I used to have this dress–a pretty simple, I guess I would call it shirtdress, navy blue with white dots. Pretty much this one: http://shopatsullivan.com/navy-white-polka-dot-dress.html although mine had long sleeves. It came with a white belt, but I wore it with a navy belt with a silver buckle.
Every time I wore it, at least one man complimented the dress. No women ever did.
I could never figure out why. I loved the dress and it was extremely easy-care. It was the kind of dress I could throw in a suitcase, scrunched in a corner even, and then I could pull it out and wear it and it looked fine. Throw it in the wash, throw it in the dryer, it came out looking fine.
It did not show a lot of skin. I don’t even think it showed cleavage. I never could figure out why men liked it. (Although as I said, I liked it–but mainly because it felt good and never had to be ironed or fussed with at all.)
At the same time I had a mostly blue plaid suit that my mother gave me. The jacket was pretty much this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/113279046/preppy-plaid-cropped-blazer-wool-blend?ref=market--the plaid is similar but was a little larger. It came with an A-line skirt and straight-leg pants. I didn’t like it as much, as it was itchy, but whenever I wore it (which happened, there were dry-cleaning crises and such), at least one woman admired it and said I looked great. No men ever did.
I actually thought it looked kind of creepy with the pants and usually wore it with the skirt, but I got compliments–from women of course–even when I wore the pants. The closest thing I got to a compliment on it from a man was my husband saying my mother’s taste wasn’t as bad as I thought.
This one, being dry-clean only (and kind of itchy) did not get nearly as much wear but it did get me wondering. How come only men seemed to like the one, and only women seemed to like the other one?
(My apologies for ugly looking links. For some reason the computer demanded that I go to the desktop and use Internet Explorer to do the automatic link-thingy and I just wasn’t in the mood.)