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I previously had two dresses in this cut I loved and which unfortunately were stolen. Those prints (floral) were no longer available so I ordered two with striped patterns. The fabric is layered well at the bust, but the bottom of the dress is see-through! Underwear completely visible.
I'm fairly consistently a small and needed to return this one for a medium. The small was too tight in the chest and waist. Patagonia's customer service was excellent and the return was super easy. The medium is flattering and I love both the v in the back and that the front is not too low-cut for work. I would give this dress 5 stars if ... Read Moreit had pockets.
I have several of the prior version of this dress, the width of the strap has improved (easier to keep the undergarment under), and the bodice covers better. The fabric is pretty clingy and form fitting, I think I will try to keep this out of the dryer to avoid shrinkage. Destined to be a summer staple just like my 15 year old versions.
Comfortable and flattering
I bought this dress in one color while on vacation...it's incredible flattering and versatile. I love how I can wear it in very casual settings or going out to dinner, depending on the shoes and jewelry I pair with it. It has become such a favorite that I ordered the blue one when I got home from vacation.
This soft, nicely cut and attractive dress seems suitable for casual wear and beyond. It appears well made. It runs terribly small. I'm 5'4'', 127 pounds and wear a 36C bra. (Did I mention I'm 69?). According to the size chart, based on my bust size, I'm between a Small and a Medium. I ordered a Medium in two colors. B... Read Moreoth were embarrassingly tight, even with a light slip to hide my flaws. For comparison, Patagonia Medium Capiline tops fit comfortably without revealing what I don't want to reveal. I'm trying to decide if a the dress would be flattering in a Large, but think the arm holes might look silly.
Perfect summer dress
Please do not stop making this dress I will buy it every year, I wrought multiples and I will again next year, especially please please keep the length many summer dresses are too short for us taller gals, this was not too short the length was perfect, can be casual and with a change of sandals and jewelry less casual. Would love to see soft muted ... Read Morecolors and prints,
Fit/style issues, had to return
I was really looking forward to this dress. I purchased both medium and small. The small fit great in the chest but was too clingy throughout the waist. The medium fit better around the waist, but was too big and had too much fabric in the chest. I returned both because neither fit well enough to keep. In addition, I didn't like the double lay... Read Moreer wrap style of the top. The fabric on the bottom layer was fussy to get smooth enough so wrinkles didn't show through the top layer. The fabric itself was also a bit see through. I bought the white and you could see what color my underwear was under the dress. Probably not a problem with the darker colors, but it was an issue with the white.
We're truly sorry to hear about this sizing issue for you. If you have any questions regarding your refund, please feel free to [reach out to us](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). We also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.
Size up for Orange
I purchased the orange dress. I have other size medium dresses from Patagonia. I'm 50 years old 5'6" 140 lbs. This dress is almost 100 percent cotton. I had a hard time getting it on, it looked tight, and it was difficult to take off. There is not much stretch in the fabric. I am returning it. I highly suggest sizing up at least one ... Read Moresize.
Hey Amy, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. You're correct that this dress is mostly cotton, it comes in at 96% organic cotton and 4% spandex textured slub-knit jersey. If you liked the dress and would like to size up instead of return, you can begin the exchange process [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). Otherwise a great alternative is our Women's Kamala T-Shirt Dress which comes in at 55% organic cotton, 41% TENCEL lyocell and 4% spandex jersey knit.
This dress is so comfortable. Im not skinny and it hugs in all the right places, none of the wrong places. The fabric is heavy enough to feel snug but not so heavy it is stiff. It is quite deeply cut in the chest, so a cute bra is a must if youre wearing one. You may not feel you have to. The only thing that could improve this would be pockets (an... Read Mored with this drape-y skirt they could probably do that without ruining the line.) The only other thing Id change is having this in more, and bolder colors. I would buy them all.
Great for travel
I saw this dress on someone in a store and ordered it the next day for overnight delivery because I was leaving for Hawaii 2days later. Unfortunately I ordered a medium which is my usual size but it was so small I could hardly get it on, Im 55 150 Pds athletic build. They were very nice to exchange it with no shipping charges for a large which fit ... Read Moreperfect but sadly it didnt make it on my trip, next time it will be perfect.
Using the size chart, I ordered an XL. It was much too big. I didn't really like the fit of the dress, so it was returned rather than exchanged for a smaller size.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Porch Song Dress, we're so sorry the size purchased didn't work out and you weren't a fan of the fit. We'll be sure to pass the word along. Please note we're always happy to provide you with garment measurements should you need them. If you're interested in checking out a similar style, click [here](https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-organic-cotton-roaming-dress/75165.html?dwvar_75165_color=PLGY&cgid=womens-dresses-skirts) to see our Women's Organic Cotton Roaming Dress.
I love the dress! I think once I wash it that it will fit better.
We hope you love this dress for many years to come, Sarah! You can find some excellent [product care](https://www.patagonia.com/product-care.html) tips on our site and feel free to reach out to our Customer Service team with any additional questions.
The biggest appeal to me is the quality and simple design of this dress. Perfect for casual summer days or nights. Very flattering profile for any body type. Only complaint is it runs small, tight below the breast area. I ordered a medium and wished I got the large. For reference Im 54, 137 pounds.
We are incredibly happy to hear you like this dress, Dorrinda! As for getting the next size up, please know you are always welcome to [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) based on size, fit or color. If you need assistance with making that exchange, please feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) as they will be more than happy to help!
Comfy and wow
I only see my family members these days, but my husband and kids both said wow! (In a good way) when I put this dress on. It is so comfy and I love the lack of a built-in bra squeezing me. V-neck, but plenty of coverage to be active. The cut might show off a tummy a bit, so if you are worried about that, size up.
Cute, Flattering Dress
Bought three of these dresses and one of the three fits perfectly. Two of them are a bit on the small side (I think one reviewer said it fit like an extra small). Fortunately, its just slightly tight around the rib cage (I am small chested and 125 pounds) but fits perfectly everywhere else (LOVE A-lines). I love the patterns and the flowy swing of ... Read Morethe dress. Im very excited for warmer weather so I can start wearing them.
I am 36B & 1/2, 28" waist and 38.5" hips, 138#. This dress fit perfectly and comfortable for the warm autumn Gulf Coast weather in Houston. Since I am working from home the dress has seen mostly sitting at computer and casual strolls around the neighborhood action and by the end of the day it is still comfortable and easily shrugs off... Read More the leaves when I get distracted after a walk and do some garden planting or pruning.
Charming Dress, Wrong size recommended
I love this dress but could barely get it on. I'm 5'6, 108 lbs and normally would have chosen a small which probably would have fit but a very nice person on the phone at Patagonia mistakenly suggested xs. As for the style, it seems to be kind of full skirted, kind of like an A-line which I don't care for. Material is super pretty.
Lovely & Simple
I love the way that this dress fits. It's a bit big on me in the shoulders and chest (which is generally the case for me and was not unexpected), but it holds its shape well enough that this is not really a problem. Conservative enough to be professional while still being fashionable (for my standards anyway!)
Pretty knit print dress
I bought the same style last year in a pink feather print. So I knew what size to buy. It is unusual to find a print knit dress. These are so pretty. You can dress it up or down by changing your shoes. You always feel Appropriate in a dress this well designed. Not too dressy or casual and always comfortable. Perfect travel dress. I actually have a ... Read Moreblack one also. The black is dressy and casual and could be worn to any event.
This dress is cute, though I bought many of the colors in different sizes (S and XS) and returned all but one. Some patterns were more flattering than others on me. The material is thicker and stretchy. I like the dress, it will be nice when the pandemic is over and theres an occasion to wear it. I am not a big fan of patterns, I wish his came in m... Read Moreore solid colors.
Beautiful, perfect fit
I am 5'8", generally between a size 2 and 4, and size small fits perfectly. Plus, I am long-waisted and it's virtually impossible to find dresses that fit well and look good, and this one does! Plus, the fabric is beautiful (I got the light green floral), and is heavy enough not to be see-through. Highly recommended!
Perfect fit and fabric
I wanted a cute, slightly fitted, and comfortable cotton dress, and this dress is perfect. I am 5'5", 155 pounds, and long-waisted, and the size Large fits me perfectly. I bought the dress in three colors, and I love all three versions. I feel super-comfortable thanks to the cotton & the fit and also super-cute thanks to the style.
This is my favorite dress of all time, I find myself reaching for it first all the time. I bought 5 so far. I like the patterned ones because they don't show dog hair. I work from home and like to feel comfortable but not feel like I live in pajamas. It is perfect for an hourglass figure and ok if you gain a little weight because it's str... Read Moreetchy. Breathable fabric but thick enough that you can wear an unlined bra and not worry. I also sometimes do yoga in it if I'm alone at the house because it's so comfy.
Pretty, true to size, slightly low cut
I'm a huge fan of Patagonia dresses and skirts (I have at least 10 in my closet right now, not to mention the ones I've worn out in the past), and this ranks among my favorites. True to size, pretty pattern, wider over the shoulders to hide bra straps, length is nice - not too short - it's just a slightly lower cut than I'd like... Read More (I'm a c cup, might work better for an a or a b?), If I bend over to pick something up, even a low cut bra can still be visible. A cami underneath fixes this but that can be hot in summer.
Im super active, love patagonia clothing and had a bilateral mastectomy a week ago. I bought this dress hoping itd look okay on my new figure- I went from a 34c to flat- no reconstruction. After Sad days in big shirts, PJs and yoga pants, I stepped into this dress and felt beautiful and happy! I always felt too big on the top for some Patagonia dre... Read Moresses and this one is just so perfect and has a really flattering neck and shoulder line. Its super soft and Im getting another one. I got the dolomite blue and it is gorgeous. Thanks Patagonia!
Versatile and flattering
Husband got me this dress shortly after our daughter was born last year. The a-line shape was super flattering on my postpartum body and the neckline gives great breastfeeding access. I could still look cute and feel comfortable doing the new mom thing. A little low cut to be able to transition to work wear, but a great weekend dress. Still loving ... Read Moreone year later and 20 pounds lighter
Super cute and fits perfectly!
I love this dress! It fits so well that I am going to order it in a second color. It's casual enough for every day and work wear, but nice enough that I can wear it to a wedding if needed (granted, I probably won't have a wedding for a while, but still...). It's also super comfortable! Sizing: I'm slightly over 5'4, 34C b... Read Moreust, with a fairly muscular/athletic build. Normally I wear a small. The dress fits me perfectly, particularly in the top. The cut hits right above the knee. Color also appeared just like the website.
Pretty dress but the sizing runs small
Unfortunately this dress too small in the chest. I wear a medium top or dress in most clothing but this dress was much too tight. Unfortunately I had no choice but to return it
Hi Rox, we're really sorry you had to return this dress due to the fit. When in doubt, we are always happy to provide you with any item's measurements chart. Just reach out to us and we'll email that to you no problem.
Hot Weather Dress
After a trip, I decided I really needed to add several hot weather black dresses to my wardrobe. I really like this one, the fabric is perfect for hot weather and it has a bit of give which not all cotton dresses do. The fabric is also thicker so it hides bulges. I am 5'4" 123 lb but I have broad shoulders, 34D, small hips and large legs.... Read More The dress is a little revealing when worn like on the model (although it can be made modest with a scarf) but I found that it looks good when worn backwards as well and is more modest that way! So I will wear it with the fold opening on date nights and vacations and backwards other times. When I first put it on, I was slightly concerned because it is a little bit tight and I bought it for trip comfort but you can easily stretch the waist out some and make it more comfortable for those long trips where you have become bloated from traveling.
I was hoping this dress would fit me like it looked on the model, haha! However the top of the dress seemed like it was a different size than the bottom. The top perhaps was meant for someone with a large chest. For me the shoulder straps fell right off as though it was made for a man with large shoulders. I ordered a small and the bottom fit great... Read More but the had to return it as the top couldn’t be helped. Disappointing for sure!
I'm not usually a dress wearer since I'm tall and "normal" dresses aren't proportioned right for me. This was a total impulse buy as the design really caught my eye. The fit is ok, a little on the short side, and the waist is a little on the high side, but all deal-able and worth the experiment. I'm small-chested so th... Read Moree top works ok, though it seemed to get a little floppier as the day went on -- I may need to do a stitch or two to tack it closed a bit. The design is lovely and I like the heavier material, though I've only worn it once and can't say how it will handle lots of washings. It'll be cute in the fall with leggings and boots, as well as is now in the summer with sandals. I wish P would design more clothing for those of us who are height outliers -- more petite and tall options would be very nice. Or if they already do, I never see any.
the colors/patterns weren’t as pretty as I had hoped….also, I typically wear a S/M and these medium dresses were a bit snug. I love Patagonia products but didn’t love these dresses.
We are sorry these aren't working out for you. Thanks for the feedback on this and if you decide you'd like to make a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return), let us know and we are happy to [help](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact) you out.
Not Quite Right. . .
I've just started buying a few things from Patagonia. I like their philosophy. Their clothes not so much. The fabrics seem to be good quality and wash well. Unfortunately the fit of their clothing seems a bit odd. I'm 5' 8" and weigh 138 lbs., athletic build, and small chested. I purchased a size small. Most brands I can wear of... Read Moref the rack and rarely need anything but minor alterations usually at the waist. This dress seems to need the shoulder seams taken up a good inch and a half maybe more. The top will likely still be too wide and not lay properly on me. It may suit larger breasted women better, though the low cut may expose too much to be comfortable.
We are sorry to hear about the troubles you've experienced with sizing. We'd be happy to help you find something different that may work better for you. In the meantime, please reach out and we can [help](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact) make the [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) process as easy as possible.
Love Love Love this dress!
It's comfortable and washes up great. The best part is I don't have to wear a bra with the black color and you can't tell I am not. I had an older model and this cut is a big improvement. I have wide muscular shoulders and the fit accommodates them without buying up a size. Loved it so much I bought another. One for casual dress up a... Read Morend one for wearing around the house and while out and about doing errands. I even wear it for hot weather hikes.
Porch Dress is Perfect!
Perfect size. I've had this fabric before in Patagonia dresses and it keeps its shape so well after MANY washings (including in sinks while camping in France!). It fits well and looks nice for just about any occasion. And it's a bargain. LOVE this dress (and so many others!).
Nice neckline, very flattering. Wanted for multi-purpose to - casual and business casual however the material is more faded cotton, older appearing personally not appropriate for business casual. Plus I’m short, 5’2.5” and hourglass shaped, made for more straight sporty figure. Too tight in the bust for small and got longer when moved up to a mediu... Read Morem so hit too far below the knee for my liking. Would have preferred a bit lighter material for hotter weather also
Nice dress but will likely return
The XS fits my 33.5A 26 34.5 5'3" 107# frame perfectly, including the length. Love the plunging/flattering neckline, bra friendly straps and bodice (for going without a bra), interesting design and patterns. The main reason I will likely return is because of the wrap front the right chest stitching and fabric intersection is so thick it s... Read Moreticks out, creating a ridge which is noticeable, but only on the right side. Maybe I got a defective sewing job? Smoother/more even area would look better.
Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are sorry to hear that fabric is sticking out around the chest. We are happy to receive that back for a warranty evaluation or for a [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return). Please [contact](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact) us and our team can help with this process.
Soft Cool Flattering
I bought the blue pattern and really love it - beautiful without screaming color. This dress is a good length for me - not too short or long. I’m a bit over 5’3” 130 and got a medium which shapes on top and falls nicely from the empire waist. The shoulders sit a bit wide on me. Need regular bra for sure.
W's Porch Song Dress
I have been wearing Patagonia dresses for the last decade. I love that the cut is always appropriate for this fifty year old mom of teenagers! The only down side that I've noticed the last several years is that the cotton fabric seems to be much more stiff and restrictive. All of my older dresses were made with soft, buttery cotton that felt g... Read Moreood to the touch and allowed for more movement. I would love to see Patagonia go back to their old fabric, but keep the cut and cute prints.
GREAT DRESS BUT NOT FOR ME
I am 5'2" and 110 pounds. This dress is pretty, soft, and love the vneck. I wish I could keep this dress, but my tummy shows a little too much and I never would be comfy in this dress for that reason. If you have a flatter tummy this dress is perfect, but it doesnt flare enough for me in that area to keep it.
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