August 9, 2010

WHY ARE "CONVERTIBLE" DRESSES SO UGLY?

There’s been much hype in the press recently about “convertible” or “multiple” dresses. How, for instance, you get so much bang for your buck/pound/euro. Investment dressing yada yada yada. The gold standard seems to be the Butter by Nadia Signature Wrap Dress (below) with all its multifarious combinations. But isn't it ugly? What’s your view? Do you have a “multiple” and does it work for you?

Here are some “multiples” and combinations:
KEY:
1. Butter by Nadia Signature Wrap Dress
2. Different Butter by Nadia combinations
3 In other colours
4-7 Other designs and combinations (Oops! And in
blue!)
IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY GOT A “MULTIPLE", ARE YOU CONSIDERING BUYING ONE? DO LET ME KNOW!

Happy Ruby Tuesday to everyone in Australia, New Zealand and the Far East where it’s already Tuesday!
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Enjoy!
XOXO LOLA:)
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39 comments:

Heavenly Housewife said...

I remember something like this in the 80s (not known for its great fashion). It didn't catch on then, I doubt it will now. I think its to faddish.
Tip to those considering one: make your husband buy you many dresses daaaaaahlings
*kisses* HH

Bellezza said...

It's amazing to see all the things one dress can do. Somehow, if I owned it, I'm sure that I would wear it the same time every time. ;)

By the way, our neighbor has exactly the same name as you! It makes me smile. Thanks for visiting me today.

Pondside said...

If one is 5'10" and 120 lbs it probably looks alright - but alright isn't good enough.

chubskulit said...

Nice, i love the title of this post lol..

Mary Lou said...

I'd never seen a convertible dress so I don't own one..Wouldn't that be great for those stars at award shows that change clothes at every commercial? I wouldn't be able to decide which way to wear it..I guess you'd have to go braless which leaves me out anyway!

Michelle said...

Love this post - packed with interesting information! And no, won't be buying one of these now!

bj said...

I've seen these before but have never worn one. Now, I am thinking that if you are TALL, THIN and look like Julia Roberts, it would look fantastic any way it was worn.:))
I have a great giveaway...come by.

Jan said...

Like the commenter above, I'd only wear it one way so what would be the point? lol

Holly said...

Agree with everyone else, need to be very tall, very thin & very beautiful to carry this off! :(

tania said...

If only it looked like that on the "average" person! But of course it doesn't! 8-)

☺lani☺ said...

They look good, but I don't think I will wear the same dress over and over again...

Mike said...

Looks ridiculous on any figure - like an odd bit of curtain material!

Liza said...

I've never tried it. I have to admit I'm quite amused with what you can do with it but I don't think I would want to wear them.

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Ronnica said...

A few of those ways are cute, but you're right, most aren't. If I owned a dress like that, I'd most likely just wear it the same way out of laziness. Now if they could create instantly-dyable dresses, then that'd be something!

Felisol said...

In addition to being tall and lean, one also has to be young.
I will not even think how my arms and goose throat would look in one of these outfits.
Someday the world of modes must realize that woman over 60 also have money to spend on clothes!

bermudabluez said...

I must agree with the previous comment...if one had a body of a model...they might look good. Sadly...most of us don't! I would not wear any of those things...

ilanadavita said...

Lean (not really), young (no longer) so this is not for me either.

laterg8r said...

i think that no one can make it look the same as the pics and even then, buy another dress already - don't you want variety in your wardrobe??? :D

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nora and Lola,

Great post and no I have never had one of these dresses.
Love the advice Heavenly housewife gives, make husband buy many dresses.
That sounds good to me!

Happy week, dear friends.
Hugs
Carolyn

Tracey said...

thank god someone has spoken these words.. could you imagine trying to wrap yourself in this dress... what if something isn't wrapped right.... disaster!!!!! Thank you LoLa for saying the words no one dared say.. WRAP DRESS = UGLY!!!!!!

The Cunning Runt said...

Why yes, it IS kind of ugly, Thank You for asking! ;)

Marites said...

I think, it's a fashion revival from long time ago. It looks nice but I don't think I'd wear it. It's too complicated to wear. My RT is here.

Ann said...

They look so nice on a slim figure. But for me, I dare not even try them on.

Yesterday at my class, a girl asked how heavy our net ball captain is. I said, i don't know, I can't find it anywhere.

A boy, age 7, said, you never ever ask a girl her weight. She gets very angry.

I LOL, because I never told him this, age yes,.

Gee said...

interesting...

tilden talks... said...

i am a fashion nightmare! i wear tshirts and cargo shorts year round. the only time i put on pants is when i have to shovel snow!
however, i do love fashion in all its classy-ness and crazy-ness! i like the wrap dress... even though i would not ever put one on. i think its a good dress for people on a tight budget who want a bunch of great looks. it seems like it would be good to take on a vacation or a cruise too. you could style it to suit your mood or your destination.
this was a fun post lola. i enjoyed it...

Spadoman said...

Ruby Tuesday again, and here we are, more fashion. I guess if I saw someone walking around town in one of these convertable wrap dresses, I'd take a gander, after all, after reading this information and seewing this post, i would know what it was called and probably impress whoever I was with with my knowledge.
After that, I love the Leonard Cohen, and that alone made my visit here well worth the while. Not all that many Cohen fans out there, at least not many that play his music on their blog.
Thanks for stopping by my place, by the way. I appreciate that too.

Peace.

teawithonesugarplease said...

I'm not a fan of these dresses - can I say a work colleague had to wear one as a bridesmaid dress - the bride chose NAVY for her girls....think she is a mean bride!

Princess of CJ said...

they look good to me.. maybe as long as i dont have to wear them :)

偉曹琬 said...

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♥peachkins♥ said...

Oh, I don't like those dresses!

Berlin said...

In the top picture the first two are alright, just the last one is ...

There are definitely some not so nice ones, and a few nice ones here.

My mom has one convertible dress, and it looks great :)

On a rainbow slide,
Berlin

LV said...

These would be great for the right person. They are not designed for seniors. Not many of the clothing styles are this day.

Lily said...

A dress should be made to fit, do one thing. This dress has a multiple personality disorder, therefore it does not know what it wants to be. How can a dress with such a complex possible hang right on anyone? Even tall and lanky girls? ;-) I prefer my wardrobe to be filled with well-adjusted pieces that do not require therapy to know how to hang!!

EG Wow said...

Only a few people can wear them and look good. ;)

SueLovesCherries said...

I would like it if I was skinny and had someone to wrap it on me each time I wore it!

Dhemz said...

nice styles....:)

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JoyACookin' said...

Fundamental principle: that which is intended to suit all is good for nothing. Yes, Lily, multiple personality disorder is a good name for this kind of disaster. Seems more people loath this dress than like it. No wonder; most people smart.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I didn't find it so ugly, probably because I live in India, and we don't usually get to see such dresses. In fact, it would be a super-selling item if something like this gets into the markets here :) How much does it cost anyway?

Kathleen said...

I actually own two of these dresses. I love them! I'm not tall (5'1") and I'm not skinny (~160 lbs.) but the dresses fit me perfectly and they look great. I get a lot of compliments when I wear my dresses. You just have to wrap the straps around your waist so that it gives your waist definition. I think this type of dress is the PERFECT LBD. I'm really happy I bought these dresses.