I had a work Gala to attend and did not want to spend a lot on something that i probably would not wear again. I am 5'6" and wear a size 14-16 usually. In choosing a dress I literally ordered 18 to see if I could get one that would fit and look good. I felt that this one was the most flattering. Some concerns that I had when ordering was length, wearability, comfort, and style. Length- this had the underdress or sheath that went to about 3 or 4 inches above my knee and the fringe ended about 1 inch below my knees. Wearability- The material is stretchy and I was able to put it on by slipping it over my head. There was a side zipper but I find that they are difficult to zip up so I skipped using it. The beading was in appropriate places and not scratchy on exposed areas of skin. It was also long enough to sit in (some of the others were impossible to sit in without risking a crotch shot.) It also stood up to a 5 hour affair without unravelling or losing most of its beading as I had this happen on another dress. Comfort- As I previously stated the fabric was stretchy so I did not feel like I was too confined or at rick of splitting a seam. I could also sit in it. Style- I felt that this was a very flattering style. I liked the sleeves as it was a November event with temperatures in the low 40's F. I also liked the placement of the beading/embellishment. I thought that it emphasized the waist without needing a corset to wear it. I defiantly did not feel that this was a "plus" size garment. I sis not have to be a size 4 to look good. It emphasized all of the right areas. I would recommend this item not only for a 20's themed party but for any dressy event.