Despite my lagging, I'm actually super proud of this dress. The fabric works well with the style--despite the fact that it is the dreaded quilting fabric. And I made BUTTONHOLES. Not one but eight. . . to ten. . . I can't remember, and I have no intention of counting them now. Anyway, it works.
I would, however, say that it might be a bit on the big side. The belt pulls it in nicely but it could use some darts in the back. So consider sizing down on this one.
And, a little extra something-something--mis-matched buttons. My mother-in-law recently donated an enormous tin of all the buttons she has gathered in her life, and I picked some that seemed to work together. I'm loving it.
Styling-wise, from my experience, this dress is working with Mary Janes, Tsubo heels, and likely would also be great with tights and ankle boots. I imagine I could also sub in a belt for the tie. Before the buttons made their appearance, I wore it as a jacket over a a t-shirt and some wide-leg crops and people were very friendly to me at Costco. Or maybe I felt just that happy in my get-up.