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Would You Wear… a Drop-Waist Dress?


Drop waist dresses
Drop Waist Dresses: 1. Marc Jacobs, 2. On Clemence Poesy via ELLE, 3. DVF

I have an innate fear of fashion styles associated with the term “low”: Low-rise jeans, drop-crotch harem pants, and mullet hemlines, to name a few, all make me a little nervous. Which is precisely why the sudden popularity of drop-waist dresses caught me by surprise. Not only do I adore this look; I have a few dresses in this style!

This 1920s throwback silhouette has a longer bodice section with a shorter skirt, which could range from a-line to pleated. By nature, the drop-waist dress is versatile. Paired with a blazer and heels, it makes a perfect job interview look, while adding a pair of casual booties and a low-slung bag makes it essential for an afternoon of shopping.

My only concern with a drop-waist dresses, however is the body types issue. For someone who does not have a longer torso or is short, a drop waist dress might make them look shorter. If that’s not what you’re going for, experimentation with different sizes is key.

Drop Waist Anthropologie Dress
A shot from the Anthropologie Spring ’12 catalog.

What do you think about drop-waisted dresses?

Is a drop-waist dress a style that you would wear? How would you wear it?  Which look above is your favorite?  Leave a comment below and let us know!

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35 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Drop-Waist Dress?”

  1. 1
    April 30th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Definitely, I feel like this is such a pretty shape, and definitely very forgiving. ;)

  2. 2
    April 30th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    No, I find that the dropped waist style is very difficult to pull off if you do not have a boyish figure or at the very least narrow hips.

  3. 3
    April 30th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    cant wait to get a drop waist av always like it cos am on d skinny side it give my hip a full luk

  4. 4
    April 30th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Agreed with the above comment, and I kind of wish you had included some guide on how to wear it for different body types or such. I am 5′ tall, and have a pear shape, so I have to be very careful on what I wear to not look 1- shorter and 2-fatter.
    Such a shame because it’s a very interesting silhouette

  5. 5
    April 30th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I would, but only because my body type would allow it. It definitely has a spunky, flirty feel to it.

  6. 6
    April 30th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Heck no. I have wide shoulders and wide hips/thighs – removing my waistline turns me from an hourglass to a wall.

  7. 7
    April 30th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love this silhouette! I think it looks great on my short torso/longer legs body type and it manages to hide the fact that I do not have a defined waist. I really hope this style will be widely available on the high street stores.

  8. 8
    April 30th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I sure would! The silhouette works well for me because I’m just straight up and down with no defined waist. I have a cream lace dropwaist dress from Zara that I can’t wait to wear…if only it would get warmer!

  9. 9
    April 30th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Can’t wait to buy one! I feel fortunate to be able to wear this kind of dress since my petite stature won’t allow for maxi dresses.

  10. 10
    April 30th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve owned a drop-waist dress for awhile( ABS dress originally $98 on sale for $3, I had to buy it.)
    I would say don’t write it off if you don’t have a boyish figure. Just look for something that has a higher waist( one that’s actually at the waist instead of further down on the hips),and the style will work better on your body without losing any definition.

  11. 11
    April 30th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This shape is so great for showing off legs! I think you can put a vest over it if your figure doesn’t seem defined enough with the drop waist though. Drop waist is a popular shape in Asia as far as I’ve seen, since it’s a very sweet look. But I think it can also have a glam look to it.

  12. 12
    April 30th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Absolutely! I think it looks great with a blazer and wedges like the picture above.

  13. 13
    April 30th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    oh geez.. its a cute style and will definitely look great on some people, but like others above mentioned, not something that would be very flattering to us pear shaped ladies. On that note… not even going to bother with this one :)

  14. 14
    April 30th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    It’s not for every body type, but I have to agree that it’s really nice to be able to wear this when you can’t wear a maxi dress. It’s just one of those styles that isn’t for everyone, but looks great on people who can wear it. The Anthropologie one is really cute.

  15. 15
    April 30th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    i have an hourglass shape and this type of dress works well if you add a more structured blazer or if the fabric isnt that loose, although if the skirt part is very full, your hips WILL look fuller too

  16. 16
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I think this is the only spring trend I don’t like. I don’t think they’re flattering, and they remind me of the dresses I wore as a little girl :\

  17. 17
    April 30th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    It’s too bad, the 1920s was a cute decade, but fashion-wise, I just can’t get into the drop-waist because I have hips. The Sartorialist does a great collection of 1920s styles when he goes to Governor’s Island for their Roaring 20s themed party. The men’s styles are amazing!

  18. 18
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    They are very pretty, but my hips are to big! they hit me at one of my biggest points and make me look fat!

  19. 19
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve never been able to find a drop-waist dress that looks good on me. I’ve tried a bunch with different waists, but they all make my hips look HUGE.

  20. 20
    April 30th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Absolutely darling on the models! But then what isn’t?! (: people who aren’t models though…definately could pull it off!

  21. 21
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I really like this look, on the hanger. I haven’t tried it if anything I usually opt for higher waisted things, and I’m not sure how this would have on me since I have trouble with some silhouettes of dresses. Great post though!!

  22. 22
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    It looks nice on the models in the pictures, but it doesn’t work for my body type; i’m skinny but I have fuller hips, which personally I like to define and not hide.

  23. 23
    April 30th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I love the floral dress featured, hmm I would absolutely try this…

  24. 24
    April 30th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I have no problem with others wearing it and think it can be pulled off.. but I am very fortunate to be blessed with a tiny, defined waist and can’t seem to find the desire to hide it away!

    I’m all for trends being worn when they flatter, not when you just like them.

  25. 25
    April 30th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I have a long torso, so it’s not suited for my body type :/

  26. 26
    May 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am

    At first, I was so against them and hated them so much. Now, you changed my mind because all of the ones above, (except the first one on the left) looked so cute! Now I’m a fan:)

  27. 27
    May 1st, 2012 at 9:15 am

    No way! After wearing this style for 6 years in an extremely awful, unflattering brown school uniform, I know that this only suits up-and-down boyish figures, and only when cut narrow. That said, on such figures, it is so beautiful – I love that 30s look!

  28. 28
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I am incredibly short, so I avoid these dresses like the plague. I’ve tried a few on at places like H&M and Target, but they never quite fit right.

  29. 29
    May 1st, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Okay, I love drop-waist dresses! And they can be worn be girls with wide shoulders, slim waists, and curvy hips/butts (like me).
    Look for light woven cottons, smoother knits and slim fits for the upper portion, and flat-hanging textures like fringe or lace on the bottom, as well as shoulder details that soften and conceal, like split sleeves or the aforementioned fringe.
    Be careful with blazers; if the blazer does not end at, or lower than, where the skirt portion starts, you will end up with several horizontal lines through your hips.

  30. 30
    May 1st, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I don’t like wearing them personally, I don’t suit them. I prefer things with the waist in the right place!

  31. 31
    May 2nd, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Yeah I’d definatly wear this in the right style! It helps that I’m quite tall and have a long torso already, but I think with the right cut anyone could wear it

  32. 32
    May 2nd, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I like the idea of drop-waist dresses, but I personally do not have the right figure for it. I have a high and prominent waist with my 1.58 meters, which is very nice for many other trends, but not for this one. You found some very cute dresses though!

  33. 33
    November 24th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I would wear a drop waist dress with a longer hem line, have been trying to find some with no luck and also do not want a plunging neckline

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