Clothes That Are Joined Together: they’re back


You're probably thinking this is just a sweater and skirt, aren't you? In fact, you're probably wondering just what the hell it's doing here, because while it's not exactly the most exciting outfit you've probably ever seen in your life, it's not exactly a crime of fashion either, is it?

Well, no, it's not. It is, however, not a sweater-and-skirt combo either, though. It is, in fact, a dress – and as such, it's a prime example of that most perplexing of fashion items: Clothes That Are Joined Together.

We've spoken about this phenomenon before, of course, but sadly, we're no closer to understanding it. It's not that the end result looks bad, you understand – it's just that we don't see the point. Why not just buy a skirt and sweater if you want to achieve this particular look? That way you get to use both pieces with lots of other outfits too, and you get to take your sweater off if it gets too warm without your skirt having to come with it.

No, Clothes That Are Stuck Together, we still don't understand you. If you do, though, readers, this particular example is £38 from Topshop, and is currently sold out online, so maybe it IS just us that struggles to see the appeal…


  • January 26, 2009


    Hate stuff like this. Really annoying. Oasis had a liberty print dress that had a black top, and a printed skirt, but they didn’t do the skirt separately. How annoying.
    Is this just a way of forcing people to buy dresses instead of the cheaper option of a skirt/ top.

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  • January 26, 2009


    There are actually two advantages to these types of outfits. One, you can have very form fitting knits that lie (lay? I’m too lazy to check my grammar this morning) close to the skin without the bumps and bunched cloth of actually having something layered underneath. (Which happens to me very single time I try to layer a dress shirt under a sweater. Every time. Looks horrible. I’ve given up.)
    Two, someone else does the coordinating for you. And, let’s face it, some people out there could use the help.
    I don’t buy them (except for the sweaters with faux blouse underneath–see above for my layering issues), but I can get why they exist.

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  • January 26, 2009


    I don’t understand either. It’s just a cheap trick to me.

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  • January 26, 2009


    I’m giggling at the thought of someone taking off their sweater and forgetting the skirt comes with it!

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  • January 27, 2009


    Well, I haven’t bought anything like this yet, but I like the idea because my sweaters always crumple up, or the skirts starts to shift upwards. And I imagine you don’t have the bumpy look.

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  • February 2, 2009


    i totally love dat

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