Well, I Guess It’s Time To Wrap This Up, Then

by Erin on April 29, 2008

Miu Miu Fall 08 runway show

Yes, I did see the NYT article about the "demise of the dress". (I was actually surprised that the story didn't make the NYT's most-forwarded list, since so many people sent it to me!)

The main point of the article seemed to be that those in the fashion industry are tired of dresses, and are looking towards pushing "the pant" for fall. Yes, even though the article touts dresses as "glamorous", "easy", "slimming", "efficient", "flattering", and "attractive", (not to mention the obligatory nod to the patriarchy with "guys like [them]") their time is UP.

In fact, Anne Slowey, of Elle, was quoted saying that the "expiration date" for the dress “is end of August.”

Which gives me, what, 124 days, more or less? Is "PantADay.com" already taken?

No, no, no, don't worry — I've made it this far without taking the pronouncements of the fashion editors seriously, and I think I can struggle through an autumn where "the full-legged, pleated high- and low-waisted legions will be out in the urban jungle" (as Ms. Slowey put it).

But if, like me, you are going to continue wearing dresses past 31 August, there are some strategies for getting through this difficult time of dress shortages and rationing. The most obvious work-around is to learn to sew, so that you simply don't care what's in the stores (aside from the fabric stores). If you don't think you can swing that by the end of August, you should start looking to buy vintage. Don't wait until October when the shortages will be most acute; start searching now — especially if you're an odd size. If you are shopping for velvet in July you won't have many competing bidders, and you can ward off the tragedy of having to wear pants to all your holiday parties.

Don't forget the downturn in accessories availability that accompanies a dress shortage, as well: tights may be in short supply, along with slips of all kinds and full-skirted coats. It's a little trickier to predict what will happen with shoes, but if you want taller boots, they tend to be harder to find in an environment where dresses are scarce.

With some careful planning you should be able to continue dress-wearing activities well past the expiration date forecast by Ms. Slowey and her ilk. And, while they're waiting in line at the tailor to get things taken in and let out and taken up and let down (pants are notoriously NOT one-size-fits-all), you can swan by in your easy, nicely-fitting dress. Don't forget to thumb your nose as you pass.

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Hyena In Petticoats April 29, 2008 at 9:07 am

If all the fashionistas are going to start wearing pants, then I’m going to start wearing ballgowns in the afternoon. Who’s with me? I shan’t panic just yet. Have tights, can sew, own shoes and boots. Safe. For now……Leah xxxx

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Deirdre April 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

Aren’t slips already in short supply? I love love love my slip that is actually shorts, and I had two pair but I’ve lost one pair and I can’t find this kind of slip in any of the department stores.Any help.Oh, and the demise of the dress? *snort* As if.

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Hana (in Brno) April 29, 2008 at 9:22 am

I am officially out of fashion. I’m planning to sew some dresses this year and start wearing them (that is, wear much more dresses than I ever used to, because now I’m finally confident enough with my sewing skills and can make them custom for myself).Plus, I agree that pants are NOT one-size-fits-all. Definitely not me. They always forget to include narrow-waisted broader-hipped women in their sizes.

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Lydia April 29, 2008 at 9:24 am

Oh please. I set my own fashion standard and to hell with what’s on the catwalks. Anecdote: When I was in Italy last summer, I got compliments on how I dressed. From total strangers. In the Galleria. In MILAN. I think I’m justified in my refusal to bow to the mercurial dictates of Couture. Deirdre, for split skirt slips, try Vermont Country Store. –Lydia

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libby April 29, 2008 at 9:37 am

Ykes! A dress shortage? Where’s FDR when you need him? We may have to start a clandestine WPA dress project in the fall. (somewhere in central Nevada perhaps)Stay tuned…

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Mcfilibuster April 29, 2008 at 9:37 am

Hmmm. After thousands of years of dresses, August of 2008 is the end? Oh no. I’m scared. Also, isn’t it a little stupid that they threw in a snarky comment about people who wear dresses for religious reasons? There is no way that Ms. Slowey is going to tear down entire subcultures with her prediction of the immediate future of fashion. People wear dresses for good reasons, not just because someone tells them it is cool at the moment.

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Nora April 29, 2008 at 9:55 am

They seriously gave women a hard time for wearing dresses for religious reasons? Certainly I shudder at the dresses the FLDS women wear (and the fact that they are color-coded by household/husband or something), but I would certainly defend to the death their right to wear them. Ditto: leggings, crocs, even – yes – ugg boots. (Well, until I become a big animal-rightsist). Let people wear what makes them happy! I object more to everyone wearing X because some “expert” told them to (and to the way that feeds into market capitalism, excess and waste – though I won’t cast any stones on that one given the way I’ve been buying fabric lately). Isn’t Fashion, as demonstrated here, just a set of dictates handed down from on high, i.e. just another kind of religion? Erin, thanks for the warning about the implications re: tights. This was a pretty good year for tights (and tall boots, which I also adore, but tights are a much more affordable indulgence) after a relative drought. I’d better lay in a stock (or hit the spring sales)!

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 9:59 am

lol ballgowns in the afternoon, I love it! I left school before my countries equivilent of prom so would be delighted by the oppurtunity… :PAnyone else dislike the element of sleeze in that guy persons article? Especially where he commented on Ms. Sloweys comment about pants being easier to cross your legs in. Got some ick vibes from that comment *shudder*I’m unlikely to ever give up my bellbottoms or my dresses at any point. I enjoy them both far too much. But have no fear… they say at the beginning that “three years of women in dresses is enough” and we’ve been at it for well more than that so I think we needn’t fear their loss just yet. Even still. Never hurts to be prepared…

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lucitebox April 29, 2008 at 10:07 am

Haven’t most of us been wearing dresses since we were what–six months old? Give me a break, Ms. Slowey. And, tell me where I can find any pants that do fit a size 10 lady body with curves because I cannot find them!PantAday.com–it just doesn’t have the same ring as dressaday.com, now does it?

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Thoughts on Life and Millinery. April 29, 2008 at 10:10 am

A year ago I shopped Nordstroms and begged to be shown some dresses appropriate for a garden luncheon or summer day. The sales people raised their brows at me and trotted in a DVF heavy wrap dress in black. I *told them* to get busy reading Dressaday, and to stock up on colorful dresses ASAP.Last Friday I was back. They apparently had listened; there were dresses as far as the eye could see. It is well worth it to speak up at your favorite stores about what you like. DressesDressesDressesDresses….Say it loud, say it proud.

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Thoughts on Life and Millinery. April 29, 2008 at 10:10 am

A year ago I shopped Nordstroms and begged to be shown some dresses appropriate for a garden luncheon or summer day. The sales people raised their brows at me and trotted in a DVF heavy wrap dress in black. I *told them* to get busy reading Dressaday, and to stock up on colorful dresses ASAP.Last Friday I was back. They apparently had listened; there were dresses as far as the eye could see. It is well worth it to speak up at your favorite stores about what you like. DressesDressesDressesDresses….Say it loud, say it proud.

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Theresa April 29, 2008 at 10:18 am

GAdzook! I will wear ballgowns too! And I am going on a tight/slip buying binge.

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Viviene April 29, 2008 at 10:35 am

As my 10-1/2-year old daughter told the fashion bully at school, “I don’t follow fashion. I make fashion.” Ms. Slowey be darned. I love my dresses and no one tells me how to dress.As to PantADay.com is it just me or does that sound like a daily dose of porn rather than trousers?

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Cookie April 29, 2008 at 10:43 am

I think we have to agree now: NO HORDING! And perhaps we can organize a “Give a Dress to a Needy Cause” drop off center, in case some people are caught in an emergency without one? (And remember: some long dresses can be shortened into less formal ones in a pinch, just leave as deep a hem as possible.) I would also suggest creating a trick-back closet or other secret hiding place for our dresses within the home, in case these fashionistas intensify their reign of terror into a house-to-house search.

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Christy April 29, 2008 at 10:54 am

I’m always a late arrival when it comes to fashion trends. It makes perfect sense that I have declared this the No Pants Summer for myself, just in time for dresses to fall out of fashion. Perhaps I will need to declare a No Pants Fall out of sheer rebellion….

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Toby Wollin April 29, 2008 at 11:05 am

Thanks, Cookie for the comment about hoarding. After reading the article, all I could think of was the situation out on the West Coast with rice in Costco and WalMart. I also had a horrific vision of going to my closet on the fated day in August and seeing my dresses all dis-apparate before my eyes, leaving me with nothing but pants(and perhaps panting as well). Why should a thoroughly sensible, lovely, attractive garment type disappear just because Ms. Slowey has decided that it’s ‘had its run’ and she wants to move on to something else? Not in my closet, it doesn’t.

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stepha April 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

I had no idea. Good to know, and I really appreciate the heads up. I now know what I need to be gleaning from my thrift stores right now… Velvet in July will be a fun project… So will wearing floating, draping, whipping, whirling, sliding pretty dresses this winter amongst millions of panted legs.

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Jessica April 29, 2008 at 11:20 am

Well if those things you have pictured are what the fashion police are trying to be rid of then so be it. Gaahh! And the pushed up leggings peeking out!?!As for me I have at least three more dresses and a pile of skirts planned. I managed to get a copy of Butterick 6541 (the wraparound scallops) and am thinking of making it up in denim and wearing it with turtlenecks this winter. I’m also considering redrafting the top to allow for sleeves for a nice wool version.

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Leizel April 29, 2008 at 11:26 am

Thank god I live in a place where all the stores are behind fashion by 2 years.

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Lexy April 29, 2008 at 11:28 am

With any luck the demise of the dress will mean that fashion slaves will be dropping their dresses off at consignment stores by the armful for me to pick up.Thanks Ms Slowey!

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La BellaDonna April 29, 2008 at 11:44 am

Deirdre, I second the Vermont Country Store, where I suspect one could even find Dresses, if the hoarders are successful elsewhere! I also suggest you google “pettipants;” two of the companies that turned up were:http://www.underworks.com/pettipants/ – they offered both all-cotton and nylon, in different lengths – including a long-legged cotton panty for those of us whose thighs rub! They also have full-length slips.http://www.rufflesnlace.com/RufflesNLace_home.html – These seem geared to country-western dancing, but I have to say, I think the idea of frilly pantalettes under dresses is mighty cute! I think if I were in a religious group that required dresses, and it was permitted, I’d be buying those frilly pantalettes!In the meantime, Good Luck if the fashionistas think they’re going to get my dresses. I’m armed, and willing to skewer them like shishkebabs on my sabers, hew them with my ax, and bludgeon them with handy bits and bobs. I’d be happy to deconstruct them with a pair of Gingher pinking shears, no problem.Puh-lease. Because, of course, in the current economy, spending our energy running around like nuts trying to find pants that fit makes so much sense. Yeah, especially for pears and hourglasses, who are more limited in the trouser possibilities than their sister Rulers and Vs. If we could wear ethnic trousers, we probably could find something – something full-legged with a drawstring, or a pair of bias-cut churidars – but that’s not what the fashionistas want; they want us to blind the unsuspecting with the vision of pinstripes skewing crazily around our curves, and entertain folks with the ridiculous picture of full bosoms perched on top of highwaisted trousers.Lexy, that’s an awfully good point! We dress-wearers can hover like tasteful vultures near our favorite thrift stores, waiting for the “fashionables” to drop off their dresses!I’m so happy that I have a lovely array of boots. Bless the young woman at my local pharmacy who orders my everyday tights by the half-dozen for me – I know she’ll come through!

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When Ladies Dressed April 29, 2008 at 12:07 pm

LOL – My closet is well stocked with dresses and skirts. I have over 300 patterns, of which 75% are dresses and the rest skirts and blouses… I think I can sustain the fall out for, er, probably the remainder of my days on this planet! LOL

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wundermary April 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Oh, blahbiddy blah blah blah. I can see all of those poor never-done-anything-myself people milling like cattle, never even thinking of going to a fabric store. Much like they’d starve in a food shortage because there wasn’t anything in the refridgerator.I am perennially armed with tights and boots: I do not fear this predicted dress armageddon.

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Little Hunting Creek April 29, 2008 at 12:36 pm

I could have sworn I heard the what not to wear dictators saying NO pleated pants! Never! And now they want pleated trousers? They are such slaves to the military-fashionista-industrial complex. I can now think of myself as part of the fashion Rebel Alliance. I sew, I wear skirts and dresses, and now wearing a dress will be our equivalent of a secret handshake:)

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vespabelle April 29, 2008 at 12:42 pm

I HATE, HATE, HATE the word “pant.” I’m okay with pants, and trousers, and jeans but not “pant.”

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Andrea April 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm

As someone who has dropped 4 dresses in a year, I gotta say this frightens me. I need an entire wardrobe! I sew, but not fast enough. I’ve been walking out of department stores empty-handed! If all the dresses disappear, it will be even worse. I now have a better appreciation for my aunt, who wore her classic 1960′s Chanel suits every day until her death in the late 80′s. If you have a wardrobe of classic, you never go out of style, while the fads will be gone in one season.

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DivaJean April 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm

There’s a HUGE difference between “fashion” and “style.”Fashion turns on dime- and those who are slaves to it often play or look the fool. People who hang out here are more about style IMHO. We think about what effect we want from our clothes and how it makes us feel.

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Andrea April 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm

I meant to say “dropped 4 dress sizes in a year”

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When Ladies Dressed April 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm

OMG Kathleen – how hilarious! The Fashion Rebel Alliance (FRA) with a secret handshake! Quick, I’ll host the first meeting in my basement – ! LOL

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Amy G. April 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Well, thank goodness for thrift stores, then. Everyone who follows the Slowey Faith will be dumping their dresses, and we can all stock up at bargain prices. For now, it’s 50-lb. bags of rice and bargeloads of dresses for all! To the shops!

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Fiddle-dee-dee! Skirts and dresses for me, no matter what some reporter is “predicting”. (Aren’t reporters supposed to report on current news rather than trying to influence the outcome?) This is an opportunity to vote with our dollars, ladies!-Shaun

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Anna April 29, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Uh. And I who planned to give up pants for good. I am too oddly proportioned ever to buy pants, and though I – after many years of pants-sewing – finally have a nearly perfect pants-pattern, sewing pants is so tidious and unrewarding. Nope, I will stick to dresses and skirts.

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm

What utter nonsense!And for crying out loud I wish people would get their history a little closer to correct. LIW would not have worn anything at all like the FLDS dresses as an adult. Not remotely. Those dresses bear a passing resemblance to what was worn by little girls in Laura’s day but far from the adult women’s fashions (styles, if you prefer) of the late 1870s and 1880s. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine as both a modest-dressing Christian and a historian when people use LIW as an insult to that method of dressing (FLDS or any other modest, ie long, clothing choices.) -Mrs. G

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm

What utter nonsense!And for crying out loud I wish people would get their history a little closer to correct. LIW would not have worn anything at all like the FLDS dresses as an adult. Not remotely. Those dresses bear a passing resemblance to what was worn by little girls in Laura’s day but far from the adult women’s fashions (styles, if you prefer) of the late 1870s and 1880s. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine as both a modest-dressing Christian and a historian when people use LIW as an insult to that method of dressing (FLDS or any other modest, ie long, clothing choices.) -Mrs. G

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Rose April 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Has anyone ever seen a person dressed like the ones on the fahion runway? At the supermarket perhaps? Picking up the kids from school or at a soccer game. HMMM, me neither. Dresses are a glourious traditon thet belongs to women, no one’s going to tell me to stop wearing them. Fashion, I like what I like, not what I’m told I like.

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EmilyJ April 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Well, looking on the bright side the predicted dress shortage sounds like the perfect excuse for a mega dress-shopping fix! Don’t know if this is related at all, but I’m having real problems buying skirts this season – they’re all so short! I spent sunday trying to find something knee-lengthish and swishy, and there was nothing but minis to be found. Now I’m only in my mid 20s, but I’m a uk 14 – not huge I know, but I don’t want to be flashing my thighs to the world all summer. Better get sewing I suppose! Rant over!

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Well, I have to agree with everything that has been said and today I have enjoyed the comments as much as Erin’s post. Not only are you devoted to skirts/dresses (as am I) but you are all a witty as ever.Rock on!Patricia

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kagitsune April 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Silly editor people. xD I love how you wrote today’s post like semi-serious warning about shortages and rationing…very funny. :DJust to spite the silly forecaster trend people, I’m going to start lining up a list of summer dresses to sew up! >:3 Yay, for youthful rebellious tendencies! xDBut really, I ought to be focusing on making tights and coats and scarves, too… I’m moving up north to go to college… >.<

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kagitsune April 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Oh, and by the way… look at what the Sartorialist put up today:http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/2008/04/at-hyereslouise-south-of-france.htmlOh, look. It’s a dress. A long, beautiful, flowing, colorful *dress*. ^^I think I’ll be following Sart’s advice *much* past August. >:3

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Linda April 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm

LOL! I loved your entry today. I especially liked the last line.How convenient that the demise of the dress will be in late August or early September. That is exactly when I start wearing pants more often….to keep WARM, not follow some fashion trend. Sheesh.

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daisyfairbanks April 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Truly fashionable people don’t blindly follow what some paid style slave in NY tells them to anyway. And the idea that we wear dresses to please the skeeve’s right to ogle us on the street? Hardly.

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astrojen April 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Honestly, Ms. Slowley obviously works for a major clothing manufacturer or is taking kick backs on the side. The plain truth goes back to something totally removed from fashion as I see it. If’s called MONEY. Why on earth produce beautiful garments that require much more time and yards more material when you can laser cut a zillion pants at a time? No fussing with tricky pattern pieces or a variety of different zippers, hooks and buttons ( lord help them iftheywere covered ). Truely that is what brought the unfortunate demise of the full skirt and dress. Ms. Slowley has been out of touch with the general woman I think. A few will follow anything. I dare say most women love feeling feminine and pretty. Now let’s see which makes us feel like that? A dress? Pants? Dress? Pants? Its nice to know that common sense plays no part in decision making at the top of the fashion ivory tower.I might be all wet, but the dresses we love to share thoughts of are and will always remain very stylish and are beacons of our feminity. Ms. Slowley can keep her pants.

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm

I say we all wear dresses on September 1 and call it the ‘Dress A Day Dress Day.’ or something less wordy. Sorry, I’m a bit tired.-Anj

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Like Christy, I had decided to make a lot of dresses for the summer – and still plan to. And I like Anj’s idea of all wearing a dress on Sept. 1st. The arrogance of these fashion dictators is so infuriating it does make one wish for some kind of rebellion, doesn’t it? I was actually in the mall yesterday (sooo painful – found not one dress or blouse I liked) and overheard some women talking about what to wear to a graduation. One talked about dresses and the other pointed out that everyone wears such casual clothes these days. The first lady said she intended to put on her dress and heels and go anyway. Yay for her – showing some respect for the day! And thanks for the above links about slips and such. This site and its patrons are so great!Dawn

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Kat April 29, 2008 at 6:42 pm

And send in photos!

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Anonymous April 29, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Amen to Anj! Erin, do make is official!-Mrs. G

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Ivy Frozen April 29, 2008 at 9:07 pm

I third/fourth/fifth? Anj’s idea. Septemer 1st = Dress a Day Day. Be a rebel; wear a dress. And take photos. In other words, it’ll be just like any other day. As for the shortage, I stocked up on tights and ridiculously tall socks at the end of season sales. If not, I doubt We Love Colors and Sock Dreams will let me down. & since I design and make my own clothes from recycled materials (including pants), I think I’m covered for the shortage.la belladonna, I love wearing bloomers under my fuller-skirted dresses. (I don’t typically wear anything long enough to warrent pantaloons, otherwise I would rock pantaloons too.) Almost makes me want my dress to fly up to flash some bloomer. Almost.

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Kristy April 29, 2008 at 9:09 pm

actually I think this could be a good thing – all those ugly and shapeless smock dresses will be out of the stores, the hordes of blind fashion followers will stop wearing ugly dresses and will be wearing pants instead, leaving those of us that wear and/or sew dresses to stand out from the crowds and look even better!

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lucitebox April 29, 2008 at 9:47 pm

YES! Let’s have a Dress a Day Day! Erin, if anyone could pull off a coup d’tat on Ms. Slowey and her regime, it’s you! Plus, it would be AWESOME to see photos of readers in their frocks. Let’s get medieval on those fashion dictators, gals, shall we? I’m armed with my favorite vintage stash of dresses. Which one shall I choose? Decisions, decisions.

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Ju April 30, 2008 at 12:13 am

Erin, this reminds me that I had been meaning to email you to ask you to post about tights sometime (the way you sometimes digress into slips, shoes or purses. All welcome “digressions”.)Do you have favorite brands? Do you have tips for sizes or material? I just bought a really lovely pair of tights in Paris, but didn’t want to buy extra pairs of untried tights. Now that I’ve tried them, I wish I had bought more, and am wondering where to buy good tights in the States. My history with tights has been hit or miss.

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Jujubee April 30, 2008 at 1:16 am

I always wonder in what world fashion editors and designers live in. Certainly not the real world. The latest fashions are always so ridiculous looking!I agree with an earlier comment that style and fashion are two completely different things. Style is timeless. Fashion isn’t.

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The solemn cat April 30, 2008 at 6:00 am

I had thought I’d been a little over-enthusiastic buying fabric lately. But now it seems sensible!And if any fashionista declares my dresses passe, well I’m armed and dangerous with a quick unpick!

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Eirlys April 30, 2008 at 7:45 am

La Bella Donna, I love your body-shape descriptions, but for the hard of understanding (such as me) can you explain what “rulers” and “Vs” are? I THINK I know, but would like to know that I know. D’ya mean straight-up-and-down and broad-shouldered/slim hipped respectively? Many thanks.

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Cindy April 30, 2008 at 8:00 am

Why the pant promotion? NY Times has mentioned several times in the last year that “a pair of jeans is the new black dress.” Who doesn’t feel better about themselves in a dress?

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Anonymous April 30, 2008 at 8:05 am

Fashion designers and editors come up with what’s in and what’s out of fashion to make money. They are stating pants will be ‘in’ because they want everyone to rush out and buy the ‘new style’ pants. The fashion insecure will take this as gospel and rush out and buy them, whether they suit them or not. People who know their own style and know who they are, wear what suits them. There is a style of dress to suit most women.I also vote for a national dress day in September. We will show them! Janet

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Stephanie April 30, 2008 at 8:59 am

Bah! I’ll not stop wearing dresses.

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Theresa April 30, 2008 at 9:02 am

I don’t mind that Katherine Hepburn pants are in style — at least I will see less but crack (I hope) after August 30. I’m a V bit I stick to dresses. I’m short and look less dumpy in dresses.

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Lauriana April 30, 2008 at 9:34 am

Of course I agree with everyone else that this ‘fashion dictate’ is utter nonsense. I, also, have a huge list of dresses I plan to make this summer. And even a one I want to make for winter. I make my own patterns so even that won’t be a problem. I used to wear big skirts before they got to be fashionable (I didn’t sew much back then, so I would stock up on skirts during the post-holiday sales and shop at goth stores), and now I’ll wear dresses after the fashion! I will by, the way, wear some of those Hepburn-style trousers as well, the style suits me and it’s more convenient when cycling against the wind. Oh, and September 1: Dress A Day Day? Count me in!

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Sue April 30, 2008 at 9:36 am

Nonsense, what is a girl without a good frock!!!Pah bah and humbug…..Rifling through my vintage pattern stash now :-)

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Sue April 30, 2008 at 9:36 am

Nonsense, what is a girl without a good frock!!!Pah bah and humbug…..Rifling through my vintage pattern stash now :-)

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lorrwill April 30, 2008 at 9:46 am

p-shah. More inspiration to not wear pants at all for me. I just really have a problem doing what everyone else is doing at the moment. So there, so called fashion experts.LONG LIVE THE DRESS!

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lorrwill April 30, 2008 at 10:00 am

Marking my calendar for Sept 1 Dress Day and proudly adding my name to the roll call of the Fashion Rebel Alliance!(Somebody print t-shirts, please)

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Allison April 30, 2008 at 10:24 am

@ lorrwill: not T-shirts! Cardigans, with the FRA logo embroidered on the chest. T-shirts are hard to wear with dresses. But by September some of us might be needing cardigans to combat climate or climate-controlled spaces. :-)

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Deirdre April 30, 2008 at 11:04 am

Thank you Lydia for the suggestion to get the split skirt slip! Now that I know it’s actual name, I googled it and found LOADS! Yeah!It’s the only slip I wear under skirts — it keeps my thighs from chaffing!

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Adaora A. April 30, 2008 at 11:52 am

They can go to hell. I won’t be caught dead in pants outside of the gym and at work. I don’t care what they say, I’ll keep wearing my dresses anyway. Since when are they the law of the land? I work in retail and more dresses then anything else are coming in on a daily basis. I have more then enough tights and leggings to see my skirts and dresses through the winter.

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Jenna April 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm

I can kinda understand the thought behind the death of the dress idea. Frankly, most of the dresses I see in the store I wouldn’t be caught dead in. They’re cute if you’re 5’2, an A cup, and tiny… but god forbid you have hips, tits, or (shudder) height.Puts me (6’1, G cup with god “child-baring” hips) at a dissadvantage. I’ve already been making myself clothes for years, looks like I need to start stocking up on the tights and hose though.I’ll keep my dresses thanks. Glad to know I won’ be alone.

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Anonymous April 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm

The designers aren’t tired, they are lazy! That thing on the runway is a t-shirt with plastic pop can joiners over it.If they’d make something like a nice Shirt Dress!!!! Maybe somebody would buy a dress and wear it!I’ll wear a dress but not pop can holders, a t-shirt, and a do-rag! :)

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Anonymous April 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Who even cares what is in the fabric stores… any serious seamstess has a fabric stash that should last until dresses come back in again!

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SE April 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Someone should tell the (relatively) new http://www.shabbyapple.com that the dress is dead. It is all they sell. They don’t have many, but they all share the valued attribute of _not_ having necklines that plunge to your navel.And, by the way, none of this makes any sense to me because every shop I’ve been in this fall (Nordstrom’s, Benetton, Hugo Boss, etc.) all are chock full of dresses.

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jen April 30, 2008 at 5:41 pm

i too tend to ignore what fashion editors have to say. so much of what’s trendy is gross and when something i like becomes trendy, well i’m just glad i can find it in stores! anyhow, how many times have we all heard “black is back” or such and such “is the new black.” i mean, *snore!* the dress is on my list of favorite clothing items and i certainly don’t plan on not wearing them!great post, btw. (and it’s fun learning your “triggers”)

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Minya, Warrior Seamstress April 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

I can’t take the article seriously. Someone saying “pant” instead of “pants” makes me picture half a pair–imagine all the fashion slaves walking around in a single pantleg this fall. Won’t they get cold? Will they have to wear both a right pant & a left pant to avoid arrest? Will each pant have to match the other?My split skirt slip came from National Wholesale. I hope they bring back bra slips this summer.

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Anonymous May 1, 2008 at 2:19 pm

sign me up for sept 1st and just for extra umph it’ll be a shirtdress……if erin left us any

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Sharon May 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm

I read it too and thought it was so silly. I have always worn dresses, and there will always be places to buy them.I just went to Seattle for a business trip. Baltimore Washington airport to Seattle, then Seattle to Midway to Baltimore. I looked. I swear, all five airports, I was the ONLY woman in a dress. Even the East Asian women had dress like tunics over pants.

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Jonquil May 1, 2008 at 2:52 pm

I have never forgotten the Spring in the nineties when Fashion decreed that the colors were lime green, lemon yellow, and orange orange. Mostly fluorescent versions.There are women who look good in those tones, but I’m not one of them.I stuck to what I had until the insanity passed.P.S. I am currently buying a girl’s bike with a chain guard (Electra Townie) so that I can commute with my skirts a-flying.

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La BellaDonna May 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Minya, do you mean slips-with-bra-shaped-tops, or slips with ACTUAL bras in them? I believe the first website I listed at least has full-length slips with the shaped tops; I would despair, personally, of trying to find a bra-that-fit attached to a slip-that-fit! I have, however, made my own, and a nice long time-consuming project that was! It could more easily be made with a modern bra pattern which has been adjusted to fit; mine was made using the top part of a gored-top-corset pattern, made after the fashion of an apron-front Regency dress.Mrs. G, OH, how I so agree with you! First off, why do people feel compelled and/or justified in commenting on someones dress, just because it is NOT either terribly short or terribly low? It would be thought terribly rude if the speaker came up to someone in a short and/or lowcut dress and said, How much? but nobody seems to realize that its just as rude to make comments on a dress thats either longer or higher-necked than dresses they might choose to wear themselves. And, invariably, the unwelcome speaker makes a reference to an era that he or she KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT!!! Oh, how well theyd be served with a nice, polite, educational lecture about the period and/or periods referenced, with possibly a side trip into the sartorial choices of other ethnic and/or religious groups! As their eyes glaze over, and they edge tentatively away, looking for some means of escape … perhaps theyll think twice before making that sort of comment again!Andrea, first of all, if its your intent to lose weight, congratulations. Second, if youre looking for useful dress-types to accommodate a shifting size, I would recommend either wrap-dresses (which do not at all have to look like the Diane von Furstenburg typical wrap-dress), or dresses which are controlled with elastic. Dresses controlled with elastic dont have to look baggy or peasanty; I would suggest, if your circumstances permit, an elastic-type top- elastic instead of drawstring at the neck and sleeves, but the neckline doesnt have to be low, and the sleeves dont have to be very full set on a half-circle skirt, with elastic in a casing at the waist (the casing can be made from a wider-than-usual seam allowance). Leave an opening in the casing, instead of closing it, so that the elastic can be drawn tighter, if needed, as you lose weight (at the waist and the sleeve and neckline casings, in an unnoticeable area). Its a style that can be made with long or short sleeves, high-necked or low-necked, and the skirt can be a plain half-circle or full circle, or have a ruffle set on the bottom. Its a very useful style if your weight shifts and you can wear it under the wrap dress, in the winter!Eirlys, the shapes are better defined as: Ruler, being often slender, but not always, with shoulders and hips of the same width, and a waist that is six inches or less smaller than the bust and hips (a figure having very little indentation at the waist). Some Rulers may think they have hour-glass figures; the true Hourglass, in addition to having shoulders the same width as the hips, usually ALSO have a bust measurement that is close to or the same size as her hips AND a waist which is at least 8 to 10 smaller than her bust and her hips. Commercial patterns are all geared somewhat for the Pear: they are sized for a B-Cup all of them, no matter how large (modern patterns may INCLUDE additional cup sizes, but the initial sizing is for a B-Cup, always), and, generally, the bust is six inches bigger than the waist, and the hips are nine inches bigger than the waist. Many women get confused between the Hourglass and the Pear; they go by the bust measurement, which is incorrect. The shoulder:hip ratio determines Hourglass and Pear. The Hourglass has shoulders the same size as her hips; the Pear has hips that are wider than her shoulders. The bosomy Pear may be mislead by having a bust measurement thats the same as her hips; a photograph taken of her from BEHIND should clear up confusion. It is possible to be a bosomy Pear, or an Hourglass with more sand in the bottom than the top of the glass. The SHOULDERS and the HIPS are the framework which determine the Shape. For the confused, its not the measurements taken AROUND the shoulders and AROUND the hips (yes, people have tried that) its determined horizontally, from side to side, which is why Im starting to recommend photos taken from behind, so the bust doesnt confuse the issue. If your shoulders from side to side are as wide as your hips, you are either going to be an hourglass or a ruler; your waist measurement determines that. The size of your bust in relation to your hips will determine if you are a classic hourglass (bosom and hip measurements approximately the same) or classic ruler (ditto, but with not much waist indentation). The Pear, from behind, will look like … a pear. Or a Christmas tree, or pyramid. She may be a very bosomy pear, with a bust thats close to her hip size; but her shoulders will be quite narrow. She may find that her bra straps fall down, and jackets fit weirdly through the shoulder because theyre too wide. The V shape has shoulders that are broader than her hips, and usually a bosom which is larger than her hips, too. The V will often find, to her annoyance, that she needs a size SMALLER for her hips than she does for her waist if she buys to fit her hips, she gets strangled at the waist; if she buys to fit her waist, she often finds that her trousers may bag, or her trousers and skirts have weird little fins of fabric at the sides where her hips are. Many a V will wear a size 14 on the top, and a size 8 waist with size 6 hips. Vs, particularly, may find they tend to put on weight in the diaphragm/midriff/abdomen area, but not on the hips or the backside. Oh, dear, Ive left out the Apple. Those of you who are Apples generally know that you are Apples: the Apple has a waist measurement which is, to her annoyance and inconvenience in shopping, as large or larger than her bust and/or hip measurements. It is a shape typified best by the shape of the pregnant woman, who is generally obviously larger through the middle than anywhere else. Of course, not all Apples are pregnant; but many of them have discovered that if they want to find quality clothing which is well-constructed and which fits them, they should look for same amongst the maternity clothes. If you care to go digging through the archives, Eirlys, you will find Ive posted at length (and breadth) on the subject of Shapes.I, too, am in favor of the Fashion Rebels Alliance, and would be happy to offer my services as Supreme Commander (yes, I do look like her), with Erin as our dear President! Subversively swaying others to our cause, on the grounds of beauty, comfort, convenience and individuality!

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Minya, Warrior Seamstress May 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

La Belladonna, the slip in question had a fairly snug bodice topped with a soft-cup equator-seamed (you know, like bifocals) bra. It had a waist seam, and I believe the skirt was gathered. It was synthetic fiber, but I suspect it would still be cooler than wearing both a bra & a slip in summer. I don’t remember how the sizing went.

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marissa May 2, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Bahumbug long live the dress. Personally my thighs much perfer them to pants errr I hate shopping for pants.

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Greta September 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm

hahah! Love the idea of wearing a ballgown in the afternoon! I have several looong skirts I wear, and a bridal pedicoat that poufs them out beautifully. I love wearing them to college!I am *so* not giving up my skirts in the fall! Long live wear a dress day!

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