It’s best to start with a few definitions. The bum slip is not what happens when you accidentally flash a cheek when bending over in a mini-skirt, or have a Marilyn Monroe moment in a flouncy dress on a windy day. The bum slip is a deliberate fashion statement and has been sported by no less fashion royalty than Kate Moss, at Carine Roitfeld’s Paris Fashion Week party. Miley Cyrus has also been seen sporting it out in California, and Eva Longoria on the red carpet.
The look is created with a pair of high-cut shorts that rise above your upper thighs to show a cheeky bit of lower bum. Clearly, it’s not a look for the faint-hearted. In fact, given that the area it reveals is often the one that most women desperately try to hide, it’s difficult to see how it could work for anyone who doesn’t have a personal trainer and a team of beauty stylists. If this particular look goes wrong, the consequences really are more extreme than if you happened to sport a misjudged winter hat or an overly bright sweater.
So if you really want to try it, it’s important to get it right the first time.
Golden rule number one: get the right pair of shorts. This look can be bold or toned down, so if you’re a first-timer go for a marginally longer pair of black tailored shorts rather than the tiniest pair of daisy dukes available.
Golden rule number two: have the right underwear. If opting for a truly risqué style pick lingerie that will peek out just below the hem of your chosen bum slip shorts, such as a low-leg laced pair of briefs. For those seeking a more modest version of this look, the emphasis should be on avoiding showing any knicker lines at all, so choose a thong or high-legged brief.
Golden rule number three: do it with confidence. It’s a look for those extroverts out there, so have your head held as high as you sport the bum slip!
*article was done in collaboration with Catherine M