dress or top?

dress or top?

Dress or Top? New Look edition

It’s time for a game of Dress or Top, readers! The Fashion Police need your help in ID-ing the item shown above. It’s currently being sold at New Look, where it will set you back £19.99: but is it a very short dress, or it is simply a rather long top? That’s for you to decide. As far as the evidence goes, the model is helpfully demonstrating to us that this item does NOT pass the “fingertip test” often applied to hemlines, in which a dress which fails to reach the end of your fingertips is deemed to be too short. That doesn’t tell us much, though, because rules are made to be broken (sometimes), and, well, what if you…

Shirt or Dress? Mason by Michelle Mason “long” shirtdress

Quick show of hands, jurors: Shirt or dress, dress or shirt? As you can see from the caption, we’re going to go with “shirt”. We’re also going to ask the model to put her pants back on now please, before we have to arrest her for being out in public without them. It DOES explain why she’s looking so shifty, though, doesn’t? What’s your vote? (This is Mason by Michelle Mason: click here to buy it at Shopbop)

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…

Missoni Amalia knitted dress

Dress or Top? Missoni Amalia knitted dress

Yes, you are reading that correctly.  Missoni think this is a dress.  The Fashion Police would wager that if something doesn’t cover your butt, it is not, in fact, a dress.  We would call it a top. Fortunately My Theresa (the site on which this misnomer was spotted) recognise this and have posted the warning: “Rather short and very sweet. Style it as a top or dress.”  And we are very grateful that they have because you just know that someone (Lindsey Lohan, Lady Gaga, usual suspects) will try to wear this as a dress with nothing but large pants and tights (if we’re lucky) underneath it.  My Theresa have even styled it with trousers so you know they are…

Celebrity Style on Trial: Eva Herzigova's top/dress at the Copard Party in Cannes

Celebrity Style on Trial: Eva Herzigova’s top/dress at the Copard Party in Cannes

In the world of fashion, there is a certain school of thought which says that if ya got it, you may as well flaunt it. There’s also another school of thought, however, which says that if your dress could easily be mistaken for a long-ish top, you may well end up flaunting a whole lot more than you bargained for. There’s no doubt in our minds that Eva Herzigova has GOT IT. We think we might be about to see “it”, too, if she just leans forward a little. This makes us suspect that Eva may well be committing a fashion crime here, and getting away with it purely on account of the got it/flaunt it rule. SHOULD she get away…