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Description

Move through your day in the chic comfort of the women's Patagonia Bandha Dress. A V-neck and an A-line shape give this stretchy and soft jersey-knit dress a flowing, flatteringly feminine shape, while the simple design makes it versatile for dressing up or dressing down. Take it from summer to fall by adding some knit tights, riding boots and cardigan sweater. Go from day to night by swapping out your ballet flats for some heels. The nylon-spandex fabric retains its shape, sheds wrinkles and wicks moisture, making this a great piece for traveling. A center-front twist adds a touch of flattering shape and style, while the above-the-knee length allows you to ride your cruiser bike to the farmer's market or sit down for a beach picnic with comfortable coverage. Perfect for outdoor summer concerts, strolls along the river trail, backyard barbeques and jet-setting to a tropical destination, you'll find endless uses for the women's Patagonia Bandha Dress.

Specifications

  • 6-oz 92% nylon, 8% spandex smooth-faced jersey knit with moisture-wicking performance
  • Stretchy and soft synthetic jersey knit; excellent shape retention; wicks moisture; brushed interior
  • A-line; Center-front twist for added fullness; sleeveless, off-shoulder design for mobility
  • High point shoulder to hem 46", size M
  • 298 g (10.5 oz)
  • Recommended Uses: Outdoor Concerts, Day Job, Whale Watching in Baja, Gardening

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

111 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 6
  • Ease of use: 6
  • Great value: 6
  • Performance: 6

Cons
  • Bad design: 2
  • Cost: 2
  • awful fit: 1
  • may be too low cut for some: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Comfort: 4.7 / 5
Fit: 2.4 / 5

111 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
linkbeak
top250Contributor

from Portland OR
45-54 yrs

Versatile dress but too long
May 07, 2011

This is a great all-purpose dress but on me at 5'6" it falls mid-calf which makes me look dowdy. I can sew so I took 10" off the hem of each of these dresses that I own. It looks as if the newer version might be shorter. Otherwise a great travel dress, comfortable to wear, even OK for the office possibly with a camisole underneath. I normally am spot on in size SM with Patagonia. For this one I tried the SM and MED. Both were OK but I went with the MED as the bodice is pretty fitted and I didn't want every lump and bulge to be visible.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
k8pate
top500Contributor

from Fairfield County, CT
45-54 yrs

LBD
September 26, 2011

Beautiful drapey dress that follows your curves without clinging. I will get a ton of wear out of this dress, it can get dressed up or go casual. I will wear it with boots this winter and have already worn it on a warm fall day, felt great in it.

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Dusk
from Florida
35-44 yrs

Feminine
October 09, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the color was as advertised on this website. The quality also exceeded my expectations. Dress is extremely versatile and feminine. Hugs the body in the right places. If you are overweight and/or bloated and want to desguise it, this dress may not be for you. If you are pregnant ( and not over weight.) with a small tummy and does not mind showing it off, this dress will be extremely comfy as it adds no pressure and feels and fits like a second skin and it is extrely easy putting on and taking off.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, feminine
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
lovethemiddlefork
from Billings, MT
25-34 yrs

love this dress
March 25, 2013

I love this dress for so many reasons... it's perfect for many occasions, the fabric is high enough quality and the fit sleek enough that you could wear it as an LBD, or you could wear it over a swimsuit on vacation. The fabric is thick enough that it doesn't show panty lines, but it's light and comfortable. I am 5'7" 140lbs and wear a 34A and I ordered a Medium. I maybe could have gone with a Small, but the medium fits my hips and chest fine. I absolutely love this dress. I ordered it in Black. It's perfect, would HIGHLY recommend. I will likely order one or two for my sister for her bday!

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Pullman
35-44 yrs

Women's Bandha dress
April 07, 2011

I absolutely love the way this dress fits and the freedom that it gives me makes it a "must have" for all of my trips. The material of the dress also makes it so that it is easy to pack without the worries of wrinkles. The easy care washing makes it great to have on camping trips. (It dries fairly quickly too.) For all these reasons, I would highly recommend this dress!!

Pros: Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
DCtoSA
25-34 yrs

March 16, 2012

Oh my goodness, this dress is amazing. I have been searching for the perfect travel dress, and this one is IT. The size and fit: I am 5'9" and about 140#. I'm tall and straight-up-and-down with a long torso, long legs, and long limbs. 34C, and I have a bit of a, um, rear end. I ordered a medium, and it fits PERFECTLY. It hits me right at the knee. All the seams are in just the right places, slanting in just the right direction. Really excellent female design. The material: Not very thick, but I'm okay with that, personally. It doesn't feel cheap. Comfortable, dries quickly, looks great. From regular standing distance, this dress looks downright fancy. And it rolls up into practically nothing. The bag it came in was so small I thought it was the swim suit I had ordered. I am so pumped! I love this dress so much I'm thinking about buying a second one even though it's expensive! Well done, Patagonia.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
LisaInCo
top1000Contributor

from Boulder, CO
35-44 yrs

Perfect dress!
June 27, 2013

I adore this dress. It is comfortable, lightweight, and travels well. Wrinkles steam out after hanging it for just a few minutes in the shower. I believe this dress is universally flattering. I have a larger bust and the top of the dress is very accommodating due to the stretch factor. It is indeed low cut, so when I feel like a little more modesty I wear a thin fabric bra/cam beneath it to hide cleavage. I went up a size in this to make it more like a swing dress...snug around the bust but swingy and free around the bottom. My normal size fit, but due to the thin material was a little to revealing from the waist down. If you have a flawless body, this might not be an issue, but since I have some bumps I would like to hide, a less clingy dress, sized up, works better.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

Versatile, great on many body types
October 28, 2009

Very wrinkle resistant and easy to travel with. Your normal size will be loos on hips, size down for form fitting. Dress stays in place when you are active.

great fit
July 08, 2009

like its great fitting and no wrinkles!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Organic
from South Florida
45-54 yrs

Won't keep it in my purse, but it is versatile...
June 19, 2011

Since this dress arrived, I can't stop thinking that it's the same dress Kinsey Milhone (the main character in Sue Grafton novels) keeps stuffed in her purse for emergencies.:-) It does seem like it will be a very versatile piece. I crumpled it up and left it overnight to see how it would wrinkle. It passed that test, with no wrinkling, so it will be great for business travel. I read all the reviews about this dress running small, so, I ordered a large. Even with a large, it fits snugly in the bust (I'm a 34B) and back, but drapes nicely from the waist down. I am just under 5'2" so it falls mid-calf.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 1 / 5
Summerdress

Fit is too tight
April 12, 2011

This dress is advertised by Patagonia as a "slim fit." I ordered a medium size and I am 5'6" and 145 lbs. Though it fit in the bust and shoulders, it was to tight in the stomach and hips. The fabric is thick but still pulled across the hips in an unflattering way. Overall the dress could be really flattering on a slimmer figure.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
HikerGirl64
from Portland, Maine
45-54 yrs

Love this dress!
July 30, 2011

This dress is exactly what I thougt it would be -- comfortable, flettering, stylish and versatile. I'm sure it will be the dress I reach into my closet for all summer long.

Pros: Great design, comfortable, flattering

Awesome, but...
July 23, 2009

I have the bandha top, and I love it to death. I'm rather large busted, so it's hard for me to find shirts that are classy and conservatively complement the ladies. I bought this dress hoping it would fit like the shirt, and while the twisted top was great, the rest of the dress was another story. It's like this dress is designed for someone of the pear shape variety who has an extremely long torso. I'm 5'5", and the hips fell well below my hips and bulged out on the seam. I took the dress to the lady who altered my wedding dress, and she was bewildered by the curvy seam on the edges. She was able to take it in and fix it for me, but I kind of expected a little more from Patagonia. I actually bought this dress for my friend to wear as a bridesmaid dress, and she had many of the same problems, including a panel being sewn inside out - the material has different looks on each side, and she said all the panels were uniform except for one. It'll be a great dress, but just be cautious and expect to have to get it altered, if you're up for it.

INPHX
top250Contributor

Love it !
August 20, 2009

Love this dress ... bought two ! I am 5'5 138 lbs M fits perfect .

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
newenglandgirl

Love this dress
June 12, 2011

Feels great, looks great. I got lots of compliments on this dress in Amaranth so got the Bali Blue as well. Perfect for summer. A little clingy through the chest. Neckline might be a little low for work but otherwise great.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use

Banda Dress
September 01, 2010

Love this dress. I have worn mine for three seasons and it looks new. I machine wash and air dry. Always get compliments whenever I wear it. Flattering, feminine and easy to pack and wear. No need to wear a cami to cover up.

I'm returning it
June 26, 2009

I was so excited about this dress because the majority of the comments were so positive. The moment I saw the dress I was disappointed. Thick shiny polyester. Hoping putting it on would make it better, I put it on. Yuck. I am 5'10" and it was too long for me. I could deal with the length and the cut, but I can't get past the awful fabric. Oh well, I was really hoping for something nice here. Instead I saw two similar dresses at REI. One by REI and another by the Horny Toad. I got the REI dress, b/c the Horny Toad one wasn't in my size. Both are much better than this one.

Amazing dress
August 09, 2010

This dress is not only comfortable, attractive and easy to care for.. it looks great in any venue from doing errands to out to dinner. I have it in three colors and have given two to my sister and one to my daughter-in-law. We all three love it...Great dress from Patagonia and great service from Altrec...I think I will shop for other colors that are on sale now!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Luv2getout
from Boston, MA
25-34 yrs

Great all purpose dress
April 20, 2011

Since this dress arrived I've been counting down the days til warmer weather. This dress will be the perfect casual weekend outing dress for hanging out with friends or a walk on the beach. It will look nice dressed up. And will be PERFECT for travel. Come on SUN!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

Great dress
April 06, 2010

This is a very nice dress. The fabric is very nice, I normally wear a large and have a smaller waist than hips and this dress fits perfect. It does cling but the fabric is nice/thick enough that it lays well. I would definitely buy another.

Very Nice Dress
October 23, 2009

I ordered this dress for my fiance`. She really likes it and I do too - It looks great - casual, but sexy! Her measurements should have just fit in a small size, but it was tight. The medium worked fine.

Perfect dress!
February 10, 2010

This is what I'll be wearing all summer long. It fits perfectly, color is great (forged grey), the material is lightweight yet substantial enough and not flimsy, cut is excellent, very flattering, formfitting - nothing falls out! I'm 5'4 and 110 pds and the XS fits like a glove!

Bandha Dress by Patagonia
August 30, 2010

This is one great dress. I now have three colors and all are perfect for day or evening...dressing up or casual wear. The material is soft and light. The bodice is unique prompting many complimentary comments. I am 5'2", 110 pounds and 34C. I chose medium as I don't like tight fitting clothing. This is just right for me as the slim cut makes the dress very shapely though a size larger than I would normally wear. At first I thought it was a tad long, but the tea length allows me to work in comfort at my desk and it is perfect for evening. Altrec's service was superb!

lovethemiddlefork
from Billings, MT

love this dress
March 25, 2013

I love this dress for so many reasons... it's perfect for many occasions, the fabric is high enough quality and the fit sleek enough that you could wear it as an LBD, or you could wear it over a swimsuit on vacation. The fabric is thick enough that it doesn't show panty lines, but it's light and comfortable. I am 5'7" 140lbs and wear a 34A and I ordered a Medium. I maybe could have gone with a Small, but the medium fits my hips and chest fine. I absolutely love this dress. I ordered it in Black. It's perfect, would HIGHLY recommend. I will likely order one or two for my sister for her bday!

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever

Beautiful, but too tight
May 21, 2010

I am typically and XL, but this dress in XL no where near accommodated my large bust. I really loved the look and feel of it, but it was way too tight.

Not Flattering
July 16, 2009

Great service and prices at Altrec. However, the Bandha dress was not flattering at all. I'm an hourglass shape; it smooshed my chest and flared out too far at the hips. Also, the fabric was rather coarse. I sent it back.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
lotus123
from New York, NY
35-44 yrs

Perfect dress
July 03, 2011

I'm so happy that I purchased this dress. I love the look, feel and fit of this shirt. It is very comfortable and lite material. I want to get another color. This is great dress to have!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: Cost

True to size
August 22, 2010

I considered ordering up a size based on the other reviews but am glad I didn't - I'm 5'7" and 140 lbs, 34B...small fits well...and I can wear a bra with it - great dress.

Longer than I thought but I love it anyway.
September 03, 2009

The length makes it more formal than I was hoping for, but its still a great dress and I'm sure I'll get plenty of use out of it.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
GoldenMum
top1000Contributor

from Inverness, FL
45-54 yrs

Really nice dress
October 10, 2011

Wow! I just wore this dress for a casual evening out and I received so many compliments. I am 5'5", 135lbs., and a little curvy, and the medium fit great. The material is soft and flowy yet substantial. It is very comfortable. I think it would also be great for traveling. I am definitely getting another.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

Love it!
July 06, 2009

Love this dress! Comfortable & versatile. Flattering too. true to size.

super comfortable!
August 14, 2009

bought this dress for a wedding but now i wear it everywhere. very comfortable!

ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
katjams1
from Maryland

Flattering - for the Woman on the Go
September 25, 2010

I purchased this dress as a lightweight, easy care cocktail/evening dress while traveling and was not disappointed. The cut is very flattering, the fabric elegant and comfortable even on hot summer evenings. I agree with other reviewers that this dress looks better in a size slightly smaller than what one would usually get (e.g. I am more a "Medium" but opted to get a size "Small"). The only problem there is that this dress is slim fit, meaning the area at the arms is cut tightly and one can see the panty line. Something to be mindful of - a fabulous dress though!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Tukoo
from DC
35-44 yrs

Perfect Little Black Dress - especially for packin
July 28, 2011

I can't say enough about this dress. It's perfect. The material is durable, but it has a "dressed up" look. I'd imagine it would be great for packing.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Loved this dress.
September 07, 2010

Wore this dress to a wedding with a shawl & got lots of compliments. Very flattering. Fits great. Extremely comfortable.

like it!
January 15, 2010

Nice fitting dress. Snug at the chest and looser at the waist and hip (not clingy). It's a little long (mid-calf), but nothing some hemming can't fix.

Amazing
September 12, 2009

This is the sexiest dress you will ever own. It makes one look awesome! The material hangs well, fit is amazing. Can be dressed up for a fancy party or dressed down for a day trip.

Surprised, but love it!
October 10, 2009

This dress was much longer than it looked in the pic. I didn't take note of the measurements and wasn't expecting a below the knee dress. I do love it. Can wear it to work or anywhere!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
telegirl

great for everything dress
December 24, 2011

I love patagonia dresses and this one is good for work, travel, and dressy play. Super comfy and super flattering at the same time. I'm 5'5" and I wish it were a little shorter. Otherwise, it's perfect!

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
gretchenbucc
from New York, NY
35-44 yrs

bandha dress is my new favorite
June 16, 2011

This dress is incredibly flattering. It is form fitting in the shoulders and chest, sexy but not too low cut and flares out in a very flattering way. I love the pink color! The fabric is thin and silky yet the cut makes this dress very flattering. The dress can also be worn for hanging around the house or a casual day or easily dressed up for most any occasion. I plan to order it in black as well. This is a go to dress!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
joyfulmom2
35-44 yrs

great dress
October 12, 2011

love the berry color and the fit. not too low in front, good coverage all around. very comfortable, but cute as well. fabric makes it a great to pack, too.

Great Dress.....Very Flattering
September 24, 2009

I love this dress. I bought it for a rehearsal dinner and wedding. (separate weddings). I am 5'7" and weigh 145 and a medium fits me great. I am pretty small up top. I am most likely going to purchase one in another color.

comfortable, flattering, low maintenance
October 02, 2009

Very comfortable wearing all day. Low maintenance, form-fitting around torso, flattering, a-line shape

just great
August 11, 2009

Bought this for a wedding and it was perfect! Cute, comfortable, and true to size.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
GearisGood
from Boulder, CO
25-34 yrs

Great Dress!
May 03, 2011

A bit lighter in weight and shorter than last year's. I like the length, but actually preferred the heavier material. Great colors and fit as always. Very packable too.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Ttwist
from NYC
45-54 yrs

So Far: Great Dress!
February 05, 2013

I haven't had it that long or washed it yet so I can't speak to its durability, but it's a great fabric/color and fits really well. I am 5'9" and 160 pounds with a long torso and it looks terrific!

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
BadW0lf

Awesome
July 18, 2011

Easy to wear, comfortable with a great shape. Nice enough for dinner out, casual enough for day to day. Size is true; I'm 5'10" and found the length to be good, which is rare, falling just above the knee. Dress has a great drape that is very flattering!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

A great simple sleek dress!!!
April 07, 2010

An awesome simple dress that can look casual or dressy, and perfect for outdoorsy girls to look a little dressed up, but still maintain their down to earth appeal!!

A great multipurpose dress!
August 04, 2009

I bought this dress for travel and work. It is comfortable and flattering. It can be rolled up in a pack and comes out virtually wrinkle free. Because it is form-fitting, follow the advice of several reviews and wear a camisole under it. I can't wait to buy more colors!

great dress. fits well. LOve it.
August 22, 2009

Very comfortable. Easy to wear. Love the fabric. No wrinkles. Flattering on figure.

A great simple sleek dress!!!
April 07, 2010

An awesome simple dress that can look casual or dressy, and perfect for outdoorsy girls to look a little dressed up, but still maintain their down to earth appeal!!

Comfort: 2 / 5
Quality: 1 / 5
FitClothes: 1 / 5
aliensnextdoor

No Good Unless You're a Beanpole
September 16, 2011

There's a reason the website doesn't show this dress on a model: Unless you're a beanpole, this dress won't look good. I've bought other dresses in size L from Patagonia that fit well and are flattering. This one, however, made me feel like a blob of sausage. Even the XL would have hugged every tiny bump and lump. The rosehip color was a disappointment too--kind of blah and not very flattering with my skin tone. I've returned the dress for a refund.

Cons: Bad design, awful fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
snowgirl
top500Contributor

35-44 yrs

Comfortable and Forgiving Dress
May 14, 2011

WOW! The Patagonia Bandha Dress is very comfortable. The dress flows beautifully from the waist and the twist at the center-chest adds a touch of formal flare. It is extremely figure-flattering, especially in the black. I had to size up with this dress. The small was less clingy than the x-small. I am 5'3", 120 lb, and 32B bust, for reference.

Pros: Great design, Build quality

Nice dress
October 29, 2009

This dress is super comfortable. For the petite people in the world, it runs a little long, but it is not that bad at all. The dress is also very versatile.

wylertay

Wonderful Dress
April 28, 2010

I purchased this dress for my wife, and she loves it. It washes and packs well. She is very pleased with it.

perfect summer dress
June 27, 2009

I love this dress. I've worn it to work and just for running around this summer. It's easy to wear, incredibly comfortable, and flattering.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
chicagosammy
from Chicago
35-44 yrs

comfy travel dress
March 11, 2011

This is a very nice dress to walk around or dress up in. Top is more form fitting but the A line dress is very flattering-hides a bit of tummy too. Easy to wash/dry. No iron needed. I'd buy another one in dif color!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
ddnels1
top250Contributor

from Nashville
45-54 yrs

Fab dress
May 04, 2011

This is a great dress--the grey color is sophisticated, the material is comfortable. The fit seems great--I bought at my regular size (sm) and don't have any trouble with panty lines. It's snug through the top, sure, but flowing from the waist. The knee-length of this version is just right--you can dress it up with heels and a scarf or dress it down with thongs. Easy wash and wear--great for travel. THe Bandha twist neckline is sexy without being revealing--gorgeous easy dress.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Mittenqueen
from Stevens Point, WI
25-34 yrs

Great dress but too small in the stomach area
July 31, 2011

I purchased this dress with the intention of bringing it to Jamaica on my two-week honeymoon. The dress was adorable but it really clung to the flaws and "donut" on my belly. I was hoping the style of the dress would be a little more forgiving and help hide this. I ended us returning the dress due to that one flaw.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 3 / 5
km800
from Arlington, VA

not for pear shapes
April 12, 2013

I am 5' 10'', 140 pounds and pear shaped. I thought that because this dress had kind of an A-line that it might fit--- alas, it was too tight across my 36 inch hips in a medium-- and too big on the top (34 inch chest). I have a 26-inch waist, and this dress didn't flatter that either--- to big-- the cut was too straight. It's an ongoing issue with dresses for me-- if it fits on top, it's too small on bottom or the reverse. For others like me, don't bother with this one. Also, I'd echo the earlier review about the seam down the front of the dress. It's really prominent. For me, it detracted from the look of the dress.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
ColoradolovingMary
from St Louis, Mo
45-54 yrs

Flattering Comfortable Dress
December 15, 2011

This dress is very flattering for small to medium chested woman. It is a form fitting dress for the upper part but nice and flowing for the lower part. You can easily dress it up or down and comes in great colors!

Pros: Great design, Cons: may be too low cut for some
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CasualElegance
45-54 yrs

Worth every penny
July 05, 2011

Dress it up or down, fits nicely; not overly body hugging. Attractive on a 25 yr old or 60 yr old. I'm glad I didn't try to "bargain" shop this time and, instead, acquired a beautiful easy-care flattering dress that will last years.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use

another great Patagonia buy
May 05, 2010

The Banda dress is really comfortable and good for travel since it squishes down into a nice roll with few wrinkles. The x-small fits a 5'3 110 lb. frame perfectly and even compliments it, tighter along the bust line with a more relaxed fit around the torso. The black can be worn casually or dressed up. Overall a great dress- and Altrec as usual gets 5 stars for service and fast delivery.

great dress. fits well. LOve it.
August 22, 2009

Very comfortable. Easy to wear. Love the fabric. No wrinkles. Flattering on figure.

Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
km800
from Arlington, VA
35-44 yrs

not for pear shapes
April 12, 2013

I am 5' 10'', 140 pounds and pear shaped. I thought that because this dress had kind of an A-line that it might fit--- alas, it was too tight across my 36 inch hips in a medium-- and too big on the top (34 inch chest). I have a 26-inch waist, and this dress didn't flatter that either--- to big-- the cut was too straight. It's an ongoing issue with dresses for me-- if it fits on top, it's too small on bottom or the reverse. For others like me, don't bother with this one. Also, I'd echo the earlier review about the seam down the front of the dress. It's really prominent. For me, it detracted from the look of the dress.

love it
August 03, 2010

I bought this dress for my daughter and fell in love with it. It is flowy and very flattering. I agree with other reviewers who point out that a size larger makes it less form fitting.

beautiful
March 09, 2010

I was looking for a dress for my 14 year old daughter to wear to her 8th grade graduation. It was a little shocking to see all the dresses on line and in the stores that I guess they think are acceptable for young girls. Being obsessed with comfort this dress seemed like (from all the other reviews) it would be a great choice for her. It fits her beautifully and I think it will be a great dress to wear in May in Arizona. It has beautiful lines...and now I think I will be looking for a dress for me from Patagonia as well.

This dress is long!
September 21, 2010

This dress is made for tall ladies--not even for average height. I am five-two and it came down to my ankles. Fit nicely in the bust area. Because of the fabric type, it will show panty lines and bulges, if you have any.

TucsonGirl
top100Contributor

Great Dress
June 29, 2009

It is really comfortable. I love the length. I ordered one size up.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
texasreb
from Central Texas
45-54 yrs

Great Dress!
April 21, 2013

I'm 5'6" tall and about 135lbs. The medium fits perfectly, if not a bit loose in the belly and thighs. The top fits well and the skirt is loose and swing-y. I bought the Blue Butterfly color. It's really a purple grape color--very pretty. The fabric is a bit heavy, but I think that enhances the way the dress fits and moves. I plan to get it in a couple of other colors while it's still 30% off!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
margo3274

Classy dress
August 21, 2013

It's great for traveling. You can dress it up and dress it down with flip flops. I love the long length.

Pros: Great design

Wear it wherever....
June 09, 2010

I wore this to a wedding and the next day to the beach - effortless. I usually wear a Medium in Patagonia but sized up to a Large so that it drapes rather than be formfitting. Very nice drape. As usual, Altrec has more sizes/colors available than other websites. Great purchase!

The perfect dress
November 05, 2009

Love this dress! I am 5'9" 130lbs. and the small fits perfect. Casual with flips and dressy with heels. LOVE IT!

Nice looking dress.
June 15, 2010

I would order up a size as it is a bit small through the bust. Overall a nice dress. Next order will be larger.

Flattering and comfortable
October 03, 2009

I really like the fit of this dress. I have a smaller bust and find the bodice to be very flattering but not revealing. It's also a great fabric and super comfortable. I like that you can dress it up or down as well. Overall, a great buy.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
TXMountainGirl
from Austin, TX
45-54 yrs

Like the changes
August 11, 2011

I have a couple of the old style Bandha dresses which were sleeveless (now cap sleeve), longer and made of denser fabric. The new style is lighter and nicer to wear but does show more body imperfections. I bought black and blue and the black is way more forgiving than the blue. I am 5'9" and 150lbs and the M fits perfectly. I haven't worn either yet or washed them so can't comment on the durability.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
aidan3
from MA
35-44 yrs

Bandha Dress
June 23, 2011

The new length is perfect on my 115lbs 5ft. 4 frame. I tried last year's longer style, but I looked lost in it. I love the amaranth color, and am planning to buy more colors. So comfy and flattering. I love it.

Pros: Great design, Cons: Cost
starchime
from MN

comfortable and classic
September 30, 2010

This dress is attractive, comfortable, versatile and durable. It has quickly become my favorite in many colors!

not for me
May 16, 2010

I liked this dress in the picture and I like the bandha top, however I didn't like the dress on me. I think it was too long for me (I am 5'5") and the color (prairie mist) was a little too pale.

Great Dress
April 29, 2010

Looks great and can go anywhere! Travels well and ready to wear at your destination. True to size. I wear a 4-6 and the small fit perfectly. I will definitely order more colors!!!!

Great purchase experience - great dress!
August 06, 2010

This dress is wonderful - I have it in 3 colors and have made it the core of my summer wardrobe. And Altrec purchase experience is the best!

yogina

Love this dress!
February 06, 2013

Perfect dress for almost any occasion -beach, apr├Ęs yoga, wedding party!!!!!!! Just be mindful that it is a slim fit, so if you want "some drape and no cling," size up! I'm 5'2" , 110 lbs and I order Sm, rather than XS. I own several and always get compliments when I wear mine. I wish Patagonia would make a winter version of this dress, in a heavier weight fabric with some 3/4 length sleeves.... R U listening, Patagonia?

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