Is Anne Slowey Right About the Fate of Dresses?

Look! Anne Slowey’s wearing a dress!Photo: Getty Images

In today’s “Styles” section, Guy Trebay devotes a whole article to proving why Elle’s fashion-news director, Anne Slowey, could be wrong about the dress going out of style come September. Wishful thinking, he says, gathering quotes from trend forecasters, the fashion director of Barneys, and random dress-clad women on the street to make his case for the dress. And we must say he did so as compellingly as one can when covering such a topic, though it was kind of unfair he didn’t quote anyone who agreed with Slowey. Anyway, it felt like the perfect opportunity for the Cut’s first-ever point-counterpoint debate!

Point: Anne Slowey, from the set of reality show Fashionista, in which she plays “herself…only meaner”:

“The dress provides the beauty of so many options.” A woman could wear, he said, “a sheath, or a dirndl shape, or a baby-doll or something close to the body or something that moved away from the body.”

Point: Anne Slowey:

Certainly it’s much more efficient. “Instead of spending days thinking about your wardrobe,” she said, “you can concentrate on who you’re voting for for president.”

Point: Anne Slowey (Seeing a pattern here?):

“Pants make it easier to cross your legs.”

Point: Anne Slowey:

“It’s my anti-mommy-blob outfit,” [she] said… looking lean and sleek in a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress. “I feel glamorous in a dress, and it’s easy.”

Point: Anne Slowey:

“[The dress is] very easy and very flattering — a no-brainer, really. It’s comfortable, and you can easily go from day to night. And guys like it because it’s so feminine.”

Long Live the Dress (for Now) [NYT]

Is Anne Slowey Right About the Fate of Dresses?