Style on Trial: short parchute dress by All Saints

Parachute_dressOne of our many fashion prejudices involves any item of clothing that could have the word “parachute” used to describe it. We’re sure parachutes can be tons o’fun and all (if, of course, you’re not a bunch of sissy cowards, like us), but as clothing, we’re just not impressed. And we’re not trying to suggest here that everything you wear should be figure-hugging and designed to “show off your curves”, at the tabloids would say – just that dresses generally shouldn’t be able to double as tents, should you take them on a camping trip. Or, indeed, as parachutes.

From this, you will have gathered that we’re not going to be buying All Saint’s short parachute dress.Or, indeed, the long version, for that matter. But what about you, readers? Does the, admittedly unusual, design of this dress make you want to spend £225 on it? If so, it’s available for pre-order now, via the All Saints website, as is the long version, which is an extra £100.

22 Comments

  • August 19, 2008

    gokarm

    Well I know I’m going to be in the minority, but I love it. It would look good on NO one but a very tall, very skinny woman, but with a loooong pearl necklace and heavily make-uped eyes…I’m digging the look. Of course, I really like the whole “Rick Owens/Alexander Wang” aesthetic. I don’t know, it’s better than your typical hipster gear, isn’t it?

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  • August 19, 2008

    JC

    Hmmmm whilst I appreciate the desire to vary from more typical styles I can’t quite get past the fact that it really does just look like a parachute
    Not something I’d wear but maybe its one of those ‘looks better on’ items
    Who knows

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  • August 19, 2008

    peachfish

    I would only wear it if it also functions as an ACTUAL parachute. How much fun would be to exit a cocktail party by flinging yourself off the roof?

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  • August 19, 2008

    Ash

    I generally don’t like parachute clothing, but this dress actually isn’t too bad. I would never wear it, but I like the design.

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  • August 19, 2008

    Arielle

    It looks very sloppy to me – though I find the long version to be far, far worse. Sure, a beautiful woman is still going to be a beautiful woman wearing this dress, but why would you want to look like a beautiful woman wearing a dress made from squashing a parachute into something vaguely resembling a gown?

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  • August 19, 2008

    Amanda

    It’s hard to judge without seeing it on a model, but as gokarm said, it’s probably only flattering on that body type. I would look like I’m doing the Walk of Shame in a garbage bag I found among remnants of last night’s party.

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  • August 19, 2008

    Natasha

    The long one is far worse. The shorter version is not too bad, but I just don’t see why anyone would wear it with so many pretty dresses around. AND it’s pretty expensive as well.

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  • August 19, 2008

    net

    I agree with gokarm. The short version is cool, but will only look good on the super skinny.
    Not for me but I appreciate it.
    The long one however, just looks messy.

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  • August 19, 2008

    Jazz

    I can’t quite decide why, but it’s kind of cute. Maybe it’s the neckline…maybe it’s the layer-esque look that’s feminine without being frilly. This would do nicely with a skinny belt, I think, and on a skinny bod.

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  • August 20, 2008

    Froggie

    I’m with Gorkam.
    Curvy? Bloody forget it.
    But I could really imagine this on Lily Cole..

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  • August 20, 2008

    Alex D

    I deteste parachute clothing in general but this takes the biscuit. It looks like you’re wearing a half-empty water balloon.

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  • August 20, 2008

    Cadi

    Blech. Not only is the shape strange and the hanging cords fug, but the whole thing probably makes a whole lot of noise as you walk. Nooo thanks!

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  • August 20, 2008

    Krista

    I think it’s great. But I’d love to see it on a person. It might make all the difference.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Viki

    I’ve actually tried on the parachute dress, and although it is very difficult to assemble, once done in the right way, with a pair of military boots for a casual look, or high heel structured shoes for going out, it surprising looks great rather than looking like you’re wearing a tent. It’s actually made of 10metres of fabric which i find quite interesting, and it’s not even that heavy, although it is a dress that i would probably only wear once.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Viki

    I’ve actually tried on the parachute dress, and although it is very difficult to assemble, once done in the right way, with a pair of military boots for a casual look, or high heel structured shoes for going out, it surprising looks great rather than looking like you’re wearing a tent. It’s actually made of 10metres of fabric which i find quite interesting, and it’s not even that heavy, although it is a dress that i would probably only wear once.

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  • October 24, 2008

    Jessica Mcmullan

    I have just bought the short parachute dress by All saints and what a mistake i have made.
    Apart from the fact i still have no idea on how to get the dress on it is far too heavy and big and i hate it.
    I feel it is a total mistake by All saints and they should warn people on how hard it is to put on.
    Don’t buy total waste of £160.00!!!

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  • February 13, 2009

    rajji

    How do you wear it???? help i was enticed by this dress and purchased on ebay but have no idea how to get it on xxx

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    • August 1, 2011

      Genny

      if you go to http://www.allsaints.com and type in “parachute dress” in the search, you can view the instructions for tying the parachute dress

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  • May 7, 2010

    Georgiameramo

    I’ve bought this for my prom! And I love it. It’s beautiful and different. Not everyone has to look the same.

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  • August 22, 2010

    Claire

    I looooove this dress been trying to get hold of it everywhere : ( nowhere seems to have it anymore…how annoying!

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  • August 1, 2011

    Genny

    I just bought this dress, and although it IS a bit heavy, it’s stunning! If you’re looking to stand out, and not like everyone else, this is the dress for you. It’s not sloppy, it’s very feminine and can be structured to suit any body type using the cords. To Jessica McMullen : you think allsaints should warn buyers that this dress is difficult to put on ? It comes with an assembly and care guide !! You should realize that when you’re purchasing a dress of all things, that if it comes with step by step instructions, it may be a bit more difficult to put on , then most dresses. HELLO ? I think AllSaints is pretty straight forward with giving you a heads up on this one ! Anyway, in closing, this dress is PHENOMENAL once you get it structured and tied the way you want it . Beautiful !

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