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Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

Dress or Top? New Look edition

dress or top?

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 just happen to have particularly long arms?

What do you think? Would you wear this as a dress, or would it only be useful as a top? What do you think New Look are selling it as? Click here to find out…

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

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

This Is Not a Dress

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 would be a little more reasonable?


Seriously, what is it with this whole “Let’s make dresses that could easily get you arrested for indecency” thing? And don’t get us wrong: we’re not opposed to a tastefully-done mini. In fact, we really quite like them. (Anything that makes our legs look longer is generally fine by us.) But this?

THIS IS A TOP. A tunic top, sure, but still: A TOP. This model is 5″8, but even so, there is no way an adult female could wear this without fear of serious exposure. (And if you’re thinking it may be OK on someone shorter, well, maybe not: last month the Chief of Police ordered a dress from the Topshop ‘Tall’ range, thinking that, as she is not tall, a dress which was mid-thigh length on the model would surely be at least knee-length on someone several inches shorter. But no, when it arrived it was mid-thigh length on her, too. Go figure.) Wearing it in public would be like having one of those nightmares where you realise you’re out without your pants. Which is a shame, because it’s a nice dress.

Please, fashion brands: stop ruining great designs by making them virtually indecent. Or at least make a slightly longer version for those of who don’t want our knickers on show every time we step out the door: there are still some of us around, you know.

What do you think, readers? Dress or top?

Dresses, Knitwear, Shirts & Tops

Dress or Top? Missoni Amalia knitted dress

Missoni Amalia knitted dressYes, 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 not fooled into thinking it’s a dress.  To be fair, they do state that the mannequin is 5’11” and so if you are say, 4’11” then yes, it might perhaps work as a dress on you.

Are you 4’11” and would you wear it as a dress?  If you’re not, but you like the garment anyway, then you can buy this sweater for €569 here.

What is it, readers: dress or top?

Celebrity Fashion, Style On Trial

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 with it? Where do you stand on the issue of dresses that look like tops? Should we get the cuffs out?