Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Slip Dress – Trend Tolerance: High


As a partner of Say Media, I recently gave a trend talk to a group of media savvy style aficionados. To shake it up a little from simply revealing the season's trends, I chose to highlight my top three and categorize them by trend tolerance level; graphic tees, easy peasy needing only a low trend tolerance level to test drive, printed pants takes medium tolerance and overalls for the over-20 age set = high tolerance level, very high. The audience responded so well to the tolerance level idea that I thought to share it with you in a new series. Up today: the slip dress.

Oh man how lovely is Zara's fall campaign! A neutral paradise of clean lines, individually each piece is a super versatile wardrobe addition, it's no wonder that style mavens are buzzing, chirping & tweeting their adoration for the collection. I love the slip dress trend (Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez) that's happening but don't have the chutzpah to fully go there (hey, I'm a mother of two! ;); so I picked up this loose sheer silk number from Aritzia (on sale – whoot!) and tossed it over a vintage slip that I've had for ages. Voilà my slightly more modest take on this somewhat scary trend.

Trend Tolerance level: High. 

Modified version: Medium/Low.

Aritzia | Timex | Giles & Brother | Senso. Click to expand.

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