Patagonia Iliana Halter Dress - Women's


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Swap your fins for the nimble Iliana Halter Dress for an exploration of cobblestone streets and ancient ruins. The slightly scooped neck rises to soft straps that tie halter-style for comfort and flattering fit; the contrasting midriff arcs beneath the bodice for a touch of support with built in shelf bra for a crisp, elegant line. Contoured, A-line silhouette falls to just above the knee. Made from a dense and pliable blend of 95% organic cotton/5% spandex.


  • An easy-draping, halter-style summer dress in stretch organic cotton
  • 6.2-oz 95% organic cotton/5% spandex
  • Organic stretch cotton
  • Halter-style summer dress with inset underbust for support
  • Inset and ties in contrast colors (except black)
  • A-line silhouette
  • Ideal Uses: Beach Walks, Backyard Gardening, Whale Watching in Baja, Summerstage Concerts in Central Park, Café Loitering in La Rochelle
  • Slim fit
  • 213 g (7.5 oz)

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Review Summary

4.3 out of 5

21 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 8
  • Build quality: 4
  • Great design: 4
  • Great value: 2

  • Bad design: 1
  • boring in solid color: 1
  • Cost: 1
  • not enough support in bust: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Comfort: 4.1 / 5
Fit: 2 / 5

21 Ratings & Reviews

Very flattering and fun!!
May 12, 2009

I love this dress....the colors were great and I received a lot of compliments when I wore it on a trip to Jamaica. It has a built in bra and fits very true to size. This dress is great for casual wear or for a dinner out at night.

Fun dress!!!
June 22, 2009

I like the built in bra--lower cut, so would be difficult to hide bra straps. I purchased black--can be very casual or dressy depending on what shoes/jewelry you wear with it. I am usually a small in patagonia, and the small worked, so true to size.

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
45-54 yrs

lacking Patagonia's usual standards
August 24, 2011

the fabric has a washed out look and the bust doesn't have enough support. Patagonia's built in bras are usually super flattering but this dress just makes you look flat. I'm a 34 b/c and the fit just isn't good. The colors weren't has vibrant as I had expected. The rest of the dress fits nicely. I'll stick with the Morning Glory and All Weather dress!

Pros: Ease of use, Cons: Bad design, washed out look, not enough support in bust
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Montpelier, VA
35-44 yrs

Iliana Dress
November 27, 2012

Very cute and fun sundress. I am 5'5" 115lb with an athletic build and the xs fits fine. It would be 5-stars overall if it had a some padding in the shelf bra..if you know what I mean!

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value

Super cute dress
May 04, 2009

I have a couple of similar dresses from Patagonia that I absolutely love and wear all the time. I figured this one would be just as great and it is. Very versatile and sturdy, but also perfect for summer parties, going out, etc. I bought the phosphorous color, which looks yellow in the picture, but is actually greenish. True to size..I am a 4 petite and the small is a perfect fit.

Sexy summer dress
July 20, 2009

This dress is sexy, flattering, comfortable, and overall great value. The simple design, tie-back detail, and beautiful drape is suitable for the beach, museums, and dinners out. Although it says "slim fit", the cut is great for women with curvy hips. I'm 5'3"/130 lbs/34B and a medium fits perfectly. The short length is great for petite women. No problems with sufficient coverage on top (which others have noted). In addition, the h[alt-er ]straps prevent/conceal unsightly bulges near armpits. I ordered two and couldn't be happier with them.

love it!!!
June 25, 2009

Great price- comfy dress- looks wonderful- can't wait to take it on vacation next week!

March 08, 2010

This dress is really cute, but the front is cut funny. There is a built in bra, but the front of the dress still sags down, so the straps need to be tighter than you would think. I am also not too keen on the fabric, as it's already faded after only a few washings. I prefer the patagonia Morning Glory dress, as it's a much sturdier fabric and the cut seems a little better - for only $10.00 more.

FitClothes: 2 / 5

Looked better on the model
July 21, 2011

The top was smaller than I thought and the bottom was longer and bigger than I thought. I am broader shouldered so it didn't look right on me. Need to return it. But it is a very cute dress and nice material.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Fun, easy dress!
November 16, 2010

I am 5"5", 120 pounds, b-cup with broad shoulders and purchased the small. The dress fit me perfectly. If you have narrow shoulders, the halter straps may be set too far apart for comfort. Great for packing in the travel bag. Went biking all day in Key West and then traveled straight to dinner!

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from South Florida
45-54 yrs

Very happy I splurged
June 05, 2011

I have other Patagonia items of similar/same fabric and they have held up very well. After dozens of washings, they're still vibrant in color, without any thinning or fraying. I expect this dress will be no different. As for fit, it is snug. I thought it would be (because of my other items) so I ordered a size up. It fits beautifully and is very flattering despite my not-so-perfect shape. This dress tosses on easily, without any twisting or tangling or trying to figure out how to get my arms through what space. It is super comfortable. And because it is made from organic cotton, it is guilt-free. Excellent price for a beautiful garment.

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

Too low cut
July 16, 2010

This dress is extremely low cut and it does not look flattering on my petite figure. However, if you don't mind showing off most of your chest, the fabric is quite wonderful. I won't be wearing this one in public.


from all over
45-54 yrs

great dress...buying another
March 20, 2012

This is a great dress...body-fitting, but not tight. The material is stretchy and easy to move in and the colors have not run, even though they are bright. It is true to size. I am slight (2) with a small bust and the dress fits great in an XS. The dress is useful for anything from a nice dinner to climbing rock cliffs at the beach. I love the halter tie at the neck, which allows for a lot of adjustments. The material is sturdy, but not at all too hot for the summer. It also works well in the spring with a sweater.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, washes very easily and does not shrink

Great fitting dress!
February 04, 2010

I was a little disappointed because I thought I was ordering another color. The name of the colors were mixed up when I ordered. However,I do love how the dress fits, but would have preferred the color shown, but thinking I will probably keep it

cute dress, but not for me
June 12, 2009

I ended up sending this dress back because the top is cut way too low. Don't get me wrong, this dress is really cute, but I felt really self conscience when i put it on. I do not have a large chest, but I think it is best suited for an A cup or a small B. I ordered a small - i am 5'8 and 130 lbs, athletic build.

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
from burlington, Vt
45-54 yrs

only adequate
March 15, 2012

I ordered both the Patagonia Morning Glory and the Ileana halter dresses in black, so it was easy to compare, and the Morning Glory came out way ahead! I'm 5.5, 130 lbs, 34-36B and the size S fit ok in both dresses, but The Ilieana will go back. They appeared quite similar on the hangar, but the fit, drape of the fabric and style of the Morning Glory seemed much classier to me. I can see dressing it up or down. The Ileana seemed just "plain", and the fabric was quite stiff and rough, not flow-ey or silky or drapey at all. The neck straps on the Ileana are thinner, and dug into the back of my neck when I cinched it up to where it needed to be. The built in bra fit ok, but didn't seem to provide any more support than just being a halter. The Ileana is a bit shorter, about 2 inches above the knee on me, and that was about the only plus. In general, this dress seemed of rather average quality, and had no pizzaz at all! Maybe better in a print?

Pros: Ease of use, good length, Cons: Cost, boring in solid color

Cute but very low cut
January 12, 2010

Great dress & nice heavy fabric but would be a lot more versatile if the neckline weren't so low.

Cute dress
June 03, 2009

This dress is cute, flattering, and very comfortable. It was a little lower cut than I was expecting. It packs well and fits true to size. The price is great too.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

lovely dress
November 04, 2013

I like this dress, and it fits true to size. I think the bell feature does not do me any favors, personally, I have a potato shape, so nothing really helps…but is very feminine, and easy to on and off.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5

Nice Dress but...
August 07, 2011

I loved this dress, it is very flowing and would be great for travel. I do, however, have a wide back from swimming for 20 years, so it did not fit well across the chest for me. It also seemed a but too low cut. Th shelf bra was not substantial enough for me either, nipples showed and was not supportive for my 36C size. If I wear a bra with it, it looses its wonderful comfort factor. I am 5'6", 130lbs, athletic build and usually like things a bit fitted; I am between a sml and a med, and usually choose a small, but I ordered a Medium based on reviews. It fit nicely except for the bust, it pinched on the front next to my underarm and that made it look weird. I wish it worked! Fabric is nice, high quality, very comfortable and has the potential to be very flattering, but perhaps more for < C-cup gals. Sigh. Still looking for a sporty black dress for me.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use

Awesome summer dress
June 19, 2009

This dress is awesome. I already got multiple compliments for it. This is the perfect dress to throw on after swimming or surfing. Of course you can wear it to dinner too. It packs very small and light. The fabric is smooth and very comfortable to wear. A true Patagonia product.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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