I purchased this dress for a wedding, unfortunately the company was late sending out my shipment, so I was forced to contact Wanelo, who did an excellent job of getting the dress to me just before the wedding. The outside material is sheen, almost like silk but not quite as soft. The color is not quite wine red as advertised, but it is little darker then your average red. I got a medium, and tried to lace up the dress myself but it was impossible to put it on without the assistance of my boyfriend. The back is lace up, without a zipper or buttons, so help is required to put on the dress. The fit is pretty nice, spent the whole night dancing without having to adjust the lace in the back. The dress does not have pockets like I was lead to believe by the photos, instead the flare at the bottom extends out to cover your entire arm. Overall, the dress was a hit at the wedding although the shipment came a little wrinkled because they squish this poofy dress in a plastic wrapping.