It's a lovely dress but I would better like it with a 3/4 sleeve, not with a short one. The material is definitely thick and quite heavy, so I wouldn't wear it with an extra cardigan on top but with the shorter sleeve ... I don't know how I would feel the cold. When I got it I thought it's a dark blue with some lighter pattern, on me looked more lighter in colour. Length is perfect above the knee, thank's Land's End for designing dresses for perites!