Style on Trial: Topshop Wallpaper Ombre Hourglass Dress

Topshop wallpaper dress

Well, there’s a lot going on here, isn’t there? For one thing, this dress looks a bit like it’s on fire. Or at least, it does to us, but that could be because we’re slightly blinded by all of the eyeball bleach we instinctively reached for as soon as we laid eyes on it.

Topshop describe it as a “wallpaper” dress. This, of course, made us wonder what kind of room would have walls like this? And who would live in such a room? You can leave your answers to that one in the comments box. Mostly, though, we just want to know whether it would be a super-stylish someone, or the type of someone The Fashion Police should be thinking about arresting. You see, we thought the answer to this one was obvious… but then we noticed that although this dress has only been online for a day or so, it’s already started to sell out in certain sizes, so we need to know what we’re up against here: will we soon be fighting off entire armies of wallpaper-wearers? And if so, should we fight back, or let them win?

This is £65 at Topshop. But is it innocent or guilty? 

9 Comments

  • December 8, 2011

    Olagbadebo via Facebook

    OMG! Someone get the fire extinguisher!

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  • December 8, 2011

    lizvocal

    This would have been a sedate old lady dress if not for the flame yellow overlay on top. Not that this helps, but it does distract from the boring colors otherwise.

    I would at least say that dresses that look too old for a fashionista are a refreshing change from dress that look like they are designed for pubescent hookers. Just a thought on this and the midaxi. 🙂

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  • December 8, 2011

    Heidi

    If knee length, perfect of a high school social science teacher in her late 50s. Sufficiently ugly to keep the kids awake.

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  • December 8, 2011

    Vintage Hippo Trish

    I only understand this if the wallpapered wall is on fire. Other than that.. jail!

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  • December 8, 2011

    Viper

    It’s ironic that they call it an “hourglass” dress, because even with that waistband, it looks like it would destroy any semblance of curves the wearer might have.

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  • December 9, 2011

    Emily

    ohhhhhhhhh…i don’t usually comment, but I looked at the Topshop website for the first time in ages the other day, saw this and though…good lord, topshop in “making nice clothes” shocker. I’m wearing it for my work xmas party with opaque black tights and black platforms, and then for a wedding in summer with…I’m not sure yet. bare legs and gold shoes of some form. No jewellery either time, and probably my (dark) hair in a dolly bun. I’m a bit of an arts-type I will admit, but have very little patience for “yooniqueness”. I was mainly just surprised to see topshop using colour!

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  • December 9, 2011

    ReallyLizzy

    I would say that the woman from “The Yellow Wallpaper” would feel right at home in a room papered with this. Or this is the wallpaper that drove her insane.

    The dress is hideous.

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  • December 9, 2011

    Dani

    In theory, this is a terrible dress. But my friend with dark hair/skin wore this to a party the other night and looked amazing…. so it’s ‘innocent’ in my opinion!

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  • January 16, 2012

    Molly R

    Lock it up and throw away the key!!!!!

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