Sexy style comes back

A er years of ath­leisure and norm­core, do we even know what to do with a LBD or stiletto any more?

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here’s a ques­tion: when was the last time you slipped your foot into a stiletto in­stead of a sneaker? Opted for a tight skirt rather than sweat­pants? Wrig­gled your­self into a fig­ure-hug­ging sil­hou­ette of a dress in­stead an over­sized hoodie? You get the point: af­ter sea­sons dom­i­nated by sports­wear, util­i­ty­wear, norm­core or, con­versely, over­flam­boy­ant dress-up on the cat­walk (and sub­se­quently your wardrobe), what does ‘sexy’ even mean any more?

Be­cause it fell out of fash­ion’s favour, and we got a lit­tle too com­fort­able in our too-cool and not both­ered streetwear (blame Vete­ments) or car­ried away with cov­er­ing up in lay­ers of frothy whimsy (blame Gucci).

But now it’s time to put those heels back on (tro­phy train­ers and flat­forms don’t count), shed those lay­ers and – in a style back­lash – re­dis­cover the art of se­duc­tion. Fash­ion wants us to.

So, who’s to blame? Fash­ion buyer Natalie King­ham cred­its the shift to “the rise of de­sign­ers such as Bal­main and Saint Lau­rent, the thigh-high boots, the corsets, the strong shoul­ders. The stiletto heel is key within this.” She picks out, again, Saint Lau­rent for that shoe of the sea­son (the YSL Opyum heel – ar­guably the sex­i­est shoe around right now), as well as Aquaz­zura and Jimmy Choo. Mean­while, Al­tuzarra, Ver­sace, Alexan­der Mc­queen and Dolce & Gab­bana, she says, are lead­ers of the pack when it comes to wig­gle-as-you-walk dresses.

But in 2017, do­ing ‘sexy’ isn’t the same as it was in the days be­fore sports­wear. Aside from the stiletto heel (top of the to-buy list: if not the YSL, think pin-thin heel, with a pointed toe, en­closed and su­per strappy on the san­dal front), over­leaf are the four eas­i­est ways to nail the trend now.

And, of course, ‘sexy’ has al­ways re­lied on one thing: con­fi­dence. “A sexy woman who is con­fi­dent can look just as sexy in a pair of jeans as she could in an LBD,” says fash­ion designer David Koma.

Known for his mod­ern take on sexy, David is the cre­ative direc­tor of Thierry Mu­gler, fa­mous, too, for cut­ting a svelte shape.

His sen­ti­ment is echoed by Roland Mouret, a fel­low mas­ter in the art of se­duc­tive style. “The best ac­ces­sory a woman can have is her at­ti­tude.” There you go. Easy.

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