Right now, we are only interested in uncomplicated things, think: ballerina buns, simple sandals, and sorbet. Fuss-free outfits are also on the top of our list, which is why we're swooning over the lovely slip dresses trendsetters like Ashley Olsen and Zoe Kravitz are wearing. These frocks are the clothing equivalent of a cool shower on a hot day and a decidedly refreshing option for late summer dressing, hence today's Trend Report!
The best thing about this trend--other than its ease--is the fact that it not only works now, in the dog days of summer, but also well into fall. For reference on how to make this piece work for autumn, simply look to Narciso Rodriguez's F/W 11 runway for ideas. The designer showed a diaphanous, silver and black silk chiffon iteration that is simply stunning. The dark color-blocking and austere palette make this runway-only dress appropriate for the season, while the mixed materials also make it a bit more formal, all of which is perfect for fall.
As for some real-life examples of how to execute the slip dress trend, we are pleased to present a mixture of celebrities, models, and fashion insiders as evidence. The frock is a no-brainer for fancier evening events; just look at Zoe Kravitz and Abbey Kee Kershaw for reference. Kravitz was simply jaw-dropping at the X-Men: First Class premiere in New York earlier this summer in a silver Alexander Wang dress from the S/S 11 collection, while Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw impressed us during the Milan shows in a Tom Ford slip dress, paired with a vintage leopard coat, Fendi bag, and two necklaces (the shorter one is vintage, the longer is Mania Mania).
While both Kravitz and Kershaw went for glamorous slip dresses, you can also make them work in a more off-duty way by adding leather accents, per Caroline Sieber and Vogue's Meredith Melling Burke. The former attended a private gallery show in London earlier this summer wearing a white Maje dress, Balenciaga leather vest, Celine shoes, and a Chanel bag; we love how the leather vest tones down the potential fanciness of the silky dress. Melling Burke opted for a similarly downtown combination of a feminine slip dress paired with a tougher jacket for the eBay and CFDA "You Can't Fake Fashion" campaign launch party in New York last month. The stunning editor combined a lace-detailed silk maxi dress by Winter Kate with a russet Gryphon jacket, fringed Genevieve Jones bag, and a slew of necklaces (by Jay Ahr, Fenton Fallon, and vintage) for a chic and personal look.
Of course you can also make the slip dress work for daytime too--just use Ashley Olsen as your fashion muse! The mogul was photographed in New York in late June wearing a decidedly lovely dress of her own design, specifically the Woeber Dress (price upon request). Paired with Chanel sandals and The Row accessories (her favorite The Row Black Sunglasses (price upon request) and caramel Day Luxe Bag), the ensemble is practical enough for running errands, but definitely a step up from your average sundress.
If you're interested in this sort of truly effortless dressing, we have a few frock options to help get you started. While our fashionable examples all opted for long slip dresses, the abbreviated J. Crew Silk Slip Dress ($68) is quite nice if you prefer a shorter hemline. 3.1 Phillip Lim's Silk Charmeuse Dress ($195) is also a lovely choice if you want another above-the-knee choice with a slightly swingy shape. If you're a fan of Caroline Sieber and Zoe Kravitz's more body-conscious frocks, don't miss Alexander Wang's Silk Charmeuse Maxi Dress ($270) in Eggshell. If it's merely the color you appreciate, you also should check out Theory's Velina Stretch-Silk Dress ($315), which has contrasting black spaghetti straps and a dropped waist. Last, but not least, if you're looking for a slip dress that can also easily work for evening, try Helmut Lang's Long Drape Dress ($575) or The Row's Silk Slip Dress ($475).