Spaghetti straps are back
Published 21/01/2011 | 15:44
Clothes fans are used to trends retreating then reappearing, and often look forward to welcoming back an old fashion friend which has been consigned to the back of the wardrobe for several seasons.
The Spring/Summer 11 months are set to be no different, although the key piece which has re-emerged is set to divide fashionistas. In the coming months those who are truly dedicated to trends will be wearing something which has been cast out of the closet for seasons - spaghetti straps.
In the 90s, no self-respecting trendsetter was seen without a top with micro straps. They were viewed as classy and chic, but soon fell by the wayside. Women began to favour vests and blouses with a little more bite, and a little more structure.
However, thanks to designers such as Armani, Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs and Max Azria, all that is about to change. Armani showed models looking sleek and sexy in floor-length gowns with the thinnest of straps, giving women an option other than strapless or sleeved for night-time attire. It was a look echoed by Max Azria, who created ethereal, slim-strapped gowns in floaty white.
Marc Jacobs showed the trend works just as well for the day, by creating a blue, white, orange and yellow stripy maxi-dress which spaghetti hold-ups.
This trend isn’t for everyone, and bustier women in particular might find it problematic. While models on the catwalk look fine as the sashay along with no undergarments on, the average woman will struggle. Don’t make the mistake of teaming a skinny-strapped vest or dress with your normal bra, as the result with be cumbersome and unappealing. Opt for strapless or stick-on lingerie instead.
The look also falls short if tan lines are visible, or if the garment is ill-fitting. Nothing looks worse than a too-tight top with tiny straps, so ensure you experiment with different sizes to get the look right.