Slips were traditionally used as a layer under a dress, like an undergarment. Even now, they’re mostly used as lingerie and pajamas, but designers these days through caution to the wind and use slips as dresses. Let’s take a look at the different dresses designers have made from slips.
Asymmetry was a big part of the slip dress style. Beaufille and Haney utilized a slowly changing hemline which flowed beautifully, while ZAC Zac Posen created a beautiful leg slit. Au Jour Le Jour’s slip had big cut outs hemmed with lace, and Each x Other had a slip dress that was longer in front than in back.
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Layered slip dresses are unique, as they were originally a layering piece. Marco de Vincenzo layers several pieces of fabric to create the slip dress, while Vera Wang layers the slip dress over a blouse and trousers. No. 21 and Prabal Gurung layer their dresses over panties, and Preen by Thronton Bregazzi throws a shawl under the slip.
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Long slips were used under ball gowns, but now they have become the ball attire. Kes’ blue number is a stunning piece, ideal for a night at the Oscars, while Awaveawake’s little black dress is a much more casual variation. Alyx and Marina Moscone blend modesty with seduction with their long slips, but Hugo throws modesty out the window with a completely sheer slip.
Look lovely with these fabrics
Midi slip dresses show off the ankle and calf quite well while leaving something to the imagination. Coach 1941 uses lace and rhinestones to embellish their slip dress, while I’M Isola Marras and Ermanno Scervino used lace on a lot of their slip dresses for added texture and grace. John Galliono’s slip dress is just sheer enough to seduce, but opaque enough to keep things private, and Off-White uses lace to give a flash of flesh in all the right spots.
Check out these fabrics:
Short slips are a sure-fire way to look sexy. Adam Selman’s dress, while not being incredibly short, shows quite a bit of leg with a slit that hits the hip, while Celine and Redemption showed dresses that look much more like lingerie. Simone Miller’s simple pink slip is perfect for a hot date, and Versace’s striped slip can go from a day at the ballpark to a night in the club with a quick shoe swap.
You won’t fall short with these fabrics:
Will you be slipping into these dresses? Let me know in the comments!