color. The color will slowly continue to fade with age. Pigment dyed products from Territory Ahead are prewashed and will not harm other garments during washing after they've been washed once.

PLACKET - An opening with fabric piecing and buttons or snaps on a garment that facilitates dressing. Plackets can be at the neck of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or the waist of a skirt or pair of pants.

PLEATS - Small tucks in clothing to allow for extra room and ease of movement. Pleats can be seen at the waist of pants or skirts, the cuff of a sleeve, the waist or bust area of a blouse or dress.

POLYESTER - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: crease-resistance, quick-drying, great shape retention, high strength, abrasion resistance and easy care.

PRINTING - Applying color(s) in definite, repeated patterns of fabric by any one of a number of printing methods. Color is deposited in thick paste form and treated with steam or chemicals to cause it to migrate into or adhere to textile material. The design is not woven into the cloth but stamped in after the cloth is woven or knit.

RAMIE - A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.

RAYON - A generic term for man-made fibers composed of regenerated cellulose derived from trees, cotton and woody plants. Characteristics: high absorbency, bright or dull luster, pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength.

REACTIVE DYE - A type of dye that completely saturates the fabric for a long lasting color.

RIB KNIT - A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.

RISE - The measurement on pants from the front waist between the legs up to the back waist. This refers to how high or low a pant will ride (i.e. "short-waist" or "long-waist")

SANDBLASTING - The garment is literally sandblasted for a worn-in look; fabric has to be very durable to withstand the abuse, usually 14 oz. denim for jeans.

SANDWASH - Sand is put into the industrial wash for a softened feel and texture for the garment.

SHIRTTAIL HEM - The curved bottom hem of a shirt - higher on the side hip area (for ease of movement) dipping low in the front and back (so that the shirt will stay tucked into pants).

SILK - Continuous protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects, especially the caterpillar when constructing its cocoon. The chief portion of commercial silk is produced in Japan and China. Characteristics: resiliency, aesthetics, elasticity and strength, warm in winter, cool in summer.

SLUB - A lump or thick place on yarn caused by small lengths of yarn adhering to it during the spinning process. This adds a random texture to the fabric when the yarn is woven or knit into a garment.

SPREAD COLLAR - An open collar with no buttons to hold the collar points to the shirt. Spread collars have two pieces: the fold over collar part and the stand that keeps the collar close to the neck.

STANDARD WAISTBAND - An extra piece of fabric that is sewn to the body of the pants, shorts or skirt.

TENCEL - A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors, superior strength, and easy care.

VENTED BOTTOM - The bottom hem of a shirt that is cut straight with side slits to allow ease of movement. Vents are usually 2" deep.

WALE - In woven fabric, one series of ribs, cords, or raised portions. In corduroy fabric, wales per inch are counted to distinguish broad- from fine-textured cloth. The higher the wale number, the finer the texture of the fabric.

WEIGHT OF CLOTH (OZ.) - A description or classification of many fabrics by weight per yard.

WELT - A piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; usually a single welt and wider than a besom.

WOOL - Primarily the fleece of a sheep or lamb - but can also refer to fleece of the alpaca, angora, cashmere goat, camel and vicuna. The fiber is distinguished from hair by the character of its covering: minute overlapping scales, which give it a felting property. Characteristics: strong and resilient, soft and warm, wicks away moisture and dyes well for rich coloration.

WOVEN - Woven fabrics are produced by the interlacing of yarns. Each filling yarn goes alternately over and under each warp yarn.

YARN-DYEING - Dyeing of individual yarns before weaving or knitting. Compared to garment dyes or prints, yarn-dyed fabrics boast richer, longer lasting color.

YOKE - An added section of fabric in a shirt or pants that enhances the fit. On a shirt, the yoke is usually on the back across the top shoulder area but can also be on the front shoulder to chest area. On pants, it is generally on the back of jeans-style pants located below the waistband.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating:

(based on 45 reviews)

July 17, 2017
"Runs big. I'm a solid medium, size 8. 5'5", 135 lbs. The med fits a little sloppily, so I'm going to take in the sides of the bodice myself instead of paying shipping for an exchange. Pros are the quality of the fabric, the style is pretty flattering, and the button up front is a huge pro for me as a nursing mom. I plan to wear it in the winter with leggings and boots or flats. I did not find the arms too tight as some others have said. The length goes to just below my knee. "
By Eileen Lohrer
Weaverville, NC
April 25, 2017
"Love it. Have the green for years. Want the teal also. I'm 160lbs @ 5'8". "
By Cindy Gowan
Pelzer, SC
June 01, 2016
"It is a nice material but the dress didn't fit well - the sleeves were extremely tight. I normally wear a medium but have returned it for a large hoping for better results."
May 12, 2016
"Great dress - looks good, feels good, nice color. Thanks for making a cotton dress with short sleeves!"
By Kathy
Chicago, IL
April 29, 2016
"This is a perfect summer dress -- flattering cut but not tight. Material is substantial and does not loose shape or look sloppy. The sleeves are a bit snug. "
April 16, 2016
"Nice dress overall. The sleeves are snug, as others have mentioned, and for a size small, the dress is cut a bit wide for me so I am having to take it in. But I love the overall effect and will enjoy wearing it."
Moorpark, CA
April 10, 2016
"I love this informal dress. It's so comfortable, practical, and attractive. I'm 5'7" and 145 lbs. and the medium fits perfectly. Yes, the sleeves are slightly snug, but for me that improved its style without affecting comfort. It also looks great with leggings and flats. "
Phoenix az
October 29, 2015
"Very nice quality BUT even though it fits well everywhere else the sleeves are too tight! I have tried to stretch one more time so I don't continually avoid this great dress! BTW I don't have exceptionally large arms - the same experience when my girlfriend tried it on."
By First Time Buyer
Temecula, CA
October 12, 2015
"Sleeves are quite tight and much shorter than the picture. Although style is quite nice fabric is certainly not what I expected for $80. Will keep it but not impressed with quality to order from company again. Sorry"
Olympia, WA
October 10, 2015
"It is a very comfortable, attractive summer dress. Sleeves fit fine for me. I ordered Large which was a bit big, washed it in hot water and that solved the problem. I am 5'7", 145 lbs. The only color available at the time I ordered was Spearmint. It was on sale and a bargain. The color is flattering with my dark hair and suntan."
Santa Cruz, CA
May 22, 2015
"Nice cut except for the sleeves which. were very tight. I'll try the medium next time and Order it in a better color for me."
Clovis CA
May 17, 2015
"Overall I like the dress quite well. I'm 4'11 so it's a good bit longer on me than on the models. So far, that's ok, it's comfy and practical for teaching and grandkids. I may eventually decide to have it shortened. The fabric is lovely and the blueberry a rich color. I guess I expected the A line to flare out a bit more but it hangs pretty straight."
By sara
san diego, CA
April 21, 2015
"This dress has a great cut and fabric. If you are wondering about size, I ordered a large and it fit well on my 5'6", 180 lb pear shaped figure. The sleeve and hem length are perfect for travel and teaching...modest but cool and comfortable for summer weather. The color (blue indigo) is very pretty. I will order this dress again if I see another color I like."
By Suz
March 04, 2015
"This is my second purchase of this dress.Comfortable cotton, washes easily and hang to dry. I changed out the button each time to match the dress color."
By Lucie
February 07, 2015
"The dress was cute when I unpacked it. When I put it on, the side profile made it look like a paternity dress. Fabric was so washed out that it didn't look like it had much more life to it. Color was faded much lighter than pictured."
Carmichael, CA
January 30, 2015
"I bought this dress in orchid last year and liked it so well that I just bought it in Spearmint. It is attractive, wonderfully comfortable, any wrinkles hang out, great for travel. I am 5', 130 lbs. and the medium is just right."
By LauraLee
Lincoln, NE
January 24, 2015
"I have this dress in orchid and absolutely love it. Size large is just right and it works well for every season ~ even in winter, layered with a turtleneck, leggings and boots. Ordered a second one in blueberry, which is a gorgeous color and same wonderfully comfortable fabric. However, even though the size says L on the tag, I could barely get it on. It's several inches shorter, very tight across the shoulders and bodice, and my arms could not fit through the sleeves. Obviously a small! Sending it back and hoping you'll have a talk with your manufacturer about quality control!"
By JanChris
Irvine, CA
August 15, 2014
"I'm a size 10 normally. 5'4" tall, and packing a few extra pounds at 152. Size MD (medium) was Enormous! I mean, really really wide thru the middle. Have to send it back for exchange and hope that the SM is better. I like the fabric and style so it's worth a try. I wish there were other colors that work better for me. The Chili is really orange. The cobalt is pretty but I don't wear that color. In my opinion, the aqua and mauve aren't that good for autumn and winter. Don't need black. Would love this in a vibrant teal! So I'm sticking with the Chili in a smaller size."
By smrtwmn
February 14, 2014
"I was so pleased with the Top of the Line Dress (Loden) and the Cafe Sleeve dresses (ordered Grapefruit and Black), I decided to give this one a try. I ordered the Grape in M and it just arrived today. This is the most simple, comfortable dress I have ever had (more than the other three where I add a scarf, light jacket or sweater). All I need to do is throw on some sandals and I am ready to go. I just ordered the Sunset in M. I cannot wait for it to arrive. Perfect dress for SoCal during the Spring and Summer months."
By dmontgom
Valdosta, GA
February 15, 2013
"Last fall I went on a buying binge and bought several things I had been wanting here, among them this dress which I had been on the fence about, because of the differing attitudes about whether it covered the knees or not. It was a tough choice, but I picked the lovely deep grape, which goes well with my amethyst and silver beads. It is so comfortable, easy to care for, a great travel dress, and easy to care for, that I know I am going to get another color, definitely Aegean, and if you would bring back that lovely warm red I would certainly consider that as a possible third item, because it looks so Mediterranean!"
By lolo49
October 10, 2012
"Gambled on this as it's my kind of dress for everyday. Alas, (and I know I'm on the low end of petites) being 4'11" and carrying an extra 15 (menopausal) pounds (currently 130 lb) this dress just did NOT work for me...I ordered the small. Close, but way too long-waisted from shoulder to waist, (about 4 inches) consequently, everything hit in the wrong place -- too low in the bodice, too narrow in the hips. Also found the sleeves somewhat narrow and constricting...with a jersey dress like this, I want comfort, not form fit. Surprisingly, Found the fabric to be a medium and very acceptable weight jersey. Had this only been made in a petite, with a touch more room in the sleeves, I think it would have fit perfectly. Even had I been at my optimum weight, the regular small would have been too long waisted for my frame. Come ON Territory Ahead, how about MORE PETITE sizes for those of us who aren't "willowy" but too small to shop at Lane Bryant! You could set the industry standard! Please help! The choices for petites are growing smaller by the month!! This dress is going back at exorbitant shipping rates...have now wasted $18.95 to ship here and back!!!!!! Not happy!"
Los Angeles, CA
September 28, 2012
"I have this dress in 3 colors, including the plum and Aegean, and now I'm coming back to get the grape and cobalt. I find it so easy to wear -- in summer and spring -- but now I'm looking at the photo of the grape dress with boots and thinking this could be for all seasons. I did find that the dress shrank a little after washing, which actually gives it a slightly tighter fit. I should say too that I'm almost 5'10", and the dress has plenty of length, so I can see that it might be a bit too long for some women. The material is so comfortable. The dress is not fancy, but it looks good and is easy to wear."
By Nonna
Flower Mound, Texas
August 21, 2012
"This is my all-time favorite dress! I am 5' 7", 140 lbs., and the medium fits perfectly. I love the elbow-length sleeves, the neckline, and the knee-skimming hem. The fabric is soft, but not clingy, and oh so comfortable! It's the best travel dress I've ever owned--perfect for long airline flights--no binding, no wrinkles, and still looks fresh upon arrival. I'm ordering a second color."
By GreenGal
June 10, 2012
"I really loved this dress, but at 5'6" and 150lbs, the Medium hung on me like a tent. The length made me look especially dowdy, as it fell below my knee. It has an a-line silhouette (which I normally like), but there is so much fabric below the bust that it just flared out unflatteringly on me. I would have loved to order it in a small, but the shoulders were snug on me. I'm an almost-apple shape, with very little waist definition after the birth of my son, and I think if my shoulders were on the thinner side and I had the smaller size, that it would have been flattering. Quality of the fabric was great, and dress was well made."
By Sooznthro
Rock Island, TN
May 31, 2012
"This dress may be the most comfortable piece of clothing I've ever worn! Lightweight but durable, great colors (I got two!). I get compliments on them every time I wear one!"
By Trog
Somerset, VA
May 30, 2012
"The first time I wore this dress, I knew it was going to be my new go-to-dress. Love it! It looks great with simple sandels and cool earrings."
By knitdoc
Washington, DC
May 30, 2012
"This is a fabulous dress that is true to size and fits perfectly. I had to buy a second one so I could get out of the first to wash it!"
By MissQ
Western Slope, CO.
May 30, 2012
"The blue is absolutely gorgeous. It's a bit large, but perhaps I should have ordered an xs. Not 5 stars because the hem detail is a bit odd."
By colo
May 28, 2012
"So sad. the band on the bottom of the dress makes it "pull in" giving a weird effect in how it hangs. The band on the hem needs to go away so it is a true A line swing dress. Then it would be awesome. As it stands it is not a flattering fit, more mason jar like. Fabric good, colors good but the way it hangs is disappointing."
By beachtomtn
upstate NY
May 19, 2012
"Loved this dress from the moment I put it on. I'm 5"6, 135ish, small chest but swimmer's shoulders. The Medium is just right, and I bought the green and blue. Will be a great alternative to shorts or capris for any occasion! I usually don't spend this much on clothes but love the style of this dress."
By Deen
May 12, 2012
"I liked this dress so much better after I washed it and dried it in the dryer. I agree with some of the comments, but after I washed and dried it, it shrunk just enough to have a better fit! So comfy. I love it in the green."
By 4inline
Knoxville, TN
May 04, 2012
"I am 5'4" about 125 lbs, ordered a M and the dress hangs lower on me than the model. I would rather it be a little shorter. I feel like it's a little large (maybe frumpy), but a size smaller would be too tight in the shoulders. I like the material, but undecided as whether to keep it. I'm one of those pear shapes and my thighs are the widest part of my body. The dress hangs fairly straight and they show somewhat. Panty lines show somewhat as well. If you're apple-shaped this is probably your dress."
By GirlontheGo
East Troy, WI
April 28, 2012
"I usually wear a 4 or 6 in a dress so I ordered the xs. It fits well, except it is a bit loose in the waist, so I added a fabric belt to give it more shape. I really like the pigment dyed colors. The cobalt color is gorgeous and the material is very comfortable. It is a great dress for summer. For comparison: It is about 4 inches longer than the Dayshift Knit Dress and not as fitted. So, if your tummy is your problem area, I think this dress would be a better pick for you. Hope this helps :)"
By Snoo
April 26, 2012
"I had high hopes for this dress, but it just felt sloppy - a little too long, a little too wide, and the placket felt heavy. The neck seemed to gape. Thought about a smaller size (or trying to shrink it) but I'm not sure that would help - there is no shape to it. I am 5'4" and abut 150 pounds, more pear than apple, and ordered the medium. I also don't like the green color - looks just like Dr's scrubs. The fabric is nice, as are the longer sleeves, but this one is going back."
By Badgermom
April 25, 2012
"I've had my eye on this dress for more than a year, and I finally splurged. What a great buy! I am five foot two inches, and if I were taller, I'd be deemed "womanly" which means that normally I wear a LP. This dress is soft but not flimsy. The neckline is not too low. The fit is extraordinary--I have room enough room to move but not so much room that I look like I'm wearing a sack. It camouflages figure imperfections. I like the ribbing at the hem, the slightly longish sleeves. It covers my 50+-year-old knees without being a granny dress. Originally, I got the blue, but it was too intense a blue for my coloring, so I exchanged for the Aegean which isn't green, isn't blue, isn't solid. It's a unique color, and I wear it with a jade shrug and abalone pendant. I really, really love this dress, and my most fashion-savvy friend noticed it right away. More colors please!"
By GreenwichVillager
New York, NY
April 20, 2012
"I really wanted to keep this dress. The XS fit perfectly except in the shoulders, which were about an inch too narrow on each side, making the shoulder seams bunch up. Too bad! The next size up would swim on me everywhere else."
By MNmama
April 10, 2012
"I think I might wear this until it falls off of me... it is SO comfortable and looks great. I am usually about a 14/16, 5'4" and I ordered a size Large in Aegean. It is just about perfect. LOVE it - planning to order in black for a slightly dressier option."
By Sandi
April 04, 2012
"I am 5'5", 145 lbs. and ordered a medium and it is a perfect, comfortable fit. I wore it for the first time today and got two compliments in the first 30 minutes at my work. The fabric is a little heavier than it looks. The sleeves have a nice wide band that is not binding at all. The drape is just right. The length is just below the knee for me. I am wearing it with Teva sandals and it feels sporty and good. I give it 5 stars. I am getting one in every color."
By fridolie
Val d'Or, Qc
March 28, 2012
"According to comments I ordered a size large in color eagean. (I am 5'4", 147 pounds, 38 B). The dress is very nice, an everyday style but I had to send it back and order a Medium, hoping it will fit better. I also wish they had more neutral colors."
By Michelita
South Florida
March 27, 2012
"I am a comfort girl and was beginning to feel a bit middle-aged and frumpy when my 4 year old niece told me her mom was a "girly girl" and I was a "tomboy!" LOL! This made me take some stock in what I had been wearing lately. My husband found the First Pick French Terry Dress in Territory Ahead. He bought me the dress in Plum first. Well I LOVED it so much that I ordered one soon after in Cobalt! I love these dresses because they are comfortable AND are gorgeous on! They are flattering to my figure and make me look and feel like a "girly girl!" Good-bye frumpy clothes! I will continue to shop from Territory Ahead catalog and stores!"
By grafton
San Diego, CA
March 27, 2012
"I live part time in Hawaii and am always looking for cool dresses with sleeves (my arms have seen better days). This dress is perfect. It looks very much as depicted in the photo."
By salrowe
Riverton Wy
March 26, 2012
"I do not like the way this dress looks on me at all. I like the color but do not like the fabric or the neckline, or the fit of the sleeves. I would not recommend this dress for the price."
By Victoriana
Los Angeles, CA
March 12, 2012
"My new favorite dress! Fits great, length is perfect and love the design. I'm picky about my clothes and this dress ticks all the boxes. Love the 3/4 sleeve, scoop neck, color and length. Hope they keep this around for a long time, I think I'm gonna want another color."
By cmscott
March 04, 2012
"I like this dress very much -- it looks great on me, and I am considering getting another one in another color. The fabric is just a bit cheap, but for the rest... I'm glad I bought this!"