For the longest time, I felt I was on the outside looking in on the slip-dress trend. I'm busty and prefer to wear a bra at all times, but when you're a 32G, even strapless bras can peek out over the top of your dresses. So I resigned myself to the fact that, as much as I loved them, slip dresses were a trend I'd have to sit out on. Then along came Ghost's Palm Dress.
Deputy editor Maxine Eggenberger wears the Ghost Palm Dress in ivory with a cream coat, tan handbag and suede knee-high boots.
Since breaking out on the fashion scene, Ghost has become one of my all-time favourite dress brands. I own its iconic Jenna Dress in three colourways (blue, black and pink, in case you're wondering), which I managed to snap up in various sales. I've also recently dabbled in the Luella, which is just as excellent. However, out of all Ghost dresses, the Palm has perhaps piqued my interest the most. As I've alluded, it's a slip dress, but one with a subtle V-point scoop neckline and straps thick enough to wear over even my comfiest bra. If I could have designed my perfect slip dress, it would look exactly like this.
After the Palm dress's consistent success and sell-outs, Ghost has just reissued the style in a slew of sleek new colourways, all perfect for the new season. When the dress first launched way back when, stock levels were quickly depleted on Ghost’s website. Having learned from my mistakes, I'm going to make sure I don't miss the opportunity this time around. I already own the ivory shade and it has proven itself to be just as handy and versatile as I thought it would, so I know any new Palm dress investments will be sound ones.
Deputy editor Maxine Eggenberger wears the Ghost Palm dress in ivory with a khaki shirt dress over top, belted with a black handbag and square-toe boots.
Although the cream shade blends seamlessly with my largely neutral wardrobe palette, I’m keen to wear more colour this year. So I am considering investing in the pretty petrol or rust iterations, though they're all so pretty, it's proving pretty difficult to choose! Not one to leave anything to chance, I decided to put the Ghost Palm Dress to the visual test by creating outfit builds around the different colours. Taking pieces similar to items I already own, I wanted to ensure I would get adequate wear out of whichever I opt for. In just a matter of minutes, I whipped up five stylish looks to see me through every occasion.
Turns out there is absolutely a place for these dresses in my wardrobe. So scroll on to see the ways I'd like to wear the new drop of Ghost Palm dresses (aka the most versatile dress of the year), from after-dark drinks to springtime strolls. Then, at the end, I've rounded up all of the shades once more for you to choose from. Happy browsing!
FIVE WAYS WITH GHOST'S PALM DRESS
1. DATE NIGHT
Style Notes: A leather jacket always has the power to give an outfit after-dark appeal. Be it for a (rare) date night with my husband or catching up with my friends over drinks, I know this will be an ensemble I can rely on throughout the year.
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Due to the heel height and the comfort, I can’t fault these mules.
2. SHOPPING TRIP
Style Notes: Considering that shopping goes hand in hand with what I do for a living, it makes sense that I've become quite the pro at it. Instead of wearing jeans for such an endeavour, I always opt for a dress, as it's easier to remove for stints in the changing room. Cue Ghost's Palm Dress. I’d also wear this for low-key brunches and general errand running on the weekend.
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3. ELEVATED EVENT
Style Notes: I still have a wedding to attend this year, and with party season on the horizon, I figure this is a sleek look that can serve me for both.
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Wear this crystal necklace with everything from simple tees to, well, slip dresses.
I have an hourglass figure, and this dress hugs my shape perfectly.
4. SPRING DAYS
Style Notes: Spring is my favourite time of year, and I relish the challenge of dressing for the weather. Chic and versatile layers are the key to creating stylish spring outfits when the chill comes into play, and I know this velvet Ghost dress is going to play an integral role in them. I particularly enjoy how it looks with a khaki jacket.
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This will work with everything from jeans and tailoring to slip skirts and dresses.
The Palm dress has just been unveiled in this velvet iteration, and I love it just as much as the OG satin.
5. ON THE CLOCK
Style Notes: While I generally like to keep my work and play wardrobes separate, there are some pieces that are too tempting to not wear in both. I'll be layering my Ghost dress with a breezy linen shirt for essential meetings. Layer this knit over the top for an extra layer.
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Loafers are a foolproof shoe option when you want to look smart.
SHOP GHOST'S PALM DRESS IN EVERY SHADE
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.
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