Not all dresses are created equal! I’m not talking just about the style, fabric, and cut, though. Quality is something that rarely happens by accident; it’s a slow, methodical process that takes patience, creativity, sleepless nights (hello, coffee, my old friend!), and countless revisions. Creating a fabulous dress takes time and effort: you can’t call something a dress if you randomly slap together some bits of fabric.

Incidentally, that’s what one dress-shaming Facebook group is called. The ‘You can’t just slap some fabric together and call it a dress’ community calls out bizarre, hilarious, and just plain awkward-looking ‘dresses’ for the sake of entertainment and educating people about what good style definitely isn’t.

Have a good long look at the crème de la crème of bad dresses, upvote the ones that you love to hate (or is that hate to love?) the most as you’re scrolling down, and let us know which fashion disasters you think are particularly painful to look at.

#1

Seen Today At Tjmaxx And I Feel Like It’s The Definition Of What This Group Was Created For

Seen Today At Tjmaxx And I Feel Like It’s The Definition Of What This Group Was Created For

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Carrie Laughs
Community Member
3 months ago

Which fabric would you like? All of them please.

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I reached out to Mary Waldron, the founder of the fabulous Facebook group, to learn more about the community, its rise to fame, and where the line between a good and a bad dress lies.

"I noticed the group gaining more popularity about 6-7 months after I created it, and it was honestly out of nowhere. I never expected it to be such a big group, but honestly, I should have because at the time, shaming groups were a big trend on Facebook," she told Bored Panda. "Looking back, I think the thing about shaming groups in general that brings people together and really resonates with them is the idea that there are things so bad out there that they feel compelled to share them with everyone for a good laugh, just like when a group of kids in school will see a teacher with a really bad tie and make a few jokes. To me, it’s that same concept, just on a much larger scale, that really makes these groups what they are."

#2

UPS

UPS

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Remi Flynne
Community Member
3 months ago

Penis dress...

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#3

Saw This Dresss On A Wedding Photographers Page And Knew I Had To Share With Y’all

Saw This Dresss On A Wedding Photographers Page And Knew I Had To Share With Y’all

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
3 months ago

A lawn mower went over it?

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#4

Don’t Worry Ladies, You Too Can Look Like A Figureless Polka Dot Worm For The Low Price Of $2,790!

Don’t Worry Ladies, You Too Can Look Like A Figureless Polka Dot Worm For The Low Price Of $2,790!

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
3 months ago

How much???????

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Mary, who founded 'You can’t just slap some fabric together and call it a dress,' explained to me what the inspiration for such an interesting and unusual Facebook group name was.

"The group name was actually inspired by a comment on a post in the group, ‘That’s it, I’m wedding dress shaming,’" she said she wishes she could remember the name of the person who'd made that particular comment, as she'd love to credit them.

"The group was originally just a wedding dress shaming group called ‘You Can’t Slap On A White Skirt and Call it a Wedding Dress,' but over time, as more and more people joined, I decided to allow other types of dresses. The name change was actually only a few months ago, after we had already become popular and I had a larger admin team, and we mutually decided that since we were allowing all types of dresses, we needed a more inclusive name," she walked Bored Panda through the changes that happened within the group as it grew ever more popular.

#5

Saw This On Instagram. Can’t Decide If That Is A Butt Crack

Saw This On Instagram. Can’t Decide If That Is A Butt Crack

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Friday
Community Member
3 months ago

I like the backwards drop pendant. However doilie butt crack is not a good look

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#6

Pizza Dress

Pizza Dress

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Carmen Sandiego
Community Member
3 months ago

The true pizza fan.

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#7

Ummm A Scuba Diving Dress? My Questions Are Why, For Who And Why Is It Almost $5,000

Ummm A Scuba Diving Dress? My Questions Are Why, For Who And Why Is It Almost $5,000

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Emerald Joanna
Community Member
3 months ago

Where would one wear a dress like this? To The Little Mermaids wedding "under the sea"?

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In Mary's opinion, a dress is "really bad" when it's completely and utterly impractical. "The dresses I tend to really gawk at are the ones that look like they could fall off, tear, or just completely malfunction at any given moment. But outside of the group, I try to keep an open mind when it comes to fashion because a person’s taste is as unique as their own."

Mary added that what's most important is how you personally feel when you wear whatever dress you've picked out. "At the end of the day, if a dress makes you feel happy when you wear it, then you wear it relentlessly because your body is your own to dress how you want to."

#8

When You Haven't Done Laundry So You Just Wear Something You Found Stuffed Way Back Under Your Bed

When You Haven't Done Laundry So You Just Wear Something You Found Stuffed Way Back Under Your Bed

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

So impractical that you have to wear trousers under it!

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#9

Who Wore It Better?

Who Wore It Better?

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

On the right ofc

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#10

For Your Consideration… Some Of This Is A Photoshop Fail, Admittedly

For Your Consideration… Some Of This Is A Photoshop Fail, Admittedly

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Flowers
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like a bladder control product had a baby with a dress.

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#11

Aesthetic

Aesthetic

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
3 months ago

I honestly love this!

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The Facebook group has nearly 60k members and notes that they only shame dresses. Shaming people or bodies is absolutely not okay. “Hate isn’t welcomed,” the moderators and administrators of the group note, adding that all faces and identifying info should be covered up.

They also note that people shouldn’t get angry if people make fun of a dress that they’d worn sometime in the past. “Stop being so soft,” they note. What’s more, the group doesn’t tolerate any politics or any pretty dresses either.

#12

Hmm

Hmm

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

I cant believe i feel bad for Edward

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#13

Hmm

Hmm

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Marno C.
Community Member
3 months ago

When the bride hates her friends.

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#14

Just Whyyyy?

Just Whyyyy?

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Marno C.
Community Member
3 months ago

Nothing to see here (Except a pair of jean shorts and sandals.)

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#15

I Don’t Understand “Fashion” These Days

I Don’t Understand “Fashion” These Days

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DidiRomski
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like the 3 stages of never wearing a bra EVER

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Being stylish isn’t as easy as picking out some random items from your local thrift store and throwing them on. Sure, confidence plays an important role (and we’re all for buying secondhand clothes to protect the environment), but an item of clothing has to be able to stand on its own two metaphorical feet.

Fashion designer Oyinda Akinfenwa, the creator of the Janore brand, is an expert in making multifunctional dresses that can be worn in a wide variety of ways. In a previous interview with Bored Panda, she told me all about the mistakes that designers tend to make. A lack of good materials and creative blocks can affect the final quality of the product. Designers really do have it tough!

#16

Looking For Summer Street Style For A Client I’m Photographing And I Find This Monstrosity

Looking For Summer Street Style For A Client I’m Photographing And I Find This Monstrosity

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Hubby still looking for his ghillie suit.

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#17

I Finally Found Something To Post On Here

I Finally Found Something To Post On Here

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

the longer you look the worse it becomes

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#18

Not Beyoncé Wearing Capri Sun Straws

Not Beyoncé Wearing Capri Sun Straws

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Marno C.
Community Member
3 months ago

Big Bird asked if she's free this Saturday.

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#19

Why?

Why?

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
3 months ago

I think she may have done a little pre-drinking as she chose this dress....

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"It’s hard to notice your own mistakes on your outfits until someone points them out because to you, it seems amazing because it is your work and you want to be proud of it, without realizing it may not be exactly as good as you think," Oyinda, from Nigeria, told Bored Panda.

"It’s really hard for creatives to give themselves criticism most times because of how hard we work to create the pieces we have, so most times we tend to not try to over-analyze the result,” she said.

#20

Today’s Finds

Today’s Finds

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, the camouflage on that dress makes it totally invisible! LOL

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#21

Prom Dress

Prom Dress

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achilles get down from there
Community Member
3 months ago

Not gonna lie, this would be pretty fun to see under a disco ball and lights

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#22

I Saw This Dress And Just Had To Post It In Here Lol But It Has Holes In A Whole Lot Of Unflattering Places

I Saw This Dress And Just Had To Post It In Here Lol But It Has Holes In A Whole Lot Of Unflattering Places

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Ember
Community Member
3 months ago

People have this ridiculous idea that it’s ‘sexy’ to show as much skin as possible when in reality it’s far ‘sexier’ when people dress better and others have to use their imagination more.

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#23

Why The Little Danglies In The Front? For What Reason Fashion Nova?

Why The Little Danglies In The Front? For What Reason Fashion Nova?

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KJ
Community Member
3 months ago

Built in trip hazard.

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According to Nigerian fashion designer Oyinda, over-accessorizing is one of the biggest mistakes that people tend to make most often. She’s a firm believer that less is more. And by having fewer accessories, you’re able to communicate the main idea behind your outfit far more clearly to those around you.

“People tend to add too much on when the outfit they’re wearing already has a lot going on which makes it seem tacky. Also, it takes away from the outfit because no one will be looking at the outfit, just be confused about what is going on with the entire dressing," she noted that if we want to impress others, we ought to stay wide and clear of chaos.

#24

Not Blurring Out Bc Shes A Celebrity, Ms Alexa Demie I Love You But What

Not Blurring Out Bc Shes A Celebrity, Ms Alexa Demie I Love You But What

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

maybe she got attacked by a bear? :D

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#25

Absolutely Fell In Love Omg Stunn-Ing She Really Knows What She’s Doing, No But Really My Extra Ass Loves The Crown The Dress Tho Is Uhhh Different

Absolutely Fell In Love Omg Stunn-Ing She Really Knows What She’s Doing, No But Really My Extra Ass Loves The Crown The Dress Tho Is Uhhh Different

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Kira Okah
Community Member
3 months ago

There's the Putin dress! Was waiting for this to show up!

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#26

Please Make Them Stop. Please

Please Make Them Stop. Please

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A B C
Community Member
3 months ago

I f*ckin' HATE camo as workaday clothes. Realtree camo ain't better.

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#27

Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

when she tries to get something off the top shelf, she will undress herself :D

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What’s more, wearing the wrong shoes can make or break the outfit, so Oyinda warned us that everyone should take the time to pick out the right pair.

“This is very common as people tend to wear the wrong shoes for certain outfits which really brings down the whole look, by the time you start admiring them and get to their feet and you’re disappointed by their shoes."

Oyinda believes that a quick and easy way to look more stylish is to get your nails done. Something else that you can do is wear knuckle rings that “elevate your look no matter what you’re wearing.”

#28

I Always Wanted To Look Like A Hamburger

I Always Wanted To Look Like A Hamburger

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Ember
Community Member
3 months ago

Ha ha ha...this is actually kinda cute

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#29

Crying Because Im Starting To Like This As Im Submitting It Here

Crying Because Im Starting To Like This As Im Submitting It Here

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
3 months ago

Kitties on her titties! (Love the Chihiro tattoo!)

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#30

Yano... Just Not Feeling These

Yano... Just Not Feeling These

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Kay blue
Community Member
3 months ago

They look like the maternity smocks that people wore in the 1980s.

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