Fashion Over Reason: The Slip Dress

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Slip Dress

When the mercury rises (hallelujah!), we inevitably start peeling off the layers of clothing -- sometimes by choice, but more often by necessity. When things get too hot to handle, that last thing you want are heavy coatings of material clinging to your body, am I right? Enter the slip dress. It's essentially the most publicly appropriate way to be wearing the least amount of clothing possible during the summer.

Most garments have a history, and the slip dress is no different. Look no further than the name, which clearly refers to its underpinning past: as a piece of clothing that was made to be worn under dresses, it eventually made its way to proper womenswear apparel. Cue the sexual revolution and the women's emancipation movement and now the slip is just as suitable for the outdoors as it is as a night chemise. While having undeniable bombshell qualities, the slip dress became the sartorial symbol for minimalism in the 90s thanks to Calvin and Donna, and, of course, queen Kate.

It also kind of became an icon in its own right, thanks to characters like Cher Horowitz (What is that? A dress! Says who? Calvin Klein!) and Carrie Bradshaw (hello, the Naked Dress). When I don my own slip dress, I can't help but feel like I'm channeling my inner Wynona. While this little number bares a lot of skin, its non-bodycon sensibility gives off that air of nonchalance I so very much enjoy. In spite of its revealing nature, it's more Moss than Crawford, peekaboo lace bra withstanding. An essential summer look in my books.

Tree slip dress, Gap black lace bra, Vince silver & grey toe ring sandals, Bottega Veneta Intrecciato crossbody bag, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Brooklyn, New York, NYC fashion blogger, personal style, summer style. hot weather look
Slip dress - Treesje (try this one)
Sandals - Vince
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Bracelets - Chic Peek & Rings & Tings (similar idea)
Necklace - Vintage (similar)
Ring - Saint Laurent

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It's About L.A said...

Beautiful dress!


Unknown said...

On the hunt for a great slip dress! I love yours!

Emma | With A City Dream

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Anonymous said...

You look so pretty! Absolutely love that style of dress, it's so elegant
The Butterfly Effect

CMak said...

Loving the slip dress, very chic


GlamCicci said...

You are so cool in this basic and casual look, love the outfit!


Johanna said...

I love the look of slip dresses....just never know what to wear underneath! You look amazing!

Allie said...

I absolutely love slip dresses! <3

Sweet Madame Blue

Unknown said...

Love slip dresses, they're so easy and chic! You wear it so well with that peekaboo lace detail and I love your slip-on shoes too!


Jade | The Jade Aesthetic said...

EURGH this is amazing, so effortless. You really do look like your oozing nonchalance (in, judging by the graffiti, a bad part of town). You're up there with Moss!! I wish I could pull this off but I need your figure first.

Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

Unknown said...

So lovely dress! <3

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A Very Sweet Blog said...

Your slip dress looks so good on you! It's sharp! I love the background for your pics.

Yoko Nguyen said...

This dress look great on you ! :)

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Alexis Grace of North On Harper said...

I like that your dress isn't fitted--- it gives it an ease that works well! As for needing to peel off layers--- that is the story of my life living in Singapore!

Margot said...

Thank's you for your cute comment'.
I love your slip dress!

Margot said...

Thank's you for your cute comment'.
I love your slip dress!

Margaret Dallospedale said...

So adorable outfit Helene.
I love your shoes (so cool)
Maggie D
The Indian Savage Diary

RaeAbigael said...

simple yet stunning! :)

xoxo, rae

ALLIE NYC said...

This slip dress looks A-mazing on you! And yep thank the 90s, Kate and the also Courtney and the Riot Grrrl movement.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Carolyn said...

love that you paired it with slides for a more casual feel!

Mica said...

Lovely simple summer outfit for a really hot day! :)

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emily said...

Your slip dress is perfect, they're my latest obsession this summer! I love how you wear it with a bit of lace peeking out.

Unknown said...

Lovely slip dress I like it a lot. Amazing outfit for hot summer days :)
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Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Such an amazing dress! You look so beautiful! x

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Such an amazing dress! You look so beautiful! x

Baglic said...

Let me know if you sell that bag.