Dress or Top? New Look edition

dress or top?

It’s time for a game of Dress or Top, readers!

The Fashion Police need your help in ID-ing the item shown above. It’s currently being sold at New Look, where it will set you back £19.99: but is it a very short dress, or it is simply a rather long top? That’s for you to decide.

As far as the evidence goes, the model is helpfully demonstrating to us that this item does NOT pass the “fingertip test” often applied to hemlines, in which a dress which fails to reach the end of your fingertips is deemed to be too short. That doesn’t tell us much, though, because rules are made to be broken (sometimes), and, well, what if you just happen to have particularly long arms?

What do you think? Would you wear this as a dress, or would it only be useful as a top? What do you think New Look are selling it as? Click here to find out…

14 Comments

  • November 28, 2011

    Emily

    I feel like, for me, this would be one of those things that looks like a dress on the hanger, but then in the changing room it becomes glaringly apparent that it is, in fact, a top.

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  • November 28, 2011

    Kathryn

    This wouldn’t cover my bottom!

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  • November 28, 2011

    Kelly

    I just took something back to debenhams which I thought was a top but they’re selling as a dress (it didn’t cover my bum!) so I’d guess this is a dress as well.

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  • November 28, 2011

    Daisy

    Yikes!

    PS: Extra props for you Amber, for putting the dresses by colour according to the Belgian flag. 😉

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  • November 28, 2011

    Arielle

    Well it certainly wouldn’t be a dress for me. Not big on outfits in which revealing my underpants is almost inevitable. 😉

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  • November 28, 2011

    naiadknight

    Decidedly shirts. I’m a tomboy, and every skirt I own is knee length or longer. Any shorter and I’m flashing people all day.

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  • November 28, 2011

    Marianne S.

    The fingertip test rules. It’s a top.

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  • November 28, 2011

    Nell

    I think it would be quite cute with leggings but I’d have to try it on first…

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  • November 28, 2011

    lizvocal

    Notice they do not show it from the back! Top, top, top.

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    • November 29, 2011

      Chitraa

      you’re damn right. It is a TOP.

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  • November 28, 2011

    Moni

    I do in fact own several T-shirts that are longer than these. And they were meant and designed and sold as T-shirts.

    So no matter what New Look might want to tell us: These are tops!

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  • November 29, 2011

    Mary

    I’d say “tress.” A dress which can only be worn as a top unless you are so tiny that you can make a fitting romper out of scrap fabric.

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  • December 1, 2011

    jumpsuit?

    If you planned on NEVER sitting down with it on, it could be a dress I suppose…

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