How To Wear a Babydoll Dress Without Looking Frumpy

Spring-Summer Fashion 2016


The baby doll dress is again in the fashion spotlight for spring/summer 2016. To look stunning in a babydoll dress just make sure you choose the right length, match it with high heels and don't forget to get proper support from your underwear.

Wearing a Babydoll Style Dress

Wearing a Babydoll Style Dress
Wearing a Babydoll Style Dress | Source

What Is A Baby Doll Dress?

If you have been living on another planet and have failed to see Hollywood icons like Sandra Bullock wearing baby doll dresses, don't worry you are not too late to catch up. A baby doll dress is, as you can imagine, highly inspired on the baby doll nightgown.

The dress is feminine, and flirty, ideal for those days when you are feeling a bit bloated. It usually skims gracefully through curves accentuating your best assets like beautiful breasts or a great pair of legs.

Floral Babydoll Dress

Floral Design Ribbon Back Detailed V-neck Mini Babydoll Dress
Floral Design Ribbon Back Detailed V-neck Mini Babydoll Dress | Source

Rihana Wearing a Babydoll Dress

Rihana Wearing a Babydoll Dress
Rihana Wearing a Babydoll Dress

How to Wear a Baby Doll Dress

The thing about a baby doll dress is that it can make you look incredibly sexy or horrendously ridiculous. If you have an ample bosom and relatively flat stomach this look can make you look both sweet and sexy. However, if you have heavy thighs you would be better wearing a long version.


  • Get proper support from your underwear. This goes for every item of clothing. Proper underwear that holds everything in place can make a big difference to your overall look. If you want to wear a baby doll dress with a deep plunging neckline choose a push-up bra to enhance your assets, this will drive attention away from ‘problem' areas and will help the effect of the hourglass figure. Some of the Victoria's secret baby doll dresses come with in-built brassieres.


  • The length: Just a few inches above the knee is best. If you are petite, you can wear it a bit shorter but not too much. Bear in mind that baby doll dresses are flowy and they will "show off" in a windy day. Which takes me to the next rule for wearing a baby doll dress: never wear one during a windy day or for doing vigorous dancing like a Ceilidh or a Salsa party unless of course you want to show your "jewels" on every turn!


  • High heels go very well with baby doll dresses. Look at Paris Hilton wedges, they are just perfect for her dress, not too flashy but with enough added high. If you are wearing your dress on the beach, you can even get flip flops with a little heel or wedge to add high and glamour.


  • Printed dresses look better on tall girls. If you are petite a one colour only dress will look nicer on you. If you have a small bust, you can enhance its looks with a different bust colour, like the Paris Hilton dress on the right.


  • To avoid the "pregnant" look you should wear appropriate make up and avoid going out with a "morning sickness" look. Wear high heels and walk tall! Look at the model on the right, she is wearing a vibrant red babydoll dress with high heels and proper make up you cannot say that she looks pregnant, she just looks stunning!

Babydoll Dress

Chiffon Embroidered Babydoll Prom Dress
Chiffon Embroidered Babydoll Prom Dress

Layers of sheer chiffon with an embroidered structured bodice. Lightly padded bust, corset lace-up back, fully lined.

 

How to Wear a Babydoll Dress If You Are 40+

  • If you are over 40 I would recommend you wear babydoll dresses on darker shades and heavier fabrics
  • Another tip for the over 40 group age is to wear your babydoll dress with long leggings as they will create a more mature appearance.

Looks to Copy: The Sequined Balenciaga Babydoll Dress

On the left,  Sienna Miller wearing the Balenciaga babydoll dress.  On the right, Katie Holmes wearing the same dress seven months later!
On the left, Sienna Miller wearing the Balenciaga babydoll dress. On the right, Katie Holmes wearing the same dress seven months later! | Source

Looks To Copy: Empire Waist Babydoll Plaid Dress

Beautiful babydoll dress worn with over the knee suede boots.
Beautiful babydoll dress worn with over the knee suede boots. | Source

Proenza Schouler Graphic Silk Babydoll Dress

A sophisticated version of a sweet babydoll dress in a bold graphic silk.
A sophisticated version of a sweet babydoll dress in a bold graphic silk. | Source

Baby Doll Dresses

In 1956 the movie Baby Doll starring Carroll Baker gave origin to the popularity of the "baby doll" nightgown, the costume worn by Baker's childlike sensual character in the film. Although the film was heavily censored and banned in some countries, the baby doll style gained force and more than 50 years later it is still fashionable.

With the years, the baby doll has made a jump from the bedroom to the high street where women of all shapes enjoy the freedom of wearing a baby doll dress.

High heels Always Add Glamour To A Baby Doll Dress

To add glamour to a simple babydoll dress nothing better than high heels and matching statement handbag.
To add glamour to a simple babydoll dress nothing better than high heels and matching statement handbag. | Source

Everybody Says That Babydoll Dresses Make You Look Pregnant, So They Are The Perfect Thing To Wear When You Actually Are Pregnant

Why Wear A Baby-Doll Dress?


The baby doll dress keeps coming back over the years because it is very "forgiving". With an empire-waisted dress you don't need to be extremely thin to look good and sexy in a dress. It allows you to show off a nice bust and great legs while skimping over a not-so-toned tummy and hips area.

When you are buying a baby-doll dress to last for a long time, regardless of fashion trends, go for a long wearing fabric like wool or silk. Regarding the shape, an A-line dress or a trapeze babydoll dress is also more flattering for most women. Avoid the extremely voluminous baby-doll dresses as they make most women look pregnant.

A babydoll dress is perfect for everyday use and adding some accessories it is a perfect option for an after work drink.

Looks to avoid: "too sweet"

Too sweet and unflattering baby doll dress that clashes with her glitzy sandals.
Too sweet and unflattering baby doll dress that clashes with her glitzy sandals.

Looks to avoid: "Too short"

TOO SHORT:  Avoid the Pamela Anderson: do not show your underwear!
TOO SHORT: Avoid the Pamela Anderson: do not show your underwear!

Baby Doll Dress Horrors To Avoid.

As much as you like the baby doll style please do not fall into the trap that the shorter you wear it the taller you will look. It is true that a short dress will make your legs look longer, but TOO short will only make you look "tarty". The shorter styles are only suitable for young girls. If you are over 30, a hemline just a few inches above the knee is more flattering.

Another thing to avoid is lace trim. A Babydoll dress with a lace trim looks too much like a nightgown!

Keep Accessories to a Minimun

Naven babydoll dress in Pop Pink,
Naven babydoll dress in Pop Pink, | Source

Jessica Alba

 Jessica Alba’s wearing an Isabel Marant denim dress paired with chunkier boots.
Jessica Alba’s wearing an Isabel Marant denim dress paired with chunkier boots. | Source

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Christian Louboutin Heels 5 years ago

I read with great interest.Thanks for you sharing.


chocomousse 5 years ago

Very simple and airy babydoll dresses. You can feel good for any occasion in Ladies tunics like this


fabgirl21 5 years ago

Thanks for the hub! I love Petra Nemcova's dress! I would definitely like to own one like that. My sister just bought a beautiful blue babydoll dress from Jovani and she looked pretty good in it. I think I might have to steal it from her :x


dresses 5 years ago

I love baby doll dresses, they look so cute and casual. Great for the summer.


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mysisters 5 years ago

Great Hub. These are some nice selections on baby doll dresses. They come in so many different colors and styles and you can dress them up or down.


china wholesalers 6 years ago

This is a great post and makes me think of where I can fit in. I do a little bit of everything mentioned here and I guess I have to find my competitive advantage.


Rachel 6 years ago

I just found out I'm pregnant (for the first time) and wondering if a cute baby doll and high heeled sandals would look good if done right.


Babydoll 6 years ago

I admire what you have done here. Well, this is my first visit to your blog! Looks great! Keep up the good work!


Babydoll 6 years ago

I've been reading a few posts and actually I enjoy yours.

This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot for the tips!


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

gwennies pen: The great thing about a babydoll dress is that if you look carefully enough you will find a cut to suit every shape and age.

Kimberly: Babydoll dresses are a staple in my wardrobe, they are great when I don't know what to wear or when I am filling a bit "bloated" they hide all imperfections and enhance my loved areas :)


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Hands Down my favorite style of dress. I live in Canada and don't find this style often so mail order I use and Victoria Secrets has adorable ones

just loved this hub, need to go

must buy new dress

lol

Kimberly, Thanks


gwennies pen 6 years ago

I use to wear baby doll nighties. This style in a dress is flattering. I appreciate you sharing this hub, even though I am petite and older. Thanks for the tips where to find them. I guess I like the feminine look as I am a bit old-fashioned. It is interesting to see how fashion makes its full circle, isn't it? :)


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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

Glad you liked it!


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Van Woods 6 years ago from California, CA

Greta Hub and An Amazing Collection.....

Thanks very much!

Van Woods, California CA


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hunter1riley 6 years ago from Nashville

Nice hub. A baby doll dress has always been a favorite of mine. It's such a fun summertime item of clothing. Always light and very comfortable. Dress it up with sexy high heels like these: http://highheels.onsugar.com/ or stay with traditional flats or even flip flops. Such a versatile dress.


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bruce520 6 years ago

Great hub!

I like to share this babydoll dresses link also.

http://www.2sshoes.com/product.asp?page=2&cate_id=...

Really chic dresses!


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Ebower 7 years ago from Georgia

awesome hub...love the gorgeous pics!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

iwhcpanties: maybe after reading this she will try on a couple next time she goes shopping... It is all about finding the right cut to enhance one's figure.


iwhcpanties 7 years ago

This is nice, I love the dress’s and wish my wife would wear them, or what we call sun dress’s anyway.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

scenechika1234: yes, too short is never a good idea at any age.


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scenechika1234 7 years ago

i think she made a good point about too short baby doll dresses because you don't want to buy a dress that is too short for you. i might only be 15 but i know what im talking about because a girl started that "too short" baby doll dress trend and got a lot of girls in trouble. i don't wear a lot of dresses but i would wear that dress! i think that they are absoluteley beautiful no matter what your body shape (type) is.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

I am glad you all like the babydoll dresses. They are so flatering that one looks great every single time wearing one of those!


Leanne 7 years ago

I love the dress Nicki Hilton is wearing :)

very cute, and very flattering!


Designer store 7 years ago

Interesting Post!


orientantique 7 years ago

The above is beautiful girls with attractive fashion.


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Staci-Barbo7 7 years ago from North Carolina

I love the baby doll top, as does my daughter. To create an adorable yet modest look, we pair the tops with leggings.


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Priyanka Swamy 7 years ago from Concord, CA

Babydoll dresses are great for spring and summer. They can be casual or dressy. Great tips on finding the best babydoll dresses for your body and some really cute dresses.


cheap wedding dress 7 years ago

I love babydoll dress, I prepare to buy 2-3 pieces for the coming summer. Thanks for sharing.


cheap wedding dress 7 years ago

Nice hub! I like babydoll dress, and wanna buy some for myself this summer. Thanks for sharing. Those pics looks attractive and sweet.


singapore fashion 7 years ago

very nice dresses and great hub. keep it.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Coast Dresses and JennifersJumpers: you are welcome. The great thing about a babydoll dress is that there is one for every style and age: long, short, colourful, monochromatic, summery, vintage, dressy... and the list goes on!


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JennifersJumpers 7 years ago

Thanks for showing different styles of the babydoll dress. Everyone doesn't want cleaving showing! I really liked the vintage dress.


Coast Dresses 7 years ago

I totally agree that there is a babydoll style for any age. My mum thought she couldn't wear one but I went shopping with her and we found a lovely shrug to go with her dress and she didn't look like "mutton dressed as lamb" like she thought she would lol


sherlynavia 7 years ago from United States

Great hub! Paris Hilton babydoll dress is great. I love babydoll dresses. Thanks for sharing.


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sun goddess 8 years ago from davao city, philippines

seen one in marks and spencer recently in my sojourn in Sinagore and the one that victoria beckham wore in the net... didn't know it would make such a come back since... i dunno... the 80's or the 90's.... looks absolutely cute but i don't think i could wear one here... :) it's summer here 365 days in a year...


ideaman21 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

I want to thank you for making me aware of the 1956 film. I had never heard of it and I love classic film. Its amazing where you can find a gem in this world when you are looking for something else.


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

sun goddess: Dresses are so cute and feminine. I also like the short babydoll style in long sleeves for winter, worn with boots looks very casual and chic.

BTW have you seen the new leather dresses? they are absolutely gorgeous...


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sun goddess 8 years ago from davao city, philippines

great hub!!!! i absolutely loooooooooooooove baby doll dresses.... no, i loooooooooooove dresses..... :) it's cute, fun and flirty.... embelished sandals seem to work for me though when i'm wearing baby doll dresses.. :) but you're right about the wedges and heels part... they look absolutely divine.... thanks for the tips!


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

Om Paramapoonya: You are right, stick to short dresses to make your legs look longer. I do like long dresses, which seem to be all the rage in Paris just now, but as I am not very tall, they are not flattering for me neither.

Paranoid86: The dresses are cute or sexy depending on how you wear them. that is one of the reasons why I like them.


paranoid86 8 years ago

nice hub, very up to date in fashion world.

the dress were really cute.

http://hubpages.com/author/paranoid86/latest/?rss


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Om Paramapoonya 8 years ago

Nice hub! I actually have a lot of baby doll dresses myself. The reason I like them is that I'm short and long dresses just don't look good on me. So I guess I'm going to stick with this trend for a while. :-)


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

2patricias: I think that there is a baby doll dress for every age, you just need to find the most appropiate one for your shape and age, and of course, you should wear the rigth accessories with it to avoid looking out of place :)


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

Yes! I love this, I'm going to see if I can find one for me!


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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

Fun hub...this is a look I was surprised to see make such a strong comeback...but it's certainly a comfortable style that hides a lot of tummy flaws that USA women suffer from right now.


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Sapristi! 8 years ago

More girls should re-conceptualize the babydoll look. And also read your article. I see all these stick-thin girls looking 5 months pregnant in these dresses! ...maybe I'm just jealous 'cause I can't pull it off ;)


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ausmark627 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Great stuff! I love baby doll dresses, but used to have difficulty pulling it off. Thanks for the new info!


Auction Dresses 8 years ago

Good info. Love your hub. The black and white babydoll dress looks so light and summery.


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topstuff 8 years ago

Oh i know too much about baby doll dress,i think yes its not very late.


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Good hub. This is a look for the young! After a certain age baby dolls are not flattering.


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Annie Couture 8 years ago from Colorado

great hub, great look!

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