|Me wearing: a black lace trim slip by Intimissimi, with Kurt Geiger metallic gold trainers.|
Trust me, it’s happening, and it’s all Marc Jacobs’ fault! When he sent lace trim slip dresses down the catwalk for his autumn/winter ’13 collection for Louis Vuitton back in March: presenting the idea of underwear as outerwear, it was only a matter of time before women started viewing their slips with new potential.
I was packing for a weekend away recently and found an unworn Intimissimi silk slip, complete with lace trim in my pyjama draw. I tossed it into my suitcase, to wear in bed, but ended up throwing a sweater over it and braving it to breakfast in the hotel: “You’re going to wear your nightie in public?!” My boyfriend questioned, “It’s not a nightie” I lied, “It’s a slip dress!” He looked even more perplexed and then said “Oh... It looks nice.”
Then it was so hot last weekend, and keen to catch the sun, I wore the same Intimissimi slip as a dress (this time sans sweater, to hide behind!) with my colourful Puma runners and a pair of novelty socks- nothing less sexy than novelty socks, to meet my friend who was so unfazed she didn't even comment. So it can’t be that outrageous I thought (though a few OAPs did throw me some disapproving looks en route, paranoid much?).
I kept the slip on that evening for my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday drinks in a local pub, I didn't want to wear my Pumas, so tried changing into some wooden platform sandals but I looked like Erin Brockovich... Not in a good way. I ended up in the gold Kurt Geiger slip-ons (pictured above) which definitely looked less slutty, and made the slip more modern.
At the pub, my cousin arrived (in a transparent lace tee) “Oh good! I’m glad I’m not the only one in my underwear tonight!” she said, which invited a few too many quizzical glances for my liking.
I asked my sister, who's very good at bringing me back down to Earth from planet fashion, what she thought: "It's my idea of hell but it looks nice on you." Mmmmm.
I've come to the conclusion that for summer time, slips-come-frocks work well as skimpy if not borderline slutty LBDs but come autumn/winter, back in the pyjama draw mine will go, as let's face it, I'm not Courtney or Kate, and I'll just end up looking like a lady of the night... out in her nightie!
|The trend is born: Louis Vuitton A/W'13|