I LOVE this dress. The fabric is high quality, sturdy, and comfortable. The small amount of lycra makes the dress fit in all the right places comfortably. I have a straight up and down torso so the belted waist of this dress gives me the illusion of a tiny waist. I have worn this dress to casual and dressy events, and every time I wear this dress I get so many compliments. For casual I don't wear the petticoat, and for dressy the petticoat fills out the full gathered skirt giving it a striking silhouette. This dress is so well made it will last for years, and I can see my future grand daughters fighting over this one! LOVE IT.