I am by no means a small woman. I am 5'2'' 185 lbs, 36 year old mom of six. My goal this summer is to lose weight, but also look "put together" in the process. My husband and I sneak away for date nights pretty frequently and this dress is PERFECT. I got the large and it fits well enough that I feel comfortable in it, but it will also "shrink" with me as I shrink. The drawstring IS functional, not decorative. So I can tighten it as needed. I am short and it comes about an inch from the floor. Perfect to throw on with some sandals and a cute necklace for a trip for ice cream. No frumpy like a lot of maxis are on me.