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I think it runs a little large
This is cute and comfy, I like the keyhole back criss cross detail. I think it was too big for me because the top gapped on my chest and seemed too big. Lately I am in between M and L cuz I am 5'6" and 155 or so. wanted to order a size down but the material / print isn't available Im going for another style.
Wish Straps were adjustable
I really like this dress - it's pretty and versatile and comfortable. But the fit in the bust isn't great for me and I wish the straps were adjustable as I think that might help a little.
Hey there, thank you for the review on our Amber Dawn Dress! If you think a size up or down could help in the bust area, feel free to get started on an exchange [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Not a great fit in bust area
This is a cute dress and it fits better when you first put it on but the fabric seems too stretchy, especially the right breast panel. The right panel lies over the left side and tends to loosen and gape too much, especially when bending over I feel like I'm in danger of exposing myself. Also, it is a bit long for my height. I would prefer a h... Read Moreem that's a couple inches shorter. I'm tempted to have a seamstress sew the breast panels together a bit higher up.
I love this dress! I wear a lot of Columbia dresses because they are breezy and was looking for more flattering styles. That is when I came upon Patagonia's dresses. I bought this one on sale and it was definitely worth the price. I am a 36D bra size and 6ft tall w an athletic built so buying dresses online is daunting but this one fits great.... Read More It definitely runs smaller than most brands but I am held in nicely at the top and it sits at a modest height on my legs.
Cute and summery
I bought this for a vacation that I thought would take place in the heat of summer, but now it's going to happen in the fall (Covid). Anyway, this dress fit me well in the Medium (5'9" 170, long waisted) and is super comfy when it's crazy hot; looks like I tried when I didn't. The fabric is on the thinner side, but not so m... Read Moreuch that you can see thru. There is no padding in the bra area, but you could add them if you wanted, straps are comfortable, they don't dig in. It's very cute and flattering.
Didn't work for my body
I'm pretty consistently an XS in Patagonia clothes (XXS if very stretchy material). Loved the colors/patterns and soft fabric of this dress. Unfortunately, the chest was slightly too small and flattened my 33A's in an unflattering way so returned.
Hi Lesli, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us and we are so sorry this dress didn't work out. Please let our [customer service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) team know if you have any questions regarding your return or if you need help picking a new dress.
Just received this dress in the mail couple days ago. And wore it to work the other day. Looked great! And received so many compliments on it! I got it in The Cotton Wild Big: New Navy. The colors are as pictured. And the print is perfect for Florida, where I live. Will definitely wear it often. I am 5'6", 115 lbs. Size XS is perfect.
Really short - did I get a petite?
I love this dress, but it is super short. Im 5 7 and its halfway up my thigh and the skirt is more a-line so it could easily produce a Marilyn Monroe moment. I keep checking the tags to make sure its not marked wrong. I also ordered the Sundown Sally and that hit about 1-1 1/2 inches lower and it still above the knee. Wish they had a long.
Thank you for your comments about the length and we are very sorry to hear that this ended up being too short for you. Please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) that back to us.
Nice dress, doesn't fit me well
This is a nice dress but just didn't fit me well. I waited too long deciding on it to be able to return it, however. I love the design and the shape of the dress but the way the straps sit on my small body make my boobs look weird and so I'm worried I won't wear it much.
Hey there, if you're not totally sold on this, you're welcome to send this back to us. We always want to ensure you're totally satisfied so please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) if you decide you don't want to hold onto it.
Where's my boobs?
Living in Singapore, I yearn for life without a bra, but culturally it's still a bit sensitive. This is why I was so stoked to buy this dress! Don't get me wrong, it's a great fit for the most part, but my 32D chest falls a bit...flat instead of flatteringly. Probably perfect for those with smaller cup sizes, but I will try my luck w... Read Moreith other dress cuts in the future. Oh, another bit I'd be remiss to say - the yellow print is divine!
I purchased the yellow dress and it is very fresh and summery. I am 5'5 and 125lbs with a very narrow back and the XS fits perfect. The dress is a thin cotton and it seems like it will wear well. Although I wear a 30/32 D, I didn't have any issue with bulging out (I am not a full D). I do wish they had put a pad or a space for a pad to so... Read Moreften the curve of my breast however, I plan on making small cuts in the inside to be able to slide my own padding in.
Great fit for athletic figure
I’m 5’10” 145# 34b/c with an athletic figure. This dress fits perfectly on me. As I have a smaller chest and wide shoulders, my chest didn’t look over-exposed at all. Feminine, comfortable easy care, easy wear. The cross over top is supportive enough not to wear a bra. Will get a lot of use out of this dress.
Very flattering pattern. Perfect summer dress--casual but also can be dressed-up. The only thing I would note is it seems designed for larger-busted women and the top gapes a bit. I solved the problem by adding a few stitches at the bust. I got size small and it fits well. I’m 5’7” 130lbs and small-busted.
The fit around the chest is strange. Not very flattering. One feels insecure having it on.
I'm sorry to hear the dress isn't fitting the way you would like in the chest. Feel free to send the dress in for a return if it isn't working out. You can start your return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
Been eyeing this dress for
Been eyeing this dress for a while, but was waiting for it to go on sale to try out. The style is very flattering for my body type (slightly curvy, medium bust, average height), and the weight of the material is not too thin, super comfortable. Overall a very good dress investment.
This dress is very cute in photos and in life, but not on a person. The chest is so small that even when I went up a size, my chest spilled out of the dress is a really inappropriate and uncomfortable way. I had to return the dress. No wonder it's on clearance and available in every size!
Nice quality but...
I love this dress and the way it fits me (in fact, this is the third one I’ve bought), but the hem always flips up at the bottom. This happens every time, which is irritating. It can be temporarily fixed by ironing it, but it doesn’t last. Seems like the flipped up hem is a bit of a design feature.
Multi-season, layerable sundress
I ordered this in the teal color as I've been looking for some time for a dress with these "specs" - a y-back with a high waist seam and close to knee length, in a solid color or otherwise acceptable pattern. The neckline is pretty low-cut for us short girls (I'm 5'2"), and the silhouette would be a bit more flattering... Read More if the seam were dropped lower on the ribcage rather than just below the bustline - hence the 4 stars. I also normally wouldn't go for the slubbed fabric, but the effect is subtle enough to get by with. I've worn this already with a button-down shirt underneath for church (which was sooo cute with a chunky necklace and earrings), and I can wear it into the fall with tights and a cardigan. Unlayered, the fabric is substantial enough to go braless (which is probably the idea given the design) but I'll probably use a halter top for insurance - and save those occasions for dinner out with my husband.
nice but not for her
Was not for the lady's body type. Will be returning and searching for another style more suited to her shape. thanks.
Sorry to hear the dress has been a disappointment. You're welcome to [return](https://is.gd/DQq2nw) it to a Patagonia-owned store or send it in for a refund or merchandise credit. Reach out to our Customer Service as we'll be happy to help!
Great dress and bra for sporty physique
I'm broad across the shoulders from rock climbing, and struggle to find comfortable clothes with a fitted look (rather hanging off me like a shapeless tent). Patagonia clothes seem to be just right, for fit, comfort, and practically allowing a great range of movement.
Excellent summer dress
I love this dress. I am 5'6" 145 lb - muscular; I ordered a small. It fits my small chest nicely (if you are more endowed you might feel a bit exposed), but the fit is very flattering and comfortable. Has been my go to dress for this hot summer. Love patagonia's products - will be a lifetime customer :)
Love this dress...busy needs adjustment
This dress fits so nicely. It is so cool too. On a hot summer day—it’s the dress I will wear. The top part—I agree with many reviews about the bust exposure. I could not wear it the way it was sewn. I sew so I sewed up the center, creating a V-neckline. Easy and took a minute on my sewing machine. That did the trick. I would suggest Patagonia to do... Read More the same. It is a simple fix. I am 5’1” and weigh 113-115. I wear a 32 D bra. Fits exactly as description states otherwise.
Love the Form and Function, but the Fit...
I love the way the dress fits everywhere but the bust. As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, the bust is quite loose and I risk exposing myself every time I wear it. I have tried different bras to combat this issue, but the dress is cut in a way that only strapless really works which makes the function of the dress less active. Please fix ... Read Morethis issue in the future, so I can continue to enjoy this adorable Patagonia dress in all your stylish colors! :)
We're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the fit at the bust. Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) that back to us.
Love this dress
I love this dress! It is perfect for the summer. It keeps you cool, but there material is still thick enough to not be see through. I’m 5’8”, 145 lbs with an athletic frame and the M fits perfect. The only con is that the top is kind of revealing. I’m small on top so I was happy to have a little cleavage for once, but I could larger chested women m... Read Moreay have an issue with it.
love the cotton and stretch but ...
Perfect weight cotton with 4% stretch and not see through. I love the soft slub cotton quality and color. I’m 5’4 34C waist 26 hips 32. size XS and S both fit awesome if I wish to exposing 80% of my chest. This is a constant problem with all of patagonia dresses. Please read these reviews. Who are your fit models ? Real people have curves and I hav... Read Moree to be able to be presentable in front of family, public and at work on dress down days. The Bandha dress has an extremely low cleavage as well which can be closed up higher with a few stiches. We want appealing yet tasteful, comfortable and sustainable dresses. Barely Bikini sized tops attached to skirts is not realistic. The Wildflower dress in XS was so low on me that I was exposing all of my chest even with the straps shortened. Morning glory, Kamala, Iliana dress styles are much better because they have better chest coverage and yet has sexy back exposure which is publicly acceptable. Tencel Cotton & Stretch with more vibrant hawaii tropical colors please. This Amber dawn dress is much too revealing & only appropriate with my significant other at an adults only non-family-beach resort . I can wear this while casually bike riding, strolling in a park or beach or under a buttoned up labcoat at work to stay covered up.
Great fit,itchy/rough material
I ordered this dress in a small in the Valley Floral/Classic Navy color. The fit was perfect. However,the material was somewhat itchy and uncomfortable. I can't imagine wearing that material on the beach or on a sunny day. I have this dress in brown from a prior season and the material was much more comfortable. Sadly,I will be returning this ... Read Moreitem.
I've always had the gift of small-chestedness. While that is helpful in many athletic endeavors such as sprinting and splunking,it has always been a detriment in finding a cute dress that didn't have gaping holes under my armpits. This dress changes all that! It fits like a glove and I'll proudly wear it among my cleavage- boasting f... Read Moreriends knowing,secretly,that in most life or death situations,bra size will never matter as much as speed. :D
Love the fit,loose in bust
This dress is gorgeous and very well made,love the pattern (flowers in ink black) the fit is perfect except in the bust it is looser than I would like. It's not so bad that I have to return it,but I won't be able to wear it for very active pursuits. To help with fit,I bought a size small and I'm 34b,5'6 125 lbs.
Wanted to love it
This dress has such a cute style and I loved the blue print color (same print in sage greens or not-too-bright orange hues would have been great too!). But darn it all,it just didn't flatter. I'm 5'6",128lbs,and barely B 34" bust,with 37" hips and 25" waist. Ordered size S,and it fit well everywhere except in the ... Read Morebust. Too loose. Depending on how slim dresses are around the hips,I can wear XS or S. I was considering exchanging for XS,but after reading others comments regarding the looseness in the bust,I guess it's just not meant for me. Sadly,returning. Really wanted it to fit!
Disappointed,too much cleavage
I love everything about this dress,except for the fit on top. It is too loose,showing too much cleavage,with no option to tighten or tie. I bought this dress in my standard medium. I am not a small. The top is just not well made or proportioned. This dress would've been a favorite in my wardrobe otherwise.
It is a very flattering style and I love that I don't need to wear a bra; especially because it gives me a lot of freedom when I wear it dancing. It's a tad long; would prefer to have it just above the knee. Got the grey initially (a pearl grey would have been better!),but it was too drab,so returning it for the blue. Medium fit well for ... Read Morethis 5'7",150lb,athletic,36C lady.
Another Great Dress!
Every year I get a new dress from Patagonia,and this year it is the Amber Dawn Dress. (I bought a Pataloha dress last year.) This is perfection on me. You know how sometimes you put on a dress and it is just amazing on you? The fit,the hang,the flare,the curve,the feel,everything? And you feel amazing,and like you are a million bucks,like you are t... Read Morehe most gorgeous,sexy woman in the world? That's how I feel when I wear this dress For the fit: I am 5'6",~130#,34/27/37 and I bought a size small. It's listed as a slim fit but I really think it's more of a regular fit. I am a size 6,not a 4,at my age I definitely have some junk in the trunk,and some size smalls are a bit form fitting and sometimes too tight on me in the waist/hips and I have to size up to a medium. This dress definitely skims the curves but is not actually tight anywhere on me. There's no shelf bra,but the way the top is designed,you don't need one,it's plenty supportive enough (unless I suppose you're trying to play tennis or something) I would imagine even if you're larger than a B it would still work. The v-neck is quite pronounced,but the straps stay firmly in place and I never feel like anything is falling out or moving somewhere it shouldn't. The hem hits right at the top of my knee. The material is really nice. I got the black color,and mind you,it's not a saturated jet black color,but rather a soft black that has a hint of brown in it. The cotton is really comfortable,soft but nicely textured. I have plenty of polyester blend dresses so it's really nice to have a cotton dress that doesn't wrinkle and moves nicely. Anyway,hopefully Patagonia won't cut off my long review like they did last time when I tried to post a review on another product last year. If you're still reading,obviously I highly recommend this dress and will probably get one in a print pattern.
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