Wear or Die: Paisley print dress edition

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Paisley print is one of The Fashion Police's pet hates. We don't really know why this is: it just IS. And so while neither of the two dresses shown above would ever make it into our closet, who knows, those of you who don't share our dislike of all things paisley and voluminous will probably find this a particularly easy edition of Wear or Die.

This round of the game pits Marc Jacobs against Alexander McQueen, and mini against maxi. Which one would you wear, assuming you had to wear one – or die?

34 Comments

  • August 6, 2009

    Emily

    I have to agree that they’re both pretty hideous, but I reckon I could make the first one work, somehow. The second one is beyond redemption.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Janine

    I would wear the McQueen one, because there is a little part of me hidden away in a tiny recess of my mind that would quite like to be a 16th century maiden for the day, even a 16th century Scottish maiden. And if, one day I decided to live out that fantasy, the McQueen dress would be perfect.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Kat

    The Alexander McQueen one. Its monstrously long, but the sparkley beaded waistband would at least give me a waist. Marc Jacobs is just shapeless. And i have a feeling wearing a belt would make it waaaay too short for my 6’1 height.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Katie R

    Is it wrong that I actually like both of these? haha
    I like #2…just not that feathery trim it seems to have. I don’t know what that’s all about.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Dana

    If you’re brave enough, you can wear them one over the other 🙂 See, the Marc Jacobs one can be like a cape or something, over the long one :)) But if i have to chose JUST one, i’ll go for Mcqueen, at least i’ll have a waist and a little bit of solid yellow color around the neck…

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  • August 6, 2009

    Natasha

    Marc Jacobs, since i have no wish whatsoever to look like a peacock. Also, I’m short so long dresses make me look like a dwarf.

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  • August 6, 2009

    blair

    I do not share the hatred of all things paisley and voluminous, and kind of love the Marc Jacobs dress. The hemline is great.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Celeste

    Though I find the other pattern less offensive. I’m going with McQueen.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Pellio

    Some gorgeous tall people with an up-do and amber jewellery could make the second one look good. The first one looks like some piece of scrap fabric type clothing that you’d find on a market stall…

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  • August 6, 2009

    Kate

    I’d rock the second one, my mind went the same place as Janine’s 🙂

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  • August 6, 2009

    Jean

    The Marc Jacobs one. I just can’t do the long dresses. They always end up making me look quite silly, not to mention extremely frumpy.

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  • August 6, 2009

    lola

    ehh. if it weren’t for the weird raggedy edges that the mcqueen one has going on, it might be quite nice.
    as it is, i’d go for the jacobs one. helps that i can actually pull off shapeless dresses reasonably well, haha.

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  • August 6, 2009

    Bethany

    I actually like the green one. It’s a bad color for me, but I like the houppelande look, dagged edges and all.

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  • August 6, 2009

    chocoholic

    I’d pick the first one and wear it belted and with skinny jeans.

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  • August 7, 2009

    Nikki G

    I would go with the Alexander McQueen dress. It at least has a waistline.

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  • August 7, 2009

    Andara

    The Jacobs one would make a great oversized top, and the color is pretty good.
    The McQueen one, however, speaks to the part of me that adores paisley, long drifty dresses, and dagged hems. I have no idea where I’d wear it, but I’d find a way.
    ^-.-^

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  • August 7, 2009

    Eleanor

    Being 5 ft nothing I think the McQueen, paired with opaque black stockings and killer ankle boots. It’s growing on me.

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  • August 7, 2009

    Danielle

    I’d wear the Alexander Mcqueen dress…it looks flowy and somewhat elegant. The whole bohemian style has really grown on me so anything with paisley’s is an open invitation to experiment.

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  • August 7, 2009

    Lauren

    I would wear the Marc Jacobs.At least I could put a belt around it and some black tights.
    And also,what is wrong with being Scottish?
    I’ll have you know,it was because of the town I come from,that these horrendous dresses were created :L

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  • August 7, 2009

    RinnaRainbowlicious

    McQueen. The more I look at it, the more I like it, and the Marc Jacobs one has too high of a collar for me 🙂

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  • August 7, 2009

    Royabelle

    If you’re blessed with a model-like leggy physique, I reckon you could pull off the first one. Just add a belt (necessary!), leggins and some skyscraping heels and you look like all the hungry “fashionistas” here in Berlin. They seem to love that shapeless, 70s-inspired style 🙂

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  • August 7, 2009

    Bec

    I could rock both.
    As previous posters have mentioned, with ankle boots the marc jacobs is a nice nod to the sixties and with tossled hair (up or down) and bare make-up the mcqueen can be a beautiful romantic look. I think the mistake a lot of people would make with such whimsical prints is adding ornament that would compete with rather than complement the decorative print.

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  • August 8, 2009

    anna

    mcqueen, because I’m tall enough to pull it off, it doesn’t have a turtleneck like the marc jacobs (I can’t stand turtlenecks), and it’s not a total sack shape.

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  • August 8, 2009

    spikesnsilk

    I’ll do the McQ.

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  • August 8, 2009

    kevie

    I guess I’ll wear the McQueen, even though it breaks my rule about clothes that might make me look like an old hippie. That’s better than something that looks like one of Goldie Hawne’s ‘Laugh-In’ costumes.

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  • August 11, 2009

    emily

    I agree with most people if the marc jacobs one had tights and got glammed up a bit it would look alright.
    But I’m going to go with the mcqueen one
    even though it could swamp my short figure its alright.

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  • August 11, 2009

    Frankie

    Totally the McQueen one. I’m ashamed to say I rather like it.

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  • August 12, 2009

    Meredith

    The Marc Jacobs one, definitely. It could be cute with some long, lanky legs and stilettos.

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  • August 17, 2009

    mikaela

    id definitely wear the Alexander McQueen dress. I have a very long body, so this is okay to do. If i waved my hair and put on some cute moccasin collored bootie/heels it would look PERFECT!!

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  • August 27, 2009

    Lazagna

    The second one. Especially for the purposes of some sort of 60s re-enactment. And especially since most other participants would be high.

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  • August 31, 2009

    Diandra

    Marc Jacobs, I think I actually like it! It’s like a cute poncho-dress, or something.
    The Alexander McQueen dress is lovely too, but it’s not something that would work with my body type!

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  • November 5, 2009

    Umm

    The one on the right isnt terrible…

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  • February 4, 2010

    aly

    mcqueen

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  • July 12, 2010

    Paisley

    I really dig both…groovy fabric man

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