The 'game-changing' dress hack going viral on TikTok: 'Fits so much better'

Nineties fashion is back and, whether you enjoyed it then or you're looking forward to the trend for the first time, it's hard to miss in the stores or online.

From scrunchies and acid-wash denim to blazers and stirrup pants, celebrities have been stepping out in the best of 90s fashion.

 Kaia Gerber in a beige slip dress. She has her dark hair tied back and wears high strappy shoes.
Kaia Gerber in a 2020s version of the slip by Celine at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala. Photo: Getty Images

While millennials and Gen Z are putting their own spin on the looks, Gen Xers are loving the nostalgia of re-wearing the clothes of their youth, even if it means having to rebuy them!


Three before-and-after shots of woman cinching in the waits of their silky slip dresses in shades of mauve, green and scarlet.
Women on Instagram are sharing how to update a slip dress to make it look better. Photo: TikTok

Slip back in time

One trend popular this summer is the slip dress.

Originally nightwear or lingerie, the slip dress has made it into mainstream outwear several times over the decades.

One thing with the slip dress, however, is that it can be loose around the waist, particularly if you have an hourglass or pear-shaped figure.

While a dressmaker can tailor it just for your body, there is a simpler way to quickly and easily cinch it in, as TikTok fashionistas are demonstrating.

Roxanne rocking fans

One of the first to show off the technique was US-based fashion influencer Roxanne.

She shares her hack for using a hoop earring and a hair elastic to give your slip dress more shape - and the video has been viewed over 4 million times!

"Trust me you're going to love the final result. This is so cool." she says.

"This is so much better and so flattering."

Not just about your waist

Fellow US online fashionista Kelyin Chng shares her take on the hack using a bracelet and a hairband.

Not only does she show how to bring in the waist of a slip dress in a video watched by three million people, she also shares how you can use the hack in different spots on the dress for different looks.

Tricks for all shapes

Midsize Fashion Blogger Danielle Massis also shared a trick for bringing in the waist of a dress without getting it tailored, by simply using a shoelace and two safety pins.

"It literally fits so much better," Danielle said after trying the hack.

"I could even tighten it a little bit more, but it looks way better than it did originally.

"It's a game changer."

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