Patagonia Bandha Dress

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Patagonia Bandha Dress
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The Patagonia Women's Bandha Dress. The light, sleeveless Bandha Dress is suitable for post-yoga cover up or dancing on the deck of the palapa.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Women's Bandha Dress.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Women's Bandha Dress.

Fit:

  • Slim fit

Fabric:

  • Shorter length; hem falls above the knee

Lining and Layers:

  • A-line for mobility

Ventilation:

  • Stretchy and soft synthetic jersey knit, excellent shape retention, wicks moisture, brushed interior
  • 6-oz 92% nylon/8% spandex smooth-faced jersey knit, with moisture-wicking performance

Neck:

  • V-neck with center-front twist; sleeveless

Manufactured:

  • Made in Mexico.
Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Women's Bandha Dress by Patagonia has a reputation. Loved for its sleek and sensuous drape, respected for its durable, moisture-wicking grit, Patagonia's A-line Bandha is the travel dress that never gets left behind. Made from a wrinkle-resistant fabric (92% nylon/8% spandex) originally designed for climbing tights, with a flattering knotted bodice. Hem falls to just above the knee. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.


Backcountry.com
Thanks to a late-season snowstorm your plane to your tropical getaway was way behind schedule; but no worries, you still have time for a quick dip in the ocean before you pull on the Patagonia Women's Bandha Dress and head out for dinner and dancing at the resort. Back at home, the Bandha's your favorite after-yoga coverup, but you know that its flattering A-line shape and V-neck with a twist at the bodice ensure help you look sensational anywhere. The stretchy, wicking jersey fabric also feels great against your skin in the welcome tropical heat.

Patagonia
We've seen this dress on bike couriers, brides and backpackers. It's been spotted at weddings, funerals, rock concerts and parish hall dances - always sensual, occasionally demure. Made from a wrinkle resistant fabric (92% nylon/8% spandex) that drapes beautifully and with a flattering, knotted bodice and an A-line silhouette that enhances every figure. Knee length.
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Fabric:6-oz 92% nylon/8% spandex smooth-faced jersey knit with moisture-wicking performance
Fit:Slim
Material:Stretchy and soft synthetic jersey knit; excellent shape retention; wicks moisture; brushed interior
Weight:243 g (8.6 oz)
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Patagonia Bandha Dress Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Easy Dress Up Dress Down

I really am enjoying this dress. In fact, Ia m wearing it now! The teal is a beautiful color. The fabric feel durable and will be great in the warmth of summer, and hard to wrinkle. The veck is way too low for my taste, and you don't really want to wear a cami underneath this fabric (it feels too thick then and shows through also). I solved this problem by buying a bra with a fake cami cover so it looks like you're wearing a cami. This works well for me and I actually use it with several Patagonia dresses. The way this dress falls, for me, is not super flattering for my waist because it falls from the knot at my bust rather than falling from just below my bustline. However, I still think it looks nice. I am 114lbs, 5'4" and fairly busty (I am nursing my toddler currently - oh and FYI this is a great nursing dress, just pull it down) and I ordered the medium. I wonder if the small would have worked, but honestly I like having this a little loose. More forgiving and comfortable but still not too baggy. I wear pearls/heels with this dress to make it fancier or I wear flips flops with it! I will wear it to Mass or to the park. Versatile, comfortable, and easily elegant.
TheaPie at Patagonia on 04/05/2012

got it in black-wish there were other dark colors (teal, burgundy, brown, etc) available. i am 5'8" and about 135 lbs...but that varies from 130-140+ and this dress is FINE for that whole range. the top is very flattering and not too small since it stretches (i often have issues with small sizes not having enough cup space)...in fact the cut provides a tiny bit of support. note there is no built in bra, though. its long enough to wear to work with a camisole underneath to limit the cleavage and its also cute and comfortable for biking, traveling, etc. probably wearing it to a wedding also. don't love the weird seam down the front, but its not that noticeable. also wish it werent such an artificial fabric (kind of feels like bathing suit material) but it does make it wrinkle-free and quick-drying (and probably contributes to it being so flattering) so thats awesome for traveling. i put it in a delicates bag and wash on cold and lay it out to dry-doesnt show any wear yet (~10 washes). also, i have a belly, and unlike others who have commented that that's a problem, i don't find it to be so. maybe its because i got the black color or i'm past the early-20s "caring about my belly" phase...

eli4662285 at Backcountry.com on 08/05/2012

Beautiful, versatile dress

Whoever designed this dress is genius! I have this dress in at least four different colors. I just re-purchased it in black because I have worn it so much I'm afraid it will wear out and I won't be able to get it later. It is perfect for everything from running errands to dressing up for a nice dinner. Perfect with flip-flops, or dresses up beautifully with heels and pearls. Perfect for travel. You can wad it up in a ball, stuff it in your suitcase...take it out and hang it for a few minutes and you're good to go. This makes it perfect to wear to out of town weddings or other dressy events you're traveling to. I never wear this dress without receiving at least one compliment on it. It drapes beautifully.
I am about 5'1", 108lbs and the XS fits beautifully. If I had ONE complaint about this dress, it would be that it does hang a little low for someone who is small breasted. My little A cups leave the dress exposing my sternum, so it's not be appropriate for work without a scarf.
Love, love, love this dress! Please don't ever stop making it!
DrSpunky at Patagonia on 03/01/2013

Try a Bandha

I cannot imagine a body type this dress won't flatter. I'm short--5'2" and 125 lbs on a good day, today more like 130--and still the Bandha is figure enhancing. For reference, I bought the XS because the Small is too long in the body. Yes, the XS is clingy. But it's clingy in the best possible way. I'm over 50, so I'm not fooling anyone into thinking I have a world class beauty queen figure. But the Bandha seems to hug the curves in the right way, even the curves I wish I didn't have. On reflection I can think of one body type this dress might not flatter: those who carry extra weight around the middle. You'd be better served by the Margot or a similar empire waist cut. But everyone from the skinny to the athletic to the curvy, especially curvy below the waist, will find a flattering fit. I now have this dress in the coral from last season and Butterfly Blue, which is more of a gorgeous royal purple. Am trying to avoid the Teal, but the will is weak.
Ingrid at Patagonia on 03/07/2013

Go-To Dress

I love this dress. I think I have 5 of them because I wear them so much. They're amazing for travel, as the fabric doesn't wrinkle easily-or if it is wrinkled, it relaxes quite quickly. I am normally a medium in Patagonia dresses, but I sized up to a large for a less fitted look-I am pear shaped as well so the top on a medium fits, but not so great on the bottom. The fabric is not very forgiving if it is tight, particularly with underwear lines, so sizing up worked for me. The twist on the bust is incredibly cute and flattering for me, but I'm a B cup, so it isn't very revealing. I wear this dress in the winter with boots and my Patagonia Better Sweater Coat or my Prana Sylvie jacket, and in the summer with flip flops, and even out at night with nicer shoes and a great necklace. Excellent transition dress. Highly recommend. Excited for the new teal color!
jennyg at Patagonia on 02/10/2013

A flattering anywhere, any time dress

The new, shorter Bandha dress is every bit as comfortable, attractive, and easy care as my old mid-calf one, bought several years ago. The twist bodice is one of my favorites (and I do love that style), with a neckline that is not too low, but still sexy. This dress is perfect for travel, washes in a sink and dries quickly, but it's much too attractive to save just for travel. This dress is definitely one I'd recommend, and it's a reasonable price for its high quality. The weight of the fabric is heavier than a lot of other companies' similar dresses, so there's less show through of every kind. The dress seems to be pretty much true to size, though on the slim side (which works fine for me). I wear a 6 in most dresses, so I can often go with either a small or a medium. In this dress, the medium is a perfect fit for me.
Trulyb at Patagonia on 05/02/2011

Just bought my 4th Banda,

I bought my first at least 5 years ago when it came out in a below the knee length and still wear it to work and dinner out, though it's showing it's age. I now have three shorter length dresses for casual, every day but am DYING to have longer ones - black, dark blue, charcoal and whatever other fun colors you want. My first one was faded maroon which is a great color. (No electric purple please). I need the longer length for dressier occasions. It has a fabulous drape in that length. It is a fabulous travel dress and holds up unbelievably well. Very flattering to small busted people like me, and, no doubt, to fuller cleavages. Wash and wear only! Is there a longer sleeve, cool weather version? I am 5'7" 130 lbs and older so a Large is perfect: slim, shaped, not clingy, feminine and youthful.
AnnS at Patagonia on 07/14/2013

Excellent improvement to an already awesome dress!

I've worn and loved the old, longer version since 2008 and I had been thinking of purchasing a second so I could have it hemmed. I'm glad I waited, Patagonia did it for me! But this one is even better; the new seaming around the waist/hip area is awesome! I'm 5'8", 145lbs, with curves, and the M fits great. This version drapes over my big hips much better than the old one. The side seams have been moved and curved around the back, eliminating that "seam bump" I have over each hip in the old one. Excellent improvement! The material is slightly thinner than the old version, but it's not a huge change. No problems with underwear seams showing through. The length and sleeves are cute, less formal looking than the older version. A perfect material and length for summer!
Mtnophile at Patagonia on 07/30/2011

Amazing Dress - Love!

I've bought several different styles of Patagonia dresses and this shorter length Bandha Dress is by far my favorite! It is perfect for just about any occasion; I can go out on a date and feel sexy, but I can also wear it to a family gathering without feeling uncomfortable or inappropriate. The fabric moves really well and I am guessing it will travel nicely. Plus the colors are gorgeous! I bought it in three colors (blue, pink, and grey) in case this dress doesn't re-appear in Patagonia's website. I love this shorter length (it hits between mid-thigh and knee) and can't imagine it any longer. I hope Patagonia makes both the long and short versions of this dress, to please everyone!
Arkosa at Patagonia on 08/29/2011

Adorable Dress

I am curvy and short and it's hard to find a dress like this that doesn't make me look like I'm trying to show off the goods. This dress, while a bit on the sexy side, is still demure enough that I can wear it to a casual work function. I love this dress. Don't bypass it because you think it might not flatter your figure--I was surprised at how great it looks on. Keep in mind if you are shorter, the neckline is going to fall a bit low but it's still a perfect casual summer dress. By the way, while it says it's sleeveless it's more of a cap sleeve.
Petunia942 at Patagonia on 03/09/2013

Negative Reviews:

NOT an improvement

I have and love the older, longer, sleeveless version of this dress. I am very small (5'1", 105 lbs) and did not consider the older version to be too long. The old version is what I would call tea length on me and is a rather elegant length that is appropriate for pretty much any occasion. The new length is a bit zippier but still isn't particularly flattering for shorties. It hits me a couple of inches below my knee, right where my calves are the biggest. (For reference, I have relatively long legs for my height and an approx. 29" inseam.) If you are smaller than 5'4" and want a truly knee-length dress, you will need to get this one hemmed anyway (and if you read the other reviews, you'll see that this is exactly what the shorter reviewers have had to do). The material of the new version is also very, very thin. I don't just mean thinner than the old version, I mean it is just plain thin. I am very slender and don't think I have anything to hide figure-wise, but I draw the line at revealing the entire outline of my underwear. Although I am extremely flat-chested (32AA-A) it is impossible to go braless in this dress because the fabric leaves nothing to the imagination. At the same time the new Bandha seems to be bigger than the old version. The combination of less fitted styling plus thinner fabric means that instead of draping elegantly around me like the old version does, this version just sort of puckers and wrinkles and reveals and does not look sophisticated at all. This may not be an issue for those who are better-endowed than I am, or who don't mind wearing foundation garments/Spanx. The cap sleeves are OK, I think they look as nice as the old sleeveless style did, but I do not like the new seams cutting horizontally around the waist. These may also be part of the reason that the dress no longer drapes as nicely as it used to. The seams are not flattering and they are itchy. That said, I can see why most of the reviewers like the new Bandha dress, especially if they are taller and wanted a knee-length dress or never tried the old version. It is still a sporty dress with a unique design that would probably flatter a wide range of figures. Unfortunately, when I compare it with the old version I don't think it's an improvement in any aspect. I am glad that I bought a spare of the old version before they went out of stock.
Firefly at Patagonia on 06/26/2011

Doesn't flatter poochy stomachs or tall ladies

I'm about 5'9 and size 8 - I don't have rock hard abs but I'm no couch potato. This dress just did not look good on me. I ordered a medium which showed every detail of my tummy and didn't flatter it at all. It also bunched on my hips instead of skimming over them. I found it to be a smidge too short as well. It would have looked better perhaps with a belt but that would have made it waaaay too short. It also showed my chest a bit too much to be office-appropriate which is where I'd planned to wear it. (The chest part is flattering though!) If I wanted to keep it, I would have tried for a large. This would be a great dress for someone 5'7 or shorter (or tall who doesn't mind fhashing thighs) who is in excellent toned shape. For the rest of us, I'm not sure.
Fuegogirl at Patagonia on 05/06/2011

substantially inferior to earlier version

I was very disappointed in this years' version of this dress. Compared to that of a few years' ago, the fabric is now flimsy -- cheap feeling. It doesn't hang well and is revealing. And the design has changed, so that it now fits short, plump -- or very short-waisted -- women only. There is a seam now across the back designating a "waistline" which fell a good four inches above mine. I am med. ht and slender. I used to be able to buy a medium and run darts down the back to take it in. Not possible with this new design. I ordered two and returned them both. The only way they would have fit would have been for me to gain a lot of weight.
sc22 at Patagonia on 04/07/2012

Where's the longer dress?

I am glad that Patagonia decided to offer the Bandha dress in a shorter version. Unfortunately, the longer version appears to have disappeared, after being a staple for so long!! I miss the long casual elegance of the old Bandha dress, and the fabric of the new one is lighter, more flimsy, and shows everything underneath--for those of the rock hard toned bodies that will be fine, but the appeal of the heavier fabric was that it made a dress that flattered many body types. I would have loved the longer dress in the beautiful colors offered this season! Please, Patagonia, you had a good thing here--why change it?
zoedog at Patagonia on 02/09/2011

What a shame they changed this dress. I have four of the old style and I'd still buy more - but this version was a disappointment. This version was made of WAY too thin fabric. Showed everything - was pretty much see through. A camera flash would reveal even more. I really miss the old fabric, cut, and length - it could be hemmed if necessary. The new one is just not flattering. Too bad! Glad I bought so many of the old one!

Jill, Head Geargal at Backcountry.com on 09/05/2011

I like last yers better!!

I am really sad this dress was changed. Tha fabric is thinner and the leanth shorter. The seam around the waist cuts the lines of the dress. I was going to buy the black one and wish I would have last year. I have one of the dress from last year love it, heavery fabric,not clining. last yr dress is a nice long line and skims the body without clining! So sad wish I could find last yr style in Black!
Anonymous at Patagonia on 01/30/2011

Very disappointed

I have two of the Bandha dresses (which are wonderful) so I was excited to see it in my favorite color. I ordered it and to my surprise, I was as disappointed as some of the other reviewers. The fabric was thinner, the color was not as expected, and all the extra seams made it feel bulky and uncomfortable.
The length didn't bother me as it did other people, but the over all dress did. PLEASE BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL!
flowerchild at Patagonia on 04/30/2012

Not for Shorty

I really wanted to like this dress. I love the color and the fabric is really nice. I have a rather straight figure, it just did nothing for me. The seams around the middle were not flattering and it was too long on me (I'm 5'4"). The XS would have been the right size for me if the detailing worked. S was too big.
DayDreamr0805 at Patagonia on 06/15/2011

No lining

5' 4", 130lb, 34D. I really like the fit of this dress, but there is no shelf bra or lining, so you cannot go without a bra. The v neck is a little too low for a standard bra and the fabric is clingy so a bra would show through the back. For the price, I will be returning the dress.
Glitter at Patagonia on 07/13/2011

A few years ago I ordered a Patagonia top that looked really cute online. The fit was flattering, but there were seams running diagonally across each boob. As soon as I tried this dress on, I realized it was the same style. The seam across the boobs ruins this dress for me. Otherwise it is a flattering dress.

ste4787111 at Backcountry.com on 08/16/2011

Neutral Reviews:

thin and revealing

Firstly, let me state that I have 36DDs. I am also 5'5" tall - and very curvy, very fit, not overweight. Usually take a Med. or Large. I LOVE the COLOR! I LOVE THE THOUGHTFUL DESIGN OF THE SEAMING and LOVE THE LENGTH! ....BUT, the fabric is just slightly too thin, so that I have to wear a Spanx underneath in order to smoothl and the neckline is so plunging that even my bra that's especially made for deep necklines isn't low enough! You can see it where the gathers are. Usually with stretchy fabrics, I get good bust coverage and indeed there is enough room for my bust, but it is too low even for evening wear. And a girl with my proportions gets used to the fact that most garments are a bit low, but this was tooo much! The fabric is so thin that I couldn't take it to my tailor and have her just stitch the neckline together. I'm disappointed because this dress has so much going for it! I hate yhat it wont work. Cant you consider making petite versions? Then I could just order up a size in petites and the problem would be solved! I do it all the time with other companies, Too bad!
waki at Patagonia on 05/11/2011

The older version of this dress was a bit longer, and had much less clingy fabric. This one definately shows what's underneath more. That said, I could wear my old one (s - I bought a second a year after the first because I loved it so much) 24/7: to bed, to the beach, to a dinner out! Liked the old length and fabric much more.

jloewi1031701 at Backcountry.com on 09/05/2011

Simple and easy

I bought this dress primarily for the color (butterfly blue), though I like the style and ease of use. I can think of two things that would significant improve the value of this dress: 1)use the poly/lycra blend of the Florita dress instead of the rather shiny and tacky looking nylon and 2)add a pocket. any worthy travel dress should have pockets.
get me out of this office at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 07/07/2013

Too short for me

Love the new colors and would buy several in a heartbeat -- I have 4 in the older longer version. However, being tall (5'10"), the shorter version isn't as flattering on me as the longer version. The new length is great on shorter women. I specifically signed up in order to join the chorus of those asking to have both lengths available.
phronesis at Patagonia on 02/21/2012

Dress

I bought the black Bandha Dress and liked it so much I bought the pink one. My only complaint is that it does wrinkle and needs to actually be ironed after washing - often will wrinkles will shake out after packing, but I was hoping they would be wrinkle free!
nld732 at Patagonia on 08/29/2011