I love, love, love this style of dress. I'm petite at 5'1", with small shoulders. The V-neck, not too deep though, helps to lengthen my appearance. The fabric is soft, and should be easily washable. The grape wine colour perfectly matches a colour in my summer skin type chart. I don't often find pieces like that. The fuller swing style skirt helps to hide my worst parts. ;) And, as a result, I was able to order a smaller size than I usually would with other styles. This dress is going to get lots of wear.