The power of the split

A long dress that’s slit to the thigh is like a glass half full. It’s the silence between the notes. Take a dress like this, artfully captured in motion by Giang Cao of t-t-l-g: aside from it’s rich blue colour, it’s transformed by a little break in the fabric. If we imagine, for a moment, a short dress cut just above the knee, it probably wouldn’t make us look twice. It’s the glass half empty. But a dress with a split to that same above-knee level is something different entirely. There’s more fabric, we see less, but it’s a curtain-peep that prompts any brain to want to fill in the mysterious gaps for itself.

blue split dress

That’s the sensuality that happens when more is left to the imagination.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.