Wednesday, June 20, 2007

"Ma'am, do you have a permit to pitch your tent dress here?"

Just found out (the hard way) that no matter how much I love the silhouette, tent dresses are not for me.

I tried one on that was similar to this:

And I found out that with my big boobs and short stature, the garment name becomes depressingly literal: in seconds, I went from budding fashionista to utilitarian outdoor shelter for a small family.

I took it off quickly, worried that a park ranger might come by the Nordstrom dressing room and fine me for straying from the designated camping area.

Oh well, I'm more of a hotel girl anyway.

Theory "Viv" dress,


Queen Michelle said...

Ah yes, boobs can act as actual tent poles where such dresses are concerned. An empire line will serve you much better me thinks - show off those puppies!

Laura V said...

yeah, tent dresses and I don't get along for that very reason! and putting a belt on doesn't help; it ends up making me look like two fat sausage links.

i've seen tent dresses look good on some women, but i am NOT one of them.

tiff said...

I'm not 100% convinced that dress looks good on anyone! A hem that starts above the boobs? I saw this at Gap and scoffed.

ambika said...

Word. Also? What tiff said.

-S said...

let's face it. they are biult for a 12 year old's body.

Maddy said...

Yeah, if you don't have a luscious ten-year-old-boy body like myself, then tent dresses are not your friend. I don't think that's any big loss though. I personally don't like them, and I think every girl looks better if her dress gives her a waist.

Trisha from Omiru: Style for All said...

You might be able to save these tent dresses by wearing a wide belt right below the bustline. It'll at least give you some shape :)

Anonymous said...

First off, the title cracks me up. And I shmyphathize with your whole looks delicious on the rack but terrible on thing. I went through the same thing with babydoll dresses, and my mom sniffed and was all "you look preggers" ha.

daddylikeyblog said...

Queen Michelle-
I couldn't have put it better myself (and didn't)--my boobs were definitely acting as tent poles.

Totally share your babydoll dress pregnancy issues. Still, they're so cute that I try at least one on every time I go shopping and then I'm like, "oh yeah. damn."

Peajai said...

Lane Bryant has a "dress" similar to this that I love. The big difference is it has an empire waist, and I think it is very flattering on me. I put "dress" in quotation marks however, because even though they call it a dress, I hesitate to wear it even around the house without pants on. It's definitely a case for showing Jesus your chocha, especially for a full-figured lady like myself.

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