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Verified Buyer Reviewed by Abi from California on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
I purchased my first Villa dress several years ago, and still have it. It's incredibly flattering, feminine and versatile, and is virtually wrinkle free even after packing. Layer it with tights, boots and a jacket in cool weather; throw on a necklace and flats for warm weather. There were a few design decisions that I wished I could change, however. First, all of the hems had raw edges, which made it look a little more casual than I would have appreciated. Secondly, there was a large embroidered logo between the shoulder blades. Third, finding the right position for the belt was always just a little tricky and you had to adjust it frequently while wearing. When I saw the black on sale, I couldn't resist snatching another one of these, and I am so pleased to see that Icebreaker has addressed all of the issues above! The hems now have a neatly satin stitched finish, there are double belt loops to keep the wraparound belt perfectly positioned, and the logo has been done away with in favor of a tasteful leather tag stitched onto one end of the belt. The black is a nice, rich color and will be easy to dress up while still being remarkably comfortable. I will say that the one thing unchanged about the dress is it seems to run about a size too small. I consistently wear an extra small in Icebreaker tops, but take a small in this dress so that it lays nicely with some slight gathering around the hips and a slight blousyness above the belt. The extra small would be like Saran Wrap, and since this is a fine wool, it would tend to be more transparent and show more bumps. For reference, I'm 5'7".
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