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Women's Bella Coola Dress

$89.00 - $99.00


Silky soft, dreamy drape, fuss-free & flattering on ALL. In can only be our best-selling knit Bella Coola Dress. Easy as a tee, with a gently gathered bust, all-ar... Read More >>

Color: Tropical
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Item # 48309

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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 297 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by comfortable good fit Surprised this fit so well as I am older. Flattering to any figure. November 27, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not for tall people This dress was beautiful in every way EXCEPT the bodice was too short for a person of my height. The lines just didn't match my body. I had to regretfully send it back! November 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by It was everything others said it would be! I recently purchased this dress for an upcoming church Mission trip to Kenya. The top is a bit too big, but I think it will work well for warm days. I like the colors and the weight as well as not having to iron it! November 1, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by pretty on the model Love the look and the material as well; it has a decent weight to it. I purchased a large- my usual -and it hung off me horribly so. I wear between 10 and 12 ( I'm chesty ) but unfortunately if I order a size down, it will not fit around my bust line. Returned it today... Was hoping it would fit. I think it isn't made for those of us who are pear shaped October 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by So happy I purchased this dress! Very comfortable, love the material. Have received many compliments on it, so happy with it I decided to get the 3/4 length sleeve for winter with the bella coola sweater! September 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great dress for many uses I don't like tight fitting clothes that accentuate any bulges. I inititally ordered a 1X which was too clinging to those bulges, however the feel and look were so good I decided to try size larger and it has worked out great. I use for running errands, going out to lunch and dinner and church. Great all purpose dress. September 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by I have a tummy..and this dress is flattering I do not exactly have an hourglass figure anymore...but the combination of the fabric and cut make me look pretty good! I needed a dress for a wedding reception and this one was perfect. September 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Not too loose, not too tight I am a size 14 and have three of these dresses in large. They fit great, feel great and wash great. I have not put mine in the dryer because I hang dry all of my clothing. To be honest, I wear the short sleeve ones lounging around the house and even as a night gown. Thanks Sahalie! September 13, 2015
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What is the difference between the misses length and the petite length? Also, is the petite cut small through the bust area?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you select "read more" in the style description, you will find our more details specific to this dress.
Lengths: Misses 45"; Petites 42"; Plus 47"
Do you have a suggestion as to what color cardigan to wear with Paisley Bella Coola Dress?
Pat C on Feb 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I think the best choices for a cardigan to complement the Paisley Bella Coola Dress would be: pale blue, teal or coral-rose. (The colors appear a bit lighter in the online photo.) There is a hint of yellow in the pattern, but I do not believe that color would best complement this lovely dress. I often opt to wear a jean jacket with the dress, and I accessorize with turquoise jewelry and boots. I've received many compliments. :)
How does this dress fit with a DDD bust?
A shopper on Mar 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am actually returning this dress because I ordered a large and although it fits my DDD, it hangs on me and is not flattering. I really like this dress but honestly, it isn't designed for curves. Very disappointed...
Where can I find the 3/4 sleeve length for the dress? It was mentioned in someone's comment.
A shopper on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought one a few years ago, but haven't seen it offered this year.
I usually wear a 6/8. Does this dress run small or large? Not sure whether to order a S or M.
Karen L on Mar 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I typically wear a 10, sometimes an 8. I'm 5'8" and 150#. A Medium fit me quite snugly, and I likely would have kept it as I prefer things fitted, but didn't think the pattern did much for me. As other reviews noted, this short sleeve version runs smaller and shorter than the 3/4 length sleeve versions. (2" in width, approx 3" in length) I had ordered both sleeve versions in M and kept only the 3/4 length due to fabric color and pattern preference.
Does the dress length shrink in the wash?
A shopper on Mar 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this dress in a petite length and have been extremely satisfied with it...in every way. It hasn't shrunk anywhere and I've worn it (and washed it) many times. It's easy to dress up or down and is so very comfortable. I am planning on purchasing another in a different print. There is no higher praise than that, is there? Edie Mergler, Bloomsburg, PA
Which Bella Coola cardigan bestgoes with the coral dress? Mango? Oatmeal? Olive? Do they all match?
A shopper on Mar 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I went with oatmeal
Would a coral sweater work with the tropical print?
Carol R on Mar 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: i have this dress in the bluish color print...i wear a light turquoise shrug with it but i think coral would look great......might look for a coral one myself....lucy
Would the Aruba blue go-with-the-flow wrap match the paisley Bella Coola dress, or would another color look Better?
Mary S on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have every one of these dresses and have found any wrap, sweater (pullover and cardigan), shirts worn over the dress and even shirts UNDER the dress work. This dress crosses over into every season. The most versatile and flattering dress I have. That's why I have 4 of them and am going to order the new color!
What kind of shoes do you suggest? I don't do platforms or heels over 2"
A shopper on Sep 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 2" heels if you have shorter legs, and you could go to a shorter heel if you have longer legs. However, it really depends on the look you are after. Some women could wear flats - but it's a different look.

If you have shorter legs and want to wear shorter heels, I would shorten the length of the dress. You might also try a Petite size, but that may not fit the bust properly.

The bust on this dress is already a bit high.
would this dress work for a trip where I have to do sink washing, does it dry quickly, at least overnight?
A shopper on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I did sink wash this dress one time when I was staying in a hotel. I hung it up overnight near the air conditioning vent so there was lots of air movement, and it was dry in the morning. I think how well the dress dries overnight will depend on the weather, how humid or dry the air is. (Don't hang it on the ceiling sprinkler in the hotel room, or it will end up very wet!)
Is the dress washable?
A shopper on Apr 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have several Bella Coola dresses and, yes, they are washable. I usually hand to dry, but if you use a gentle drying cycle I would think they would be ok.
I am not quite 5' tall. Will the petite be too long?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No. I am five feet one and it was tea length on me. I didn't like that length so I hemmed it to just under the knee and I like it much better. Showing more leg makes a short person look taller. I feel and look much better at that length.
does the dress have pockets? if yes, what type, side seam
A shopper on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No pockets on this dress. It is very comfortable and flattering. I received lots of compliments.
It appears to have a kind of divided top area....how does it look on substantial bosoms?
A shopper on Mar 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm a 34B, petite. It gave me a nice full shape on top. I bought it for my daughters wedding (July outside country wedding). First dress I ordered and never looked for another dress. Fabric was so soft and not thin but not heavy and does not wrinkle. Literally carried it in a plastic bag to show to friends before the wedding, never a wrinkle. I love a dress you can put on and just feel and look good in!
Does this dress have a zipper or is a pull over loose fit?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No zipper. It's a pullover. Very comfortable and fits well even without the zip?
which shoes look best with the paisley dress?
A shopper on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought this dress for my wife and she loves it. I showed her this question and she answered and I quote "Red!"
Is there ample bust room? I take a 34 DD and fitted seams sometimes fall short in the bust for me.
Lady Di on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would be a bit wary if I were you. I am a 34B, and ordered the Extra Small in this dress. It fits nicely; is comfortable in the bust. But for someone who is 34DD, the seams probably would be too short.
there are 4 color choices and 5 pictures, what color is the dress shown with the model in the cowboy hat?
A shopper on May 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I believe mine is "Paisley"; bought it last year so can't be sure. Mine looked orchid/turq/hot pink in the catalogue so have worn it with a deep(hot) pink accessory. After cataract surgery, I realized that colors are actually turq. & brick red!! I still get compliments but don't pair it with the hot pink anymore!
What percentage of the fabric is cotton?
A shopper on Mar 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 56% cotton; 38% modal; 6% spandex
The dress listed as "Paisley" comes with a henna-colored swatch, whereas when you click on a turquoise paisley pattern swatch, it is described as "Henna". So, which to believe? If I want to order the turquoise, do I have to choose "paisley" even though it is illustrated by a rusty-reddish swatch, or vice versa? I would be hard to imagine, that, indeed, the name "Henna" could refer to a paisley blue pattern...
A shopper on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought the light blue "paisley ", fits well, used for travel, doesn't wrinkle
The henna dress has a different pattern, more floral, I think.
have you changed the length of this dress?
A shopper on Aug 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am 5'6" and this dress fits me almost exactly the same way it does in the pictures. I bought a 3X and it falls about 3"-4" below my knee.
How can I get free shipping?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: sign up for email specials on the bottom of our web site for special offers
What size to order if I wear a 10 petite?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would say the Medium, but just remember it will be Long, especially if you are a petite. When in doubt, I order two sizes and return one. Good Luck!
Is there a charge for returns?
A shopper on May 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is no charge for returns, but you have to pay shipping. btw, the dress is awesome, but I don't have the body for it.
Are the length measurements of the Bella Coola dresses from the shoulder or the back of the neck?
Barbara D on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The measurments are taken from the high point of the shoulder.
what are measurements foe a 3X?
A shopper on Mar 27, 2015
Waist 46"
Hips 55"
Sleeves 33"
    • Pullover design dress
    • V-neckline
    • Cap style sleeves
    • Shaped front yoke
    • Soft gathers at bust
    • Empire waistline front and back
    • Six panel skirt
    • 45" average length
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