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Baby-Doll Dresses Grow Up

Even if you're too old to care about back-to-school fashion, you can still affect a schoolgirl look with this fall's sophisticated baby-doll dresses. There are tons of sweet, high-waisted dresses in stores right now, all of which put tiny twists on the traditional baby-doll look. And yes, it is possible to wear one without looking like a 5-year-old: The key is chosing neutral tones and tailored, streamlined cuts that look as grown up as they do girly. Here are some picks:

Anna Sui Satin Dress, $398, available here

Embroidered Bird Puff Sleeve Dress, $180, available here

Three more looks, so

Milly Silk Empire Dress, $350, available here

Forever 21 Woven Baby Doll, $24.80, available here

Anthropologie Skylight Dress, $288, available here

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Nat Nat 9 years
Does anyone know what's the brand of Rachel Bilson's outwear in the pic? http://www.justjared.com/pictures/photos.php?yr=2006&mon=08&evt=bilson_birthday&pic=rachel-bilson-birthday-02.jpg thanks!
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
they're all so gorgeous. but they're only good if you've got a flat tummy. ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
vintagesugar vintagesugar 9 years
Who knew that we needed birds on our boobs and that it would look so fabulous? Really, really cute and the price is not bad, either.
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 9 years
wow i love the Milly.. its gorgeous :)
pollypo pollypo 9 years
nicachica - I can't say for sure about babydolls in particular, but I know that Shoshanna designs for women with larger busts.
Super_Fly Super_Fly 9 years
All of them but the first are adorable!
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
the 3rd would def flatter my tummy and its not an outrageous price
peepshow peepshow 9 years
Where have I seen the embroidered bird one? I think someone (a celeb.) was wearing it recently...
BlackBarbie21 BlackBarbie21 9 years
ok ew.
meggiemegs meggiemegs 9 years
I like all of them except the Anna Sui, I already look a lot younger than I am, and that dress would make it look worse. I hear ya girls on the trouble with Ds it can be so frustrating. Nicachica good luck on WW, I've been doing it myself, and have lost 20 pounds.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Nam4, i'm feelin ya! I really hate shopping unless its for shoes! I can't wear spagetti straps because you would need a strapless bra with them and those things can't hold up my babies. AND i can't wear anything tube top cuz i just know my girls are gonna flp out. Seems like the only thing that look good on me are halter tops and v-necks. But halters are a bit tricky, know what i mean? ay, this body i have! on the plus side, i'm starting to go to weight watchers so hopefully i'll lose some of my top. wish me luck! i have 5-10 pounds to lose before my cousin's wedding in October and another 15 after that. :)
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I love them all except the Anna Sui. Way too French-maid-in-grammer-school.
Rainey Rainey 9 years
Cute dresses but I would feel and look like a baby in them. So I like them but on someone else.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I hear you, Nicachica... I've got D's as well. Shopping for dresses (hell, shopping for ANYTHING) is really difficult.
bellstar bellstar 9 years
I'm liking the Anthropologie dress too. The first 2 dresses look too Lolita-esque.
audreystar audreystar 9 years
anna sui dress reminds me of wednesday addams. i don't like the bird puff dress cuz i don't want birds on my boobs. the other dresses are cute though.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
I love the Anthropologie one, I was ogling it the other day!
mandeesparkle mandeesparkle 9 years
Hahaha pollypo is right.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
I like the Milly and the Forever21. The Anna Sui looks too American Girl Doll for my liking...
Faye16 Faye16 9 years
Love them!
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 9 years
You know what I like about these dresses ??? Even chubby girls can wear them because they "Hide" the big belly.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
mmm, I never thought I'd hear "babydoll" in the same sentence with "sophisticated" without the words "is not" inbetween.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
brave Fab! these are really excellent picks. :) i just wish i could wear these types of dresses but with their small cups and my size D's, they look ridiculous. maybe you can have a story on what kinds of dresses go well with big busts? anyone else have this problem?
pollypo pollypo 9 years
A babydoll dress is one thing. A babydoll dress with a Peter Pan collar, on an adult, is a little silly to say the least.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
The bird dress is adorable!
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