Style

Baby Doll

I don’t usually love babydoll dresses. Loose dresses, yes; babydolls, not so much. Mostly because I feel like they require you to explain that you’re not expecting the arrival of an actual baby in 4-6 months (I’m not).

I do, however, love this dress. I found it at a thrift store in Canada while on a trip to visit my relatives, and originally planned to wear it to Stephen and Dave’s wedding. I ended up not wearing it to the wedding after all (it felt too short and casual)…and then ended up not wearing it to the next thing I’d planned to wear it to (it felt too girly and fancy)…and now it’s been sitting in my closet unworn for over a year.

Which makes no sense, because it’s really pretty. It’s just one of those things that I put on and can’t figure out how to make look more “me”, and so I end up just giving up and taking it right back off again. Putting on denim shorts or leopard skinny jeans. You know the drill.

But on Saturday afternoon (for our pre-movie dinner date) I decided to give it another shot, and ended up dressed like I was playing hide-and-go-seek at Coachella (hat and sunglasses, fringe and floral).

I’m still kind of on the fence about this look, and think I’d prefer the whole thing if the dress was more this type of silhouette. But it’s different, and different is good.

On me: Vintage dress and necklace; bag c/o Alexandra Satine; Nine West boots; GANT Paula sunglasses; Forever 21 fedora.

  • This dress reminds me of a short version of Marilyn Monroe’s famous white dress. I love it in this contemporary style. Looks good on you. Especially the way you styled it with the hat.

  • Diane Cayton-Hakey

    I am on the fence about this dress also. I think it’s just that it’s too short for any girl over age 20. Maybe some tights under it? Not sure, but it would hang in my closet… at the back… and then I would probably donate to a second hand shop out of frustration over how to wear it.

  • Sarah

    I’m just not sure this dress flatters you as well as the one you linked to would. The babydoll silhouette is good for someone tall and willowy and flat-chested. You are the first two, but not the last! I think that’s part of what gives it a pregnancy vibe. Plus empire waists just tend to give that illusion, especially when done with pleats and a thicker cotton. But the color is lovely!!

    • jordanreid

      i agree, totally. low V necklines are so lovely on people like kate hudson, i always want to wear them…but just can’t.