To Buy or Not to Buy: Kate Moss pansy print dress on eBay

Kate_moss_pansy_print_dress Dear Fashion Police,

Last year I fell in love with the Kate Moss for Toshop pansy print dress. I didn’t buy one because I couldn’t find any in my size, and also because I don’t generally like wearing things that are very "fashionable", but I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind and I’ve found a couple of the dresses on eBay.

Should I buy one?

~ Alicia

Dear Alicia,

You know, I’m torn here. Normally I’d say that if a dress has been bugging you for an entire year, and it’s still available, the dress needs to be bought. But this is the Kate Moss pansy print dress we’re talking about here, and although I also really like this dress, here’s why I’d say "no":

1. It’s the Kate-Moss-for-Topshop-pansy-print-dress. You say you don’t really like wearing things that are very "fashionable", and while this dress is now a year old, it’s still very recognisable, and if that’s going to bother you, you’d be better off finding something similar.

2. It’s selling on eBay for around £120. Dude, that’s a lot of money for what is, essentially a tea dress. There are dozens of floral-print tea dresses around at the moment for way cheaper than £120, and you’ll also have the benefit of not looking like a Kate Moss clone. Maybe one of these would work for you?

All of this said, I’m STILL torn, because I still tend to think that if you like it that much, you should just go ahead and get it. But, as always, I’m going to leave it up to the Cadets to advise you further, here.

What do you think, readers? Should Alicia buy this dress?

10 Comments

  • June 5, 2008

    Veronika

    I agree with both the pro’s and the con’s stated above and I know how sometimes I’m in a store and a dont buy the dress and then it’s killing me for ages (well, actually, just till I go and buy it). Recently I was looking at a lovely ZARA maxi dress and unfortunately I didn’t buy it and now it’s NOWHERE to be found. I’d KILL for that dress. So, sweetie, if you love it and gotta have it, go for it;)

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  • June 5, 2008

    Diana

    I agree, if you want it that bad, just buy it. But it IS fashionable I guess.

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  • June 5, 2008

    edith

    go for it, otherwise it will keep bugging you

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  • June 6, 2008

    Danielle

    If it’s still bothering you, go for it, but that’s an awful lot of money for a sundress that would cost about $15 to make by hand.

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  • June 6, 2008

    Hannah

    Check out your local thrift stores and hunt for something similar (I’ve seen a lot of this kind of 80’s-90’s floral print floating around) – then you’ll end up with the ‘original’ look that this dress is trying to copy, and save a whole lot of cash at the same time!

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  • June 8, 2008

    Alexandra

    please do NOT buy this dress. it’s an old design from Topshop…surely that’s a crime in itself? ebay.com (not .co.uk) have tonnes of beautiful floral tea dresses that are ORIGINAL VINTAGE and not some sleazy copy. i buy them almost daily. Check out the eBay store Spanish Moss Vintage, Tin Roof Vintage and Nasty Girl Vintage for some one of a kind vintage floral classics.

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  • June 8, 2008

    Alexandra

    please do NOT buy this dress. it’s an old design from Topshop…surely that’s a crime in itself? ebay.com (not .co.uk) have tonnes of beautiful floral tea dresses that are ORIGINAL VINTAGE and not some sleazy copy. i buy them almost daily. Check out the eBay store Spanish Moss Vintage, Tin Roof Vintage and Nasty Girl Vintage for some one of a kind vintage floral classics.

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  • July 18, 2008

    Isa

    Surely it would be cheaper to simply chop up grandma’s curtains and fashion yourself a dress out of those?

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  • May 4, 2009

    Sarah

    In the topshop sale this december i found this dress, with no tags and no idea of the huge deal it is i took it to the counter to buy and they had to price it up only guessing how much it should be. Because it was old stock I ended up with the dress for a fiver. It is amazing, i cant lie, it fits really well and the pattern is beautiful. It was only a few weeks ago, when i saw it selling on ebay for £89 that i realised what a lucky girl i am. Buy the dress!!!

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  • September 23, 2009

    Tiblua

    I agree with the above points but I also think that if it has been bugging you you should just go and buy it. Otherwise you might end up buying another floral dress but thinking “what if?”. I DO think you should have a good search on eBay though and see if you can’t find something you like more… if not, just buy the Kate Moss dress.

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To Buy or Not to Buy: Black lace cocktail dress

Lace_dress Laura writes…

Dear Fashion Police,

My husband I are were given a weekend at a posh hotel as a wedding present, and it’s one of those "dress for dinner" places. The wedding itself took up most of our available money, so I’m shopping on a budget here, and I found this dress at ASOS. I like the shape and the simplicity of it, but I’m just not sure about the lace. I don’t want to look cheap, just to buy something cheap!

What do you think?

~ Laura

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22 Comments

  • May 29, 2008

    Ros

    Sorry – when lace is cheap it looks cheap and I’m sure you could do better at that price.
    That dress screams ‘hooker trying to look classy’ to me.

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  • May 29, 2008

    Anon

    I love it!!
    I don’t think it looks cheap at all.
    Go for it!

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  • May 29, 2008

    Anon

    I love it!!
    I don’t think it looks cheap at all.
    Go for it!

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  • May 29, 2008

    Anon

    I love it!!
    I don’t think it looks cheap at all.
    Go for it!

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  • May 29, 2008

    an

    i like it actually … the lace does nothing to deter …

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  • May 29, 2008

    Veronika

    I LOVE this dress! I have been eyeing it endlessly on ASOS and sadly, since they don’t ship to the Czech Republic (where I live), I haven’t bought it but otherwise I would totally! Another plus is that it’s worn by my favourite ASOS model (“The Blonde From Asos”;))..
    Buy it!!:D

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  • May 29, 2008

    Veronika

    Oh and Ros? I don’t think hookers do non-see-through non-boobs dresses but then again I don’t know any hookers..
    Maybe you have more experience with that..

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  • May 29, 2008

    Laura (another one!)

    I think this dress could go either end of the classy/not so classy (no need to result to insults girls!) spectrum depending on what accessories you team it with and how you do your hair and make up etc.
    At the end of the day it is up to you but personally I think you could find something nicer.

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  • May 29, 2008

    Lucy

    Hmmm, I like the shape but not sure about the lace to be honest, but of course this is a personal choice and if you like it then you should go ahead and buy it regardless of what anybody else thinks! (including me!)

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  • May 29, 2008

    Abby

    I think dress is very pretty, but most importantly, I think that elegance comes from within. So if you have the manners (and nice accessories) to match, you’ll look lovely.

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  • May 29, 2008

    Louise

    I have this dress and was worried about it looking cheap but it actually doesn’t look half bad. If you feel the lace you can tell it’s not great but it looks the part. The lining is totally opaque, and the high neckline compensates for the shorter hem. The only thing I would say is that it’s a bit short for me to wear to a fancy restaurant, but I’m taller than most at 5’10” so you could well be fine.

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  • May 29, 2008

    Arielle

    My advice would be to skip buying the dress BECAUSE you have doubts about it. If you purchase it, the doubts are likely to remain and you will never feel as comfortable or as confident wearing it as you will if you keep looking and find a dress you do not have doubts about.
    In my personal opinion, while I do like some lace dresses, I do not care for the cut of this dress paired with lace. I like the simplicity of the lines but feel the lace takes away from that simplicity.

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  • May 29, 2008

    Mona

    I don’t like the dress too much, it does not look too classic to me, the hemline and the sleeves especially, but the boatneck is nice. It definitely looks classier that the other ASOS dresses…
    I agree with Amber, that you may want to pick something that is a bit more springlike – black lace is in my opinion a more winter-like thing, and its all polyester, I’d be afraid that I’d be too sweaty in that. How do you get in? Is it stretchy or is there a hidden zipper? I’d look for other black dresses that you can actually try on, unless you really love this one.

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  • May 29, 2008

    Arielle

    I just visited the ASOS site, and noticed that underneath this dress it describes it as “in the style of Mischa Barton”
    My reaction is now “Run away! Run away!”

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  • May 29, 2008

    Veronika

    OK, granted, the Mischa Barton bit is quite scary:D

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  • May 29, 2008

    Laura

    Wow, i didn’t expect so many replies! Thanks Fashion Police, and everyone else! I think I’ve made up my mind not to get this dress now. I still like it, but like Arielle says, I just don’t think I’d be comfortable in it, so I’m going to try and hold out for something I love. I still have a few weeks to look (like to plan in advance, here!) so hopefully I should be able to find something!

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  • May 29, 2008

    Kerry

    I say buy it and cut off the sleeves. Wear it with a black blazer and high chunky black heels a la Gywneth Paltrow: http://www.osoblog.tv/2008/05/the_secret_of_gwyneth_paltrows.html

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  • May 29, 2008

    edith

    I agree with the very first comment, it doesn’t look classy at all, too tight + too short and the cheap looking lace doesn’t help either. I like the neckline, though.

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  • May 30, 2008

    Ricki

    You def shouldnt buy it. Lace is never good, it just makes everything look cheap (not as in Britney cheap/slutty) as it costed 5 dollars on some rack of a dirty shop. Even looks cheap on the ASOS model.
    I would go for a black dress, same neckline fabric a lil bit shiny like theres some satin in it. Its in a lot of shops recently
    /Ricki

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  • May 30, 2008

    Danielle

    Lace should only be worn.. actually, no, lace should never be worn. I’m glad you didn’t buy it.

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  • May 30, 2008

    amy

    black lace is totally in at the moment, it’s simple clean and classic

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  • June 1, 2008

    Pyro

    I like it, as long as you DON’T wear it like Britney.

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To Buy or Not to Buy: Dorothy Perkins’ yellow ruffle vest

Yellow_top Liz writes…

Hi Fashion Police!

I really enjoyed last week’s ‘To Buy or Not to Buy’ feature, so I thought I’d submit a question of my own.  I think I already know the answer to this question but I am drawn to this yellow top from Dorothy Perkins for summer. But I think I might look like a Fashion Criminal in something so magnificently be-ruffled. What to do you think?

~ Liz

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12 Comments

  • April 10, 2008

    Vanessa

    I dont’t really like the colour but if you like it,just buy it 🙂

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  • April 10, 2008

    Veronika

    too busy for me so dont a “buy” this time around, maybe you could find it in a less-ruffle version?

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  • April 10, 2008

    Julie

    A less-ruffled version wouldn’t be anywhere near as cute.
    As long as the rest of your outfit in’t fussy, I say buy.

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  • April 11, 2008

    Diana

    don´t like the color but it´s up to you 🙂

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  • April 11, 2008

    Megan

    That’s a difficult colour to look good in. If you have the right skin tone, I’d say go for it. I’d buy it if i wouldn’t look completely washed out in it.

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  • April 11, 2008

    Danielle

    Love the color, hate the bodice. It makes the mannequin look fat!

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  • April 12, 2008

    Amelia

    I like it… I don’t think the colour is a problem and the ruffles make it different. But I admit, I’m the kind of person that likes to stand out and be noticed, so I’m not sure why that says about me liking this!

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  • April 12, 2008

    Wendy Hewson

    Well, I made a white blouse with exactly the same sized ruffle around the neckline for a medieval costume last year, so make of thast what you will…
    I actually don’t mind it because the rest of it is quite plain…don’t like the colour much, but it may come in better colours, as well as pale primrose yellow !!

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  • April 12, 2008

    Gemma

    LOVE the ruffle. Buy it!

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  • April 19, 2008

    okjk

    Haha. I was just reading another fashion post about this:
    http://iamfashion.blogspot.com/2008/04/ss08-trend-translating-lanvin-ruffles.html
    In cases of extreme details (i.e. HUGE ruffles such as these), if you have the *style* to pull it off, then pair it up good and do it!! Personally, because it’s already a pretty feminine, girly top, I would suggest staying away from a bottom that is also girly or… well, pretty (i.e., a pretty skirt) in order to stay away from looking like an over-dressed poof. To pull it off, try going for something ‘offbeat’ like a pair of acid-washed or dark denim skinny jeans and a great pair of red or black heels (haha, red heels are just my own personal fave).
    About the colour – I personally think yellow is a highly underused colour, esp. if you’ve got a yellow undertone. I know it’s a big fashion no-no, but try pairing it with a dark necklace and see how that works. Great top though! Super-cute.

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  • July 18, 2008

    Isa

    You go right ahead and buy that.
    I, meanwhile, will try and keep my snorts of laughter as quiet as possible.

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  • September 9, 2008

    kenzie

    i Love it though pale yellow looks good on me so it depends wat colors look good on u

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