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I really like the tamiami shirts - perfect for hot humid summer weather. So a dress in that material sounded perfect. I forgot the models are very tall generally so this dress is like a maxi. The back is slightly longer than the front and comes to my ankles. Which is ok but not really the length I wanted.
The new mint looks like the exact same material from the shirts. Their IS a gather with drawstring at the inside waist and you can tighten it quite a bit. The placement really seems like a sewing pattern error. It has to be tied because the material is so light but doesn't lay flat and slightly distorts the way the fabric hangs. Another issue is no button where the drawstring is (which wouldn't be a problem with the tie on the outside that would hold the fabric down). Probably will put this thru the sewing machine for a few adjustments. Got this on sale so that's fine but not at full price. I think this runs larger rather than smaller so I would say get your regular size.
This is a very sheer dress and although I hate wearing them, calls for a full length slip unless you are planning to wear it as a bathing suit coverup. The workmanship is not first rate inasmuch as a red blob was sewn into one of the eased finishes and it is clearly visible. As for the sun factor protection, I cannot father that it is of any value in a sleeveless garment. It is cut longer in the back than the front and has chest pockets as well as side pockets.
I've been happy with the clothes and sportswear that I've bought from Columbia. This dress is unusual in that it is very thin material, even for summer. I might wear a slip underneath because it looks so sheer. The dress itself is comfortable and light. It offers moisture wicking and sun protection, so it would be ideal for the hot, humid summers in the Northeast.
This dress is great for very hot days. It will work fine for poolside, or a beach coverup. However, if you plan to wear this as an actual dress, you will need to add a cami and boy shorts under it. It is very sheer. You can actually see through it. The material feels great, but it is not practical to wear as a dress.