The faux leather is not cheap looking and the style of the dress is great. Unfortunately, it is way too short. I am 5'7 and 125 pounds and cannot sit down in this dress. If I bend over even a little, my whole derriere is exposed. The unfortunate result is that the dress looks a bit 'risque' rather than sophisticated. If it were just one inch longer, it would be perfect. I would only recommend this dress to women who are 5'5 and shorter and have very few curves.