Free People

Black Mandala Dress

$226 retail

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Stylist Notes

A chic design gives this Free People LBD a free-spirited feel. Wear it with black boots.

Size & Fit

This dress runs true to size. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0-12.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Not Fitted - comfortable room throughout midsection
HIPS: Not Fitted - comfortable room for hips
LENGTH: Mini - (on a 5'6" model)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a nubra or no bra.
FABRIC: Fabric has no stretch
GREAT FOR: Apple, Athletic, Hourglass, Pear, Petite, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

Product Details

Black crepe (100% polyester). Sleeveless. Crew neckline. Shift with sequin detail. 34" from shoulder to hem. Fully lined. Imported.

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79 reviews
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(11)
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 110lbs
October 20, 2016
Sexy back

Simple, comfortable and makes you feel fabulous! The back is sexy with the open criss-cross - you won't go unnoticed.

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 39
Body type: Full Bust
October 21, 2016
Great detail-very short!

This dress doesn't fit like typical free people-aka huge. This one is true to size for sure. The 8 fit fine, a little restrictive on the chest but that's because I'm busty. The cut wasn't great for me, too straight. There's a lining with a bit of give but the actual dress doesn't have any. It's really short! I'm 5'1 and wouldn't wear this as a dress. I paired it with skinnies and boots and a long sweater for a nice fall look. The colors are great and the beading is beautiful-golds, dark reds and purples.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 27
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 140lbs
October 31, 2016
Beautiful beading

This dress was super cute and fun to wear to a dinner at a nice/hip restaurant. The beading is very pretty in person. I paired it with an army green silky bomber jacket and black booties. I'm giving it only four stars because it is SHORT... I am 5'3" and the dress was sort of loose at the top and throughout but was def a mini on me- I loved this about it, but I am short... also the strapping in the back is not adjustable like the picture suggests. It does have those cross strings, but you cannot tie them or adjust the tightness of them. I wore a sticky bra.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 9"
Age: 54
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 150lbs
November 8, 2016
Was too big, but great dress.

As this is backless - Even with a strapless, backless bra- the 12 was too loose. Needed it to be more fitted to feel secure. I will definitely try this dress. Again. Well made & casually hip & sexy .

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 24
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 130lbs
November 21, 2016
Cute shift dress

This dress is very cute, but is definitely a shift dress that is loose throughout. It is on the shorter side. Then back was very fun and different and the beading and stitching is gorgeous.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 27
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Full Bust
January 7, 2017
Amazing detailing on this dress!

The design on the front is all beading - so gorgeous! Wore with a black bandeau, but can also wear with a NuBra/pasties. I am a 36D and there was a little too much side boob to not wear a bra. Runs small. Typically wear a size 10 and the 12 was very tight around the bust. Curvier women should consider sizing up as there's no stretch to the fabric.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 14
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 43
Bust size: 36D
Body type: Apple
Weight: 160lbs
March 13, 2017
Not friendly for tummy bulge

Beautiful dress, incredible detail, and short enough... unfortunately totally hung onto the stomach area... no give... if your tummy is a problem area and you are looking to hide it... this is not the dress for you.

Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 10
May 9, 2017
Cute, comfy, unique

Fits very true to size - roomy enough for wider hips! The beading looks great, too. I got several compliments on this dress!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 10
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 26
Bust size: 36C
Body type: Pear
May 16, 2017
Beautiful beading!

Beautiful beading on the dress and a super fun back! As I've read on other reviews, this dress doesn't run in the typical Free People size (AKA big) and definitely runs close to, if not smaller, for size. I'm shorter so the length was not an issue for me. It's a little snug in the tummy/hips so if you're uncomfortable with that type of fit, I would suggest something else! Great for a party!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
12
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 12
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 32
Bust size: 38DD
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 192lbs
May 27, 2017
Backless and beautiful

Very nice dress for some reason I did not realize it was backless which is a little challenging for a 36DDD. I would probably not rent again.

Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
June 14, 2017
Too short!

Unfortunately I couldn't wear this due to it being so incredibly short! I suggest wearing two sizes up. I am only 5'1 and it was still wayyy to short. I was very disappointed.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 132lbs
June 14, 2017
Cute beading and great back

Adorable dress to go out at night. It definitely does not shape your body so if your not very curvy I wouldn't order it.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 0"
Age: 29
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
July 8, 2017
Dress it up or down

Wore to a summertime concert with just some casual flat sandals and it was great for the event. The back is so pretty and unique although not adjustable. The beading and embroidery is very beautiful and stands out even more in person than in photos. One downside is that the fabric does wrinkle pretty easily, even just from sitting. You could definitely also dress this piece up as well with heels and it would be quite elegant. A very versatile and fun to wear dress!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 127lbs
July 9, 2017
Short!

Wore this to a party and it is VERY short. I wore it with OTK boots which made the length seem less scandalous, but if you're taller than 5'6" be aware this will fit you like a tunic. All that being said I loved this dress and didn't want to return it - the back is so cute.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
July 11, 2017
Very cute dress!

Loved this, but it was dressier than I thought it would be. It's pretty tight on top and I had to spend a bit of time fixing the string in the back (it doesn't untie). Once I figured everything out, though, I really liked it!

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Full Bust
Weight: 110lbs
July 16, 2017
Awesome shift dress with a sexy twist

This dress was awesome! The beading is so pretty without being overdone. Unfortunately I didn't have a backless bra with me so I had to wear it without a bra at all (which wasn't a great look on me) but I still loved the dress anyway. Just one other thing that others may need to be aware of - the hole to put your head through is VERY small. I happen to have a very small head so it still fit for me, but definitely took some struggling. Anyone with a larger head may not be able to fit in!!!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
July 25, 2017
Short Lived

I was so excited about this dress… And incredibly disappointed when I tried it on. It fit perfectly with the exception of the length--it hit right where my butt meets my legs (is there a term for that)...so due to the fit and heat (otherwise I may have worn it with leggings or jeans) I didn't get to wear this number.

Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Age: 25
July 26, 2017
10/10 dress!

Great fit, adorable going out dress

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 30
Bust size: 32A
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
August 1, 2017
Loved this dress!

Wore this dress to see Elton John in Vegas! It was so cute and comfy. I am really short and dress was pretty short but it worked fine for me. Would rent again!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 37
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 115lbs
August 10, 2017
Amazing back ;)

This dress was a little loose. The straps in the back hung a little instead of pulling taught. Even so - it stands out and is very sexy. Loved wearing it. The beading on the front helps one go braless as well. Loved it!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 28
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 145lbs
October 13, 2017
Great beading!

This dress is quite short, otherwise it might have gotten 5 stars. This dress also fits true to size, whereas most free people runs large. Definitely order your normal size and size up for the backup.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 30
Body type: Petite
November 7, 2017
Step up your LBD game

Loved this dress! Rented it for my birthday and loved the open back and beading on the front. It was a little chilly, but a jean jacket worked well. Will definitely rent again when it's warm out to show off the back.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Pear
Weight: 155lbs
January 22, 2018
Did not wear

This fit great from the waist up but was too short to wear for my date. I really liked it but felt so uncomfortable even just in my home wearing this. Not ideal if you are tall.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
10
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 155lbs
February 28, 2018
Beautiful detail. VERY short! Overall casual enough for a day, dressy enough for a night out!

Short and tighter than i thought. Very beautiful design. Many compliments on the back

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 41
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 122lbs
March 3, 2018
Very short. More Tunic than dress

The fit is fine back is cute but the length is too short to be a dress. The dress just brushed the bottom of my butt. I had to wear with leggings. Cute but not the look I was wanting.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 100lbs
March 15, 2018
Loved the details

Loved this dress! I wore it to Valentine's Day dinner with my husband. Paired it with a little black cardigan, clutch and nude heels. The open back was super sexy but keep in mind you can't wear a regular bra with it (Nubra works great). Would definitely rent again.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34A
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
March 20, 2018
Amazing with high boots or even tucked into black jeans!

I wore this twice. On a warm evening I paired it with high boots and fun jewelry. On a cooler day I wore it tucked into black jeans. This is a great option if the style is too short for your taste. I received tons of compliments. Pairing it with a brown jacket really makes the colors pop. Definitely go bra-less.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 52
Body type: Athletic
April 3, 2018
N/A

Dress was not my favorite-not sure why-I did not wear it

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Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 120lbs
April 7, 2018
Got so many compliments on this!

Easy to wear, flattering. I was able to wear it without a bra which was awesome! Perfect for vacation.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
April 21, 2018
Love the beading!!

The details on this dress are gorgeous and I love the back too!! Very comfortable to wear!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
2
Rented for:
Vacation
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Petite
Weight: 112lbs
April 30, 2018
Fun day to night dress

This is one of my favorite rentals. I got so many compliments on this dress. Very easy to dress up or down. I'm usually between a 0 & 2 in free people but went with the 2 for the dress because the 0 was super short (& I'm 5'3) and fit way too small in the chest. It was a super comfortable dress & I was easily able to go bra less. Definitely worth renting & id definitely consider buying.

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Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 1"
Age: 34
Bust size: 34D
Body type: Hourglass
May 16, 2018
Day to night dress, so many ways to wear this dress

What I liked about the dress is the detail. The back is sexy and the beading gives the dress edge. I wore this to work and dinner after. For work I wore it with a leather jacket to cover my back and tights because it was short. After work I took off the tights and while I was at dinner took the jacket off. I could have taken this dress dancing if I wanted to, so versatile.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 28
Bust size: 32C
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 160lbs
May 17, 2018
Too Small

Size up! At least one size if not two. This runs true to size if you want to wear it as a tunic and not a dress. A dress this style is meant to be loose fitting.

Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 22
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
June 7, 2018
Sooooo Short

This is a beautiful dress and the beading is fantastic, but it was so short it was practically a shirt. I'm 5'6"

Top Contributor
Size worn:
0
Rented for:
Party
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 24
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 120lbs
July 15, 2018
Muse at the Museum

Wore this little dress to a summer event at the local art museum! Loved the embroidery and the gorgeous beadwork. It is really one of a kind. It was short on me and I'm petite, so probably not a great option for you long legged ladies. Lots of compliments in this dress and had me feelin myself!

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Everyday
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 135lbs
July 20, 2018
Sized up 2

Cute everyday dress. I am usually a 4 and only the 8 was available and it was actually perfect. It was a nice dress and loved the back.

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Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 0
Height: 5' 6"
Age: 51
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 115lbs
August 14, 2018
Didn't wear- too short

Dress is beautiful, love the back but this dress skimmed my butt and a slight lean forward would have revealed too much. Couldn't wear!

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Size worn:
8
Rented for:
Date
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Body type: Athletic
October 1, 2018
Awesome lbd

I'm obsessed. Shift fit is flattering.

Top Contributor
Size worn:
6
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 6
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 130lbs
November 7, 2018
Another free people masterpiece!

Loved the fit and beading. Like other reviewers mentioned - this dress is short (I'm 5'3)!

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4
Rented for:
Wedding
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 2"
Age: 33
Bust size: 32DD
Body type: Hourglass
November 15, 2018
Perfect for a summery hippy wedding

I rented this for a "music festival" themed wedding in September. I was anticipating warm weather but got fall instead! The dress is definitely for summer, but worked fine with leggings underneath. It was very comfortable, even without a bra. Tons of compliments, and it fit the occasion well.

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