Ready Made Outfit: How to Wear a Bubble Hem Dress

October 30th, 2008

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Bubble hem dresses and skirts can be challenging to wear, as the volume at the hemline isn’t necessarily figure flattering.  Here’s how to wear a bubble hem dress with style:

1.  Start with the bubble hem dress.  Don’t you love the elegance of this gray and cream dress?
2.  Reign in the volume with a wide belt.  You could either go with a belt in a similar color (as shown here), or one in a purposefully contrasting color.
3.  Slip on a pair of slouchy boots and a pair of tights.  The dark tights will not only make this outfit warmer, but they’ll also visually slim your legs.
4.  Add the finishing touches: layer on a set of necklaces, and grab a brightly colored handbag to complete the look.

How will you wear a bubble hem dress?  Share your style with us in the comments!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna  |  October 30th, 2008 at 6:19 am

    I think these dresses look dreadful on EVERYONE — tall pencil-thin models, wide hips, wide shoulders, thin waist, thick waist. It doesn’t matter. They distort a woman’s figure and looks like a clay sculpture by a second grader! The rest of the outfit is adorable, but let that hem down!

  • 2. janie  |  October 30th, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I agree with Anna. I think these dresses are UGLY.

  • 3. Trisha  |  October 31st, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Anna and Janie,

    Bubble hem dresses are hard to wear, but they can work. Really!

    Try a ever-so-slight bubble on the hem, and reign in the volume with a belt. Makes all the difference :)


  • 4. Mimi  |  October 31st, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I’d be willing to try on a few bubble dresses to see how I look. I don’t think I’d invest more than $50 because the trend might be short-lived but it could be a fun holiday party style

  • 5. Anna  |  November 2nd, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Sorry, Trisha!

    I love your style advice, and know you are trying to make a fad workable but the proportions of bubble dresses by their very nature are distorted.

    I’ve seen a LOT of pictures with a million styles of bubble dresses and I have the same reaction EVERY time:. top down (I need a v-neck, so I always start there) pretty neckline, nice color, nice detailing, hips and hemline — what the heck did they do that for?! It either looks like a home-ec project gone wrong or like she has a pulled thread tugging at the hem.

    Never seen it look good on any model, so certainly not in real life! :-)

  • 6. maryam in marrakech  |  November 3rd, 2008 at 5:09 am

    oooh, I have to disagree. I recently bought a long bubble mini-dress/tunic and I just love it! I wear it with leggings and darling flats, and I actually find it to be slimming and adorable and I am only 5 ft 6.

  • 7. Trisha  |  November 3rd, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Thanks for your perspectives, Anna and Maryam, and great discussion, all!

    BTW – if you check this week’s poll, you can weigh in there about Bubble Dresses too :)

  • 8. Stevi  |  February 16th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    i wear my bubble hem dress with opaque black tights and killer heels… my boyfriend loves it!!

  • 9. iflissen  |  March 12th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    I baught one in red…at Benetton. It was so cheep, I thought I’ll try it. The top part has thing straps and a rose of the same red color.

    I went in thinking that there is no way in earth that this thing will look good on me ( I have curves and …I am large at the hipps).

    An other customer who was there, so me in it! She went crazy: You absolutely have to buy it! I did feel very confrutable…and I was extreemly suprised.

    When I buy close that fit me well I always ask my self why they fit?
    In this case, the dress had a slight bubble on the hem and the fabric was very light. If it was a more heavy fabric…I am a 100% sure that I would have left it right there.

    So I guess, the shpe of the dress is not the only thing that counts, the fabric too!

  • 10. phyllis  |  June 9th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I love the bubble dress but I just can’t find it. Who carries these dresses ? Where can I find them–what stores?

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