I have had my eyes on this gown since I purchased it a couple of years ago in the coral color. Unfortunately that color did not work for the event I was going to. I was so excited to see that they made it in a more winter appropriate color, black! (I actually emailed customer service to see if they would! That is how much I LOVED this gown!) The gown is a luxurious material that compliments a woman's body. The puff sleeve is such a dramatic twist on such an elegant gown. The pleating on the front does such a great job at hiding my little pooch from children, no spanx will be needed! I am 5'8'' and 170lbs and got a size 10. Plenty of length if you are taller, as I will need to get it hemed.