Anyone else despise skater dresses?

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I mentioned this in another thread and felt inspired to start a new one!

I really fucking loathe the things. And what's worse, they are everywhere, it seems, and I feel hard pushed to find a different silhouette in any of the high street stores. I imagine they are cheap to knock up, usually made of the shittiest fabrics and sold for far more than they are worth. Interestingly you rarely see this style touted at higher end stores.

On a personal note, I can't tolerate the elasticated waists (which don't suit me at all), and regardless the size of your chest (I am 32A) they feel deeply unflattering in this area.

I once walked into Topshop with a male friend who laughed and pointed at a rack full of them and asked me when they had started to make kids clothes. When I told him they were aimed at teens and older he said 'How odd, they look like clothes for little girls).

I appreciate that some people may love them, so have no issue with that, it's just the garment itself which bugs me. I have always loved pear shapes and imagine these might look really nice with that particular body shape, but I still can't get on board with them at all.

And they are everywhere. I just want a little bit more choice when shopping, you know, for something that makes me look like an adult. Longer lengths might help, but I am sure these bastards prefer to save fabric, whilst bumping up the prices of shitty polyester skater dresses with dodgy zippers......if you are lucky they might offer you one that isn't sleeveless!

NotForProfit Thu 03-Jan-13 20:37:37

I'm about a size 12, & still have quite a bit of baby weight around my middle (from 3 years ago!). Norks are only average sized but i find long-sleeve skater dresses in plain colours actually really flattering on me. They give the illusion of a waist, & are cut high enough to cover flab.

SpikyLikey Thu 03-Jan-13 20:43:22

I dont mind them - have a couple of 'skater ' dresses in knit and jersey. Theyre good to throw on with leggings and boots, but I am tall and can get away with a silhouette that maybe some shorties couldnt (not being smug...I have plenty of wobbly bits to hide!).

I disagree that there arent other cuts of dress around, though. Peplums, pencil skirts/tailored dresses, bubble hems and dip hems, and midi dresses are everywhere.

Beaverfeaver Fri 04-Jan-13 01:31:38
MoomieAndFreddie Fri 04-Jan-13 07:27:43

that link didn't work for me?! just linked to a page with 100's of dresses on grin

looks a great website though

LaTrucha Fri 04-Jan-13 07:42:58

That tea dress is beautiful. If red suited me, I'd have it in a trice!

MrsHoarder Fri 04-Jan-13 08:48:20

Inspired by this thread I've just bought this to wear when I go back to university at the end of the month. But there were lots of other dress styles available.

I'm just sufficiently attached to this sort of shape to have made myself a couple of dresses in a similar longer style a couple of years ago when they were impossible to find in the shops.

Beaverfeaver Fri 04-Jan-13 08:54:00
MoomieAndFreddie Fri 04-Jan-13 14:34:43

oh that asos one is lovely mrsH

envy

i want one and they have sold out in my size! <sob>

MoomieAndFreddie Fri 04-Jan-13 14:35:11

and that bird of prey one is really nice as well

No, not a fan either. They are generally far too short on my 5 foot 8 height, and make me look flabby as well.

OK if you are 18 and skinny like my niece. Not so much as a size 16/18 with chubby knees.

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