Dare of the week: Wear a dress

This week, I totally dare you to wear a dress.

All week.

Regardless of where you are going, who you are seeing, and how hairy your legs might be…

From when you wake up, till you put your PJs on at night.


An easy dare for some…

Some women find it easy to swan around with feminine swathes of fabric swishing around their legs, and are able to daintily navigate kid-based terrain inclusive of swing sets and climbing ropes with panache. Me? I accidentally dipped my maxi-dress in the loo today, so clearly I’m in need of a crash-course in dress-wearing.


Dresses disappear after The Delivery

Research conducted by Fox in Flats revealed that dresses were the No. 1 item that women missed wearing from their pre-baby wardrobe. Yet 23% of the same women said they felt most attractive when they’re wearing a dress.

So perhaps it’s time to reclaim some of our perceived femininity – and by association, hotness – by frocking up for a week.

As Diane von Furstenberg announced:

Feel like a woman, wear a dress!”

Are you in? Or are you Chicken???

If your legs look a bit chicken – plucked, bumpy & white – you may want to prep them before jumping straight into the dare.

After a winter in jeans most of my life in jeans, I’ll be spending a fair bit of time today exfoliating, removing hair, fake tanning, and moisturising.

Otherwise, stock up on opaque tights (these make me want to colour in my pins) or try nude fishnets, as recommended by von Furstenberg:

Nude fishnets are a little cover-up and they’re chic, more polished, and more finished when you’re a bit older.”


Need some ideas on how to wear your dress for day? Some links to get you inspired:

For ideas on how to style up a maxi: 7 ways to Max-out your Maxi or 7 easy-to-wear trends for a chic summerGwyneth’s Spring Basics, Foxified: Long Nude Dress or check out Angelina’s Long Black Dress.

Breastfeeding? We’ve done the research for you here: Nursing Dresses

Maternity dress ideas here: Kate Middleton’s Maternity Dream Dress and here: Celebrity bump buy guide

Tips for choosing and styling a dress for summer here: 12 summer wardrobe essentials for one hot mama

And for pics of mums just like you and I who are rocking a frock while they’re with their kids in the playground, check out the shots we took here, here, here and  here.


Want to see just how much fun a dare can be?

Take a look at the response to the Red Lipstick Dare. That’s a whole lot of lips, and a whole lot of fun.


And part of the fun is sharing!

Share your thoughts about the dare: does it make you feel more feminine, attractive, and womanly as claimed by von Furstenberg? Or is it fraught with issues of practicality?

Upload pictures of you wearing your dresses, in the comments section below, on our Facebook or Twitter, throughout the week that you choose to participate.

I’ll be doing it this week – inclusive of swimming lessons, bike rides, playground visits and supermarket shops –  but feel free to join in any time that suits you.


So…who’s up for a Dare?

Are you in?

Or are you ‘Chicken’? (“burk, burk, burk burk!”)

baby hanger1 Dare of the week: Red Lipstick

PS: Got a style-dare you’d like to propose? Email FoxInFlats {dot} com {dot} au with your idea – we’ll choose a new one each week. 


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 Dress Dare Gallery

  • Stakimama

    I’m in, but first I have to find the hacksaw to get my legs all smooth again!

  • Aussie Mum

    A girlfriend of mine did “Frocktober” last year and I was sooo impressed that she managed to were a dress every day for a month! This has inspired me to wear a  dress (or skirt) at least once a week  which I have found quite fun. Not sure I can manage a whole week though. Wish me luck!

    • Pene

      Now that is impressive!!  A months worth!!! I have a few to choose from but not a months worth – although it might be fun checking out the second hand shops and upping the choice!!  Good Luck Aussie Mum!! 🙂

    • I’m doing frocktober this year too. It’s for a wonderful cause!

  • Caveat Calcei

    I’m in. I much prefer dresses to anything else – they are easy and they show off my shoes.

    • I love you. That is all. 
      Actually, it’s not…PS: I’ve seen your amazing heels, but what flats do you wear with a dress? 

  • Samy_savva

    I am in. I was even dressed this morning ready to walk out the door when I saw your post and then I changed completely changed my outfit, it is COLD, WET and MISERABLE in Sydney today so I have teamed mine up with leggings 🙂

    • Love your work Samy_savva! And good tip. Might try tomorrow. Freezing today! Brrrr

  • Me N my Monkeys

    I don’t do dresses. I don’t even own a dress. In saying that, when I was at the shops yesterday I was looking at dresses. so who knows I might just play along.

    • Pene

      Oooh have a go MnMM!!  Might find its the NEW YOU!!

    • Play with us! You were so much fun with the Red Lipstick Dare x

  • I’m definitely in… I just checked my wardrobe and I’ve got 11 dresses to choose from. One is way too dressy for day but if the weather’s right I might just wear it anyway! Great dare! 

    • Right on! Ok, you’ve inspired me to count too (excuse me for a sec) …

      • mmm…this is where it gets weird. 
        I counted 28 dresses, and I’ve not unpacked all of my summer stuff yet. This might sound like alot. Scratch that, it IS alot, yet I rarely wear dresses. Included in my wardrobe right now is a dress I bought in Spain on our honeymoon 10 years ago & worn once for fancy dress…, my confirmation dress (I was 14!), a fairy costume hand-made for me by my mum when I was 6, and more than half of them are black. Yet with all of that jammed in my wardrobe (and my husband’s) I can hardly recall the last time I wore a dress during the day when I was with my kids – except for the maxi-dress loo dip outlined above. 

        …if I can’t nail this my rollers are clearly on way too tight. Yet this dare is freaking me out…! 

        • ROFL, 28!! I actually only counted the ones that might be appropriate. I left the cocktail dresses etc out of the count… I can just see the faces of the mums at playgroup when I turn up on Friday, cornflake cookies in one hand, satin clutch in the other teetering on my rarely-worn-heels in a cocktail frock! Actually, that may be good for a laugh… Stay tuned, it might just happen…

          • Forgot to add, you’re not the only one’s who has dipped a dress in the loo… And perhaps you should do Frocktober – 28 is just nearly enough for the whole month!? 

          • Oh thank for letting me know about the loo – wrote it, published it and then thought ‘OMG overshare’! 
            I actually didn’t know about Frocktober at all until yesterday, so must look into this. 

  • rambling mum / Karen Leschnik

    I only a few dresses but love how I feel when I do wear one. I recently bought a skirt, does that count? I always have the intention of dressing more feminine as summer approaches but seem to end up in my jeans year round. I think it’s because I haven’t made that commitment to myself to lose an excess 20kg. I would much rather wear dresses when I am happier with my figure. Maybe this year……

    • C’mon Karen, give it a go! 
      If you love how you feel when you wear dresses then that’s gonna make you feel happier – not what size you are 😉 

  • I live in jeans, too… but I’m absolutely up for this dare. (Skirts or dresses are OK, yes?) I’m in!

    • Megan, I actually checked with the adjudicator on this one (Mr Fox) and he reckons “A dare’s a dare”. So sorry, no skirts. Just dresses….x

  • Kim-Marie

    Too easy. I almost always wear dresses. I’m in! A dress a day! 🙂 I missed the red lip dare because I was sick, so I’m going to combine the two this week! 🙂

    • Ah ha ! Great to hear you are feeling better Kim-Marie. Reckon you’re gonna nail it this week. xxx

  • I am in. But this will actually be tough for me. I may have to buy some outfits, some leggings. Certainly give my legs some love and attention.

  • I love a good dress, particularly in summer! So cool …

  • Jen Kollma

    I am 100% in as I have many, many dresses to choose from (thanks ebay!) and as I am currently living in Darwin dresses are the best thing to wear – light and cool.  However, I have missed wearing mine with boots and tights this winter as it is far too warm up here 🙁

    • Yay Jen!!!! And lucky for you…it’s turned c-c-c-c-cold in Sydney. Be sure to post some pics – wanna check out the sun!!!!!

  • Flowa06

    Okay I’m in for wearing dresses all week, should see some interesting looks from the mums at school as Tuesday is due for thunderstorms and hail (love to watch it all come pelting down), so glad I put a maxi on this morning then…

    her0’es to a fabulous week..

    PS I have a 17 year old daughter and a 7 year old son, and step daughters aged 16 and 14  makes for interesting weekends…

    • Flowa06, sounds like you’ve got your hands full! Gotta see pics of how you work this in the rain…! x

      • Flowa06

        Thanks Andrea, will see how I go with photo’s camera in the hands of  a seven year old????
        Told my fiance this means I will have to do some serious sewing as a girl can never have enough dresses

        • You’ll be fine, I get mine to take my photos with my iphone & they are much much smaller! 

          • Flowa06

            Sorry no photo’s today, wish I had done as my fiance decided as I had not put out his clothes{LOL} he would grab one of my dresses to put on, grey with flowers and the underskirt all caught up, what a moment….

  • Pene xx

    The legs have been given a good scrub down, a good scrape down and a good covering of fake tan in readiness!!!  I am ready!!!  I have even painted my toenails “Dark Smurf Blue” on the off chance that it gets warm enough for some summery shoes!!
    Looking forward to seeing photos from everyone!!

    • Good god Pene you make it sound like a team of bum-crack revealing workmen were hard at it! 

      • I just re-read my comment and think I need a sleep. Or a glass of wine. 😉

        • Pene

          Baaaa haaaa haaaaaa!!!!!  Ah the mind boggles at what happens when bum-crack revealing workmen go hard at it!!!  Oh I am having a monster laugh!!!!  Thank goodness I remembered to do my pelvic floor exercises!!!

  • Allison

    oh I like this dare! I already wear red lipstick often, so I didn’t do last week’s dare, although I did wear a bright lip every day and think of you 🙂

    I’m thinking I might do Frocktober like Aussie Mum mentioned down the page….

    • Aw, in your thoughts…that’s awesome! 😉 Bright lippy really does put a spring in your step, so yours must be springy already Allison! 
      Gotta look into Frocktober…although I’m feeling VERY challenged by this dare…. 

  • Love this dare. I didn’t do the red lipstick dare but thought of it this morning when I was getting dolled up. Put on a new red lipstick that I don’t remember ordering and thought ‘hey, looks good!’ Got downstairs and hubby was Not. A. Fan.
    So not quite the same reaction the Red Lipstick Anonymum got!

    • OMG hearing you. Mine just kindof ducked and weaved my lips for the first day or two and then ignored it…

      • My hubby loves the look but not necessarily the smudges 😉

  • Cat Beloverly

    Am IN but think tights will be important for me too & with the 35 week cankles I have going on I may have my legs mistaken for those of an elephant! 😉 x

    • You’re not the only one babe 😉

  • I love dresses.  I’m in! And as I missed some of last week.I’ll wear red lippy too! 

  • Great idea. I like the sound of the red lip dare too. Can’t come on board for the dress this week but will stay tuned for further dares…

    • Cool…and I have a feeling there will be more…

  • Just got back from swimming lessons – cowboy boots and a maxi dress…not that practical…

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  • Loving the dare this week…3 days in and going strong!  Tatum xx

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  • Y Vonne Lim

    i just brought 2 dresses:):) n i love dresses!!!!!!

  • Have you heard about Frocktober? http://frocktober.org/
    31 dresses in 31 days… the next step from from your week in a dress dare…

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  • Just saw this and I’m totally in!!  I’ve become a big dress fan in recent years, even in Canberra’s winter chill.  So far this week I’ve worn my black ‘uniform’ dress from Jacqui E, my purple patterned faux wrap dress from Sportscraft and today I’m wearing a black skirt and singlet/camisole with a teal cardi (I’m counting it as a dress – it’s still not pants ;)). 

    • Today I’m wearing on of my beloved maxis – I haven’t had the Monique from Virtu for long but I love love love it!  It’s got this tricky stitching that makes your form look well-formed 😉 

      I’m at work so have teamed it with a black blazer, flat knee high boots, a stripey scarf and a bright red lip – two dares in one!  Also I needed a colour lift as I’m feeling blah today. 

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