Fashion Trend Guide - Revealing some leg via high slits

Fashion Trend Guide – Revealing some leg via high slits

Fashion Trend Guide – Revealing some leg via high  slits

Words by Shellina Ebrahim

The Slit Dress. Photographed by Taz Jariwalla

The Slit Dress. Photographed by Taz Jariwalla (TJP Studios)

Dressed in a black velvet evening gown with a thigh high slit, she stops at centre stage in front of the microphone. She stikes a pose, places her left hand on her hip, extends and reveals her right leg through the slit of her Versace dress. That’s how Angelina Jolie showed some leg before presenting an award at the 2012 Oscars.

Angelina is not the only woman who has flaunted some leg lately. Two years later after her right leg created a buzz worldwide, the slit continue’s as another one of this season’s most prominent fashion trends. All the princesses of fashion and entertainmnet in Tanzania are wearing high slits. Singer Vanessa Mdee wore a black dress with a double slit at the 2013 Kilimanjaro Music Awards. She then posted a picture on her instagram captioned, “Giving Angie a double run for her money…#LetThatLegBreathe.”

Jokate Mwengelo has also worn this style. She doned a gold dress with a high slit while hosting the 2013 Kilimanjaro Music Awards this year. Brigitte Alfred’s collection on high slit garments is well documented on instagram as well – A kitenge cloth dress with long sleeves, a well fitted sleeveless red dress cinched at the waist, and a bright pink mini skirt all with high slits.

High slits have also well inspired fashion designers. Eskado bird has been designing pieces with high slits for years now. (See her designs at www.eskadobird.com). Eve collections  has also created high slit pieces recently. There is a green velvet evening dress with long sleeves which she designed that was spotted being worn by Miss Tanzania 2012, Brigitte Alfred.

Miss Tanzania 2012, Brigitte Alfred looking glamourous in high slit numbers designed by Eve Collections.

Miss Tanzania 2012, Brigitte Alfred looking glamourous in high slit numbers designed by Eve Collections.

 

The high slit dates back to the 1970’s and the 1990’s. It’s definately a retro style that has been adapted to our current era. One which boldly adds sex appeal into a silhouette  and has once again become a common choice for women worldwide. The leg bearing style with its variations are so in right now. But before you decide to rock a skirt or dress with a high slit, there are few points to consider.

-Because a mini skirt is already revealing, we advice a below the knee skirt if it has a slit. The idea is to reveal skin in a subtle, not overy sexual way.

-Make your legs the main focus by picking a slit dress with a pair of  mid-length sleeves. In other words,  avoid bodices that show too much skin. This creates a balance between the sexy slit and a more conservative neckline. A grecian style neckline for example creates a very lady like appearance.

-Avoid the high slit dress or skirt if your legs are not fit. If you really want to expose a leg which is not toned, opt for a slit with mesh paneling for a more flattering look.

-If  it’s a fitted skirt with a slit, pair it with a blouse that has volume. Add a belt to cinch the wait and create a balance between the slimming effect of the skirt and the upper body.

-Turn a high slit skirt into a day time look by pairing it with ankle boots or flats.