Usually found on sports and casual wear, the drawstring appearing on more formal clothing such as evening dresses and silk skirts is yet another sign that the lines between casual and dressing up are blurring. While this type of closure stems from functionality, the billowing volume that results from fastening a drawcord – as well as the options and possibilities for finishes and cord locks – gives designers scope to experiment. Drawcords are showing up with increasing regularity on day and evening wear, ass well as accessories.
Indeed, young designer Wynn Hamlyn has delvedved into drawcords for summer, with dresses in silk chiffon featuring dual drawstrings and short, waist-cinching versions on tops and dresses. Hamlyn is ahead of the curve there. Raf Simons employed the ties liberally in his brilliant pacesetting collection for Calvin Klein spring 2018, shown in New York earlier this month. Long white drawcords dangled from anoraks, sheeny dresses, rubber raincoats and cavernous capes alike, and it was anything but casual. 1/ Andrea Moore Cherry Blossom shoes, $329 2/ Lonely Molly hat, $110 3/ Merchant 1948 Hertz shoes, $180 4/ Lonely Irena dress, $365 5/ Julian Danger Mia shorts, $311 6/ Jojo Ross work trouser, $300, from Company Store 7/ Caroline Sills check pants, $289 8/ Liann Bellis Anouk skirt, $289 9/ Standard Issue linen dress, $288 10/ Ninteen//46 een//46 Mrs parka in sand, $249 11/ Juliette Hogan gan skirt, $429 12/ Wynn Hamlyn dress, $499 13/ Charmaine Reveley Miller pant,p , $289 14/ Mansur Gavriel bag, approx $520, from Net-a-Porter