Proper credit must be given where credit is due. On September 21, 1996, when Carolyn Bessette exchanged wedding vows with America’s favorite son, John F. Kennedy Jr., she wore an utterly simple, slip dress. Let it be said that on that day, both a style icon and an iconic style were born.
Narciso Rodriguez, who designed the late Bessette’s dress for Cerruti, is said to have complained at the time that the blonde and beautiful bride wouldn’t allow him to embroider pearls on the dress, which had been tailored to fit her body.
The late Bessette remains a classic fashion icon for many women, thanks to her utter devotion to minimalism in fashion.
The slip dress, which designers Calvin Klein and Helmut Lang were the go to designers of in the 1990’s is simple elegance at its finest. At that time, other fans of the slip dress included Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Madonna.
The innerwear as outerwear style is back in full force this season, and is being seen not only on celebrities like Rihanna, Rosie-Huntington Whiteley and Brie Larson, but all over the catwalks as well.
This bias-cut, body-skimming frock that can take you anywhere. And has now been revived and revised for 21st-century fashionistas. So get ready to slip into this easy, breezy style.
When temperatures rise, the most minimal type of attire is demanded to beat the heat. Ta da! Slip dress to the rescue! And when temperatures stubbornly remain unseasonably cool, as they have in most parts of the country, let’s hear another ta da for the slip dress!
You can actually use your slip dress all-year round as long as you layer it with other pieces.
Motorcycle jackets and slip dresses are a match made in style heaven. The same can be said for slip dresses worn under over-sized blazers, cardigans and for an extra touch of feminine finesse, a closed, cardigan worn with a skinny belt.
For a casual weekend look that combines the best of both worlds, wear a sexy slip dress with a denim jacket and slip your feet into some sneakers for a touch of tomboy. Another weekend look that can’t fail is a slip dress worn with a scarf and low, chunky heeled boots.
Rather than layering by covering your slip dress with another piece, do the reverse by wearing the sip dress as a jumper over a T-shirt or blouse or even a turtle neck. Wearing leggings, tights and skinny jeans with your slip dress gives you a perfect opportunity to highlight your gams.
When it comes to evening looks, minimalism is best. Pair your slip dress with strappy sandals and some shoulder-dusting earrings for simple look that stuns.
‘In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.’ Elsa Schiaparelli
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