Dress or Top? Red flared dresses from Zara and New Look

You see this dress, readers? We were pleased when we found this dress. It’s almost identical to one from Zara:

Which, incidentally, just goes to show that you don’t have to be a designer label to “inspire” other brands to copy you, but that’s a different post altogether. Back to the dress…

We loved the shape of the original dress, which is also available in black and camel, but, having raided Zara recently, we can confirm that these dresses are very, very short. Even on someone like the Chief of Police, who is 5″4 in her stocking soles, although considerably taller than that in her usual heels. The Zara dress was out of the question. Maybe the New Look version would be a little more reasonable?

OR MAYBE NOT.

Seriously, what is it with this whole “Let’s make dresses that could easily get you arrested for indecency” thing? And don’t get us wrong: we’re not opposed toΒ a tastefully-done mini. In fact, we really quite like them. (Anything that makes our legs look longer is generally fine by us.) But this?

THIS IS A TOP. A tunic top, sure, but still: A TOP. This model is 5″8, but even so, there is no way an adult female could wear this without fear of serious exposure. (And if you’re thinking it may be OK on someone shorter, well, maybe not: last month the Chief of Police ordered a dress from the Topshop ‘Tall’ range, thinking that, as she is not tall, a dress which was mid-thigh length on the model would surely be at least knee-length on someone several inches shorter. But no, when it arrived it was mid-thigh length on her, too. Go figure.) Wearing it in public would be like having one of those nightmares where you realise you’re out without your pants. Which is a shame, because it’s a nice dress.

Please, fashion brands: stop ruining great designs by making them virtually indecent. Or at least make a slightly longer version for those of who don’t want our knickers on show every time we step out the door: there are still some of us around, you know.

What do you think, readers? Dress or top?

25 Comments

  • May 31, 2011

    Lauren

    Top! Definately a top. Twice as bad are short short dresses that are also see through, as if bending didn’t show off your underwear enough!

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  • May 31, 2011

    v.

    so so true! and it’s something i’ve found a lot on the new look website. so many pretty dresses that i would buy but won’t because they’re obviously not long enough to even fit into the dress category (and yet are too long to be tops…).

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    • May 31, 2011

      The Fashion Police

      I actually can’t buy dresses in New Look at all… As well as always being knicker length, they’re just really strangely cut on me: the waist is always just under my bust for some reason, which means that anything I try on in there looks like a really short sack!

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      • May 31, 2011

        Molly Malone

        Sounds exactly like all my Forever 21 experiences. I’ve just given up getting dresses there altogether!

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        • June 15, 2011

          Ces

          REALLY love these boxesssssss

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  • May 31, 2011

    msveve

    It’s a top, grr. I hate hate hate when brands ruin a perfectly good idea of a dress by making it too bloody short. I’m 5 ft 11′ and it kills! I mean if I were to wear this say just at home, well ok, but to go out in this, no way!

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  • May 31, 2011

    bonita

    ~ * β™₯ * ~

    Oh that ‘dress’ is a top if I ever saw one! I would only wear this with jeans. What gives? I mean seriously ~ there are people out there that do not want to display their unmentionable to the whole world!

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * β™₯ * ~

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  • May 31, 2011

    Kay

    *sigh* such a pretty color. if only it were 4 inches longer.

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  • May 31, 2011

    Anna

    It’s such a shame that it’s not just a few inches longer because it really is an adorable dress! I would most definitely wear it with jeans, though.

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  • May 31, 2011

    Madam FrouFrou

    I just spent three days in Las Vegas. Apparently the only thing girls can wear there this year are knicker length dresses and high platform heels which they carry around with them as the walk the streets and casinos BAREFOOT.

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  • May 31, 2011

    Amy

    too short!! what’s wrong with Fashion brands?

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  • May 31, 2011

    drea

    I saw that on the New Look website and I thought “If that was about knee length, it would look better.” As it is, it’s too short for me and I’m a tiny 5’4″ too.

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  • May 31, 2011

    Rudi

    I must be honest. I wear skirts of this length on a regular basis, to the point that I felt decidedly frumpy wearing a knee length dress to a wedding a few weeks ago. The secret? Very opaque tights and lots of squatting.

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    • June 1, 2011

      Jeepster

      Me too! Although it’s perhaps a bit different with me – I don’t know how old the other commenters are, but I’m only eighteen and I personally feel that short skirts look okay on someone my age…

      I have a dress about as long as the one pictured, which I’ve worn without tights… Is that bad? :S

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      • June 1, 2011

        Jeepster

        EDIT: Actually it’s probably a few inches longer. I promise I’m not just saying that πŸ˜›

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      • June 1, 2011

        Rudi

        `Not bad at all. Although you obviously have better legs than I do XD

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  • June 1, 2011

    Viper

    I love tiny skirts. This doesn’t look short on the model at all :/

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  • June 1, 2011

    Roxanne

    Yeah so true!! I always looked at this dress in Zara and realised that it was really too short to actually wear!

    Zara is too smart (or maybe dumb), they deceive us by making the neckline high, so that the dress seems long enuf! Really?

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  • June 1, 2011

    Emily

    I’m 5’11” and my thighs are my ~problem area~ (for want of a better phrase) so dresses like this are just not for me. Lately I’ve found that the majority of nice dresses on the high street are ridiculously short, at least for me. Trying to find a party dress a few weeks ago was quite a task. I honestly think a dress like the one you posted would look miles better if it ended like a little bit above the knee.

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  • June 1, 2011

    Dani

    Definitely a top.

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  • June 7, 2011

    MM

    The problem with dresses like this is that, IMO, they’re really unflattering and dowdy looking with jeans or pants. So really you can’t win.

    Were it a few inches longer, I’d wear it…pretty much everywhere. I like my miniskirts too but I just don’t feel comfortable when I’m at risk of flashing people.

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  • June 27, 2011

    ELA

    I have this exact same dress from Zara, but I’m 5’4” so it fits me perfectly lol. A lil’ bit on the shorter side, but with opaque tights is good.

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  • September 1, 2011

    zaza

    I have the black version of this Zara dress(sleeveless one) which i love so much but bought it on holidays and took all the tags off and realised when i tried it on at home that it is too short!! can anyone suggest anthing to wear underneath it or know where i could get another underskirt that might look like another layer of the dress??! it even looks short with black tights. you can see my knicks if i bend over!!!!! help πŸ˜€

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  • March 17, 2012

    opal

    I actually have this dress, tried it on in the store, and surprisingly didn’t see a problem with it there. I wore it out once, with thights, but spent the entire time pulling it down, and I’ve avoided wearing it ever since. Why do they continue to make dresses in which you only feel uncomfortable? I don’t want to be on show the whole time! My guess is they deliberately make them shorter to cut costs. Yet the customer is the one who suffers. I’d like nice dresses that fit, thank you very much!

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  • July 19, 2012

    Tina

    I dont think its too short. I would love to wear that to a night club or even on a cruise. It would be nice to show my hottt as hellll legs πŸ˜‰

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