Wear or Die: Shirt Dresses

It’s been a long time since we last played Wear or Die – the game where everyone’s a loser – so we thought it was high time we forced our readers to choose between two ugly items of clothing again!

For this Wear or Die, we’re dipping our toes into the murky waters of the shirt dress: for yes, readers, the two items you see before you are, indeed, dresses, not just ugly shirts. We’ve given you the choice here between two very different styles: the down-and-out option A (ยฃ60 at Topshop) , or the frilly, new-romantic style of option B (ยฃ25 at Desire Clothing). We wouldn’t want to wear either of them, personally, but what if you HAD to wear one? What if you had to choose one of these dresses: or die?

That’s the choice that’s before you now readers, so tell us: which one do you choose?

57 Comments

  • January 22, 2010

    Hannah

    Oh totally B! Nice red belt to nip in the waist and some black heels with tights (don’t want to look tarty now).

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  • January 22, 2010

    Annabelle

    I’d have to go with option B, without the frills on the chest it would be an interesting shirt.

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  • January 22, 2010

    gokarm

    Option A. I’m not a fan of ruffles and I kinda like the grunge look. I know I could rock the dirty old man shirt better than the frou frou ruffly one.

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  • January 22, 2010

    M

    My fashion brain has really come a long way. I’d wear them both. This would have not happened a year ago.

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  • January 22, 2010

    Virginia

    I definetely go to option B! In fact, as Hannah pointed out, with the right complements it wouldn’t be that bad… No difficult choice here.

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  • January 22, 2010

    Katie

    B, most definitely. If it didn’t have the strange hitched bottom, I might actually like it!

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  • January 22, 2010

    Miriam

    Option B, with a padded bra, black tights and knee-high boots.

    The padded bra is to distract people from the weird hip things ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • January 22, 2010

    Riali

    I’d rather look like a secretary than a mechanic. So B. But with leggings, because it’s looking very short in all the wrong places.

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  • January 22, 2010

    Carioca

    Die!!

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  • January 22, 2010

    Lauren

    I’d go with Option A. Maybe go for a ‘So ugly it’s cute’ look.

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  • January 22, 2010

    Brie

    I would not be caught dead in either. Just ugly.
    .-= Brie´s last blog ..The Three Colours of Spring. =-.

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  • January 22, 2010

    naomi

    hmm if i go with A i’d look like i should be on peopleofwalmart.com and if i go with B i’d look like a maitre d at a levelor blind sponsered fancy banquet…they are both terrible colors for me…either would make me look ill
    hmmm…if B weren’t white i’d grab it…so i’ll take A because the monster face on the left boob looks hillarious

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  • January 22, 2010

    ashley

    option b

    because i’d rather look like a horribly dressed ringmaster to a circus then a hobo from the 60’s

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  • January 22, 2010

    Lauren

    I’d rather look like a high class prostitute than a big issue seller-so B.

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  • January 22, 2010

    Marianne

    B. I could dress it up and almost look presentable. A is ugh. And what’s with that cartoon face?

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  • January 22, 2010

    Michelle

    Definately B, wore Hannah or Miriam said.

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  • January 22, 2010

    Whatsername

    option A looks like a hobo, i like odd funky clothing so B is the best, black skinny jeans, red heals. best set for a party!

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  • January 22, 2010

    Sera

    Ooh, deffo B. Maybe you older ladies won’t like the grunge look all us skinny teens are rocking, but that is cos you don’t know the secret of oversized shirt + black leggings + flats + messy hair = instant fashion kudos (en plus, what are those little black things at the top of that shirt? Oh. Their frills. Starched frills. Riiiiight…)

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  • January 22, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    A. I’d much rather look down-and-out than wear that frilly monstrosity…

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  • January 22, 2010

    Diandra

    A; I think it would look cute with a belt and tights or something…..B would be ok as a shirt, it doesn’t really look like a dress. And what are those things hanging down from it?

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  • January 22, 2010

    Shanaia

    I would definalely wear Option A. My style is kinda grungy, and I think that Option B is really really tacky.

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  • January 23, 2010

    Nikki G

    I would have to go with B. The other one just looks dirty.

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  • January 23, 2010

    EricB

    Since Option A is closer to menswear, I’d pick this one. But I’d prefer women to pick Option B. Maybe I should ask my girlfriend what she thinks about Option B.

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  • January 23, 2010

    Mousy

    Either. My god, this is what being a fashion student does to me. ๐Ÿ™ It makes me inclined to wear freaky clothes. I know they’re freaky, and yet I would wear them.

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  • January 23, 2010

    Victoria

    I actually really like option A. It could be a little shapeless, but with leggings and boots it’d be pretty sweet and comfy. I happen to think B is hideous.

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  • January 23, 2010

    Alison

    Option B if I was going out in public. Without that bottom part it would be kind of cute!

    Option A if I was cleaning the garage.

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  • January 23, 2010

    Corella

    Definitely option B! I have one in gray just like it! I LOVE shirt dresses, they look amazing with the top unbuttoned, a corset style belt, leggings and statement heels! definitely something i wear almost every time i go out, comfortable, and i can sleep in it with no problem! I love this style…although option A looks like a shirt your father has hiding in his closet from some construction job gone wrong…

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  • January 23, 2010

    georgie

    B. with a bowtie and a bowler hat. oh yea.

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  • January 23, 2010

    Brenda

    i would wear the white one… if i had 2

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  • January 23, 2010

    dita

    well i dont feel comfortable with a too-girly look. so i would wear A.
    with tanktop and shorts plus playfull footwear (boot, glady-wedges, even sneakers)
    it’s gonna be great! ^^

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  • January 23, 2010

    Niina

    Option B, because it doesn’t look like some hobo’s shirt with pee on it :DD

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  • January 23, 2010

    Noelle

    OPTION B

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  • January 23, 2010

    Tina Ld

    imagine it with a red belt red highheels-or black for those who don’t want to stand out…and black tights i could even like it the A is just horrible so unfluttering and looks cheap

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  • January 24, 2010

    Martine

    I prefer option A

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  • January 24, 2010

    Hoshi

    B- I’d at least look like I was trying to look nice… and I love that kind of top. ^_^

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  • January 24, 2010

    Anamaria

    Wow… What’s wrong with B? It’s totally interesting, if you know how to wear it!! And have the figure for it.
    Option A should be burnt…. Seriously… And the designer fired… Or better yet… Sell it to Amy Winehouse… It really defines her personality.

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  • January 24, 2010

    AJ

    Option B… I would definately put black leggings under it, though, to avoid the ‘do you get paid by the hour’ question.

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  • January 24, 2010

    Karen

    B is at least attempting to look presentable.

    A would make me look like I just rolled out from underneath a car. Yuck.

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  • January 24, 2010

    Janers

    BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB

    pleather tights, strappy chunky heels, red lipstick/nails Chanel clutch bag

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  • January 25, 2010

    Serinde

    B. i’m not a frills girl, but the grunge one makes my palms itch and makes me feel like i need a wash. with the right stuff and style B could b presentable, not to something special, but maybe a class reunion where you want to show everyone how alternate you are

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  • January 25, 2010

    Kelly

    B all the way!
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Procurando Jairo desesperadamente =-.

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  • January 25, 2010

    Sarah Jane

    Option B.

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  • January 25, 2010

    Sheree

    B. At least it looks a little more intentional. A looks like “I had a few too many at the bar last night and woke up next to a trucker and had to sneak out with one of his shirts.”

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  • February 4, 2010

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  • February 16, 2010

    Frankie

    actually ,in a strange way, i like them both! but i’d wear option b any day! its kind of Lolita style…like what Japanese people would wear or like anime kind of…if you squint…I’m skinny and asian…it’ll work…actually, I might buy it…wow…never thought I’d buy anything from wear or die!

    hmm…I used to have fun at school with my friend, laughing at the wear or die section…until…this website got blocked by the board of studies… ๐Ÿ™ it was totally educational! –what NOt to design! ahahahaa

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  • February 17, 2010

    Amee

    B. Go for the a Rocky Horror Picture show look. A would make me look like a 12 year old doing laundry in her dads shirt.

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  • February 23, 2010

    na-chan

    B!
    A= OMG…

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  • March 16, 2010

    Lazagna

    I told my husband these were aka “shresses” and he said “Shouldn’t they be called ‘dirt’?” YES!

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  • July 11, 2010

    Ell

    I rather like option B.. could pull it off with a padded bra so no peepers

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  • July 28, 2010

    Marissa

    the messy maintenance guys wife or the by boyfriends prom shirt? yeh the prom shirt. It WOULD look good with a belt and red heals and tights. you have to have the body to pull it off though. you could make it quite sexy if i may say?

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  • July 30, 2010

    yukina

    B. And glam it up as a gothic lolita. ๐Ÿ˜€ ….then again, those ruffles are really ugly.

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  • July 31, 2010

    Mad Hatter

    Option B. I could actually incorporate it into my wardrobe.

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  • August 12, 2011

    bec

    Option A tucked into doulbe short denim shorts, a beige belt, a round straw hat, colourful wellies and long grey socks poking out of them and have the shirt unbuttoned alot with a white vest underneath! To like a festival but take the shirt off and wrap it round me pretending it’s a boys i came with!

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  • August 12, 2011

    bec

    *when i got there ha

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  • January 9, 2012

    Millar Boddington

    I love option A. It is a case of so ugly it’s cute and with creepers it would look gorgeous. It was reduced to 5 pounds and then sold out. Man I love TOPSHOP sales.

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  • February 14, 2013

    Anna

    (Sorry for baaad english, im from Denmark)

    I would rather wear option A then B.
    I could “tail” it up and, use some Leather pants and create the Grunge look

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