Zips are big this season.
The mags are crazy about them, they were all over the catwalks, Top Shop has fallen madly in love. But aside from wearing them as crazy details on cool shoes (see previous blog post for my love of Emma Cooks zip shoes) how to wear them on the body without looking like a dangerous puffball (as is so occuring when zips are attached to any ruffles on skirts and sleeves, making them stiff and, quite simply, huge) or a trashy eighties whorebag? (As occurs when zips are worn too close to the body.)
Miss Selfridge has the answer in its usual wonderful afforable fashion. At £45 this black strapless dress uses the zip detail in a subtle but still kick arse way. It flatters the figure (i.e. doesn't make you look massive) and because the detail is displayed on the edge of panels rather than directly on the body you still look totally fashionista, rather than trashbag. Team with some big gladiator style strappy sandals or shoeboots and you're in business.
Just avoid the denim version. Yuk. So don't get the whole stonewashed thing.