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!

bamboostalks Thu 03-Jan-13 15:31:47

I'm still not clear what they exactly are? Can you link please. Also why are they called this?

dizzy77 Thu 03-Jan-13 15:40:58

See, top half of that "inked" dress, the second one you link to is a great neckline for a limited bosom (and still my preferred one despite now being 32E). If that went down in a nice shift shape i would consider not sure about the colour though. But what is going on downstairs?

Beamur Thu 03-Jan-13 15:42:27

My 17 yr old DSD has one of these style dresses and looks amazing in it. She is however, a size 8 with decent boobs. She looks good in anything!

I like them and hate them all at the same time.

I like the silhouette and flattering on slim people with good legs.

But they are way too short, and I'm not slim nor do I have good legs.

I love that second link, but I'd look horrific in it!

Fairylea Thu 03-Jan-13 15:45:09

I started another thread about them on here today... I brought myself a couple from Asos but I'm really not sure if I'm just persuading myself they look nice because they're comfortable!

Thing is, skater dress encompasses a lot of different types of frock. Some awful and some great.

This and this are horrible and not for anyone over 19 and a size 8.

I have lots like this and they're fab and very flattering. I'm a curvy 12-14.

Also lovely

And this

This is beautiful if only for the flatter of chest.

As is this which I've kinda fallen in love with.

I'm still trying to makes sense of why I dislike them so much, but I think it's the cut, how ubiquitous they are. Like there is so little choice when shopping.

I am slim with ok legs but I don't think they suit me, but that's kind of fine because I'm not drawn to them anyway and would naturally skip this style when browsing around. Obviously there will be people who love them and suit them, so this thread isn't supposed to be another tunicgate! Just a lighthearted 'support group' for those of us that are sick to death of them.

There's also my cynical take on manufacturers here too. Scrimping on fabric, quality, design, etc. Laziness.

Bunny, that last link definitely is nice, but I would prefer the skirt part to flare a little less. I wonder if the overt girliness (twirl please!) is that thing which bothers me most.

Oh Bunny I think I love you for those links!

BadDog Thu 03-Jan-13 16:00:33

Yes. My cleaner wears them. Qed

NEVER look nice.

I agree with you on the ubiquity Toasted. As soon as any item becomes popular I go right off it.

Have no problem with the flared skirts though. Love that silhouette. 50's addict!

grin at MurderOfGoths.

BadDog Thu 03-Jan-13 16:02:51

And the thing is, if you are of limited bosom the fabric might just hang there like a sack, whilst fitting well on waist, etc. To work it well with small norks you'd have to wear a super tight fitting one, so again the choices are limited.

ChristmasNamechangeBridezilla Thu 03-Jan-13 16:04:24

I'm a size 8 with an F cup chest and this kind of style really suits me.

Agree it isn't very sophisticated though and don't think I would get away with it much out of my 20s.

Bunny, the 50's silhouette sure is lovely, but it ws never super mini length, was it? It still allowed you a certain degree of modesty. The shorter a flared skirt is, the more childlike it becomes, I think.

BadDog Thu 03-Jan-13 16:07:46

50s style all the time becomes a bit fancy dress though.

Absolutely. I could never wear the super short ones like *BadDog's link. Very TOWIE.

I only buy the ones like my first 'naice' linked one. Practically knee length on my 5'4 frame.

And it's not a style I would ever wear at night. Just the cute floral daytime ones.

BadDog Thu 03-Jan-13 16:09:02

Like the fatties who do bloody stripping and call it burlesque.


I'd love to wear 50s style all the time

I do actually like this one because it brings out my inner beatnik, but I am still wary of the quality:

"Like the fatties who do bloody stripping and call it burlesque."

Ah, you're one of those..

Fillybuster Thu 03-Jan-13 16:11:00

Toasted, you make an exceptionally fine fact, I get caught out on a regular basis, as I often sometimes think these dresses look quite nice on the hangar, get into the changing rooms and.....quelle horreur! shock shock

I should have learnt by now....size 10/12 but with 32E bust and slim legs (but a bit thick around the middle after 3 dcs) and I look truly horrendous in them. And they are always, always shorter on than I think they will be.

My confusion stems from my adoration of the tea dress - similar shape, but somewhat longer.....which does work for me (subject to a square or v neck).....

bamboostalks Thu 03-Jan-13 16:11:42

I need To look around More, haven't seen anyone even wearing them. Looks like a teenage thing to me.

But why would a fat person make you retch?
I have never understood the skinny= perfect crap. All sizes have their plus points surely?
I am thin, life is still shit. Fuck it!

Officedepot Thu 03-Jan-13 16:13:11

Oh I love them, I had a great one from Whistles which I wore until it got holes in. I love the nipped in waists and circle skirts, think they are really flattering on people with a waist, not too massive boobs and good legs.

Fillybuster I'm another tea dress fiend. Can't resist a ditsy print smile

Catch yerself on BadDog.

I am a complete short arse, most grown up clothes make me look like a little girl playing dressing up in her mother's clothes - clothes like this are quite a respectable length on me and because I am a 30G the stretchy material accommodates my huge norms without being drowned in fabric - so they work well for me. I have one, it is comfortable but a little boring. I really don't believe there aren't lots of different styles of dresses available.

What shape do you want op?

IwantaPetFox Thu 03-Jan-13 16:17:43

I love them, they suit me and I have loads of them! But agree they are becoming ubiquitous which must be annoying if you don't like them. Also agree that many of them are made out of horrible fabric. I have this one in three different colours - vv convenient for throwing on with opaque tights and a leather jacket for casual days. But I'm a pretty lazy dresser.

sweetkitty Thu 03-Jan-13 16:17:58

They are supposed to be the most flattering style of dress for me, I'm size 8, small of nork (thanks to BFing four DC) but am a size 10 around my thighs, bum and hips (I'm sure they belong to someone else).

Anyway I bought a 50s style dress, just above my knee for Christmas not something I would have worn and it was lovely, fitted top half but stuck ou to hide fat bum etc.

I was going to try a skater dress for the summer :S knee length probably.

Fillybuster Thu 03-Jan-13 16:23:08

Liking those links Bunny....ooh, its tricky.

I think the problem is more that this style, when stupidly short (genuine 'skater') isn't much use for anyone over 25. I've got very good legs, but wouldn't wear anything mid-thigh length, even over leggings, for work or the school run, so it doesn't have much of a place in my wardrobe, even if it does look good

If it is above the knee, it's not really a skater dress, even if Asos say it is. At that point, it's just a naice dress smile

TapselteerieO I'm not sure what shape I'm after really. I tend to wear jeans, pants or skirts these days, but do love a nice dress for certain occasions. I like a nipped in waist, but not ruched or elasticated, and perhaps a loose flare to the skirt. Perhaps I prefer something in-between the skater and the shift dress??

For all of you who love them (and I can see how petite shapes would capitalize on this now!) you are so bloody lucky cos they are everywhere! grin

It must be like the skinny jeans debate: if you don't like them there are so few other options in the shops.

sweetkitty They are supposed to suit my shape, too, but it never works out that way. More knee length options would be good, I agree.

Another one who adored tea dresses. I have a beautiful vintage one, unfortunately it no longer fits (tiny tiny waist), has a wonderful print on it though

strumpetpumpkin Thu 03-Jan-13 16:26:56

Im a very hourglass figure and i love this style. Accentuate my waist, show that I've got big tits rather than fat, and skim over my hips.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 03-Jan-13 16:30:29

> Looks like a teenage thing to me.
Spot on. Teen disco wear, specifically.

I was delighted when DD (13) chose a skater-style dress from New Look for the school disco - sale rail so only £8, perfect for something that may not get worn much - quite thick opaque fabric which hangs well, decently cut top, and suprisingly good on her somewhat plump, semi-developed form. She's got 'skaters' legs - not skinny, but quite muscular, I don't think this style suits skinny legs at all.

For grown ups - no, unless you are actually going skating!

BadDog Thu 03-Jan-13 16:33:32

agree - lovely on a lanky GIRL ( as most skaters are)

one look at bloody anthea turner doing PR for that skating talent show thing made me heave a little

FirstTimeForEverything Thu 03-Jan-13 16:39:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

That tea dress is lovely, my bosom wouldn't fill it though, I doubt sad

UterusUterusGhaLaLaLaLaLi Thu 03-Jan-13 16:50:45

I hate them too.

I think because they should suit me, and mags often laud them as a good way to cover ones enormous hips, but the look SHOCKING on me. Just. Awful.

Trying to find a dress recently it was all I could find.

I'm sure they're fine on teenagers.

scripsi Thu 03-Jan-13 16:56:07

They are very hit or miss for me and I can't tell what it is about the specific cut of the ones that do suit. One thing that is odd, is that like much of the stuff that sells out on the high street/online: I never see anyone wearing them. There seem to be secret clothes-wearing parties I am not invited to <social pariah emoticon>

True, I haven't seen many people wearing them either. Maybe this winter they've been hidden under coats?

I have one single skater style dress which suits: knee length, black, slash neck and 3/4 sleeves. Very Audrey Hepburn in style and quite funeral friendly. Sorry Audrey!

MrsDeVere Thu 03-Jan-13 18:03:02

I like them but like any other item of clothing - they have to FIT.

I have a couple of black ones and a teal one. I like the retro vibe.

I am very far from a teenager. Mind you, I have always worn what I want.

pinksquidge Thu 03-Jan-13 18:05:49

i love them!

am short and slim but with 32d norks and a rubbish untoned tummy but thin legs (youngest dc now 3, really should do something about it blush )

i have about 4 from topshop all in different colours, and they really flatter my shape, they emphasise my small-ish waist and completely skim over my tummy

pretty much every other dress style i have ever tried makes me look fat. sad

I have read that they are supposed to suit suit pear shapes like me but they make me look massive in the hips/bum, I tried a black knee length one with black opaques (my legs are admittedly not my best feature) it was very unflattering indeed. It did emphasize my waist (which is one of my best features) but made my top half seem very short and wide as well as my hips looking enormous. Will be sticking to straighter styles. I am possibly not the target demographic at 45 anyway.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Interesting you should say that because it has reminded me why the waist band on these frocks bothers me: I think the band is placed a bit high so that many of them are almost empire. This really chops the upper body at an odd point and makes the hips look higher (or where the average waist is supposed to lie instead).

Are you for real, baddog? confused

I was going to say, I'm not keen as they don't work for me, but not sure why all the vile comments.

I think you're right, hadn't thought of it like that, I find any dresses with an elastic waistband tend to creep slightly higher than is flattering as I walk in them, I need styles that curve into the waist rather than having an actual waistband for this reason.

Startail Thu 03-Jan-13 18:44:39

UABU totally and completely unreasonable and I don't care this is S&B

At long last their are feminine dresses with hips not tubes, that fit only anorexic bean poles and sacks that fit only rectangles. I don't know any rectangular women.

I'm a bit old and a bit plump for a cheap and cheerful skater dress, but they look great on DD1 and would have suited me pre DD2

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


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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