This is a smarter, classier looking dress than it looks on the website. The top woven fabric panel has a slightly shiny thread running through the weave. The ponte fabric is heavy and hangs really well. It is a bit dressy for casual wear but is ideal for me for smart occasions, e.g. Day time concerts or meals out, but also great for me to wear to work, especially on days when I need to put something good on to give myself a boost! The only disadvantage is that it, like most dresses from most suppliers, is slightly snug across my bust but slightly loose elsewhere. Because of the stretch in the fabric it accommodates my rather uneven figure and skims nicely over the bits I want to be less on show.