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SO TIGHT in the chest
Quick reference: 5'9, 145 lbs, 46 C. I love this dress so much, but it's incredibly tight in the chest! I'm trying to find a seamstress in my area who can turn it into a skirt since the material's so beautiful. Bummer, though. I'm a medium in Patagonia, so I'm not sure what happened here...
Hi Audrey, sorry to hear that the bust of the Women's Garden Island Dress is a bit too tight. Please be aware that altering our garments will void the warranty. If you're unhappy with your item, you're always welcome to return it under our Ironclad guarantee. You can begin your return here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Too tight in bust
I so wanted to like this dress, but the fit was too tight in the bust area and so I returned it. I loved the fabric weight, the pockets, the length and the drape and it could be worn without a bra (which I love!) if it had been just a bit larger in the bust
We're sorry to hear this one didn't work for you, but we appreciate your feedback. It can be helpful to other customers as well as our designers if you're able to include height, weight and size you normally wear.
Just so so
After reading raving reviews, I purchased two colors, yellow, and an earthy color w blue stripes. The yellow was in size small and earth color was a med. The small fit perfect everywhere except the chest. 34 D, and it was totally see through. There was no mistaking what I looked like in the buff. The medium accommodated my chest and wasnt see thru,... Read More but the color is drab and fabric rough. After one hand wash, it looks incredibly worn. The idea is spot on, pockets perfect, and length acceptable, but execution is not what I expect from Patagonia. I will be returning.
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Cute, but a little baggy
The fabric is nice and I love that it has pockets, but it does run a bit large. I purchased the size that corresponded to my chest measurement and it still has gaps under the arms. I'm keeping it anyway; it's comfy and I'll likely be wearing a cardigan with it anyway, but something to keep in mind.
Flowy for hot weather
I first ordered a medium, because I have a Patagonia tank top that fits rather snugly in that size. But it came and it was laughably HUGE: the bodice hung below my . . . bodice, and I could have been 9 months pregnant and no one would have noticed. I felt like I was wearing a flour sack, and I didn't really like the dusty pink color. So I ex... Read Morechanged it for the small in the grey color, and this one fits perfectly and is the prettiest shades of blues and greys. I'm a 34 C size, for reference, and the bodice is comfortably fitted. Nothing else about this dress is fitted: it billows out and I can't wait to wear it in the Tennessee summer when you don't want anything to touch you. I'm 5'6", and this hits mid-lower calf, which is also what I wanted to be able to keep mosquitoes off/have good coverage if it's breezy. The only downside is that all of the buttons are in the back: the adjustment straps and closure are hard to reach when you have this dress on, and you need to unbutton them to get it on/take it off. Good thing I have kids/a husband to help me out.
Flowy, feminine, and fabulous
This dress is my new favorite clothing item I own! I bought it on a whim, and I'm SO happy with it. The material is thick enough that it isn't see through, but it's light enough to get me through sweltering Tennessee summers. The fit of the dress is very flattering, and it's a very simple thing to throw on, since it doesn't... Read More require a complicated bra or tank top underneath it to smooth lines. I have to stop myself from grabbing it out of my closet every morning because I don't want people thinking it's the only clothing I own. If you're on the fence about it, go ahead and try it! The quality, fit, and style is excellent, and it's the type of dress that I feel is universally attractive on many different body types. I never review things, but this dress deserves applause.
Super cute and comfortable summer dress!
It was love at first site when this dress first came out last spring. Super cute and comfortable style; a perfect summer dress. I'm 5'5"...so not tall but not short either and the length is perfect. I have a tiny frame but am big busted and the small is fine, if a little tight in the bust but not uncomfortable or unflattering. The on... Read Morely drawback or thing I would try and change are the button straps that go over the shoulder. When you put the dress on, the end of the strap is pushed up and sticks out from under the dress. It's super hard to correct this yourself since the buttons are on the back. The overall look is adorable...including these button straps, but if there's someway you could improve this issue it'd make it even better!
Billowy on petite frames
I wish Patagonia would offer petite sizes, not only for length but for narrower hips and torsos. I know this dress is supposed to fit loosely but for a Small this is almost shapeless on me (X-smalls almost never work out). I like that the straps are adjustable (love the wood buttons) but wish there could have been a way to adjust the fit around the... Read More torso as well. I want to keep it so I may see about adding darts in the back to take the waist in just a bit. Otherwise the neckline is modest and I like that I can still wear a bra under it.
Breezy summer dress with some structure
This dress is a great summer option for me! The material is light and the dress is flatteringly fitted on top and forgiving on the tummy and hips. The material is very breathable and feels like fine linen without the wrinkling. I can just air dry the dress without needing to iron it. It also solves a huge summer problem for me: bra straps. The dr... Read Moreess straps are wide enough to hide them! I appreciated being able to find a long, flowy summer dress that I can wear my bra with easily. It’s definitely a more casual look, but wasn’t so “sporty” that it couldn’t be dressed up as needed!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
This is the first time I’ve ever written a review for anything, but I just received the Dam Blue dress & I’m officially in love with it! So much so that I just ordered the Tasmanian teal one. It’s super comfortable, airy/breezy (yet not frumpy), beautiful color, is not see-through, and has pockets! Perfect for running errands, beach coverup, or... Read More even a casual date night out with the hubs. I’m 5’ 4” and weigh 125 lbs & the XS fits perfect. A tiny tiny bit snug around the bust (I’m 34C-D), but will be fine with a different bra.
I really wanted this dress to work, but the area around the bust and under my arms was too tight. I am usually a medium in most things. I am a 36C, so many clothing items that fit otherwise, are too tight on the bust.
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Wish I could have kept it
This dress is lovely and I wish I could have kept it but it just didn't fit my body. I am 5'2" 120 and ordered an xs. I was hopeful that being able to adjust the shoulder straps (brilliant feature) would allow me to make the dress work for my petite frame, but sadly it was just too big and unflattering so I returned. The color and fa... Read Morebric were beautiful and nice quality.
I like the dress very much: the weight and color, but it is very long on me. I’m 5’1”. I bought a medium. I considered hemming it, but I don’t feel like going through the hassle. I will return it.
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Lovely and Comfortable
This is my second purchase of the same dress. Love the material, it’s great for the summer, light and fast drying. I am 5’6, the length is perfect for me. Perfect for my summer trip in Boston, walking around the city under the sun. And wore it with a cardigan for dinner. The Teal color is lovely, Perfect summer dress! It would be even better if th... Read Moree shoulder straps is sawn Instead having buttons. I suppose it is needed to adjust the length.
Great casual dress
I knew this would be kinda flowy and loose and it was absolutely perfect. It's a great dress for when it's hot and you just want to feel comfortable and not worry about anything. The pockets are also key - very deep and able to put things in. My boyfriend referred to it as the "little house on the prairie dress" but I absolutely... Read More love it and am happy to have it.
Easy, casual dress for any occasion
This dress has been my go-to for the past few months. It's super easy to throw on after a dip, wear to a bbq or bike around town in. The shape is baggy but fitted enough to be flattering. I love the wide straps, and the pockets are deep and essential! Great, easy-going dress.
I am very happy with this dress. It is a nice material that works well in warm weather. It is very comfortable and travels well. I purchased a size small. I am 5'4 122lbs. Small chested and small waist but I have all my weight in my thighs and bum. This dress does a great job of hiding all of this without being to baggy. I could have gone to a... Read Moren xsmall but I dont mind it being flowy. I would recommend this dress.
Beautiful summer sundress
This hit all the marks. Very cool to wear and flattering on. Covers bra straps. Somewhat slim fitting on top which makes you look trimmer in general then floats over your waist or any ‘tummy issue’ you may think you have. Did I mention it has pockets too? I ordered a small. I am about a 6/8 size wise.
Flowy and free
I love the organic hemp and the color! It’s very comfortable and a well-made. My only complaint is that most times I wear it, I get asked if I’m pregnant:/ It’s so flowy that maybe there’s just a little too much fabric giving that impression. I bought a small, and I would love if it were just a little more slim in the waist, but I understand if tha... Read Moret’s not the intended styling of the dress.
Garden Island Dress
I loved this dress so much, that I bought it in another color. It is light and airy—great for hot summer days. I normally wear a size eight. I ordered a size small in this dress. I had to make small alterations: taking in slightly under the arms and raising the straps slightly.
Favorite Summer Dress
I looked at this and passed on it earlier this spring/summer, thinking it might look frumpy on my frame, but then I saw a photo of someone wearing it on my local Patagonia store's Instagram! I decided to give it a try and ordered the teal color in case it was see-through (it's not!). I absolutely love it and wear it all the time. I'v... Read Moree dressed it up for a bridal shower and worn it with Chacos to work. I've also worn it on flights, car rides, etc. It's great. Comfy, airy, flowy, perfect for summer! I'm about 5'7 and 130 lbs, small chested and average shoulders, and size small is just right.
Purchased all three
It isn’t easy to find a flattering, functional & feminine summer dress and this style hits the mark. Trifecta! The fact that it has pockets makes it absolutely perfect. The design is figure flattering and the colors choices are lovely. Typically I wear a medium, however, the medium was way too big. The small fit perfectly. I intend to get y... Read Moreears of enjoyment out of these dresses. Thank you, Patagonia, for making such an attractive dress. Keep it up please!
Absolutely love this dress but in both the 6 and 8 waist is too tight ~ can't zip any higher
Absolutely love this dress, but . . . Size 6 or 8 looks great when I put it on but it is just too tight at waist seam to zip any higher. The stretchy panels do not stretch at the seam so if they did it might help. I am 62, healthy and physically fit and active but I do not have 20 something body which would allow it zip up I guess. Please consider ... Read Moremaking this dress so it fits a more reasonable range of body sizes.
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I loooove this dress! Definitely on trend, but everything about it is pretty much perfect. I love the midi length, not too short, not too long. The fabric is light and airy. The fit is flattering AND comfortable, winning! The pockets are actually functional, and dresses with pockets are the BEST! I love that you can adjust the straps in the back. I... Read More got the 'pelican' color and love that I can dress it up or down. The only slight con I can think of is that it is slightly sheer, so choose your underwear/bra wisely :) Can't wait to wear this all summer.
Garden Island Dress
This flirty hemp / lyocell dress literally swings as you walk. (Note the cute, happy model showing it off, who looks like Meghan Markle.) In my opinion, this would make a fun, casual wedding dress for a "sweet young thing". Otherwise, for me, it works for all "low-key" summer events.
Best summer dress!
I bought it in Pelican, but ordering it in teal as well! As with all Patagonia clothes, if you are a bit chesty, size up. Even though I'm normally a medium, and had to get a large just to button it around my chest (leaving it baggy everywhere else), I still wish I could live in this dress! Side-note: It's a bit sheer.
Great design and fabric.
Just ordered a second color since the dress suits my needs to a tee. I'm 5'4 between S and M. I ordered the M as I do not want a close tight fit. The M is low calf on me, adjustable straps allow no worry about being too low-cut. Design is one the best if not the best design Patagonia has had in dresses. Pockets! Breathable! I really love ... Read Morethis dress, it will keep you cool and give coverage. Though I could probably fit in the small, I love the cool breeze drape the M gives me, so I say TTS.
I got both the teal & the lighter blue ones. I was nervous the lighter blue would be too sheer but it is not. You have to wear white but nbd. Normally I'm a small but I'm losing weight & was able to go with the XS. I'd go a size smaller if you are in-between sizes, esp if you're short (like me). It is a lot of dress. But... Read More to the person who made the button detail on the straps to be functional, I love you. Thank you. I was so stoked when I saw that. It's such a light-weight dress. I was comfortable all day.
So Close...Boobs Beware
The fit on this was so close. This is the first XL W's dress that feels true to size for Patagonia. I wear a size 18 and the bottom of this dress fits me perfectly. It's a darling sun dress. The top however, must have been designed for someone who is an A or B cup because I had to un-button every single button to accommodate my chest. I w... Read Moreas so excited when the dress looked like it fit and was heartbroken when it was so incredibly tight in the chest. I could not even salvage this with a camisole, it is too indecent.
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Loose Waist and Thin Fabric
I don't find the cut of this dress to be very flattering at all. On the model photos, it looks like the waist in the back is cinched, but it's actually very loose, even if you tighten the straps. For the DAPE color, the colors make the fabric appear thinner than expected and wrinkles are very apparent. I was excited about this dress but i... Read Moret just looks like I'm wearing a cloth sack.
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