Where Can I Wear This? // Kate Spade Martin Dress

I am very fond of this dress, but I can't figure out where I can wear it as is... I don't really want to invest in it unless I can find a reasonable amount of places I can wear it to. The colours are very neutral so I can pair it with a whole bunch of colours and footwear, so I'm not too worried about that.

  • Work - I'd have to wear something under it - maybe a collared shirt, or a pussy-bow top; or a camisole underneath it. I can't flip it around because the back is also low cut. Or a cropped sweater overtop.
  • Play - Is this too low cut to wear out on a date? To meet his folks?
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21 Comments

  • Neel replied 4 years ago

    That's a gorgeous dress! And I think it would look great on you.

    As about the neckline ... for me ... That's a pretty low neckline, especially to meet *his* folks. I would use it for date nights or evening parties (but the floral might not really say *evening*) ... Even then with cami! So I am not really sure how you feel about it. It totally depends on your comfort level.

  • ramya replied 4 years ago

    I always wear camisole... Preferabely the high neck square ones.(Thanks a lot girls!!). So with camisole you can probably wear it anywhere.

    This is a problem I face with most of the clothes. And camisole, tanks are my solutions:)

    Lyn you can wear top over this and use a skirt too :) Just to change things. Layering blouses under dress is something you do. Date nights , denim jacket , open hair. A statement necklace can help things too, on days you don't want to layer :)

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Hmm, I think I see what you mean, Neel - it looks less "booby" on Taylor Swift.

    ETA - Ms. Swift and I are of similar sizes; she's 2" taller and about 10 lbs lighter, but same measurements. - "Taylor Swift Height - 177 cm, Weight - 58 kg, Measurements- 34-25-35, Bra Size-34B, Shoe Size-8.5"

  • ramya replied 4 years ago

    Hmm... It looks like Taylor's girls are far apart and that helps it from looking less booby. Sheesh I can't explain it.

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Even on different models it looks different ... gah; maybe the first model had a push up bra?

  • ramya replied 4 years ago

    Hmmm if you love it Lyn get it and try oit out. It does look very different on each one!!!

  • unfrumped replied 4 years ago

    Pretty dress! But the style and print are not what I think of for work at all, even for young docs. Not the neckline, as layering can fix that. It just reads flowery- girlie off- work time to me.

  • leopardluxe replied 4 years ago

    Do you ever do brunch? My first thought when I saw the pattern and cut was, "what a lovely dress that would be for a Sunday brunch." 

    ...and not sure why, but for some reason I really want to see it with bright yellow pops of color (belt, bag or shoes).

  • VernieJane replied 4 years ago

    This dress is so pretty! I think its really cute the way it is, for shopping or going out on a date, of course! But for work or meeting his parents, depending on your body, the neckline could be too low--dépends how it hangs really. But you could always put a spagetti string white tank top underneath just to create a little triangle of modesty at the neckline...

  • VernieJane replied 4 years ago

    PS Taylor probably had it tailored (no pun intended...)

  • kkards replied 4 years ago

    date nights for sure, weddings absolutely. garden parties if you know anyone who has them, if not you could always give one so that you have a place to wear this lovely dress. 

  • Joyce B replied 4 years ago

    It's pretty but too low cut in front for my taste. May be worn without moving or it may show more than was intended.
    I love the print and the back. A cami would ruin the back. If you want you can add a nice piece of fabric mimicking the front of a cami under the front dress opening so you do not lose the pretty back opening and it's more comfortable. You are good with sewing so I think you can do that.
    It's great for date night. Not for meeting his parents or for work.

  • rute replied 4 years ago

    Everywhere! With flat sandals or flats + denin jacket at weekends, with a jacket for work, with a clutch and heels for a fancy dinner!
    Go for it!

  • Emily replied 4 years ago

    Hmm... the neckline looks low to me, even on Taylor.  I would say yes for dates or non-conservative social occasions, but no for meeting the parents and work.  The deep V in the back makes it a no for me - I think that always looks odd layered over a blouse.  The back V always says "party" to me.

  • replied 4 years ago

    I vote no --- I fear it will languish in your closet, unless you have lots of summer garden parties to attend.

  • adorkable replied 4 years ago

    I'd want to see it with a formal blazer for most work environments - and even then it might be too girly! (Errrr can you do a blazer or do you wear a lab coat thing?)

  • torontogirl replied 4 years ago

    I think it's really pretty and would be appropriate for work, out and about (I think from your posts you are a dress person, so you would wear?) - I can imagine it working for different occasions, say with a colorful cardi, vs. a dressy black blazer maybe, vs. a jean jacket.

    I agree with comments that it needs a cami though - I am bit of a prude, but that's too low-cut for my taste!

  • lyn* replied 4 years ago

    Well, a lot of food for thought :| Hmm.

  • shedev replied 4 years ago

    It's very cute but the concerns over the neckline may make it not a ten for you.

  • Diana replied 4 years ago

    Hmm, I think it's gorgeous but my first hunch is that it's more of a party dress (not necessarily just formal party though; it would definitely work for more casual festive occasions too) than a work dress.  Although you seem to have a knack for making all dresses work-appropriate so maybe with a blazer and cami it would work for you.  Could you order, try with various stylings, and then return if it doesn't work?

    Re: the cleavage thing.  With the OMGboobs gold dress, I think the reason why it got so cleavagey at the wedding banquet was that I was indeed wearing a pushup bra, and didn't realize that it would actually give me that much cleavage.  Normally my boobs are very wide set and I have a broad sternum so that's pretty much all you'd see.  Even with a regular bra I feel rather exposed in it, but it's not OMGboobs. 

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 4 years ago

    It's cute as a button but I agree that it's more of a picnic party/summer wedding dress, with the flippy skirt and the low back as well as front. I can imagine it working for work with a cardigan over, maybe, but I never like not being able to take off layers if necessary.

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