Ghost's Archive collection is all about those iconic slip dresses and satin separates
Today, almost 40 years since its launch, Ghost is dropping an archive collection – and it's packed with the timeless silky separates that earned the brand its cult status in the first place.
Ghost has been known for beautiful bias-cut dresses since its conception in 1984. And when underwear-as-outerwear dominated in the '90s, the British label set itself apart with a more casual take on the "sexy" trend; helped along by its signature viscose-satin fabric which flowed and draped just as beautifully as silk, but was much less high-maintenance.
Ghost's original concept couldn't be more relevant in 2023. Post-pandemic and at the peak of smart/casual lifestyle, women want wardrobes that are genuinely versatile. Forget desk to dinner, we need hard-working pieces that translate across the board: they need to be suitable for the office and working from home, as well as Sunday lunches, weekend errand-running and those dinner parties where you're not too sure about the dress code.
But before we get onto the designs themselves, we want to flag another huge milestone for Ghost. The Archive collection will introduce an extension in sizing at the brand; and from Spring 2023, all styles will be available from UK8 to UK20.
The cult of bias-cut has been traditionally exclusive for decades – everything from the perpetuation of waifish '90s supermodel imagery to the unaccommodating boyish cuts have kept things restrictive. So we salute Ghost for offering up a loucher take on the trend and committing to size inclusivity.
There are so many joyful pieces in the new Ghost Archive we want to call out (the modern bridal looks, artfully cutout gowns, ethereal milkmaid dress, and the '80s-inspired belted midi we can totally see The Princess of Wales in), but its the capsule pieces we're coveting the most.
Take the matching tank top and slip skirt. They co-ordinate to create a formal dress, but can also be mixed and matched with denim, joggers and tailoring to create daytime looks. The satin T-shirt and drawstring palazzo pants are a dream team: they make excellent staples whether worn together or separately, not to mention they come in a rainbow of candy colours. The grown-up pyjamas are also a defining part of the lineup – worn with heels and lashing of jewellery they're a louche evening look, but they're also comfy enough to work from home or sleep in.
But if you buy one thing from Ghost's Archive lineup, make it a slip dress. We've waxed lyrical about this piece as a modern must-have, and we'll continue to do so for years to come.
These iterations are particularly useful because they forgo spaghetti straps for something sportier and wider – this makes layering easier and help steer lustrous satin away from the lingerie arena.
Choose from delicate lilac and timeless polka dot midis, or the more dramatic floor-sweeping maxi iteration. The styling possibilities are endless: underpin yours with a T-shirt or turtleneck top, throw a blazer over the top, pair with a knit to create the illusion of a slip skirt. As for shoes? Switch between strappy sandals, Converse and chunky lace-up boots for a nod to the brand's '90s heyday.
The Ghost Archive collection will be available online and in-store from the 31st January, 2023. Prices range from £49 to £195.
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