In a dream state, the mind is transported to a place of sheer imagination — where everything can be romanticized in our heads in ways that simply can’t be so in reality. And if we can’t live our day-to-day lives in this rose-coloured state of delusion, then why not dream about it? At the very least, why not dress like it? 

To do so, draw inspiration from the Spring-Summer 2023 runways, where fashion’s gaze was heavily fixated on romantic silhouettes plucked from the boudoir. 


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Nothing feels more romantic than drifting off to sleep at night in a chic slip dress — but brands like Versace are inspiring us to take these lingerie pieces beyond the boudoir in a more subdued approach to the “underwear as outerwear” trend. The addition of extra embellishments like rosette appliques, ruffle trimmings, and sexy lace to said slip gowns elevates this pillow-talk style to the next level, while playing up its aforementioned romanticism. As Pinterest predicted, romcom-core (the romanticization of our wardrobes via slip dresses and other Y2K trends inspired by romantic comedy films of the era) is all the rage at present. 


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Short of going commando, transparent textiles are practically as minimalist as it gets — and soft, sheer silhouettes like the ones debuted at the Prada and Erdem Spring-Summer 2023 shows are well-suited to the dreamlike narrative surrounding this trend. Draping the body in these free-flowing fabrics allows it to move and breathe without constraint — a fitting choice of apparel for an afternoon of Summertime frolicking and daydreaming when only the sky is the limit. 


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Saccharine shades of powder pink and soft-hued lilacs lend themselves to the timeless principle of wearing pastels for Spring — as well as the haziness of being in a dream state that this romantic sense of style seeks to achieve. From lace-lined slip dresses to sheer tops, the presence of these subdued shades is prevalent in Spring-Summer 2023 lookbooks designed by high-fashion players like Nensi Dojaka and Victoria Beckham. 

As you scroll on, allow yourself to imagine how you’ll style the fresh from-the-boudoir looks we’ve rounded up below. Spoiler alert: it’ll all look fab.