Celebs Make A Case For The Car Wash Skirt

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You may have heard of the so-called "carwash" skirt — generally of knee- or maxi-length, with the hem cut so it resembles the flap-happy part of the carwash otherwise known as the mitter curtain. It's a dressier alternative to fringe: The slitted skirt allows for the same movement as your favorite slinkily strung looks, except the thicker strips are easier to manage (no untangling required).

We saw it in action at Opening Ceremony's heart-pumping spring '16 show. It's enjoyed some prime runway time for a few seasons now actually, but it hasn't totally caught on in more mainstream, catwalk-free fashion. But that may just be days away. It popped up in Kendall and Kylie Jenner's namesake line and has also gotten some action on the red carpet. And with sophisticated styling, it proves to be a solid fancy-dress swap-in. Ahead, check out four outfits that may make you consider taking the carwash style for a spin.
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Olivia Wilde opts for a full-on Michael Kors Collection look that takes a less common approach to going monochrome: She's decked out in brown, but has mixed up her textures — a silky, pussy-bow blouse with a beaded carwash skirt.
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Lupita Nyong'o's custom embellished J.Crew skirt is caught in full swing. (You can catch the piece's complete range of motion on her Instagram.)
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A carwash skirt doesn't have to be doused in sequins to make a statement: Kylie Jenner paired her black Kendall + Kylie Collection bottom with a cropped, poppy-hued top.
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Sarah Paulson keeps it cool and collected, the carwash hem on her ankle-sweeping Tamara Mellon dress peeking out from the bottom of her coat.