What a cheery flattering dress! The nipping in of the waist makes you have such nice curves without being clingy.
My take on the friend situation: (going by your username) While it's got a very retro feel, it's not really a psychobilly print, so it may just be out of character. I know I'd get funny looks from my friends when I would show up at shows still in my khakis and pink workwear, it's probably just not their style.
Doesn't mean it's not an awesome dress. Which it is.
Also, are your shoes in your icon from Iron Fist?? So jealous.