It may have been the ultra-hot summer of 2015 that drove designers to design willowy, gossamer pieces that created this “underwear to outerwear” trend. Spring 2016 runway shows hosted an array of unrestrained négligée-inspired looks. Slinky slip dresses, baby-doll mini dresses, sheer nightshirts and elaborate lace bras were a few of the highlights.
Historically, visually appealing undergarments—while only seen in the boudoir—have been a symbol of femininity. As the Victorian Era came to a close, the hourglass shape went out too. The rise of a more feminist society freed women of rigid attire, and in came the drop waist and the loose, boyish silhouette that is iconic of this time period. As styles evolved, so did the accompanying undergarments, which gave birth to what we know today as the slip. Sleek slips— made to disappear under these tubular dresses—have been a wardrobe staple ever since. Not since Kate Moss popularized the spaghetti-strap, “barely there” dress in the ’90s has this gamine look had such a moment.
As if the concept of the slinky slip dress is not enticing on its own, designers have “enhanced” them even further.
Celine’s relaxed version seduces with black lace trim, while Rochas’ sheer celadon slip is festooned with embroidery.
If dainty dresses are your style, an equally alluring riff on this trend is structured, underwire bras seen through diaphanous fabric. The Row displayed a structured bralette and skirt covered in a floor-length sheer dress. Additionally, Balenciaga’s lace top with bra cups made of ivory silk was paired with boyish pants.
It is a bolder wardrobe move, but whether it’s a bias-cut, spaghetti-strap tank paired with your favorite jeans or a racier sheer, floor-length frock with dainty lace trim, think of it as your right to be feminine—embrace it this spring.
Punahou grad and Fashion Institute of Technology alumna Meleana Estes gives us her take on the hottest runway trends. A trendsetter in her own right, her designs for her eponymous handbag line and modern take on resort attire for aloha wear purveyor Manuheali`i have garnered rave reviews.
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