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Is this dress frumpy or fab?

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fridgepants Wed 12-Mar-14 13:21:21


I love this shape in dresses but can't work out if it's too sofa.

MadBusLady Wed 12-Mar-14 13:42:58

I'd say nice, not frumpy as such (as long as you're reasonably tall because it looks long), but I wouldn't wear it on a hot date.

polyhymnia Wed 12-Mar-14 13:51:09

Very hard to tell without trying on I think but I personally would never wear a dress with a waist-tie which,to me, = frumpy.

Catnuzzle Wed 12-Mar-14 13:54:17

I like it!

PassNoRemark Wed 12-Mar-14 13:55:12

Frumpy IMHO - pattern is a bit small and fussy, material doesn't look great and as PP said, waist tie.

MadBusLady Wed 12-Mar-14 14:03:44

Ah, I was seeing the waist tie as an advantage. They make a massive difference if you're an hourglass, most dresses are cut too straight up and down.

HyvaPaiva Wed 12-Mar-14 14:08:17

The pattern is frumpy and it's viscose so I'm not a fan, sorry.

AndTwoBits Wed 12-Mar-14 14:14:50

I too think the pattern is frumpy sorry op.

SinglePringle Wed 12-Mar-14 14:19:41

Pattern and shape are frumpy.

PassNoRemark Wed 12-Mar-14 14:25:20

Worth getting a tiny sewing machine and learning how to put a small dart in the front of a dress to nip them in a bit? It's not as tricky as it sounds, I promise!

Waist ties are not frumpy.

The dress is though.

Ps I dare you all to go and find grannies or carefree women in tie waists...good luck rolls eyes

floofyapogo Wed 12-Mar-14 14:30:58

Frumpy - it looks like that shape Boden love to wreck dresses with, where it goes all flarey to make your arse huge (or maybe that's just me). Better to have a tighter, straight skirt to it - the pattern's OK for just day to day, it's the shape that's wrong.

floofyapogo Wed 12-Mar-14 14:35:53

I think this sort of shape is better, but I'm a 12-14:,mon_1.2/5532206108

Monty27 Wed 12-Mar-14 14:39:55

Not sofa at all, curtains. Don't like it. And I'm old. smile

fridgepants Wed 12-Mar-14 14:40:11

I am an hourglass, so a big fan of waist ties, as long as they tie at the back. If I put in a dart at the front, there would be no room for my chest on something that's designed to be fitted up top. I need dresses to be either full-skirted or pencil - anything straight cut looks wrong. My favourite is the fishtail type style which was popular in the fifties, but it's hard to find.

Monsoon can be really hit or miss when it comes to viscose jersey - some of it is so thin.

bonkersLFDT20 Wed 12-Mar-14 14:47:28

It would look really frumpy on me - the fabric, the style of the top and arms.

madammecholet Wed 12-Mar-14 14:49:25


DaftSkunk Wed 12-Mar-14 14:53:37

The print is a bit frumpy sorry.

noswingpark Wed 12-Mar-14 14:57:47

I love it sad didn't realise that waist ties were a no go. I've always felt that they nip in my curvy shape.

SauceForTheGander Wed 12-Mar-14 14:58:18

You're right Monsoon is really hit and miss.

I know the look you're going for and not sure this dress has it - though it's styled badly and even that model isn't convinced by it.

I love the cool tea dress look - maybe a thick belt to cinch the waist?

polyhymnia Wed 12-Mar-14 15:06:34

I am a large but 'in proportion' hourglass and the reason I hate waist ties is they immediately conjure up visions of 'Evans Outsizes' ' dresses!

I'm all for definition at waist but want that properly done, by the cut of the dress ( and maybe emphasised with a nice belt), not by waist ties.

floofyapogo Wed 12-Mar-14 15:14:42

What's the difference between pencil and straight? I don't like that whoofing out flaring business, but when I said straight, maybe I meant pencil? I'm confused now.

I agree on waist ties being rubbish and I'm 'hourglass' (fat).

Lj8893 Wed 12-Mar-14 15:18:20

Depends on your age I think.

Under 30: could be fab with right accessories

30-60: probably frumpy

60+: could be fab with the right accessories

noddyholder Wed 12-Mar-14 15:31:54


Nocomet Wed 12-Mar-14 15:47:03

For that price it's worth a try.
Monsoon length and quality are hit and miss.

Agree as a big arsed size 16 that waist ties are frumpy but very useful. Straight dresses that go over my hips are a size too big on top.

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