Meet the ’90s Silhouette Taking Over This Spring
Its beauty lies in its simplicity.
Depending on which day you ask, fashion is likely fixated on one prior decade or another. One season it’s the ’70s, the next, we’re on to Y2K staples. At this current moment, however, fashion is head-over-heels obsessed with the ’90s. We’ve already waxed poetic about why we think it’s a great idea to shop like a ’90s minimalist—an era that leaned into simple silhouettes and subtle sensuality—but there is one style in particular which was peppered throughout the spring ’21 runways: column dresses.
Adjacent to the tank-style slip dress, the column silhouette is similar in nature minus the bias cut. It hangs straight down in a sheath style, creating a literal column shape. The simple dress or skirt is tailored close to the body without being fitted exactly to it—just the right balance of allure and mystery. Often rendered in some sort of WFH-appropriate stretch fabric, it’s as comfortable as it is chic and was a favorite among the superstars of the 1990s—Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Winona Ryder. Perhaps that’s why the practical style jaunted down the runways at Khaite, Simon Miller, and Peter Do among others this season.
A favorite of those like Proenza Schouler, Bevza, and Gabriela Hearst, who regularly indulge in the richness of ’90s minimalism, the sheath silhouette needs little in the realm of styling. It’s basically like donning a blank slate—the perfect platform for statement jewelry or a killer beauty look. Toeing the line between casual and fancy, the column silhouette can be easily dressed up or down. A bold lip, an interesting necklace, or perhaps a chain belt, and that is all you need.
Shop Our Favorites Below:
Iman Ribbed-knit Linen Maxi Tank Dress$220Buy
Knit Maxi Dress$1,050Buy
Gwyneth Silk Midi Dress$780Buy
Ribbed Long-sleeve Midi Dress$99Buy
Jardins des Orangers
Wool Midi Skirt
Cable Knit Jacquard Dress$40Buy
Deconstructed Column Dress$860Buy
Rib Wells Long Sleeve Dress$198Buy
Dolce Waist-cutout Maxi Dress$275Buy
Long Sleeve Turtleneck Gown$150Buy
Rosetta Maxi Cotton Column Skirt$295Buy
Top photo (from left to right): Courtesy of Bevza; Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com; Courtesy of Proenza Schouler
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