When two styles collide: ‘sexy’ meets sensible at Comme des Garçons

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Prom season may be over, but the "belly window" dress lives on, tucked away in the Comme des Garçons section at Yoox.com.

From the back, an unassuming, even matronly, floral print dress, complete with slightly droopy hem. From the front, though, va va vroom! Suddenly we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto, and while "sexy" really isn’t the word we’d use to describe this dress, it does seem to have been designed for those who think flashing the flesh on their upper torso is a really sound sartorial choice.

Perhaps it was the "intriguing" juxtaposition of sensible and, well, trashy that inspired this dress. Perhaps not. All we can say is, we’d love to meet the kind of person who’d want to walk around in a droopy-hemmed house dress, but who’d also want a window in that dress through which they could show the world their belly. (Chloe Sevigny, is it you?)

If that person sounds like you, this is £271 at Yoox.com.

9 Comments

  • July 16, 2008

    Kathy

    Sorry, but the droop hem and the mosquito netting over the tum have ruined a perfectly good dress. I find nothing sexy about some designer’s paranoria about biting insects. Covering the midriff with cloth would be much better. Clean up the hemline and stop looking like you just now left the check out line at a thrift store.

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  • July 16, 2008

    Amanda

    Since wearing it is out of the question, one could always hang this dress as a lovely window treatment, complete with mosquito screen.

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  • July 16, 2008

    peachfish

    Maybe it’s a maternity dress? i can’t think of any other reason to ahve the droopy front. A maternity dress with a belly window??

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  • July 16, 2008

    Danielle

    I can just imagine wearing THAT to tea..

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  • July 16, 2008

    Natasha

    I hate it, with or without the belly window

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  • July 17, 2008

    Diana

  • July 18, 2008

    Isa

    I just threw up in my mouth a bit.

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  • April 2, 2014

    lagoxtoza

    That dress is totaly unsexy..and using the word sexy to discribe it should be an act of crime…fashion police is not doing a proper job..then again what can one expact…frm fashion wanna beez….

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    • April 2, 2014

      The Fashion Police

      Oh dear… The word ‘sexy” is inverted commas. That means it’s being used ironically: the post makes the point that the dress is TRYING to look sexy, but is not, in fact, sexy. I guess I shouldn’t expect someone who appears to be barely literate to know that, though!

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