The smocking at the waist is very slimming and the dress is flattering for my hourglass figure. I normally wear L or 12 and the L fits perfectly. I'm 5'9" and it falls approx 2" above my knees. The smocking at the neck is unique and I find it fits just a little tight and may not be preferable for someone that doesn't like anything fitted on the neck. Overall a pretty dress with a flattering cut that could be worn to work or on a night out.