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The Trendspotter: Nineties Nostalgia

When I think about the Nineties I smile, as I have so many happy memories growing up in this decade. First gig, first love, first drink, first club... which led to a lifelong love affair with music. But as with all my memories, I can distinctly remember what I was wearing.

Narcisco Rodriguez Spring Summer '14; Zadig & Voltaire Spring Summer '14; Kate Moss in Liz Bruce dress 1993
Narcisco Rodriguez Spring Summer '14; Zadig & Voltaire Spring Summer '14; Kate Moss in Liz Bruce dress 1993

The key item in every girl's wardrobe was the slip dress.  I can even picture every version my girlfriends had.

The Spring Summer catwalks gave us the new rules in party style. The 'must have' day-to-night item was made iconic by the likes of Courtney Love who turned heads performing with her band Hole wearing skimpy, vintage slips. 

Girl of the decade Winona, who was effortlessly cool with a nod to grunge, styled her slip with Doc Martens.

However it was supermodel Kate Moss who rocked this pared-down, laidback look in white Calvin Klein most famously, earning her rock 'n' roll queen credentials when she wore a Liz Bruce sheer silver slip dress on a night out with Naomi Campbell.

The 90s slip dress featured on the Spring Summer '14 catwalks, epitomising cool in the collections of Helmut Lang, Thakoon and Zadig & Voltaire.

Slip into the alluring minimalism of the Nineties with the renaissance of the slip dress.  This look can be worn as ultra feminine sheer accessorised with strappy sandals or slim Chelsea boots.

Alternatively, channel your inner Nirvana-loving self and layer your slip over a white fitted T-shirt and pair with combat boots and an oversized knit or flannel within a monochromatic palette.

This look works in its minimalist perfection as glamorous or grunge, just as long as you embrace it with all the angst of your 90s teenage rebellion.

Wear it well: my must-haves

The 90s are back and the slip dress is bang on trend. This trans-seasonal item is a true investment piece.

Topshop Unique's white slip dress and Asos's black lace slip dress encapsulate the rock 'n' roll feel of Zadig & Voltaire's catwalk looks: grown up grunge, expertly styled with slouchy knits and black leather shirts.

Wear with chunky combat boots for day and laser cut Chelsea boots for night.

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