Does this dress look outdated?

(28 Posts)
WineGetsMeThroughIt Tue 04-May-21 10:44:49

I've had this Ted Baker dress for 6-7 years. I do love it and it looks great on. And still fits! I'm trying to make an effort to wear more of my clothes more often and would love to wear this dress again. Only thing is I'm 40, although I look far younger (not wanting to toot my own horn, but I'm very frequently told this as well). Do you think I could still pull this off if going out for cocktails in the summer? Or have the styles changed too much now that it's just not in style anymore? Or am I just too old? I'd pretty much wear it exactly how it is on the model. I have very similar little strappy shoes and black clutch handbag

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AnaViaSalamanca Tue 04-May-21 10:51:19

Why do you think you are too old? Come on even if you do look your age this dress would be OK. The model looks 40+ too actually.

These days the trendy dresses are shapeless with puffy sleeves which I don’t think look good on anyone

BlairWaldorfLovesShopping Tue 04-May-21 11:17:49

Considering how old it is, I don't think it looks very dated at all, and you could also dress it down with espadrilles or flat sandals. I thought it was going to be a bodycon mini dress before I opened the thread!

Tehmina23 Tue 04-May-21 11:18:51

It's a classic style so wouldnt look dated.

WineGetsMeThroughIt Tue 04-May-21 11:28:06

AnaViaSalamanca

Why do you think you are too old? Come on even if you do look your age this dress would be OK. The model looks 40+ too actually.

These days the trendy dresses are shapeless with puffy sleeves which I don’t think look good on anyone


I suppose just because it's a shorter style which I've not worn for a long time. I'm so used to flowy midi and maxi dresses I guess I haven't seen many shorter skater styles recently and then wondered if I'm just too old to wear them now 🤷🏼‍♀️

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WineGetsMeThroughIt Tue 04-May-21 11:30:35

BlairWaldorfLovesShopping

Considering how old it is, I don't think it looks very dated at all, and you could also dress it down with espadrilles or flat sandals. I thought it was going to be a bodycon mini dress before I opened the thread!


I tend to dress very classy and classic, so definitely no body con dresses lol. I do think it's still quite a classic looking dress, but suppose it's just so different to what I've used to been wearing the past couple years I wasn't sure if I'd stand out for the wrong reasons because it's not a style you see much of anymore

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stealingbeauty Tue 04-May-21 11:35:25

I don’t think it’s dated. It looks like a 60s style to me, so it’s more classic than dated. It’s lovely.

ZaraW Tue 04-May-21 11:55:35

It does look dated, but if you like it wear it.

ColdTattyWaitingForSummer Tue 04-May-21 11:57:24

It’s not my style, but it’s more retro than dated, and if you think you look good in it I’d say go for it!

ashmts Tue 04-May-21 12:17:12

I really like it but it probably is a bit dated. The dresses that are 'in fashion' are horrendous though, I hate the frills, tiers and the shapeless tent styles. Ugh. If you generally dress classic then stick with that and wear it. I wish this style of dress would come back, it's really flattering.

bananaboats Tue 04-May-21 12:43:39

I like the style but wouldn't say it's particularly fashionable at the moment.

dontgobaconmyheart Tue 04-May-21 19:35:23

I think the dress is nice and doesn't look 'dated' so much as is a vintage preppy sort of style in the first place. 40 isn't particularly old IMO.

For me it would be about where I'd wear it and with what footwear as I can't see how it could be worn casually. Depends what your current lifestyle is.

I'd certainly keep it and get wear out of it at some point for some sort of smart casual occasion, but probably wouldn't expect be popping out in in day to day.

Dozer Tue 04-May-21 19:37:11

Looks 60s/retro rather than ‘dated’, is fine!

userchange856 Tue 04-May-21 19:48:06

It's a bit Blair from Gossip Girl. Probably would depend how it was styled.

MommySharkDooDooDooDoo Tue 04-May-21 19:56:15

No, I don't think that's dated or that you are too old for it!

WineGetsMeThroughIt Tue 04-May-21 20:02:14

Thanks ladies. I'll be waiting for the perfect occasion to wear it again then. It's definitely a dressier type dress. The material and style would look terrible with a flat shoe - at least on me because I'm 5'4.

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willowstar Tue 04-May-21 20:24:34

I live in a small market town in the sticks and would absolutely wear this if I was out. It is a lovely style and shape. I am 47 though

FreekStar Tue 04-May-21 20:52:10

It's a nice dress- it's very a Ted Baker/Karen Millen type look which was popular a few years ago- but it's also a bit retro 60s looking too. It's not this years 'in look' but I don't think that matters. It will come back in fashion if you keep it long enough.

sHREDDIES19 Tue 04-May-21 21:29:39

Whoever dresses according to what’s ‘in’ needs to get a life!! If it looks nice and flatters the wearer, it’s a hit. End. Of.

Oly4 Tue 04-May-21 21:31:10

I love it. Current tiers and flounces are awful

TreesAndStuff Tue 04-May-21 22:37:21

I saw a VERY similar style dress in a high end high st shop last week, I'd say it's not dated at all.

ChubbyLittleManInACampervan Tue 04-May-21 22:43:56

It looks dated... but in a defiantly cool anti-fashion way grin

Zenithbear Tue 04-May-21 22:44:54

If I like something that's my style and looks fab on then I'm wearing it.

Quartz2208 Tue 04-May-21 22:59:01

AnaViaSalamanca

Why do you think you are too old? Come on even if you do look your age this dress would be OK. The model looks 40+ too actually.

These days the trendy dresses are shapeless with puffy sleeves which I don’t think look good on anyone

I think it’s Holly Willoughby so 40 now

Snackz Wed 05-May-21 12:37:51

sHREDDIES19

Whoever dresses according to what’s ‘in’ needs to get a life!! If it looks nice and flatters the wearer, it’s a hit. End. Of.

^ This!

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