Seed maxi black tube dress

Did you buy a maxi tube dress?

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 52 Comments

So yesterday was a little bit crazy, wasn’t it?

It was like the old days of the DJs’ Boxing Day sales when grown women would line up in the wee hours of the night, only to turn into pushing and screaming banshees to nab an item they didn’t know they needed until they saw it.

Except DJs now has so many sales that the big ones don’t seem so big anymore. And except that all the retail frenzy yesterday was firmly focussed online. Much more civilised pushing and screaming if you ask me … even if we did crash the site.

If you’re scratching your head and wondering what I’m talking but, head over here and here to catch up on the story.

The story is of the Seed tube maxi dress. Or as my blogging partner in crime, Mrs Woog, so succinctly put it, the Condom Dress.

Seed maxi black tube dress

Now, we were both a bit blown away by the sheer number of you who left a comment on our blogs, on Facebook or Tweeted that you had bought the dress, and wondered if you’d be up for sharing how you style the dress for YOUR lifestyle?

See, at Styling You I’m all about trying to give women of all ages, shapes and sizes the confidence to try a different look but I’m only ONE age, shape and size. Imagine if the photo of you in your tube dress helped someone else of similar age, shape and size visualise how they would look in it?

Now, that would be real fashion for EVERY woman, wouldn’t it?

So, are you in? If so, either email me ([email protected]) a photo of you wearing the dress OR post it on the Styling You or Woogsworld Facebook page. If you can do either by Tuesday  whenever you can (I too don’t have mine yet so don’t want to set a date we can’t keep!), we’ll do the rest.

My aim is then to create a blog post here that features all of you who share your looks with us, so if you blog or have a Twitter handle or Facebook page you’d like to tell us about, include that in your email or Facebook post too.

I’ll be including me in all of this as, yes, after styling Mrs Woog into hers, I just had to have one. Of course I did.

Comments 52

  1. Love it! Love it! Love it! It arrived today and is as every bit fabulous as you described Nikki. I’m wearing mine out tomorrow evening in Brisbane. Can’t wait. :o) xxx 

  2. I want one. They are sold out of Size M. Will have to keep checking.
    I have never worn anything that huggie or long but from your comments for others I think I’d give it a go.
    Thanks

  3. hey nic….i love my “condom” dress..ewww, sounds disgusting! Lets stick with my “tube dress”!
    I have actually cut the neckline out of mine as it made me look a little matronly being big busted and all….so I’ve taken it down to looking more like a very thin strapped singlet cut. I love it and wear it to death! Sorry have no pics of it, but just thought id share. New page looks cool too!

  4. Nikki – i’m quite short (about 5′ 3″) and a pear shape, although not too severe, but certainly would never think to buy a dress like this one. would you recommend this for someone of my shape since i’m quite short?? they look so long in the picture – i thought they might “overwhelm” me?? love to have your advice before the purchase! tks

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      Because it’s a streamlined dress, no it won’t overwhelm you … if it were voluminous yes. I’ve dressed many women your height in a dress like this – I’d put it with a cropped jacket and keep that silouette streamlined.

  5. I bought online too, so could be waiting a while (I’m in Perth). I also found a great drape cardigan in charcoal from Birdsnest to go with it. Will definitely upload a pic if it arrives in time.

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  6. Hi Nikki!

    I bought a black one today in an XS!!! I am usually an M/12 in clothing but they didn’t have any left at Carindale in size M in any of the colours, so I tried an S on in the Charcoal but decided I desperately wanted the black (would get more use out of it), so squeezed my wobbly bits into the XS, and hey presto, it fit(like a glove, but it fit)! I find that it is quite long (I am a shorty) but you can easily rouche it up around your waist and hide it under your loose flowy layers and noone is the wiser. I can’t wait to see how other people style it up. I’ve got a few ideas, but I’m always looking for inspiration.

    C xo

    1. Oh, brilliant Catherine! Great to share that with everyone – I hope mine arrives soon!! It will be SO good to see how everyone interprets this for their style and shape. I’m really excited by that.

  7. I bought one too! You gave me the courage Nikki. I’ve seen heaps of girls wearing the long tight maxi skirts and always thought it looked so nice, I’m a shorty though and never as skinny as those girls, looking forward to adding some layers! Charcoal grey for me 🙂

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  8. I obviously missed all this (campaigning!)

    I don’t understand why this dress would be good. Forgive me – but why would skin tight be good on someone like me, with more than my fair share of lumps and bumps?

    Meanwhile though Nikki – I would KILL to have a rummage in your beauty bag. 🙂

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      It’s not a campaign, Girl Clumsy … just a “real” fashion and shopping story that started with one blogger buying this dress and asking me to style it. We’ve not been paid one cent by the company – and yes, we bought our own dresses.

      It went nutso because both Mrs Woog and I have plenty of lumps and bumps to go around but are always on the lookout for stylish alternatives to jeans – and this is what this LAYERING piece is all about. It’s not a stand alone dress.

      I’m asking everyone to share their photos because the biggest gripe I hear from my readers is that they are X size or shape and can’t imagine themselves wearing a garment they see on a model or in a magazine. I do my Model and Me posts for this reason but I’m only one other size and shape.

      This will show so many different women using the one base piece and styling it to suit their size and shape. I wish more mainstream fashion mags did the same.

      1. Hi Nikki – sorry, I wasn’t clear. I missed this because I have been on the state election campaign, following Anna Bligh and Campbell Newman about!

        I just didn’t understand how a dress could play the same role as leggings or tights! But this is why I’m a fashion numpty I think. 🙂

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          1. Oh by the way – I wound up buying some of that Garnier BB cream after all in the light colour.

            It is a *teensy* bit still on the dark side for me, but really that’s probably me noticing it more than others. I’ve really enjoyed using it, and have had it on the campaign trail with me as a general daily option. I’m radio, so I don’t need to be massively made up, but the BB cream’s evening out of the skintone is really nice, to help cover up not enough sleep and random work hours!

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      1. Love Nina and her fashion. My Maxi skirt is still in fashion if I go by Nina – effortless style. Channel 10 wardrobe does an awesome job. Although I am sure Asher has a lot of say in it.

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  9. Hoping it arrives today so I can wear it on one of my girlie nights out this weekend. I’ll be us to post a photo.

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  10. This is going to be great! So exciting!

    Wednesday “The Condom Dress”, Thursday ‘Kony2012″ what a great week!

    Will stay glued to see the results!

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  11. Nikki, I need your advice on sizing, i’m a comfortable size 12, what size seed dress should i get? I don’t like clingy (my lady lumps show themselves of on their own and don’t need encouragement) so i’m leaning towards a large? thoughts?

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      I wouldn’t go up to the Large, Imogen. I haven’t tried it on yet and I’ve ordered the large. I think it could be too gapey around the bust. I could be wrong but … having not seen you or the dress, that’s what I’d go for. I’ll know more when my dress arrives.

    2. Imogen, I am similar to your sizing ..I tried on M and L yesterday at DJ’s Chermside..I much preferred the L on me as I am with you on the clingy : ( !
      I found it was just a better more comfortable fit..oh by the way, I am 160 cm in height(5’3) and it definitely needs hemming..so whats new : ) !

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        Thanks for the report Sheena! And yes with the hemming … whenever I have to do this I remind myself that tall people can’t “tack” a hem on. They’re often excluded from jeans and maxi dress purchases because they’re not long enough.

        1. It took me three goes to find a Seed store (that had the dress, note-DFO doesn’t stock the current range) but I did and the girls at Melbourne Central had a black M in stock and were lovely helping me style it, I played around layering it with various tops and ended up getting the black M dress and a grey ‘A-line slubb marle’ t-shirt to wear over it, wore it yesterday to brunch and a BBQ. Love the fit of the dress, super comfy. Thanks for the advice re: sizing. Lucky I was able to get a black one too (sold out online)

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    3. I’m a 5’10 size 10 to 12 and I went for the small after much convincing from the sales assistant for just the reason Nikki said – to make it fit around the bust. It is ‘clingy’ however the minute I got it home I realised how much wear I will get out of it as I easily put ten different things with it.

      Layering it is the key to cover the lumps and bumps.

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  12. Hmm am I the only person who had no issues taking my time to pick a colour and all of that and my size was still in stock? It took me a couple of hours before I checked out.
    I am trying to think of some outfit idea’s as I type. Will have to see once it arrives.

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  13. After going back and forth a good deal, I finally hit ‘buy’ on a charcoal version. If it gets here before Tuesday I’m in! They’re based in Vic, so it *should* get here fast, right? (i.e. I’d really love to wear it on the weekend!)

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