Yep! I went to the mall last week and lived to tell about it! I stepped into – even though I am not and do not desire to be – “Forever 21.” My oldest daughter dragged me there and it wasn’t too bad. They had some cute dresses, so I bought the girls each a dress. For college DD, I got a classic navy blue with white polka dot dress. I can’t find a photo of it online. It is similar to the above dress and it is reminiscent of the classic dress that Julia Roberts wore in “Pretty Woman”. I loved that dress – and the hat!
Here’s a cute dress pattern from Burda.
Both of my daughters are very tall and a lot of the dresses are cut very short. It makes it very difficult to find something appropriate and that they would be comfortable in. A few stores we walked into I had to turn around and walk out due to the pounding music (at 10 AM) and/or the smells. Is it Ambercrombie? I think so – oh the smells! I stayed in long enough to walk around. Many of the styles are based on classics….with about 50% of the fabric!
Cute dress, I think. But look at how short it is? And that’s on a stick model! It reminds me a bit of the argument regarding digital versus paper books. Some feel we should be charged less for digital books because there is less cost in manufacturing and distributing a digital book. I propose that many of today’s fashions should cost less because there is LESS fabric in them! Sheesh, the shorts are, well, short in all directions!
It is fun to see the fashions inspired by Mad Men (I am clueless about the show – I’ve never seen it.) But I love the 50s/retro/vintage looks!
I love this pattern from Burda. I love the guys’ shirt, too!
So what’s my advice? Hey, I’m a 40-something Mom…my advice is keep your butts covered!
A little less skin = a lot more class! You should watch Mad Men. I hardly ever follow the plot because I get lost in the sets & the fashions! Divine!
I second that! And I love that green dress. EVERYTHING is short today and it drives me crazy…the shorts can’t get shorter before they are bikini bottoms…the skirts, the dresses…totally unflattering if you ask me. Waiting till this trend is gone. (And I remember wearing mini-skirts but even though they were called “mini” they were MUCH longer than what we see today-or my Dad wouldn’t have let me walk about of the house!:)
(I second that you would love Mad Men…it’s just creative and different. But it might be hard to catch on if you don’t start from the beginning…and who wants to watch TV with this weather?)
I too love everything about Mad Men. The fashions are fantastic and will be very popular trend with the rising popularity of Marilyn too. I think that dress from Pretty Woman is very 50’s inspired too.
I know what you mean about the pounding music and strong scents in the mall. I can’t tolerate it either and it makes me feel kinda old. I love that Pretty Woman dress– I remember when the movie first came out you could find knock-offs of that dress everywhere. The Mad Men-type photo is so cool– I love those styles, too. And I love the show!
My girls are also “long legged” and have the same problem! Have you looked on the internet at Lands End and Lands End Canvas? They are having a great sale and we found some cute things there! I just can’t handle the mall and thankfully, my girls don’t like it either, so we mail order most of the time! We are about to get busy on the sewing maching and start sewing some skirts! If you know of any EASY and CUTE patterns..let me know!
Couldn’t agree more!