Fashion Peeves: Ugly Zippers

We like this dress. It’s simple, yes: probably too simple for those of you who like your fashion to be “unexpected”. (Drinking game, anyone?) But we love the colour, and it’s one of those great, easy to wear shapes, which mean you can – and we hate to sound like a fashion magazine here, but it’s true – dress it up or down as required.

But this dress hides a terrible secret, readers. Behold, the exposed back zip!

Awww! Dorothy Perkins, WHY? We feel like stamping our feet like little children now, and throwing all of our toys out of the pram because this single feature has just stopped us wanting to buy this dress. Our fingers froze on the “buy now” button. And, you know, we’re not totally against exposed zippers. We understand that a concealed zip is trickier, and thus more expensive to create, and that sometimes that’s an extra expense you just can’t expect the makers of a £40 dress to go to. And sometimes the exposed zip can look good. Sometimes.

Not this time, though, because for the love of Gaga, does it HAVE to be so very big and black? If they couldn’t have done a concealed zip, could they not at least have made a smaller, less obtrusive one, maybe in a colour that would’ve worked better with the dress, and not stood out like… an exposed back zip?

To be fair to Dotty P, they’re not the only ones at the Ugly Exposed Zipper game these days. Actually, we quite regularly come across pretty dresses ruined with a gigantic zip, which jars so much with the design that it looks like it belongs on a different dress altogether.

It’s a minor thing, really. It’s a peeve, rather than a fashion crime. But it still makes us stabby.

(Click here if you want to buy the dress anyway.)

9 Comments

  • August 19, 2011

    Carol

    Nice dress. Shame about the zipper.

    I make many of my own clothes and thought about exploring the exposed zip since it was all over the fashion sites a while ago. But couldn’t get past the “why?” of it. After all, I just figured out how to get the invisible zippers looking good!

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    • August 20, 2011

      Ros

      I’m exactly the same, once I discovered invisible zips there was no going back:-) It’s great making a dress and ppl asking where you bought it and being able to say you made it. I don’t get when they put these exposed zips in over-sized 80s t-shirts too, it just looks odd

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  • August 19, 2011

    Lu

    h&m does that a lot, too. Nice dress in the front – ugly zipper in the back. That always hurts my little fashion heart a little.

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  • August 19, 2011

    Itzel

    I’ve seen some work really well with dresses but yeah I honestly didn’t expect that one to stand out as much as it does. It look like a bad DIY job gone wrong.

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  • August 19, 2011

    Cassi

    I’m very mixed on this trend. I’ve seen some dresses where I absolutely love the bold zipper, but I have to agree that it looks ridiculous on this one…

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  • August 19, 2011

    Amy

    i don’t mind the zipper

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  • August 20, 2011

    Mae

    I once saw the cutest floral dress at Plato’s Closet, and I was about to buy it… until I saw the zipper. It can totally ruin a dress.

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  • August 21, 2011

    Emily Jayne

    Urgh, I’m not against exposed zips as a bit of a statement, but yeah, that is far too big and the black really jars, would be ok if it were just the metal zipper bit.

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  • August 22, 2011

    lexi

    i really dislike exposed zippers in the back, however on the right dress when the exposed zipper is in the front, i think it looks fantastic.

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