We will all probably agree on the fact that not every woman will be willing and bold enough to wear a slip dress without fearing that it will look provocative and vulgar. The slip dress fashion trend that was rather popular in the 1990s is something many women cannot embrace. However, pairing your slip dress with the right clothing items, accessories, makeup and hair, you can make it more charming and luxuriously elegant and not fear that it will look like you’re wearing a nightgown. So how exactly and with what should you wear a slip dress in the streets? That is something we are going to find out together, but before that, let’s go a little back in history, shall we?
The History of the Slip Dress Trend: How Did It All Begin?
Slips came into the fashion world back in the 1920s as a way to replace corsets, which with the raging war were becoming harder to produce. However, until the 1990s, slips had only been used as undergarments and entered the fashion world as clothing items on their own only about 25 years ago when designers started creating dresses inspired by slips and lingerie items. Although at some point during the recent years the trend seemed to be dying out, today it is back into our lives and wardrobes, more alive than ever.
Pairing Your Slip Dress: Are You Doing it Right?
Pairing slip dresses with unbuttoned vests made of fur, with loosely knit thin scarves, jackets or silk kimonos are good ways to create elegant evening looks. To perfect your look, you can add pointed toe pumps and a small clutch. Also bear in mind that pairing a slip dress with pieces made of transparent material will easily make it look cheap and vulgar.
Believe it or not, slip dresses can also be used to create casual everyday outfits. To create casual looks it is suggested going for slip dresses made of natural fabrics such as cotton, brocade or flax. To make slip dresses look casual, you can pair them with tights, denim or even leather jackets. Pairing a slip dress with a shirt (preferably a flannel/checkered one) tied around your waist is another way of looking at it casually. You may even add ankle boots and a small leather shoulder bag to complete the look.
On chillier days, you can also go with pairing slip dresses with thin, very loosely knit cardigans or oversize mesh sweaters. You can also turn your slip dress into a tunic by pairing it with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans and complement the look with beanies, suede gloves and large handbags.
Besides pairing your slip dresses right, it is also vital that you follow several seemingly trivial, but in essence rather important rules. First of all, when creating evening looks with sleep dresses, it is important that you wear seamless underwear so that it will not be seen under the thin fabric of the dress. Also, when choosing a slip dress, pay a close attention to its size. The dress should be neither too tight nor too loose.
Ideal both for summer and fall, slip dresses look extremely sophisticated and feminine when styled correctly and worn to the right place. Keep in mind that this clothing item is embedded with lots of sensuality and boldness, therefore avoid wearing it to work interviews, to the office or for official meetings. In case you still lack fantasy and don’t know how to wear slip dresses, be sure to browse through the tons of images offered by A-list fashion bloggers, designers and celebrities and find your inspiration!
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