We Love Tent Dresses... But Do Guys?

07/02/2007 at 03:00 PM ET

Photo: Palmberger / Celebrity Photo

The tent dress, in all of its many variations, has taken over our wardrobes. We can’t seem to get enough of how cute and comfy they are, plus they magically hide all of our flaws! But along with hiding our flaws, they hide everything else about our bodies! Just look at Eva Mendes in this Anna Molinari dress — where is her knockout figure? We were wondering what guys thought about this billowing trend, so we asked a few to tell us their thoughts on these puffy dresses. Do you agree with them? What do the guys in your life think of tent dresses?

If a girl is in great shape, it could be real sexy. However, I do miss more of the form fitting outfits, as a girl could do a lot of false advertising with the non-form fitting tent dresses. Form fitting boy shorts and tight tees, now that’s my idea of a hot outfit.D. Wood, 31

My one-sentence summary is that they look like maternity dresses.P. Aber, 27

Tent dresses are ugly in my opinion. I like more form fitting clothes, a nice skirt or even a nice pair of jeans. There is something about these dresses that is very unflattering. It does really look like someone wearing a potato sack with holes into it. J. Yip, 31

Well to be honest I don’t really like tent dresses. From a man’s man point of view, a man doesn’t really care what type of a dress a woman is wearing. All we care is if she’s cute. But fitted clothing is what I’d rather see.T. Zecevic, 26

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deb on

Good lord, they look like moo moo’s that my overweight aunt used to wear, so no, I would never wear one.

Kelly on

i think that its a very cute style…her shoes go very well with her very trendy dress!!

Emilee ♥ on

What ever happened to leaving something to the imagination? Eva is showing off her sexy shoulders and great legs in those sexy shoes. There is nothing wrong with tent dresses. If you can carry the look, like Eva can, and sexy it up a bit, but still look classy, the dress wouldn’t look so horrible. I think it’s great when women can change things up a bit. Wear something that appeases you, not what someone else wants you to wear. … I agree with you Julie.

marty on

not if i had a body like that.

mariana on

These dresses are so cute for any occasion! And I think that women should start dressing for themselves, and stop worrying about what men think. Most of them don’t notice or care anyway.

BellaBoo on

Um.. no. I work in a baby and maternity store, I’m pretty much ruined to loose fitting clothing like that. It reminds me way to much of a pregnant woman hiding her belly, or maybe a not pregnant woman trying to achieve the same.

I think the kimono style dresses are a better compromise for a cute and comfy dress that isn’t quite so ‘potato sack’ like in appearance.

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Amy on

I’m with Colette. I don’t dress to please anyone but myself. I have a great boyfriend who loves me for me, he must becuause he’s not after my body! ;) The dress looks comfy, albeit not very flattering, but I like the retro “That Girl” feel to it. I agree with “Jackie O”- a lighter, gauzier fabric would lend more of an etherial look, which could make it easier to wear. I’m not digging the “grandma’s recycled drapes” pattern that Eva has on, but I’m not the one that has to wear it.

Lucia on

I love it!!! She look wonderful!!!

Blair on

I do love tent dresses. And if i wear one, my boy must love it. It’s impossible that he doesn’t love it when it’s on me!

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