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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

Nat Nat 11 years
Does anyone know what's the brand of Rachel Bilson's outwear in the pic? thanks!
stone_soup stone_soup 11 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.
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 11 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 11 years
wow i love the Milly.. its gorgeous :)
pollypo pollypo 11 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 11 years
All of them but the first are adorable!
t0xxic t0xxic 11 years
the 3rd would def flatter my tummy and its not an outrageous price
peepshow peepshow 11 years
Where have I seen the embroidered bird one? I think someone (a celeb.) was wearing it recently...
BlackBarbie21 BlackBarbie21 11 years
ok ew.
meggiemegs meggiemegs 11 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 11 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 11 years
I love them all except the Anna Sui. Way too French-maid-in-grammer-school.
Rainey Rainey 11 years
Cute dresses but I would feel and look like a baby in them. So I like them but on someone else.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 11 years
I hear you, Nicachica... I've got D's as well. Shopping for dresses (hell, shopping for ANYTHING) is really difficult.
bellamargaretha bellamargaretha 11 years
I'm liking the Anthropologie dress too. The first 2 dresses look too Lolita-esque.
audreystar audreystar 11 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 11 years
I love the Anthropologie one, I was ogling it the other day!
mandeesparkle mandeesparkle 11 years
Hahaha pollypo is right.
crispet1 crispet1 11 years
I like the Milly and the Forever21. The Anna Sui looks too American Girl Doll for my liking...
Faye16 Faye16 11 years
Love them!
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 11 years
You know what I like about these dresses ??? Even chubby girls can wear them because they "Hide" the big belly.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 11 years
mmm, I never thought I'd hear "babydoll" in the same sentence with "sophisticated" without the words "is not" inbetween.
nicachica nicachica 11 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 11 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 11 years
The bird dress is adorable!
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