I go off in tangents when I speak and write, many things can spark side stories for me. I'll happily take you down the many forks on the road to my story end, much to the horror of those being forced to listen. So I apologize for future run-ons and winded tales.
While working at Banana Republic when I was younger the mall was hosting a modeling contest. They were having a runway show, and apparently they told the competitors they needed a dress. One long legged model came racing in desperate and we started scrambling trying to help her out. We had some black silk eyelet slips that had been clearanced to $19.99. She grabbed one, threw it on and of course it looked stunning as a mini dress. After she wore it on the catwalk the rest of the slips blew out of the store by the end of the day.
After visitng Anthropologie yesterday while out of town, I remembered this old article in the NY Times. Ellen Tien discusses the rising popularity of New York city women wearing Anthropologie nighties as summer dresses. Not that wearing your undergarments outside is a new idea by any means. The 90's and Calvin Klein had everyone wearing slip dresses, or in the case of Courtney Love, vintage slips as dresses. I know several of us vintage lovers across the blog world have continued this tradition.
Back to Anthropologie, with their new beach wear line they have introduced many more possibilities that can be used as dresses. From my experience you might want to size down, especially with the Lilka line. Also some may require a light slip underneath, but with rising prices you can obtain some of Anthropologie's whimsy but at a better price point. I'll be posting my own nightie dress purchase later this afternoon after I figure out the timer on my new camera!