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Shorts Vs Slips Spring/Summer 2018


A dramatic variation in lengths was revealed in the Spring/Summer 2018 catwalks. The noted contrast between shorts and skirts conjured up an assortment of shapes and silhouettes that made us question our sartorial preferences. Are you brave enough to expose a generous amount of leg in next season’s must-have selection of shorts or is the commanding allure of the feminine new wave slip more your style? Or, of course, having both is never a bad option. 

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The mini has transpired as a thing of the past, leaving room for a stylish substitute that will replace its existence. The catwalks clarified loud and clear that shorts are due to be the next big thing and are an item you will be wearing all day, every day. 

An amalgam of styles was on show and designers were not afraid to run with them. Tailored, longer-length examples addressed an office-worthy look at Off-White and worn with suit blazers they acted as a modern alternative to the pencil shirt. Sixties-inspired skinny leather additions made a sensual entrance at Paco Rabanne, whilst in contrast, relaxed cycling shorts made a surprising comeback and were seen everywhere, particularly amid the collections of Nina Ricci, Chloé, and Saint Laurent. Meanwhile, decretive, colourful, and embroidered versions popped up at Christian Dior. 


Slip dresses are one of the easiest pieces of clothing you could wish to wear. As the garment suggests, simply slip it on and you have an instant alluring look and judging from the Spring/Summer 2018 collections, they still attain plenty of mileage in them yet. Restraining from last season’s message of come-to-bed, the new wave slip is now steering more towards an if-looks-could-kill aesthetic. 

The It slip made an alluring entrance in an amalgam of styles with many decretive details. Slip dresses at Coach arrived completely bedazzled in a haze of encrusted sparkle with delicate tulle and lace hems, Eighties discothèque additions spangled their way through Oscar de la Renta and deconstructed versions looked glamorous albeit nonchalant at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Christopher Kane carried on such ornateness with slips trimmed with crystals whilst Alexander Wang opted for ruched silks and Tory Burch channeled pleating and patchworks.

Words by Katie Farley


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