Last week I tried something different: I posted two dresses, and we had a dress-off. It was certainly interesting to see your comments and comparisons.
The dislikers of dress #1 mainly felt it was too much like a uniform, the dislikers of dress number two thought it twee and less polished. The accusation that it wasn’t fair as the mannequin wasn’t doing the dress justice, so the other had too much of an advantage, was leveled at both dresses by different commenters. Some of you got quite literal and considered how it would actually work in a nautical situation, though the verdict on which was more suitable for boats and the seaside was anything but unanimous. Finally, some of you annoyed me (in a loving way) by refusing to give the dresses different ratings (which rather defeats the point of a dress-off!).
Of all the comments I most agreed with Stella, who called the slim dress “beautiful and innovative” and the full-skirted dress “insipid, dull, and looks like it was intended for a small child” but did you feel the same way?
Well, the slim dress certainly got the most enthusiastic ratings (eight 10/10s compared to the full-skirted dresses’ measly two 10/10s), but when I added up the points the full dress came out 7.5 points ahead. But then I double checked both sets of numbers, realised I sucked at adding, re-did them all and the final verdict was….a draw! Yes, 7.9 out of 10 for both dresses. The slim dress half a point ahead of the full in the final add up, but it was too small a percentage to make a difference once I divided by the number of voters. I guess Norell just designs a good nautical dress!
Sometimes I feel I need to introduce a picture. To tell you about it, get you amped up and ready to consider it and rate it. Not this week. This week you’re rating this image:
Well, not the whole painting. Not the guy in the boring brown suit, or the guy in the boring green suit, or even the lady in the extremely chic white silk hoodie. You’re rating the guy wearing leopard print breeches and a matching waistcoat. Just in case you hadn’t noticed him.
I can only surmise how this rating will go. Either you will react in utter horror, wondering if this was the 18th century version of hammer pants or metallic platforms for me, or you will decide that this is truly the awesomest thing ever, and Mr Animal-Print Unmentionables was clearly the manliest baddass of the Rococo, his girlie face aside (I mean, really, look at his face! Now do a mental face-swap between him and Ms Satin Hoodie and tell me she doesn’t get prettier with his face!).
So? What’ll it be?
Rate the Dress (or three piece suit, stockings, buckled shoes etc., as it may be) on a Scale of 1 to 10
*Also, based on the title of the work, and in the spirit of the collective nouns for costuming post, I hereby declare that a collection of animal-print menswear, should you be so…ummm…idiosyncratic as to have one, shall henceforth be known as an elegance of leopard-print suiting. Make it so.