Mum on the Run – a new shaped dress to try???

Occasionally a new style of dress comes along which slowly starts to gather pace and over time, becomes more and more popular.

This season the drop waist dress is creeping into our consciousness – bear with me on this one – I am going to give you a few different options!

This hot pink and black dress by Victoria Beckham was one of the first dresses that I can recall in this style (well, since the 1980’s at least, when I definitely had one or two that I used to wear to our school disco!)

Clearly this style dress isn’t going to be for everyone – I get that – but if you can get over the mental image of wearing one whilst dancing to “Come on Eileen” or “Hey Mickey” then it might be worth trying one.

I think that it’s nice when something fresh comes on the scene and given that wrap dresses, lovely as they are, plus prom style dresses, shift dresses and so on have been with us for so long, it’s good to have a new kid on the block. So, here are some options:

Jaeger Boutique has several dresses in this style and they seem to have adopted it as a mainstay this season.

First of all there’s this Emma Drop Waist dress (£120). It’s simple, understated and doesn’t scream “look at me”. I would keep the outfit simple, maybe adding a necklace or chunky cuff and heels – perhaps shoe boots – and for me that would be that.

For someone with giraffe like legs, I would love to see this paired with some amazing open toe shoe boots which come slightly higher up the leg – not a look I could pull off.

For a more casual take on the look, also by Jaeger Boutique, there’s this Jessie check wool blend dress (£120). This gives a nod towards the heritage trend. It would need to be styled with edgy and sophisticated shoes or boots and accessories or else there could be slight cowgirl connotations. I wouldn’t attempt this dress, preferring the above one instead – but I have no doubt that others could pull it off.

The third dress by Jaeger Boutique is this Cindy Jacquard Spot Dress (£160). Clearly here it is styled in a really youthful way (which I must admit to finding slightly disturbing) but if the ankle socks and pink shoes were lost and again replaced by something altogether more edgy and sophisticated, it could take on a whole different look.

For a more grown up take on the trend, you could look to thisRockefeller dress merlot (£275) by the Fold, London. Slightly longer in length, and with the addition of sleeves, this may be a more appealing option to some.

Below is a picture of Victoria from Feathers and Frills wearing the above dress, which looks fantastic on her – really elegant and just a little different. What glossy locks too!

Finally, again from Jaeger Boutique, there’s this Jersey swing hem dress (£180). It’s not a drop waist dress but is of a similar silhouette to the above styles and could be styled in exactly the same way, enabling you to reference the look, without taking it on head on.

Are any of you tempted by a drop waist dress? I have one in a bag right by me waiting to be tried. I’m not going to promise to share the looks with you – but I will report back in due course.



  1. Thea
    October 17, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    I took one look at that Victoria Beckham one and thought 'No!' – with the high neck and no sleeves it would make me look like a wrestler!But the others are nice… very nice. I have relatively broad shoulders and biggish hips, so having the flounce at the bottom to even things out might just work… Something to look into!PS – I agree that the pop socks and court shoes are a bit disturbing 😉

    • StyleGuile
      October 18, 2012 / 9:07 pm

      Hi Thea – as you say, that style might just work for you and even if ultimately it doesn't, it's better to have given it a go than not.Hope you like today's post!

  2. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    There's one called the Isabella at Whistles which I've tried on and it's lovely, really flattering. It worked well belted as well, it makes them more like an A line. Hoping it ends up in the sale at some point!

    • StyleGuile
      October 18, 2012 / 9:05 pm

      Hi! Liking the sound of that one – I must check it out. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Marta
    October 18, 2012 / 7:02 am

    LOL.. I just MADE one for my little girl – didn't know it was so on trend though.. It's a drop-waist knit dress with an owl on it (God knows owls are also in trend – thanks, Burberry!) She'll be the trendiest shortie around ;)

    • StyleGuile
      October 18, 2012 / 9:05 pm

      How come I can't see that photo? Would love to see your daughter in her trendy drop waist/owl dress. Do you do them in a bigger size?!!

  4. Thea
    October 18, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    That is the cutest dress Marta, and yes, bang on trend!You're a masterful knitter!

  5. Sue Wilty
    October 18, 2012 / 10:23 pm

    Flash sale! 20% off Boutique by Jaeger dresses until midnight

    • StyleGuile
      October 20, 2012 / 8:42 pm

      Hey Sue, that's good to know, thanks for sharing. Sorry I was so slow off the mark to get back to you! Beth

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