The iconic, super light 2000s dresses are back. Here’s what we really think about the trend
Now, what to do after you’ve cleared your way? As Rodiou suggests, it takes some confidence to own a floss look, but smart styling can take it from extreme to easygoing. “The moment you expose any part of your body, you have to wear the garment with confidence, otherwise it won’t feel natural and uncomfortable to you,” she explains. “That’s why we always aim to dress those cutouts down. For example, if we make a bodysuit that is very exposed, stylistically, we would then pair it with oversized pants.
Vogue India‘s Akanksha Kamath tempers what you see with what you don’t see. “If I had to wear the trend, I would make sure the cuts are strategically placed,” she explains. “I would highlight the parts I’m most proud of – my upper belly, my upper waist, my cleavage as seen in Stella McCartney, and I hope I look like (a thick) Rihanna in Supriya Lele. curves are the dream.
Early adopters and runway evidence suggest fluffy pieces are best paired with an oversized suit and denim or athletic accents, to tone down the sex appeal of the piece. Kamath suggests a game of transparency; “A cutout could be made more sultry with a sheer layer added on top, like a curtain letting in light.” What about those who prefer more coverage? Simple: wear it over a basic tee or silk shirt.
“I come from a very old school of thought where I think my clothes should actually cover my body,” says Vogue stylist Naheed Driver. “Dental floss might be called provocative, but it’s really about the way you wear it. Having a slimmer frame I felt I could do it justice and felt confident trying to achieve the peek-a-boo effect but depending on the size of the cutouts it could work on all body structures.
She adds, “At the end of the day, it’s about being happy in your own skin – and maybe showing it a bit.”
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