The Slip Dress Revival
Most of us who grew up in the '90s look back on some of our popular fashion choices from the decade and cringe—just look at Disqus' rundown. Between Clueless and an assortment of pop stars and teenage soap operas from the era, there's no shortage of reminders that we missed the mark quite a few times in the style department. I know fashion is cyclical, but I'm still always a little surprised to learn that a popular style from my youth is reappearing among the collections of top designers in the industry. The latest occurrence is no different. According to what's seen on Lyst, slip dresses are making a comeback on runways across Milan, Paris, and New York 20 years after the look went dark. I wore them in early nineties, usually over a T-shirt, per the current trend. But today's looks (I'm happy to report) are much more grown-up, and much less lingerie-looking, thankfully making the need to wear a T-shirt underneath obsolete.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the cuts of today's slip dresses are more much forgiving than previous styles. Designs from the nineties were constructed "on the bias" or "along the diagonal grain of the fabric," which clung to and highlighted every imperfection possible. Modern designs are cut on the straight grain to make them more like a dress than a slip. Better still, the designs are a lot less skimpy. The straps are thicker, and the dresses are being crafted using blended materials that help the dress bounce instead of cling.
The resulting modern slip dress is something that you can feel confident wearing for any occasion. The NY Times covered different ways that the style can be worn day and night. To recreate some of the most popular looks for yourself, invest in a few key pieces to pair with your new "old" dress.
For starters, a smart and well-fitted blazer will help you bring your dress into the professional world. With a great pair of loafers, you can be office-ready in no time. Second, a good pair of leggings or tights can make any short dress more appropriate and give you significant peace of mind if your dress makes you feel over-exposed. And finally, you can't go wrong with a good cardigan. It can keep you bare shoulders warm when it's chilly, and a longer variety with a belt can help you achieve that coveted hourglass frame.
All the news surrounding the dress seems positive, but I think I'll have to try on the new style before believing all the hype.
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