My mum rarely wears dresses -- having been in a field that was still dominated by men (viz. industrial chemicals), she was mostly wearing powersuits -- and pants at that. Now that she's retired -- being the rocker fan that she was, she's wearing hip stuff, but still a bit masculine. I think the last time she wore a dress was to a friend's wedding, and being rather petite, it looked pretty well on her! I'd love to see her wear this -- it's both age appropriate and utterly feminine.