Summer Slips: A New Style for Your Weekend Barbecues

It’s barbecue season everyone! Finally we can strip our pesky layers and wear something a little smaller, a little lighter, and definitely a little sexier for all those afternoon parties. So as we dare to go bare, we might only have to look as far as our pajama drawer for some outfit worthy selections.

The perfect sundress is almost as hard to find as an endangered species. The fabric, the print, and definitely the length are all parts of an equation that can easily go wrong – make or break factors we like to call them. So, as we embark on this lovely journey that comes once a season, we dodge elbows and crowded racks of dresses that ultimately may or may not be worth the money and surely the hassle. The absolute worst is after finally discovering your perfect frock, showing up to a friend’s shindig only to find that yet another partygoer is sporting the same piece. You go through all five stages of grief, grab a burger, and quickly mix a cocktail.

To avoid said trauma, one surefire solution is to reach into our lingerie drawers and pick out a slinky little number or two. Leave the boxers and oversized t-shirts for actual slumber but say yes to corsettes, garter belts, and obviously a nightie or two. Bloomers and pantaloons look precious with light cotton tanks and offer a nice juxtaposition with vintage, distressed shirts.

Some of the big guns spoke to this trend as well last spring. Dolce & Gabbana sexed it up for their spring show with models appearing to just be leaving the bedroom. Black lace galore and constricting corsettes teased the eye. Underpinnings layered with short and swinging skirts maintained the sassiness of the overall appeal. Max Azria, on the other hand, offered a more sophisticated take on the look with long dresses perfect for a cool evening dinner. Perforated sides and semi-sheer tops gave just enough peek so as to not appear to be wearing your mom’s muumuu.

With either of these directions, you will easily be the center of the attention. Really, it’s also just being resourceful. By cutting out the extra dressing steps, we can enjoy our friends and food that much more.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010

Max Azria Spring 2010

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