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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Slit Decision

10 Crosby Derek Lam AW14; Source

It seems like the only decision to make about the slit trend is high how do you go. Are the slits getting higher and higher on skirts and dresses or do I stand alone in my opinion? Whether you are a magazine hoarder, a red carpet stalker, a window-shopper or a combination of all three which pretty much describes me, maybe you have noticed the influx of skirts and dresses with insanely high slits. Let me be up-front with you my friends I am biased I am when it comes to the slit decision.  I am a tad conservative when it comes to the length of the slits in my garments. As a result, you have probably already guessed that in my opinion the length of the slits in skirts and dresses are really too close to regions where slits should not be permitted to venture. The question I keep asking myself lately is what happened to slits that were of moderate length? The new barometer for whether a slit is trendy seems to be dependent upon how high the slit rises.

I often wonder if the slit craze started with that infamous Angelie Jolie pose two years ago. Come on, you know what I am talking about....

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I am referring to the type of in-your-face mile-high slits that are located in the front or side or now between the middle of the front and side panels of skirts and dresses.  I really do love what I call these fashion-forward slits but not when it is apparent that a good strong wind might cause a peek-a-boo moment. I really don't put Angelina Jolie's dress into this category. She seems to be a lady well in charge of her destiny and rarely makes a red carpet mistake. Ok, my moment of gushing about Angelina Jolie is over.

I must confess, however, that I am enthralled by the Fall collections of a select few designers who gave us a classy take on the slit-trend. Altuzzara is one of those designers. His incorporation of the slit-trend exemplifies ladylike elegance and I am not just stating that because he is one of my favorite designers. He seems to always know how far to go with a trend without stepping over the line. Take a look below and let me know what you think. Note: The images below are courtesy of Style.com.






Another chic showcase of the slit-trend are the AW14 runway designs of Burberry Prorsum.










Did you have the opportunity to watch any of the red carpet Emmy Award festivities in August? If not, maybe you had an opportunity to browse the best and worst dressed lists on social media. There was plenty of evidence of the power of a slit on display, don’t you think? One thing I gleaned from watching television and film actresses parade down the red carpet was that not only are celebrities on board with the high-slit trend but in some cases they were aware that sometimes a slit can go up too far to regions that a slit should not go. Here is where I must mention the always classy and ever amazing Scandal actress Kerry Washington for wearing a pair of sequined black shorts underneath her beautiful orange high-slit gown.  This fashion icon gets it I thought. She just proved that a fashionista can still make it on the list of those most photographed on a red carpet by wearing the dress; not letting the dress wear her. The fact is that the shorts, in my opinion, did not in any way take away from her stunning dress.

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Like Kerry Washington, some stars shine bright like a diamond on the red carpet in there slit looks while others... well, I'll let you be the judge.


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Slits seem to be going the way of sheer fashion. It is one of those trends that can easily go too far if not handled the right way, if you know what I mean. One of the things I try to do as a blogger is to determine whether a trend is also stylish. The two are completely separate and always have been, at least in my own mind. Sometimes, in the hands of the wearer, how a trendy item is worn can really push the envelope too far. This trend is one of them. Slits can be classy but only when paired with the right pieces and in the right places. In other words, mile-high slits are probably best for after work hours and only for certain venues. I love to incorporate edgy pieces into my wardrobe whenever I have the chance but I definitely won’t be mixing my front slit-skirts with sheer tops. There are plenty of other options with which to pair my slit-skirts and dresses. Perhaps, I will take some inspiration from the runway. Note: The images below are credited to Style.com.

 


Celine AW14


Celine AW14


Emilio Pucci AW14


Helmug Lang AW14


Ports 1961




Ports 1961

 
Ralph Lauren AW14

 
Reem Acra AW14


Altuzarra SS15

 
Cushnie et Ochs SS15


Dion Lee SS15
As I was blogging about this topic, I started thinking about how trendy separates such as crop tops, sheer tops and other garments that can inadvertently result in too much exposure can result in individuals being placed on the worst dressed list.  It is always important to consider how we want to face the world. Do we want to expose too much or just enough to keep them guessing? I will let you be the judge. A crop top with a micro mini-skirt just does not have the same feel as a crop top with a high-waist skirt or trousers. Regardless, the looks below are a source of inspiration for me in how to incorporate a slit skirt or dress into a look that is oh so appropriate.

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Have I proven that slit looks can be quite charming. Why don't you browse through the additional evidence below and share your thoughts with me? The ladies below are proof positive that slits can be a do and not a don't.

Sarah Rutson; Source
 

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Jaimie King; Source


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I have learned quite a lot from studying how designers and stylists style slit skirts and dresses:

  • They can look quite chic with a glimmer of lace peaking out from them.

  • They look terrific with oversized sweaters if you are an oversized garment kind-of-girl.

  • If you are fashion-forward pairing them with a pair of leggings; especially, leather leggings can look ultra-luxe.

  • If you love a dress or skirt but the length of the slit seems to border on the extreme pull from Kerry Washington's playbook and pair it with a pair of shorts in a luxurious material such as silk or satin or embellished with sequins.
 
  • Just use Dior's strategy and pair a slit skirt with a boyfriend blazer or if you are not into boyfriend blazers just double up your skirts or dresses. The pairings may at first seem odd but they work. See what I mean. Note: The images below from Christian Dior's AW14 collection are credited to Style.com.









I think a fitting ending is to showcase a couple of memorable slit-dresses worn by some ladies who always make an impression when they step out. These ladies are certainly in love with slits. What about you?

 

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Thanks for reading and commenting. Your continued support means the world to me.

46 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for sharing, Sharon.


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  2. I am probably the #1 fan of slits on dresses and skirts, so incredibly glad that it's a trend now. I love Anja Rubik's extreme take on it, as well as Zoe Kravitz gorgeous burgundy dress & the Cushnie et Ochs look (actually, I love all of their collections). X

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    1. Hi, Amy:

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. I appreciate your input on this topic. I like slits too but only when they are modest. It was interesting to discover different ways to layer slit garments with other pieces to make sure the look is appropriate.

      Sharon

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  3. I love slits! Didn't like them on Kendall Jenner dress though, way too much.
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    1. Thanks for your comment, Olga. I too believe Kendall Jenner's double slit dress was over-the-top. I really like the more modest slit lengths.

      Sharon

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  4. Hi sweet Sharon,
    These selection is amazing
    I really love them
    Kisses
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage Diary Fashion blog

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      Sharon

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  5. Great post! I am a huge fan of a slit, when done right it can be both sophisticated and sultry. I love that Kerry Washington wore sequined shorts underneath, she looks amazing.

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Keisha:

      I absolutely think this trend can be done in a tasteful way. Some of the slits are way too close to the nether regions for my taste. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this post. Kerry Washington is so classy. I just love her. I am so excited that the first Scandal episode of the season is scheduled for next week. Chat with you soon.

      Sharon

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  6. In my opinion, slit are chic. Don't like it when it is too high, just the right amount is always beautiful.
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    1. Thanks for your comment, Diana. I completely agree with you. It seems that like with any trend sometimes it can be overdone. I really don't like the slits that are too high.

      Sharon

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  7. Hola Sharon! Las abertura en las faldas son supersexys, pero evidentemente todo tiene un límite aunque sea en la alfombra roja. Me encanta la selección que has hecho y la camiseta roja con la falda negra me parce perfecta! Un gran post como siempre...
    Besos

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    1. Thank you, Emilia. I really appreciate your comment. I like slits but not those that are too extreme. I think it is more classy when the slits are of a moderate length. I am glad you like some of the looks I featured. I hope you visit again.

      Sharon

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  8. I really like the dress of blake lively!

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    1. Blake Lively always dress in such an elegant manner. I love her style. It is even more impressive that she does not use a stylist.

      Sharon

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  9. I'm a big fan of slits nowdays - I actually bought some skirts myself! And the outfits you posted look amazing, definitely need to get myself some more stuff with slits for next summer :)

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    1. Hello, Tanja:

      I am happy to see the return of the slit trend. I love many of the outfits I selected for this post. I think the length of the slit is just a matter of taste. I tend to favor those of a more moderate length. I am so glad you visited, Tanja, and commented. It means so much that you did. I hope we can stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  10. I gotta admit I love the slits but a certain level of modesty for real women has to be respected. I still will not like that Kendall Jenner Hip "I can see into your ovaries" Slit. Thats way out of bounds LOL

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    1. I agree with you about that. There should be a certain level of decorum. I am sure the envelope is pushed to gain more publicity. Kendall Jenner's dress was buzzed about for days on end. I admit that I was completely shocked when I first saw her in it.

      Sharon

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  11. I always enjoy reading your interesting posts.

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    1. Thank you, Nina. I do my best to present my perspective about current trends. It makes me happy that my efforts are appreciated.

      Sharon

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  12. Really nice Inspirations

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Jeannette. It means so much that read my post and took the time to leave a comment. I am following you on Bloglovin and will also follow you on blogger.

      Sharon

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  13. Nice post! I love all the inspirations! :)

    Have a nice day

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    1. Thank you, Anita. I appreciate your comment. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you are having a fantastic weekend.

      Sharon

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  14. Everyone looks absolutely beautiful, love the slit in dresses…it's gorgeous!!! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. Hi, Layla:

      Thanks so much and congratulations on your Youtube channel. I wish you much success and will definitely continue to check in on your posts.

      Sharon

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  15. Nice post!
    Marina
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  16. Your post always make me learn more about fashion Sharon.
    Thanks for sharing with us. Love your tips and I'll follow! Great job!
    Have a wonderful week! ♥

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    1. Hello, Rosa:

      Thank you for the compliment. I hope you have a wonderful week, also.

      Sharon

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  17. I love this trend, it's so classy and feminine and sexy!
    xoxo
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    1. It is so popular right now. I think it will be so for quite some time. Thanks so much for your comment, Maja. I hope you have a great week.

      Sharon

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    1. Hello, Aleksandra:

      Thank you so much. I am so glad you visited. I hope you have a wonderful week.

      Sharon

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  19. Nice post! I love the look of a slit skirt or dress! Such a feminine and sophisticated look but with a risky touch! I love it!

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    1. There is no doubt that they do add a seductive element to a skirt or dress. I do like that aspect about them. Thanks for your visit and comment. I really enjoyed your festival post. Let's stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  20. Sono capi bellissimi! Have a nice day!
    Marina
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      Sharon

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  21. Great post. Slits are sophisticated and chic, but as always in fashion there is the tendency to push the envelope. BTW, yes lets follow one another, I am currently following you on bloglovin! http://www.pumpsandstudz.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Delilah. I agree wholeheartedly. As with any other trend, there has certainly been a tendency to go too far with this trend. I will follow you back.

      Sharon

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  22. Blake Lively is so beautiful. I love her dress.

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog and your nice comment. xx
    J.
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    1. Hello, Julija:

      She certainly is and I love her style. She always dresses so classy and does so without working with a stylist. I think she gained a lot of fashion knowledge from her mother who used to be a model. I have followed you on google +. I hope you follow back if you like my blog. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  23. Nice article, Sharon!! I really enjoy reading your blog :) waiting for the next post, Have a nice day!!!

    Ploy.
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      Thank you so much. I really appreciate your kind words. I hope you visit again.

      Sharon

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