Dress or Top? Floozie by Frost French navy striped bow back “dress”

Dress or top, top or dress?

We’d go with “top”. Frost French and Debenhams, however, have gone with “dress”, although, to be fair, they are recommending it be worn over swimwear.

Is it just us, though, or are hemlines getting shorter in general? Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for a well-played mini. They make your legs look longer, your thighs look slimmer (well, sometimes) and they can be just all-out fabulous.

When it gets to the point, though, where you can’t even lean over even slightly without showing the world your wares, we start to wonder whether the item in question might not be better classed as a “top” and worn with something, anything, underneath.

Described as a dress, this one is at least priced like a top, and is £20 at Debenhams. How would you wear it, top or dress?

9 Comments

  • July 1, 2010

    Pippa

    Tunic!

    It covers the bottom, it can be worn with leggings. 🙂

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  • July 1, 2010

    Maeve

    Hemlines are definitely getting shorter. Anything bordering on knee length is now being called “vintage-style.”

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  • July 1, 2010

    K-Dog

    I don’t think it really looks THAT short, compared to some other stuff I see in stores. I love the back- though for ME to wear it, I’d change the horizontal stripe pattern before I’d lengthen it (although another inch or two would probably make it much more comfortable). Seriously, horizontal stripes do not look good on anyone who isn’t a size zero- I’m a 4-6 and I look like a whale in them. Sad, because the dress is really cute otherwise.

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    • July 6, 2010

      Janelle

      Even though, as a rule, horizontal stripes tend to make a person look larger, if there are different sized stripes or if the stripes are all really small, horizontal stripes can actually make you look lankier and thinner. I’ve experienced this with one shirt I used to own, and I’ve actually seen it on others.

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      • July 6, 2010

        The Fashion Police

        Me too – I don’t think it’s true at all that horizontal stripes make EVERYONE look wider, in fact, I thought that myth had been pretty much busted. Some people theorize that they can make you look slimmer:

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3351615/Horizontal-stripes-make-you-look-thinner.html

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  • July 2, 2010

    Sandy

    Hm…I like the bow detailing on the back, and I’m tempted to say that it would be good to wear with leggings. However, leggings are primarily for winter, in my opinion, and it seems strange to wear a sleeveless dress with big holes in the back in the winter. Overall, this dress just confuses me.

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  • July 2, 2010

    Meg

    I really like it and would probably wear it as a dress, with opaque tights. In saying that though, I do have a short body and long legs and wear mini dresses most of the time.

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  • July 2, 2010

    Froggie

    Sandy – In Winter I would wear this with a black long-sleeved T-shirt underneath, the detail would still be just as striking. I’d be tempted to wear a black turtleneck and black skinnies with it.

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  • July 2, 2010

    LS

    Top, I tend to lean that direction for a lot of “dresses” in stores lately. Things sold as tops are too short, so a short dress works just fine as a long top. I’m loving the back of this by the way, and the stripes.

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