Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On the Street….Full with Flair, Paris

Summer in New York is full of young women in long print dresses. Too often though the dresses are bland, overly basic and usually carrying a cheap looking print. Sometimes they seem like the modern version of the thoughtless housedress.

I think it is so fresh to see a long dress done with a little flair. The fullness of this young lady’s dress doesn’t dwarf her size but does create a beautifully dramatic silhouette when she walks.

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  1. Cecilia

    August 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

    IT's FANTASTIC!
    and so dramatic!
    http://smalltownfashionist.blogspot.com/

  2. FASHION SNAG

    August 17, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I like the bottom detailing on the dress, but I think it really hides her shape.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  3. Indigo Iris

    August 17, 2010 at 10:08 am

  4. The Sluice Box

    August 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

    That looks like the rare instance where dramatic style and comfort manage to exist in equal proportion.

    http://www.thesluicebox.com

  5. justbecausefashion

    August 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

    i love long, long printed dresses!!!

    xxxgloria

  6. Mordechai

    August 17, 2010 at 10:16 am

    beautiful !

  7. Mitchisms

    August 17, 2010 at 10:16 am

    looks like a Dries dress so great!
    . if only there were a cool chic something for men to wear in the summer. fall is just much better for the men folk.

  8. Felicity

    August 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I still think it looks like a mumu, too baggy and shapeless.

  9. Annelies

    August 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Don't like, not elegant at all and looks like a tent…

  10. M. Roseleine

    August 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

    What a beautiful, unique dress! It sure creates a "dramatic silhouette!"

    mroseleine.blogspot.com

  11. Vicki

    August 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Hmmm… I think i'd have to respectfully disagree. It feels way too big and the bra showing is kind of distracting. To each his own I guess!

  12. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    That's pretty cool and fresh. I know it's casual, but I'd still rather not see the bra straps.

  13. Hilla Ohayon

    August 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I think this look is so perfect for these days' terrible humidity! It's so hard to stay chic and comfortable now, and this is just the perfect choice and look.
    Hilla

  14. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Sorry — not for me!

  15. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

    they say guys in asia hate it when women wear these kind of dresses because it hides the figure of the wearer. Is that true though? what about guys from elsewhere? i find it beautiful though, mysteriously elegant.

  16. Miiicha

    August 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

    amazing dress!

    || Miiicha

  17. Raquel Barbosa

    August 17, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Sometimes we're afraid of "fullness", but this amazing image proves we're wrong. Lovely,
    Raquel from Brazil
    http://www.bomsensoemformadegente.blogspot.com

  18. kareyann

    August 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Dreamy. I would love to see the front though.

  19. Karen Wallace

    August 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Love the black on green. Karen

  20. Topaz

    August 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Love the color and sweep of it, just hope she doesn't also sweep the streets with it!

  21. Blissitydoodah

    August 17, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I like it…don't love it…still want bra straps hidden :) Nice though :)

  22. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

    It´s a beautiful dress i love how the back looks …;)

  23. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I know what you mean… I was in Tokyo recently and all those rather short Japanese women wearing cheap long dresses did not look too good in them. My daughter and I felt like they were wearing their living room's drapes or the kitchen's curtains (cheap lacy things).

  24. stabix

    August 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I wanna see her walking with this dress!! It's so fresh for me, too.

  25. Fermina M

    August 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Hey, do you have a picture of the front? Thanks so much!

  26. Sunshinemom

    August 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

    She looks regal. I expect she looks like a queen and would have loved to see her face too. The dress is nice but I know I wouldn't have liked that frill brushing the roads!

  27. The Covetist

    August 17, 2010 at 10:37 am

    being bold holds its proper respect. and thank god for people willing to take a chance based on their intuition.
    thank god.

    The Covetist

  28. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

    the shoulderstraps seem far too long. Now it looks like an oversized nighty.

  29. Reg

    August 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I love maxi dresses! This dress is gorgeous, although I think it would probably look even better if it was a little more tapered to her upper body.

  30. Siblings

    August 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

    what your saying is so true! but this dress IS pretty coool~

  31. Monika

    August 17, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I'm not sure, if I like it or not. The first word that has come to my head was "tent"… So Idk. Yes, it's dramatic, but it's really huge…

  32. eric

    August 17, 2010 at 10:52 am

    nice print but the size is just too big

  33. Becca

    August 17, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I think there's something to be said that this doesn't highlight her shape, but I do absolutely adore the drama of it.

    Becca

  34. gglush

    August 17, 2010 at 10:56 am

    pretty*
    but would be better without the bra straps!

    http://gglush.wordpress.com/

  35. diane

    August 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Really brings me back to the "Hair" days: long dresses, long eyelashes, long hair, long everything I suppose.

  36. Leslie

    August 17, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Baggy, shapeless, and bra exposed. Chic? I think not this time.

  37. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I like the color, the print, and the dramatic look, but the dress is just too big. Also, I am tired of looking at bra straps. Is it really that difficult to design a dress that conceals bra straps?

  38. Manuel

    August 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I guess one had to see it in movement. Here is does look quite… perilous?

  39. L.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I'd like so much to see her face!
    But I think it is the mystery that creates all the drama and the atmosphere.

    Lovely.

  40. Noor

    August 17, 2010 at 11:16 am

    am not a fan. nice print and the girl looks very elegant, but the dress is just… too big? too much like a tent? too shapeless? i think it could look awesome if she belted it, or the waist were elasticized 10 cm vertically. appreciate the effort though, at least it's different!

  41. Annalena

    August 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

    this is amazing! i actually own something like this, though it has a red print. definitely think i'll bring it out of the closet again.

  42. Ericcacaca...

    August 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

    It would be perfect one size smaller……….the back and under the arms seem to drag too low.

  43. kendal croix.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    very dramatic. i like the size of it.

  44. IS THIS IT? models review

    August 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Unique for sure… love print design and colors. Only personal note – maybe size is a little exaggerated…

    http://www.isthisitmodelsreview.com/

  45. SabinePsynopsis

    August 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Ohlala! I've been expecting to see lots of long dresses in Italy (locals and tourists), but interestingly the long skirt/dress look doesn't seem to be very big in Florence or Rome. It is in London though.

  46. The Swede

    August 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I just have to say that I truly appreciate posts like this.

    Fashion does not always need accentuate the shape of the body. Why is it that female fashion most of the time is about showing the waist or the boobs or the legs etc?

    This is a truly stunning dress and I love the silhouette it creates. It's powerful!

    I am disappointed to see so many people here saying that it's not a good dress because it hides her body. You tell me, why are women so often expected to dress as if they need to please the observer in a sexual way? Is this an American thing? I don't get it.

  47. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I have seen this look a lot, usually late Sunday night at the laundromat.

  48. jennbunnyc

    August 17, 2010 at 11:33 am

    The print is amazing- I love it

  49. mary_ronaldo

    August 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

    beautiful dress. the photo is wonderful!
    she looks like a star!

    http://in7thheavenwithmarc.blogspot.com/

  50. Sing

    August 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Wow, amazing. It's like she is floating.

    http://singaturestyle.blogspot.com/

  51. fashionsdirtylaundry

    August 17, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Again, great shot! While I love the bottom detailing, she needs something to show off that fabulous waist!

  52. Joah

    August 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

    There are so many things wrong here. I've seen others point out the fact that it's shapeless and the bra is showing, but I'd like to add that this would be an absolutely impractical dress in New York based on the need to be more mobile, either walking or riding the Subway, and the extreme heat this summer. It may work in Paris, but if you wear this in NY you're trying too hard.

  53. franca maisha

    August 17, 2010 at 11:45 am

    WOW!! such an amazing dress!

    xx

  54. Misato

    August 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I love it! I'm looking for something like this for a LOOONG time! I really agree that most long dresses I've seen so far are bland, and that's why I haven't adopted one yet…

    does anyone have any idea which designer/brand is this?

  55. ritournelleblog

    August 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I hate it. She looks like she's wearing a tent and the visible bra is tacky.

  56. Fatiha Faulzi

    August 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Wish i had the height to carry out that beautiful dress..

    xoxo, http://heelsandwedges.blogspot.com

  57. Comme Coco

    August 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Gorgeous and so chic.

    Love long dresses in the summer and indeed, some of them can be quite dull.

  58. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I bet if the dress were fitted to her body, it would even be more dramatic, you could actually SEE the print's continuity. Great picture, but the print looks so muddled because of the dress's voluminousness. A bit of shoe leather and some ankle would be nice to see too. A borrowed/stolen mu'u-mu'u?

  59. T.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    looks beautiful! But how can a print be cheap?

  60. Mel

    August 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    love the boldness of the dress. perhaps it'd be better if she cinched it in at the waist with a belt though.

  61. LoliTa

    August 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    beautiful- it's not something you see everyday!

  62. martis

    August 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I think the dress looks interesting but the black bra is ridiculous!

  63. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I like it, the ruffle on the bottom makes it for me. I used to own a jean jumper rather like this, full and long, it was perfect for travelling.

  64. Shukura Li

    August 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    love the lighting and depth of field

  65. La Petite Anglaise

    August 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    It takes serious fashion courage to wear something so regal and billowing ever, let alone for a spot of casual daytime strolling, but even from the back I can see that this woman pulls it off. I am assuming that if I could see her face she would a look of confidence and self-satisfaction, I know I would in this dress. X

    ella-lapetiteanglaise.blogspot.com

  66. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Baggy and shapeless is right, and the bra showing is tacky. Not even in the hottest summer weather should one wear a tent.

  67. Kathleen

    August 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    This dress unto itself is quite lovely. But I, along with some of your other readers, must disagree as well. The dress seems to engulf her. In fact, I think it is most likely dragging on the ground, or just barely clearing it. I too, don't like the bra showing ala Sex In The City.

    This dress belongs on a vacation, and should still be properly proportioned to the wearer. Long summer dresses are very tricky to wear and best left at home.

  68. The Weekly Yogi

    August 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I simply wore a pair of white jeans and a cashmere wrap over a tank top to do some shopping yesterday. I passed by a girl about my age who wore a long dress in a beautiful trip also to do some shopping with her beau. I thought she looked like a goddess.

    - Vanessa
    http://theweeklyyogi.wordpress.com

  69. Mariana

    August 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I completely agree with what The Swede said. Fashion isn't about looking sexual, its about style!

  70. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    A strapless bra would have erased the problem of showing the bra straps but then we would still see the bra from the back.

    So… the overall solution… would she have been better without the bra?

    - Vanessa
    http://theweeklyyogi.wordpress.com

  71. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    it's tasteless,i just hate it…no shape, no elegance…it ruins the body figure

  72. ADJ

    August 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    so few women can get away with this look and she does. i kind of wish her hair was out too. let it flow!

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  73. Gia

    August 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    How beautiful, I think it might be one of my favourite style photos ever!

    Love,
    Gia

    http://www.vintagetraffic.blogspot.com

  74. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    This dress has an interesting print but an equally unflattering cut (it's not even a housedress, it's a maternity dress!). I don't think anyone except models can wear a dress like this and not look significantly heavier than one is. Also, speaking of cheap looks, I'm not a huge fan of underwear peaking from under clothes. Strapless bras were created for a reason.

  75. amber

    August 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    hmmm..i'm not a big fan of this dress. i might consider wearing it if i was pregnant, but otherwise i would have to say no.

  76. Fashion school

    August 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    The colors are amazing, and the detailed ruffles on the bottom give the dress a real flowy look.

  77. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    …that is what a call: The New Mumu!
    c'mom…if you are at home after the beach…will be berable!

  78. Gary MAEL

    August 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Amasing silhouette, amazing photo. Realy a magnificent dress.

    http://lestroismots.blogspot.com/

  79. "Guppy" Honaker

    August 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Little on top, lots of flair at the base. Normally not my preference, but on her it looks great!

    - David

    Aloe Vera 101
    Holistic Health Info.

  80. THESTREETFASHION5XPRO

    August 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    amazing dress…perfect pic

  81. Valentine

    August 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Simple and dramatic at the same time…

    http://valentineavoh.blogspot.com
    -diary of a fashion stylist-

  82. Prutha

    August 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    love the volume of the dress

  83. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    August 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, this is major!

  84. Christian

    August 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I agree with you about the cheap looking print (that's why nver buy and Hem or Zara prince of galles). The dress is nice but She looks just dramatic! :)

  85. ANA CASTILHO

    August 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I loved the dress!

  86. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful, original, fresh, sensuous and "vaporoso"

  87. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I live in a hot humid climate. Dresses like this are absolutely necessary in order to walk around the streets. Thankfully, sundresses have become far more stylish. I also like that the long length is no longer considered just for formal dresses.

    Good eye – as always!

  88. John Wesley

    August 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Does anyone remember the INCREDIBLE work of the late Bill Gibb? (British designer, 1970s) He originated the haute couture version of this dress.

    I first discovered his work as part of a British Design Show at The Louvre.

    Ossie Davis was doing a similar cut at the same time, but Gibb had more gorgeous fabrics and details.

    –JW

  89. John Wesley

    August 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Correction re: Bill Gibb:
    Ossie Davis should read "Ossie CLARK"
    –JW

  90. Sara

    August 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    That dress is amazing! :)

    http://www.lipsandpoppies.blogspot.com

  91. Erica

    August 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I would like to have seen this from the front. I don't know if I love how loose the top is but the skirt definitely has a beautiful and dramatic cut. Reminds me of John Singer Sargent portraits (esp in Venice).

    Cheers!
    existenceET.blogspot.com

  92. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Way too long. She looks like a street sweeper. It needs to be at least 6" shorter.

  93. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Sorry, but this dress is hanging loose, much too loose. It reminds me of those Creole style dresses. This lady is just too thin to really "fill" it, other than most Creole ladies who have the ideal body shape. In this case it just looks unflattering and many sizes too big.

  94. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Maybe but it's "anti-chic".

  95. Miguel Ignacio

    August 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    It seems like she was doing a runway… nice print at the bottom of the dress.

    Scott.. you were lost for a few days! we missed you!

    http://www.miposteo.blogspot.com

  96. Gia

    August 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Although the picture is perfect the outfit itsself doesn't attract me as much.I would prefer the grl with a nice August tan:)

  97. E

    August 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Puts my maxi dresses to SHAME!

    blackandlashes.blogspot.com

  98. Ans

    August 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    WOW, SUPER MAXI DRESS, Very Cool INdEeD!!!
    xxx

  99. MOD PAUL

    August 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Think I saw the same Mumu on an old Hawaiian lady on Maui last week.. LOL!!!
    No Really….

  100. Eden

    August 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I'M IN LOVE WITH THAT DRESS!

  101. Erika

    August 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Maybe if it were cinched at the waist or if she were like, Giselle… but this is not working… almost, but way too exaggerated for everyday wear.

  102. Nolita

    August 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    The dress is so drama-drama! Love it!

    http://www.nolitavintage.com

  103. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I think the woman to disappear in this dress…her body language does not suit the dress, eventhough the dress could be breath-taking.

  104. Daniela

    August 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Dear Scott,
    Really nice photos on your blog. Would be great to be able to show some samples on my blog someday.

    Best Regards,
    Daniela

  105. 82Brute

    August 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I love this gorgeous print with her porcelain skin and the high contrast of the black bra peeking out. Lovely that you captured her against the cream colored walls. She looks like something out of a Degas painting but modern, too. All that fabric swaying around her is incredibly luxurious. In fact, I'd love to have it billowing in front of my windows.

  106. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Love the dress, but it's too big on her. Don't like the fact that I can see her bra either…

  107. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    it almost feels like a voluminous beach cover up, especially with the bra straps showing…sorry, it's just not working for me..

  108. Mabel and Zora

    August 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    love it.

  109. flora

    August 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    The only thing about this dress I like is the print !!

  110. Patricia

    August 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    dramatic indeed! I couldn't pull this off, but you need the height to do it!

    http://www.pinkpeonieswithlove.blogspot.com

  111. SheanStrong

    August 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    to know what is in that bound notebook…
    love the dress.. it almost tells a story. very romantic. i picture badly mischka for the common woman. although the braw strap is making it a lil well… trashy…

    p.s. notice the color pallet of the woman on the right… love.

  112. Shelley Coryell Jacobs

    August 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Blech.

  113. Dana

    August 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I like the photograph.

  114. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    the dress is ok, but the bra makes it oh so tacky. i do love her hair pulled up like that…

  115. Anabelle

    August 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I can see your point but I have to say that the dress in its top part does look like it's simply many sizes too big for her as in this-is-not-really-HER-dress way which is never good. And I'm the person who favors the bra showing look. The bottom three quarters are FLAWLESS and I am jealous.

  116. Rhofy Evaldez

    August 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Only in Paris :)

  117. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    refreshing and interesting what beautiful porcelain skin too, someone who doesn't need to move with the pack. its nice to see that you can move beyond the fashion pages though thats probably why most of the comments are negative

  118. Leigh

    August 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Hmmm. I usually love the photos of women in dresses..but I am not smitten with this one. While i do love the top of the dress, the bottom seems to hide the woman's slender figure.
    Thanks for an interesting look!

    thelibertybelleblog.blogspot.com

  119. Sophia (my visual illusions)

    August 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Oeee Oh nooo, I don't think I like the dress very much..

    But the woman do has flair!!

  120. Nina

    August 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    It is dramatic and original but I think she totally destroyed it with those bra straps, what are they doing there?? Shame…

  121. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Fashions are always recycled , some work some dont and i really think the long flowery dress has not cut it in 2010!!!!
    I think it did work in the late sixties and early seventies when the hippies took to the streets with the summer of love, flower power and the cloths reflected there ideas . MMMMM maybe that is just showing my age !!!

  122. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    the dress is definitely unique, but those bra straps ruin the look. if you're bold enough to wear that dress, and assumedly know it is making a statement, then have enough sense to wear the right bra!

  123. carole

    August 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Love long…just not this one…sorry.

  124. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

  125. simone leblanc

    August 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    so summer! love it!

  126. L.A. Daze

    August 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Dislike. It's way too big and makes her look dirty.

  127. Alexandra

    August 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    It is absolutely stunning, such a different shape and it gives the typical shape a lot more regalness.

    http://tovogueorbust.blogspot.com/

  128. honeybeeandme

    August 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I WAS JUST IN MENORCA AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT IS SO DIFFERENT IN EUROPE THE WAY THAT ONE SEES THE BODY…

    I THINK SOMEONE STATED ABOVE THAT "WHY IS IT THAT WE ALWAYS WANT TO SEE A WOMENS BODY"

    JUST A THOUGHT PERHAPS WE NEED TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE "OBJECT" AND "OBJECTFIER" {sp} WAY OF LIVING AND LEARN TO BE ABLE TO SEE ALL THAT IS THERE IN MORE OF A SOULFUL WAY..

    XXOO
    MELISSA

  129. bravegrrl

    August 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    gorgeous! love it!

  130. Luna

    August 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    no, no, no and no

    I totally agree that, with a bit of attention to material and cut, everyone can pull off a long, full dress. Thin or large, fat or fit, tall and even petite girls like me.

    But I think she went the wrong way.

  131. lenmeister

    August 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I'm sure watching her in motion would have been more delightful (because of how you described this mostly). I think the Sart should consider short video skits of instances such as these on his blog for the near future. Food for thought :-)

  132. jdit

    August 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Thoughtless house dress??? When my lover wears her house dresses, no matter what the print, shapelessness or degree of lack luster cut, the thoughts provoked in my mind leave a comment like 'thoughtless' with a lot to be desired; desired being the operative word. Again it is the attitude with which the garment is worn. Glide, flow, mirth and pride in the stride.

    By the way I love the dress in the photo – It, and the woman so successfully wearing it, is simply divinely regal.

  133. Lucas Jones

    August 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    hmm…..maybe you had to be there….

  134. Green Orchid

    August 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    The print is fabulous, although the dress looks a bit bulbous at the bottom, however seeing it in movement is probably a totally different experience.

  135. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I think it's too big, the way it sags off her and the back neckline is so low. Doesn't look like it's meant to fit that way and that's why the bra shows. I'd love it if it were a size or two smaller and with some kind of waist; maybe still loose on top but w/ fitted waist-seam.

  136. brightlightsbigcity

    August 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm

  137. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Hmm, suprised to see this post! It's not the voluminous-ness of this dress that bothers me—I love the bottom—but how ill-fitting it looks at the top, as if she bought it several sizes too big!

    More structure around the top (and no bra straps) and it'd be great. I do love wearing my long dresses, too.

  138. personal stylist

    August 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    only for the tall gals this one..

  139. lesleysutherland

    August 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Are you kidding? It looks like a tent.

  140. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    well… i still think that it looks like a tent or curtain.

    • Name*

      November 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Any fabric could be made into a curtain. How does that even matter? The whole “looks like’ thing is sort of silly. It looks like a dress.

  141. Liz S

    August 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I have to agree with many posters in thinking this dress is too voluminous. What adds to its awkward look is the material which I am guessing is probably a little stiff and thick?

    This is a batik which is seen often here in Australia as it originates from Indonesia where many people holiday. When donning a batik piece of clothing comes the feel of holidays, being carefree, relaxed, beachy and a bit hippy. It is made with wax and then dyed so the waxed areas don't absorb the dye and make the pattern. It is a traditional and beautiful technique but probably does not receive the pricing that reflects the time and craftsmanship involved.

    Anyway, back on track–I think this dress could be improved by taking the straps up, taking off the bra–spaghetti straps can never hide a bra–and adding a belt–not to make it sexy or figure showing but only to tame the dress that really has too much material.
    I think maxi dresses look best when they have some flow to them so they move with you and hang naturally. A finer material is needed for this. They shouldn't overtake your persona.

  142. KC

    August 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    like she's going to appear in a stage play. it's beautiful.

    http://nouveauskin.blogspot.com

  143. Anonymous

    August 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    love it!

  144. Fernando Dasilva

    August 17, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Sart,
    long dresses are all over Brazil, all the time…down there full of shape and ultra sexy…not like the sloopy ones I constantly see here.
    I love the one in this pictre…full of movement and boldiness.

  145. Haute Muslimah

    August 17, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I agree that it's a fresh silhouette, but kind of overwhelming for her small frame.

  146. looking

    August 18, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I *like* the bra straps.

    There, I said it.

    In the right circumstances I think they can look incredibly sensuous.

  147. Lauren Clemons

    August 18, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I don't think so. I'm half expecting a child, or two, to peep out from underneath it. Playing a game of indians and cowboys.

  148. Strongest Fat Burner

    August 18, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Great dress but I personally prefer an outfit that shows more of your figure.

  149. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Long print dresses do have a tendency of looking tacky. The shape and print on this dress makes the girl look classy.

  150. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I had a muumuu just like this — when I was 10 and visited my Grandparents in Hawaii. Although the voluminous shape was really comfortable in the hot weather, I don't love this look. However, I think your girl walks with a great confidence because she is comfortable in the heat.

  151. The Original Swedish Blonde!

    August 18, 2010 at 1:09 am

    It is friggin' (pardon me) FABTASTIC! I want one! :)

  152. Cobalt Violet

    August 18, 2010 at 2:03 am

    The whole Carrie Bradshaw show your bra thing is annoying and always ruins the look for me. Tacky unless it's on purpose with maybe la Perla under black chiffon … maybe.

  153. Stephanie

    August 18, 2010 at 2:35 am

    I think the picture itself is just fantastic.

    lachicmenagerie.blogspot.com

  154. RawBeautyRawSoul

    August 18, 2010 at 3:18 am

    This is beautiful! I am a huge fan
    of flowly dress with an edge to it!
    http://rawbeautyrawsoul.blogspot.com/

  155. Anthea

    August 18, 2010 at 3:26 am

    That dress is fantastic!

    Anthea,
    Embracing Style

  156. Purses Pastries Etc...

    August 18, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Gorgeous and perfectly dramatic! It must be fun to wear too :)

  157. alexia

    August 18, 2010 at 4:03 am

    i really like the bottom but the top (with the black underwear) looks a bit cheap

  158. MELISSA Z.

    August 18, 2010 at 4:21 am

    OMG! This dress is simply awesome! Love this pic so much!

    http://www.abitoffashion.com

  159. The_Dark_Lady_2

    August 18, 2010 at 6:02 am

    The dress looks like it is made from cotton and doesn't flow with the body. I agree with those who think it is unflattering, a bit too long to be practical and who dislike the black bra being on show.

  160. Davidikus

    August 18, 2010 at 6:03 am

  161. Valeria

    August 18, 2010 at 6:07 am

    beautiful silhouette and very nice print!

    http://fashiondoseblog.blogspot.com

  162. Lady M

    August 18, 2010 at 6:14 am

    It's rally beautiful.
    Yes,very dramatic…

  163. alexa

    August 18, 2010 at 6:34 am

    beautiful print but i would prefer it if it had more shape…

  164. Tobias

    August 18, 2010 at 7:31 am

    What an amazing dress!

  165. Lee Oliveira

    August 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Loving the pattern on the dress..
    Great shot Scott.
    LOx

  166. purelovefashion

    August 18, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Love the runched up section at the bottom of the dress; it's what makes this dress stand out for me.
    The colour is a favourite of mine too.
    Although I think I agree with some of the other comments that perhaps no bra straps would've looked better.

    http://www.purelovefashionn.blogspot.com

  167. FashionLifeCoach

    August 18, 2010 at 8:20 am

    What a fab maxidress.I am totally addicted to those dresses with allover print and such a loose silhouette.It looks so comfy,yet stylish and sophisticated.

  168. Álvaro

    August 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

    i love the movement of the dress

    ;)

  169. NESLE

    August 18, 2010 at 8:46 am

    LOVING!

  170. lenore

    August 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

    This look belongs on a beach, not on asphalt. Imagine an ocean breeze blowing it against her and billowing the fabric out behind her as she walks. Very romantic. But on the street, it's just hangs like a shower curtain around her.

  171. P

    August 18, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Love the print and because she carries it with confidence, loose or fitted, who cares :)

  172. Caitlin Hamond

    August 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I'm a little sad to say that in all my time spent pouring over the photographs on The Sartorialist, this is the first I've been disappointed.
    Normally a fan of oversized, this doesn't appeal to me at all – any figure she has is hidden, she looks as though she's drowing in a tent of floral fabric.

  173. megan

    August 18, 2010 at 9:36 am

    i love the dress and the proportion, however i think she could have paid more attention to the undergarments… definitely detract from the overall sophistication… otherwise whimsical and unexpected…

  174. BonBloyage

    August 18, 2010 at 9:53 am

  175. Loouciie

    August 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I love the dress, like you said, there is not many maxi dresses that looks like this. I wish I had one. Louise

    http://www.loouciie.blogspot.com

  176. Ece

    August 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

    not my style! but very cool for these hot days!

  177. jimjims

    August 18, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Right on. Elegante!

    http://jimjims.net/

  178. Holly

    August 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

    the dress is so big that i first thought it's a cape (just looking at the bottom half of the photo…)

  179. mabelmabel

    August 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Even if it did/does dwarf her, is that always a bad thing?

    Why is it not OK to sometimes be dwarfed (and is that an insensitive term, I wonder) by a look?

    I think it's possible to be too concerned with looking small, with being overpowered by clothing. Sometimes it's fun to just let the clothes dominate, take center stage and do their best can-can.

  180. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I suppose I would not be happy if this became the norm. But this says “Summer Time”!
    There is a delicious bold person under that dress; clearly she want us to know it. What you can see of her shape (shoulders) is dramatized by the underwear showing a bit. Much to see and much for the imagination.

  181. Kienan

    August 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    A lot of people here are hating on the bra straps. Personally, I love it, and I also realize how hard it is to hide bra straps. Sure this might look a bit better without bra straps, but how comfortable is she going to be? I'd rather be comfortable :)

  182. oonaballoona

    August 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    i love this dress– but i completely disagree with you on new york versus paris here. i see loads of women with beautiful billowing maxis in gorgeous patterns in my neighborhood; and while i own a few that fall into the housedress category (these stay at home with me), i wonder what you'd think of this dress if you saw it on ninth avenue. would it truly be as chic to you?

  183. Stephanie

    August 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    very unique AND dramatic! :] Love it!

    http://www.style1509.blogspot.com
    Live.Laugh.Love.

  184. Brian

    August 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    +9 for the dress, -10 for the bra straps

  185. Mina

    August 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    amazing!!! such a beautiful dress, and what a great shot.

  186. niamh

    August 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm

  187. Puck Litaay

    August 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Wow, I was never a fan of such dresses but this woman proved me really wrong.

    http://oneofpoints.blogspot.com

  188. Eugenia Woods

    August 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Love the print, but not the shape….

  189. Anonymous

    August 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    The dress–beautiful.
    The fit–simply too big for her. I truly don't think the designer intended the top of the dress to drift out from the body that much.

  190. Aylin

    August 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Don't agree on this one. She looks like a kid in a tent. If it was a tiny bit smaller, it would've made a world of difference

  191. Kali Venable

    August 19, 2010 at 12:15 am

    This picture makes me really hapy. It reminds me of freshly washed linens that have been rinkled but remain chrispy.

    Great Post

    TheLevelHeadedChild.blogspot.com

  192. Sarah Margeurite

    August 19, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Wow, I am in awe of this dress. I want a pretty maxi dress but I'm only 5'3". Do you think it would drown me too much? Lovely colours and pattern, anyways.

    Sincerely, Sarah Margeurite

  193. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 2:13 am

    While browsing through older Sartorialist posts (Jul 6, 2006) found a picture of the ? same dress and similar pose. Is it possibly the same person?

  194. S

    August 19, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Beautiful ! Très romantique..

  195. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Way too big for her but otherwise a beautiful dress.

  196. Phoebe!

    August 19, 2010 at 4:15 am

    oh this is lovely! i love this blog!

  197. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 4:21 am

    hilarious oh the house dress in australia is alive & well!!! love a full length dress with minimal top..she looks fresh to me!

  198. DEAD FLEURETTE

    August 19, 2010 at 6:59 am

    B to the EAUTIFUL!

    xx,
    deadfleurette

  199. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I cannot understand the dress at all. It does not suit her, it makes her fat, the pattern is banal..

  200. Carina

    August 19, 2010 at 7:51 am

    the dress looks great !!!

    xxxx

    http://anexceptiontomyrule.blogspot.com/

  201. Cultivated Ah Lian

    August 19, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Magnificent!
    the dress is MEANT to be big and billowy and it was worn perfectly!
    Man bet she feels like a princess in it!

  202. Amalina

    August 19, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Must have been a pretty sight to see! I like how the material just seems to flow, perfect for the heat and humidity during summer. I think I much prefer this to a tank top and shorts to keep cool in the heat!

    xo http://www.fashion-feline.blogspot.com

  203. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Ladies and gentlemen do not show their underwear in public. No visible bras for women; no visible boxers for men. Never.

  204. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

    The idea is good but how it turned out not. It is way too big for her.

  205. Jane

    August 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

    This is beautiful. Very theatrical!

  206. olaf

    August 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    yes is nice. It can be parashoot.

  207. Thais Pacci

    August 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Absolutely love all the volume!!!!!

    http://www.paccidesigns.blogspot.com

  208. Poivre Monkey

    August 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    she is beautifull

    http://bulbizar.blogspot.com/

  209. Nina Bonita

    August 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Is that a princess?
    All of you, bow down!

  210. Happy Ray

    August 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    WOW! Now that's what you call a MAXI dress!

    http://www.nothing-2-wear.blogspot.com

  211. kelli

    August 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Gorgeous and so dramatic. I would like better though, if the bra straps were hidden.

  212. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 1:15 am

    bra straps are about as appealing as an dirty ace bandage. it looks like she got an xxl off the old navy sale rack. sorry.

  213. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Sorry but this looks like a big mess. I'm no fasionista but would probably ask myself 'what was she thinking' if I saw this on the street.

  214. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Dear Sart. You always come up with best desktop background.

    Nasne.

  215. Eilish

    August 20, 2010 at 4:09 am

    wonderful.

  216. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 6:13 am

    To me, this photo is all about her hair, neck ribbon and, the bra. They make up a perfect background on which a loose dress hangs.

  217. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Ugh don't you just hate it when people wear dresses that are bland, overly basic and carrying cheap looking prints. How dare they not have enough money to spend on dresses with flair!

    • Name*

      November 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I have no idea what you are trying to be funny about, but that dress looks very expensive.

  218. Marisa

    August 20, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Pretty as a picture! Can't take my eyes off..

  219. Affair with my Closet

    August 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

    This site is awesome! Always very original!

  220. Cloud of Secrets

    August 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Stunning! The color, the print, the flow, the choker… So what if she's chosen not to reveal the shape of her core? There's such grace and femininity in the lines of her back, arms, and neck, more revelation might be overkill. She's making a unique sundress statement.

    The flow of this dress and how it reveals her neck and choker remind of early 18th century sacque dresses, which managed to be quite erotic.

    Georgian/Rococo styles

    http://cloudofsecrets.blogspot.com

  221. foodhogger

    August 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I think it looks ridiculous!

  222. Anonymous

    August 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    What is this dress?! Where can I get it? Who makes it? Someone direct me somewhere, please!!!!!

  223. Anonymous

    August 21, 2010 at 8:19 am

    It looks like the dress is wearing her instead of her wearing the dress.

  224. Anonymous

    August 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I think the print is beautiful, the dress and silhouette not so much (and I wonder what it looks like from the front)

  225. Good Girl Gone Shopping

    August 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    OMG! How beautiful. It looks so comfy, with a boho-chic flair. I'm all about this look. Thanks for sharing!

  226. vintage1944

    August 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    The bra…why the bra?It cheapens the whole look.

  227. Lady Disdain

    August 22, 2010 at 8:22 am

    just SO beautiful, a completely poetic vision.

    http://www.symphonyinyellow.blogspot.com

  228. claire

    August 22, 2010 at 9:20 am

  229. Noumia

    August 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Parisian are chic, you know <3

    I love Paris, the most beautiful city of the world !

    xoxo

    http://noumias-papers.blogspot.com/

  230. Michael Mattison

    August 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    A wonderful fashion statement — in Mykonos or Ibiza. But most definitely not in Paris. Sorry.

  231. From Java

    August 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    ok.. nice…

  232. J.Ro

    August 23, 2010 at 4:23 am

    On the street this is fine, but takes up too much floor space on the Metro!

    http://www.jasonromaine.com

  233. Catarina Ferreira

    August 23, 2010 at 6:26 am

    I love the dress! It is very creative.
    Pass on my blog and comment please.

  234. women's shirts

    August 23, 2010 at 7:36 am

    @cultivated..ye indeed..she is looking very pretty in this clothing.

  235. cinderella

    August 23, 2010 at 7:57 am

    where did this dress come from!!!
    any ideas? leads? please direct!
    someone please I want to buy it I don't care if everyone else hates it haha

  236. Anonymous

    August 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    she should be floating through a field of bluebells in that dress….dreamy.

  237. Anonymous

    August 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Not for me. It looks too large and not the correct silhouette.

  238. denise

    August 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Does anybody know if this is a Dries van Noten dress? I googled and could not find a thing!I think this dress is inspirational.

  239. Johanna

    August 25, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Beautiful!

  240. Anonymous

    August 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Yes this really is the same dress and possibly the same woman you shot on 6 July 2006. I thought this was familiar

  241. Anonymous

    August 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    i can't wait until this look is over with!

  242. Emma

    August 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Surely a baggy dress is more alluring as it hints to what the figure looks like underneath? I would love to know where it's from.

  243. MBT

    August 27, 2010 at 12:02 am

    This dress is simply voluptuous!!! I'd love to see it along with this bag: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3772695&id=188254481133&ref=fbx_album

  244. FASHION STYLE

    August 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    love it!!! xxx

  245. NatashaN

    August 30, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Absolutely stunning!

  246. green rabbit

    September 1, 2010 at 6:54 am

    be-auutiful

  247. Laura

    September 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    great look, love it!
    xxx Laura

  248. Julie

    September 6, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Gorgeous!

  249. mary

    September 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

    love the "sweep," drama, color, but am on the fence about how much bra is showing

  250. Lani

    September 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    This is my first visit to your page–honestly it's all about the people you choose to photograph. They could all be wrapped in canvas drop cloths and look fabulous!

  251. Valentina

    January 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    (smiles)

    this is a bit too much, perhaps!!!

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