An embarrassment of floral dresses, part 2

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Judd dress

I would totally wear this dress to a wedding or other fancy event.

sea dress

The two-different-sleeves thing is tricky, which is probably why this dress from Sea is marked way down, but I like the center ruching—so flattering.

baum1

This just looks so damned comfortable, and I’m always a fan of a drop waist..

rag dress

The black straps lend this option just the tiniest bit of edge.

rahi dress

Sweet and flirty, with a lovely asymmetrical hem.

saloni dress

I don’t typically like one-shoulder anything, but this Saloni dress is aces.

joie dress

A stealthily sexy choice—it’s all about the shoulders here.

lauren dress

Super-well-priced and totally office-ready.

marena dress

This could be toughened up (and covered up) with a shrunken leather jacket.

morgan dress

Red on red is nice and graphic, in a subtle way.

pink dress

I find this pink number to be very nearly irresistible.

other dress

There is something rather 70s about this flowy, bright confection.

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11 Thoughts on An embarrassment of floral dresses, part 2
    Maggie
    8 Jun 2018
    10:07am

    Grrr, of course all the ones I love are out of my budget 🙁

    I remember being able to find all these great hippie dresses for cheap back in the 90’s. My 90’s hippie self can’t justify paying $300 for a peasant dress.

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    Julia
    8 Jun 2018
    10:25am

    I HAVE to have that pink dress! Now I just have to figure out how I’m possibly going to save the money for it before it sells out.

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    Turner
    8 Jun 2018
    10:49am

    Love so many of these!

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    Heather
    8 Jun 2018
    10:56am

    Here is something I truly don’t understand, and if anyone has any insight, I would love to hear it: Why are there so many casual dresses that are incompatible with a normal brassiere?

    I understand wanting to look special in a party dress, and being willing to drag out the strapless/backless stuff to that end.

    But if a day- or work- dress comes in anything over, say, a size 4, the woman who wears it is overwhelmingly likely to have breasts large enough that going braless isn’t an option, so… why is the dress backless? Or a cross-back? Or with normal, bra-hiding straps in front, but a back so low a bra will show anyway? Or single-sleeved?

    I’m talking about the back of the bra — with the hooks and the rollover and the stretched elastic and the tag you keep in so you can remember what size you are in which brand — not the front or the straps, which we seem to have collectively decided don’t count as flashing your underwear to the world.

    This seems like such a remedial example of “serving your customer” and “designing for how real women live” that I never cease to be baffled by it. Does anyone know?

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      suz
      8 Jun 2018
      7:38pm

      I am also befuddled by this. My theory is that designers as usual are designing only for the size 2/4 customer – model size. The vintage dresses that I own that are the inspiration for these dresses – classic shapes really – all allow for undergarments. Only Ossie Clark was anti undergarments as far as I can tell in the world of vintage.

      I think we need more female designers with non stick figures to be designing. Designers who wear bras.

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        DeDe
        9 Jun 2018
        6:02pm

        And designers who are older than 30. I think that’s a big part of it, too.

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    Kathi
    8 Jun 2018
    2:23pm

    I love the embarrassment!!!

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    Gail
    8 Jun 2018
    7:26pm

    Kim, every time I see one of your posts about dresses I think – but have never said yet – thankyou so much for showing gorgeous dresses with grown up lady hemlines! As a lifelong knee-hider, it is such a relief to see midi lengths available everywhere, and these are all just so pretty. Especially the pink…

    I also have to agree with Heather about the bra-showing issue. For me it’s a low front that causes problems. I can’t not wear a bra, so I have to wear a cami underneath dresses with a low front so I’m not flashing my entire bra to the world. Every. Single. Time. Maybe it’s an age thing?!

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      Heather
      8 Jun 2018
      8:25pm

      I have given up on the front of the bra. Look at the front of my bra, world; I no longer care. Lace and faded stretch marks: Enjoy!

      But then, I no longer wear dresses in professional situations, either… for just that reason. So who’s winning here?

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    MeezStephanie
    9 Jun 2018
    9:25am

    I love this riot of colour. But I have to be honest: It’s a fine line between good and tacky when it comes to floral dresses, and the ones I’ve been seeing in person so far this spring (none of these) have looked very 1990s-bargain-store. Also, as a Girls of a Certain, I’m just not sure I can carry off the floral thing any more. Anyone have tips for that?

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    Carol
    9 Jun 2018
    5:55pm

    the 90s are back

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