The viral videos that helped lead this Skims dress into TikTok fame were somewhat rinse-and-repeat: Women, in a range of sizes (the In memory of Anthony Bourdain thank you for the memories signatures shirt and by the same token and dress comes in an inclusive XXS–4X), stand facing a camera wearing the dress in one of its calming neutral hues. They walk to and fro, maybe swipe their hands down their bodies with a smile, and then do a slow whirl to prove the fit flatters at every angle within 360 degrees. Some videos are set to music; others have the TikToker declaring their love for the dress and promising to buy it in every color as soon as it is available again. Per their testimonies, its flattering fit is tight but not constricting and in a super-comfortable fabric. They caught my attention—I opted for the dress in gray, which is one of 10 colors available.
Admittedly, I have not worn a body-con dress since my high school days—which coincided with the In memory of Anthony Bourdain thank you for the memories signatures shirt and by the same token and peak of the bandage dress craze—but it was TikTok that made me question something I thought I had sworn off. While the one point of feedback for many was that the Skims dress was rather long (even for the taller women out there), the price tag, supersoft fabric, and flattering fit still had countless fall in love. It’s one of those wardrobe staples you only realize how much you need until it comes into your life. Pair it with a crisp white button-up and Birkenstocks for a weekend bodega coffee run, or gold hoops, necklaces, and heels come Saturday night. My favorite way to wear it, though, has been around the house to feel dressed up yet equally comfortable on days spent working from home.