Unsolved Mysteries: Sass & Bide Oversized Tank Dress With Corset

Sass-&-bide-corset

Can you spot the deliberate mistake here, readers?

The clue is in the title, and, more specifically, in the word "oversized". Because, doesn't it seem obvious that if you were going to wear clothes with underwear printed on the front of them – and we're not entirely sure you should be – the last thing you'd want those clothes to be would be oversized?

You can call us crazy, of course (note: please don't), but we were under the impression that corsets were meant to make you look smaller. This Sass & Bide top, however, depicts a corset that appears to be bursting at the seams with the strain of holding in the flesh it contains. Why would you want to create the impression that you just burst out of your corset?

Even more puzzlingly? Why would you pay £125 for this privilege?

You can colour us confused. If you're not, though, you can buy this now at ASOS.com.

7 Comments

  • July 28, 2009

    Kat

    I like corsets. worn right, they can be very classy and slimming. But on an oversize shirt… not so much. Is it just me, or does it make that model look like her waist is twice as wide as her chest? Not a look I’m going for, thanks.

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  • July 28, 2009

    gokarm

    Steampunk influence gone very wrong.

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  • July 28, 2009

    Katie R

    That’s supposed to be a corset?
    Also, it’s backwards. Corsets usually didn’t lace up in the front. That’s where the eyelets were.

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  • July 28, 2009

    Theresa

    This kinda looks like a heavy duty back brace.

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  • July 29, 2009

    spikesnsilk

    Looks more like a print of some kind of orthopedic equipment. Very unflattering.

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  • July 29, 2009

    kay

    The optical illusion adds 30 pounds to her frame.

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  • July 30, 2009

    Meredith

    Perhaps they were shooting for irony? It ends up looking like one of those really unfortunate ads for diet supplements where they wear all their old, “fat” clothes to show off how thin they are. Except that they usually pull on the clothes to show off their new thin bods. So this kinda fails. In a major way. If I see someone wearing that on the street I would run up and rip it off them and set it on fire right there.
    Oh! I know what it reminds me of now! Those awful things you buy on Venice Beach that are those ginormous T-shirts with a thin body in a bikini printed on it. God, I hate those heinous things.

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