Style on Trial: Shirting Stripe Dress by Nicole Miller

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Ladies and gentlemen of The Fashion Police Jury, in the dock before you stands Nicole Miller’s Shirting Stripe Dress. It has been accused of committing crimes against fashion and actually, the more we look at it, the more we convince ourselves it’s guilty. But it’s Friday and we’re feeling generous, so we’re going to let you be the ones to make that decision…

The Case for the Prosecution:

OK, this is an oversized shirt and an undersized dress, stuck together, and therefor in clear contravention of The Fashion Police ruling against Clothes That Are Stuck Together. Also, it looks like this poor woman went out wearing a perfectly nice dress and shirt, and then some dastardly villain came along and ripped it off her, leaving her with only a scrap of dress, and the shirt. Guilty as charged!

The Case for the Defence:

Well, we’ve already established that sometimes there are good reasons for clothes to be stuck together. And, um, this is quirky! And unusual! And “quirky and unusual” is good, right? Right?

Over to you, jurors: will you convict or acquit this dress? Tell us! (You’ll find a poll under the jump to let you register your vote.)

11 Comments

  • January 30, 2009

    Kuri

    While this would be very tricky to wear, I could see it with black tights and very simple black shoes or boots. It at least shows off the figure well and doesn’t add weird padding in bizarre places or anything. It’s also not skanky. But if worn with anything too complicated, it would look bad.

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  • January 30, 2009

    gokarm

    No, I don’t like it. I have never believed the idea that you can make a cocktail dress work for work by putting a work shirt on under it. This is merely along those lines. It’s the fashion equivalent of a mullet.

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  • January 30, 2009

    Evelyn

    I don’t know, I really like shirt dresses and I think this is kind of cute. Maybe I still secretly channel my 80’s fashionista:o)

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  • January 30, 2009

    malia

    While the actual piece itself is a failure, I think it may be on its way to something good. If the grey section were taken down to only being included on the skirt (if the grey ended at the waistline) I think I’d be a winner.
    But then, it would just be a shirt with a grey-detail skirt. But it would look better!

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  • January 30, 2009

    Alicia

    There’s something about this dress I like very much. Actually, my only problem is that the dress part is one shouldered, which I don’t personally care for. Otherwise I think it’s really cute.

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  • January 30, 2009

    Sophie

    It’s not totally awful, the shape of the dress itself is quite lovely, maybe if they put a tight black cotton long sleeved top under, instead of a shirt, it might look half decent.

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  • February 1, 2009

    Charlie

    Will I get fined as well for liking said dress? I don’t just like it, I love it! Pair it with an equally funky fabulous shoe, perhaps by Nicholas Kirkwood, and you are set.

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  • February 1, 2009

    chocoholic

    I kind of like it…

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  • February 2, 2009

    Nina

    Me too, I like it. I have a thing for grey and for white&blue striped shirts, I’d wear it. Don’t know with which shoes etc, but I would.

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  • May 30, 2009

    Diandra

    I like it! It’s interesting. And it’s different from other “clothes that are stuck together,” because the pieces don’t really look like they would be wearable alone. It look more like a cutout to me…You know?

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  • July 18, 2009

    Serinde

    Guilty: its an ugly dress. and why would you want to wear your shirt underneath?

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