I have this black dress by Cynthia Rowley that I have worn and washed quite a bit for the past year. It has silver studding which has not come off during numerous washing machine adventures and the fit is fabulous. It is a black stretch material that form fits my bustline and waist, while giving me plenty of skirt space. I have dressed this dress up and down, from a nice dinner, even a hot Florida State graduation ceremony with heels - to the Isle of Palms beach with flip-flops. I can wear it with, or without a bra, which says something since I'm a 34DD. It has pockets. The only con about this dress is the back zipper, which is difficult to zip to the top by myself. I can wear it to the grocery store or for drinks. This black dress has gone with me on every trip I've taken this past year, or so - about 8, I think. My family is probably tired of seeing it. It's the only item by this designer that I presently own, but you can bet, I'm looking for more of her gems. This is quality design at it's best.