Silky Slip Dress

Fashion News|January 18, 2016

If you take one key message away from the spring/summer 2016 catwalks, it’s this: slip dressing is back. Silky, sinuous dresses, camisoles and bias-cut skirts were a staple in numerous collections, not least:

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 Saint LaurentGivenchy

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Céline and Burberry.

All of which conspires to mean we want to wear them immediately.

Don’t worry about the fluctuating autumnal temperatures. Slips lend themselves to layering. A fine-knit polo neck underneath a slip dress will keep you warm; alternatively channel Nineties Kate Moss and wear with a giant rollneck jumper on top, or with a sports sweater like Ursina Gysi, for a Vetements-style statement. As for footwear, chunky flatforms or ankle boots look less provocative than spiky heels or strappy sandals.

Length is key. Too short looks too come-to-bed; midi or floor-length looks more modern. Try wearing one under a skirt or another dress, so you can see a bit of lace poking out underneath the hem. Or just opt for a silk camisole worn under a biker jacket with jeans.

One final tip: vintage slips win out, but make sure you opt for clean silhouettes and minimal lace at the neckline if you don’t want to look (and possibly smell) like a musty Miss Havisham. Think Carolyn Bessette Kennedy on her wedding day, and you can’t go far wrong.