To Buy or Not to Buy: grey sundress from Miss Selfridge

Dress Fashion Police reader Carrie wrote to us with a shopping dilemma today, and we thought we’d share it with our readers, to give Carrie the benefit of a few different viewpoints…

Carrie writes…

Dear Fashion Police,

I’m looking for your advice on this grey dress from Miss Selfridge. I tend to live in jeans, and I want to stock up on some dresses for summer, but so far I haven’t been having much luck. I’m on the small side, so I really need something with a waist, or I look like I’m wearing a sack. The shape of this is just what I’m looking for, but I worried that the grey may be a bit too dull for summer? And also, the fact that it’s linen makes me think that it might just crush really easily. What do you think? It would just be for general wear, not for anything in particular. ~ Carrie

Carrie,

You know how sometimes there’s a store that you ignore for months, maybe years on end, and then suddenly you want to buy everything in it? For me right now, that store is Miss Selfridge. I’m totally loving their work, and I also love this dress, although I think I would prefer it if it was in a different colour.

That said, grey is an easy enough colour to wear, and you can "summer" this up with some more colourful accessories if you wanted to. As for the linen problem: well, it’s only 54% linen so it may not be too much of a problem. I think the best idea here would be to order it (or, better still, try it on if you have a store near you) and see what you think of the fabric in real life.

All of this said, my bias towards the shape means that I’m not totally impartial towards this dress, so I’m going to turn this one over to our readers…

What do you think, folks: Should Carrie buy this dress?

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13 Comments

  • April 3, 2008

    Veronika

    It’s totally sweet! Buy it!

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  • April 3, 2008

    lili

    I don’t know how is summer where you live…But yes this dress looks dull unless you’re planning on wearing it in the evening

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  • April 3, 2008

    Em

    I love it. I think if you wore it with a pair of pretty silvery sandals, and a bit of playful jewelery, it could be just the thing for a summertime dinner date, or really anything warm weather that you still want to look a little sophisticated.
    I can also see it with boots and a sweater in early fall. It would be a great transitional piece, so you get a little more wear out of it than if it were a pastel color.

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  • April 3, 2008

    Elise

    Nice with a colored cardigan for summer evening or a colored long sleeve shirt underneath in the fall.

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  • April 3, 2008

    taadie

    Definitely buy it. Pair it with some technicolor accessories. Bright yellow scarf, big chunky turquoise jewelry, an orange bag or bright funky wedges for the day. Just think of the gray as a clean pallette and live it up.

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  • April 3, 2008

    CP

    I’d say go for it, although consider it like a house you’ve just moved into with blank walls and no furniture. You’re going to have to accessorize that puppy up if you want to acheive greatness with it for Summer. Maybe a colored light jacket or cardigan and some fun costume jewelry. Technically, I too would say it was more of a fall number though because the wool looking fabric is rarely used during the Spring/Summer seasons.

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  • April 3, 2008

    Natasa

    i love it and can see this in a thousand different combos. i think it’d also work really well over jeans.

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  • April 3, 2008

    net

    Very cute! Buy it!

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  • April 3, 2008

    net

    Very cute! Buy it!

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  • April 3, 2008

    Carrie

    Thanks, fashion police, and everyone else! I think I will probably get it and see what it’s like on. I’m liking the idea of being able to wear it in the autumn, too!

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  • April 4, 2008

    Sophia

    Spice it up with accessories! The dress looks very cute

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  • April 4, 2008

    Diana

    love it! buy it! I want one haha

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  • April 4, 2008

    Danielle

    Dull dull DULL. At the very least, wear it with a colorful scarf.

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