I'm a little bit fascinated at how this thing can fit over my bust as a dress and my hips as a skirt...and look good both ways. I bought this dress for a vacation in southern Spain and I wanted a few versitile items...this fit the bill. I am 5'5", 130 lbs, small chest, bubble butt and I got a small. However, although it looks fine, I think the XS would have perhaps been tighter to begin with but would have held up better through the day, as it does stretch out a bit. Thank goodness for the halter string, because there is no way this dress is tight enough in the bust to be strapless, but tying the string around my neck a little tighter helped me to avoid any embarrassing moments. I am overall happy with this dress, but in future incarnations, I think it would help to have a bit more stretch in the waist/bust portion of the dress.
Beware the stripes
I have an hourglass figure, but I'm not tiny. I'm 6' tall and 155 lbs. I have a 36" rib cage and wide shoulders. I bought this in size M and the Nakashima Stripe: Cosmo Pink which has diagonal stripes. Unfortunately for me, when wearing this as a skirt, the stripes fall in such a way that they over accentuate my hips. If I wear it as a dress, the stripes fall differently so it is flattering. Maybe I will try a solid color to wear as a skirt, because I would really like the length since I'm so tall. The medium size is a perfect fit for me. I have not washed the skirt yet, so I can't comment on how the material holds up.
surprisingly wonderful purchase
I bought this skirt because I liked the fabric so much and I trust Patagonia quality, plus it looked right for a trip to Hawaii. Since I'm a little over the hill, okay a lot over the hill but in good shape, I wondered if it was "right" for me. I wore it often over the 2 weeks. Would have worn it every day it was so comfortable and floaty, with a long organic cotton T, at dinner with a short black dressy T. I wore it around the condo as a dress but had a little trouble with it staying up. Didn't trust it on the beach. It needs another strap somewhere. Will soon be ordering another.
Beautiful and Versatile!
This is my second Kamala skirt/dress. I had the green sort-of paisley print one from last year that has the green stripes around the waist. This year, I bought the pink striped one. I am in love with this garment, if that's possible! I am a muscular and athletic 5'6'' 140 lbs, and I got the small. It fits beautifully, and falls to the mid-calf. The fabric is this gorgeous, lightweight, fluttery, luscious fabric that will serve me well when it gets hot and humid. As a dress, it will make the perfect beach and boardwalk outfit. You can't go wrong with the Kamala. Try it, you'll LOVE it! I will definitely be ordering more of these!
Yes to Skirts
Great skirt. Loads'o compliments. Soft, comfortable, and even (surprisingly) makes a great dress. The skirt (in xs) hits my 5'8 slim/athletic built frame a couple inches below the knee and rides just shy of my belly button. I resisted the urge to pull this skirt lower on to my hips where it seems like it might belong, for fear that I would stretch out the top, losing the dress function. One small gripe, after two washes (gentle, cold, air dry) the darker parts of the flower pattern developed a white fuzz, dulling the color. I suppose this was inevitable, I just wish it hadn't happened so soon. Would and did recommend this product to others. Cheers!
Love it !
This is fabulous , I am a busty woman and usually cannot wear bando style tops and yet this fits great, I did go up a size and yet that didn't impact the way it fits as a skirt ( and i am not curvy) both ways are great, as a woman in my 20's I do not think it shows to much skin, as a dress it will be great for relaxing in the summer sun and wearing over bathing suit. Also I'm 5'7"-3/4. And I love the long length hits mid calf I got the green stripe and it is very flattering with my complection ( olive skin, strawberry hair, blue eyes)
Love this skirt
The drape on this fabric is just the best. It looks and feels great. It's quite thin but not too thin, and it flutters around nicely with any air movement. I'm tall (6' 0") so the longer length is perfect--not too short like everything else usually is. I plan on wearing this skirt all the time when the warm weather arrives. This is actually my second of this skirt. I was initially disappointed because the fabric (a print pattern) faded a bit more than I hoped even after the first wash. I like the feel of the fabric so much that it doesn't even bother me anymore. Hopefully the second one (black) wears well.
I got one of these skirts a few years ago and it's a really great piece. I'm 5'7" medium build, with hips and a medium worked well for me. I love the cut of the skirt and this summer I ordered a solid black version in a large and I've been wearing both that and the medium as maternity skirts. Since the cut works as a dress it looks totally natural to pull above my expanding belly and top with a teeshirt. The great thing about this is that I'll be able to wear both of them as skirts/dresses again when I'm not pregnant. Great product and a wonderful fabric blend.
two quick snips and it's perfect!
Like lots of you, I'm too busty for those teensy little strings to be useful in the center. After an hour the fabric starts to sag and this dress isn't really built to hold up the melons I've got. The dress is so lovely, though, so I DIYed it and now it works even for big thick girls like me! If you make two cuts on either side of the tie, thread the strings through the top of the dress, and then make two cuts near your arms you've got a functional halter dress that stands up to anything!
Perfect Travel Skirt/Dress
I purchased two of the Kamala skirts to take with me to Thailand & China. In the extreme heat of Bangkok I wore it as the halter dress. While it was lightweight and comfortable I would have liked to have more lycra in the bandeau. I found the back of it sagging esp since there are no straps to hold it up. For the cool evenings in China I wore it as a skirt with a little tank top and sweater. It took up very little space in my suitcase, is lightweight and laundered beautifully with no ironing needed.