The pleated maxi dress: The Fashion Police’s old nemesis

Oh no. Not again. Please tell us our old nemesis the pleated maxi dress isn’t making a comeback? It is? Is it too late to leave the country, do you think?

Drab, shapeless, and flattering to no one we can think of, this dress is the stuff Fashion Police nightmares are made of, and yet it got a great reception on ASOS’s Facebook page, so perhaps we’re the only ones who think it would be an excellent way to convince people you’d joined a religious cult.

Are we the only ones? Did you squeal in delight at the sight of this dress? Well, far be it for us to deprive you of it, so you can click here to buy it, but before you do: enlighten us. Tell us why you love it and how you’d wear it. If you can convince us, we’ll be amazed…

18 Comments

  • February 18, 2011

    Minka

    Well, I did squeal when seeing this, but it certainly wasn’t delight. If it makes size 4 model look like a hay stack, it certainly wont make me look good…

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  • February 18, 2011

    ami

    the only thing I can say:
    That dress is plain ugly

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  • February 18, 2011

    drea

    I guess if the neck line was lower and your wore a belt to give you a waist, it might work. Otherwise? no.

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  • February 18, 2011

    Loozie

    Looks like it would be comfy to lounge around the house in. – But that’s all i’ve got.

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  • February 18, 2011

    Jaynie

    I suspect some people might be fooled into thinking that such a dress will hide their expanding waist lines. Which is technically true, except that since most people will automatically assume they are *fatter* than they really are, it’s not going to do much good. (I suspect, actually, that this phenomenon drives the creation of many of the shapeless, unflattering items of clothing available…)

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  • February 18, 2011

    Kady

    Wow…couldn’t they have at least made it in a color that made it look better instead of worse (if of course this dress could look better or worse).

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  • February 18, 2011

    Bethany

    Well, if you don’t want to buy 5 different maternity dresses as you ripen, this style could solve your problem; but that’s a pragmatic approach, not an aesthetic one.

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    • February 21, 2011

      Kate

      Ripen? Oh that’s a hilarious way of putting it! But yes, all I got from this was “Well…maybe if you’re pregnant and don’t give a damn”…that and you want to get used to the color of baby poo.

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  • February 19, 2011

    Sally

    OMG that is hideous!

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  • February 19, 2011

    Slug Monster

    I don’t think it would look too bad in black. It might disguise the pleats. And if it were comfortable, I guess it wouldn’t be any worse than wearing lazy day clothes. Don’t know why the model is wearing high heals though. Seems counter-intuitive.

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  • February 19, 2011

    IEatFashionForBreakfast

    But I love this dress!

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  • February 19, 2011

    Nerdarella

    This dress looks like a tent.

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  • February 20, 2011

    Katie

    clearly, amish designers were involved.
    bahaha.

    seriously though.. i like cute maxi dresses (although i’m pretty sure i can’t pull them off correctly, i’m too tiny and look lost in them) but stuff.. no thanks. i’d rather wear pants for the rest of my life!

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  • February 20, 2011

    sasha

    Puritan much??

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  • February 20, 2011

    Kota

    The poor model looks quite dismayed at wearing such an ugly dress. If it makes a tiny thing like her look huge and utterly frumpy, think what it would do to anything older/larger.

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  • February 20, 2011

    Kota

    I meant anyone instead of anything. Although, I think ANYTHING would look huge and frumpy in that getup.

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  • February 20, 2011

    Okie

    My first thought… THE PERFECT NIGHTGOWN!!

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  • February 22, 2011

    Priscilla

    It looks like it would be a useful piece if you were dressing like a mori girl. There would likely be multiple layers added though.

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