I remember this dress being in the catalog years and years ago and I finally bought it. It's definitely not as red as it is in the picture, which is a little bit of a bummer. It's more of a subdued autumn red. Not a standout red at all. I'm 5'4" and it doesn't drag on the ground, which usually happens with everything I buy. So if you're short, this is a good one. The corset/girdle is much smaller than the dress. I'm a size 0 or 2 in clothes, I got the Small of this dress. The dress itself is big on me, but then I can't tie the girdle closed all the way. It's an odd combination of sizes. I like the dress overall. I think it would look nice with a leather type wide corset belt over it. And the bottom won't drag in the mud anywhere!