Peek-a-boo tunics: slit-slashed skirts for fall

Speaking of how to dress sexy in winter, there’s another little item of clothing to consider adding to your wardrobe. With peek-a-boo slashes baring a hint of skin from the knee up, it’s the humble skirt’s way of getting interesting as the cold weather sets in.

Appearing on enough runways to make the list of fashion trends for fall 2013, you can find out more about the slashed tunic after the break.

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The slashed tunic: a peek-a-boo number for fall.

There are trends that don’t necessarily infiltrate the streets as highly mainstream or over-saturated, and this is one of them. Instead it’s a key piece to opt for if you want to stand out and find something unique; something that offers up a degree of sensuality in it’s movement and visual appeal.

So what is it? A skirt that’s slit vertically with multiple slashes, or constructed of vertical strips (think of a gladiator tunic and you get the idea.) Except, instead of being all gladiatorial this season, it’s been given a softer take.

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Slashed skirt at Marni, F/W ’13.

As a general guideline, go for a length that’s to the knee or just below. A longer hemline balances out the slashes, while a short hem can come across as a bit too much. If you don’t want full skin-baring with each step, opt for a sheer underlay (see below.)

Here are the key styles for fall 2013:

Softly feminine.

For an idea of just how ethereal and, well, Midsummer Night’s Dream this type of skirt can be, look to the Blumarine runway. A soft hue, delicate fabric and touch of sequin embellishment made this dress as feminine as can be.

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Soft slashed skirt at Blumarine, F/W ’13.

Bright coloured slashed skirts.

This may strike you as a trend that lends itself to gladiatoress leathers and dark, wintery hues. Not necessarily: Maison Rabih Kayrouz’s brights of cobalt and burnt orange worked just as well.

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Bright strip skirts at Maison Rabih Kayrou, F/W ’13.

Classic black slit tunics.

If in doubt, you can’t go past pure classic black. A pleated dress that flows into a skirt with slits between each pleat is a far more unique take on the LBD than one without; while Maison Rabih Kayrou also added contrasting piping around each fabric strip of the skirt to really highlight the effect.

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All black slit tunics at Maison Rabih Kayrou and Blumarine, F/W ’13.

Skirts spliced with sheer.

For years now sheer fabric has been a strong trend, with designers endlessly coming up with new ways to incorporate it. Marni and Thakoon used sheer underlay on their slashed skirts to create an even more winter-appropriate and striking look.

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Slashed skirts splice with sheers at Marni and Thakoon, F/W ’13.

Gladiator tunics & slashed skirts: more pictures.

For more pictures of how gladiator style slashed skirts were styled on the runways for fall 2013, click on the thumbnails above and browse the gallery.

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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.