it is of the essence when buying a new dress but more often than not, we see form-fitting frocks that may look amazing on models; however, they are rather restrictive, even torture-like (think bandage dresses or dresses made of heavy materials like brocade). That’s why there’s nothing we love more than figure-clinging pieces made of oh-so-comfortable fabrics – the slinky dresses.
We’re all about this fluid style because it nails down everything women are looking for in a dress: it’s simple yet sophisticated, feminine yet effortless, soft and dressy yet it can be toughened up or dressed down with smart pairings and the right accessories.
These dresses maintain that wow factor without the tailored fuss of structured pieces. They fit tightly to the body, and they’re made of thin, light materials that drape over your silhouette i.e. stretchy jersey, silk, satin, charmeuse, etc. Even if you prefer sexy little numbers, you will swoon over them because many come in bold, sultry versions featuring plunging necklines, low backs, spaghetti straps or high slits. And so, it shouldn’t be surprising that some of the hottest celebrities were spotted rocking slinky frocks, including Rihanna, Selena Gomez, or Kim Kardashian.
How to wear and accessorize the style
Unlike some styles, you can sport these dresses in all sorts of ways, depending on the look you’re going for. Such a dress may not be edgy enough, but you can always change that by teaming it up with a leather jacket and ankle boots. For another stark contrast, you can wear it with a masculine blazer or a sober trench coat. Other casual alternatives include soft cardigans, oversized sweaters, denim jackets and let’s not forget how cool a slip slinky dress can look layered with a simple T-shirt or a turtleneck underneath.
For dressier versions, pair them with fur jackets and coats, silky long-line bombers, elegant dusters, chic kimono jackets and waterfall vests.
As far as footwear is concerned, there’s no limit on the shoe styles you can complete your slinky outfit with. Try ankle booties and knee-high boots for the colder months, and barely-there heels or strappy sandals for summer and special events. You can even get away with snickers, slide loafers, mules and menswear-inspired sandals if you’re going for a laid-back look.
Slinky dresses are all about comfort and minimalism, so you shouldn’t pile on the jewellery in this case. If you’re opting for a slip dress and you wish to recreate the whole ‘90s scheme, go with a simple choker or a skinny scarf. Otherwise, play it safe with a pair of drop earrings, a fine necklace, or a sparkling bangle. Anything else will ruin the spontaneity and streamlined effect of the dress.
The go-to bags that match the style perfectly are oversized envelope clutches and chain shoulder bags that work for both daytime and night outs, while minaudieres, clutches, and micro bags will complement your frock in the most fashion-conscious environments.
Reasons why every woman needs to own one
I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t wear one of these dresses, but if your wardrobe proves you haven’t taken the plunge just yet, here are the reasons why you should put them on your to-buy list ASAP:
Slinky fabrics hug the figure without hindering it. This is the most comfortable style of dresses you’ll ever come across, so who could say ‘no’ to it?
They come in various lengths and sizes, and can be easily adapted to match your style.
For all occasions
From work and streetwear to glamorous parties and even the red carpet, there’s a slinky dress that could make you swap out your regular outfit for one that doesn’t compromise comfort over style. All you need to do is pick a winner from the sea of designs available.
For all seasons
That’s right; it’s one of those all-weather staples. Opt for a lingerie-inspired frock in a breezy fabric when the temperature is at its peak, or pick up a warmer one and wear it with cozy knits and other winter-ready pieces when the chill takes over.
There are certain clothing pieces that will never go out of style. They are one of those evergreen staples models strut in on the runways time and time again.
As classy as it is sexy
Who says you need to condemn your body to an ultra-tight fit to show off your assets? Take it easy on yourself wearing super-comfortable dresses with a twist. These will allow you to flaunt the part you love most about your body and feel excellent doing it, and because of the coverage you get, you won’t have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions or falling into the wrong category.
The WOW factor
It’s easy to turn heads in a slinky dress if you choose to play around with colours, cuts, and details. Keep an open mind, be conscious of what works for you best and rock it on with a killer attitude.
Different styles available
There has been some serious ‘90s revival going on recently, and with that, slip dresses wound up back in fashion, not in a modest way, but on the pedestal. But there’s more to slinky frocks than the ubiquitous slip dress.
Actually, it’s difficult to find a dress type that doesn’t come in a slinky version. Being such a comfy and figure-flattering fabric, designers make these in all sorts of styles to suit every taste. Shirt dresses? Check! Maxi dresses? Check! Wrap dresses? Check! Sheath dresses? Check! Halterneck dresses? Check! Bodycon dresses? Oh yes! Cami dresses? Mhmm!
Perfect for all sizes
Ladies, did you think the trend left you out? This couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s easy to find slinky dresses that complement a curvy silhouette, and you can always seek specialists offering made-to-measure frocks. There’s no need to hide in extra-loose, shapeless dresses. You can wear stunning pieces with alluring V-necks, beautiful draping, elegant empire waists and playful ruches. All you have to do is dare!
Every woman should have at least one slinky style dress in their wardrobe, including all of you 5”3 and under. The pieces you should be swooning over are the mini slinky’s that will make you look spectacular without cutting inches off your height. However, if you can’t resist a midi or a maxi version, choose one that comes in petite size and don’t forget to bring the high heels into the picture.
Ladies 5”7 and over, aren’t you a lucky bunch? The reason we say that is that these dresses drape superbly over your body, enhancing your figure and making you look like a real-life goddess. Especially overwrap midi dresses, and provocative maxi slinks with high slits. Not to worry if those are not to your taste – all lengths suit you!
While designer and versions worn by celebrities quickly sell off, you can still get similar-looking dresses if you’re ready for a bit of browsing in either online or physical stores. And if you’re looking for those vintage slips that are huge right now, you score a higher chance of finding them if you don’t mind walking into your local thrift shops. Satin and velvet Party Dresses are especially popular in the party season and should also be easier to spot due to the particular texture of the fabric.
We’re totally feeling these fluid or stretchy silhouettes that will get you through busy work days, dynamic shopping sprees and raging parties. They’re lovely to the touch, and you can effortlessly move around in them without a care in the world! So, if you haven’t crossed them off your wish list just yet, I strongly recommend that you do!