Show some skin with the high slit

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Some trends never get out of fashion. Like the slit. The lengths may vary but the leg showing trend and the cut that goes with it are here to stay.

You do not need a super-slim physique, miles-long legs, or a perfectly defined waist to pullfashion off this look.

Whether it is worn in the form of a maxi dress, floor-length skirt, or full-out glamorous gown, a thigh-high slit is one of the simplest ways to add a little oomph and sex appeal to your night-out outfit. It can be tasteful and subtle when done the right way. You just need a few tricks.

For every design, fabric is everything so, choose the right fabric. What’s the point of wearing a slit if it is in heavy wool and allows for little movement and few chances for a peek at your leg?

That is why it is smart to choose a flowing, lightweight fabric like satin or chiffon. The human eye will follow the slit down to the feet so it is important to complete the look with a nice pair of heels or low profile sandals.

The slit is seductive and one way to drive the point home is by defining your waist. Your options are a thin belt or a thick band of contrasting colour fabric.

For any trend, you have the option of staying within your comfort zone.

If the full-on frontal slit is too much for you, opt for a more subtly placed side slit, which offers all the drama of a front slit, but in a more toned-down way.

Meet Samson Baranga aka BigSam. He is a passionate photographer, writer, blogger, biker and his passion for fashion knows no boundaries. He is also a fashion columnist in The Observer newspaper.