Your Slip Dress Closet: Activated

How to style a slip dress 8 different ways.

11.08.21

By Kristin Kennedy-Brown

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If it ain’t ’90s-inspired we don’t want it, right? Agreed. Enter the timeless slip dress also known as one of the most era defying pieces of the ’90s. Similar to the assets we look for in our other halves, the classic slip dress is loyal, easy-going and down for whatever; making them are an all-time closet must-have for all seasons. Trust us, these one-piece wonders are in it for the long haul, not to mention they’re real easy on the eye too. Choose from mini styles to floor-length silhouettes in an array of swoon-worthy fabrics and prints for whatever social (or unsocial) thing you’ve got going down.

Read on as we break down how to wear a slip dress in 8 different ways. Because let’s face it when the dress is this good you SHOULD be wearing it everywhere.

With Little Else: ’90s Minimalism

The satin slip dress; loved for its incomparable versatility, although we often forget that it’s super cute styled simply just as it is. As shown by our forever icons, Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, who relentlessly rocked a sheer slip with nothing but a pair of strappy stilettos. A reminder that sometimes you’ve just got to let the dress do the talking. From errand runs to the social event of the year, the slip dress is designed to carry you from dawn ‘til dusk with nothing but a change of footwear. Sometimes less really is more, regardless of the situation.

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Strappy Back Slinky Midi Bodycon Dress
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Scoop Neck Satin Slip Midi Dress
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Satin Square Neck Midi Slip Dress
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Cowl Neck Satin Mini Slip Dress
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Petite Plunge V Neck Satin Mini Dress
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With a Blazer: The Nine-Five

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Some things just work. The ’90s and fashion, gin and tonic, and a slip dress rocked with an oversized blazer. Swoon. When one closet mainstay meets another closet mainstay, it makes for an outfit that is wearable for years to come. Talk about a match made in heaven.  Whatever the weather, this collab is guaranteed to have you oozing those we mean business vibes… Even in the meeting you forgot to prepare for. (Hey, it happens.) Cropped, longline, tailored or oversized; style whatever blazer silhouette over literally any slip dress. Complete the look with western boots, block heeled mules or chunky sneakers.

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Double Breasted Tailored Blazer
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Faux Leather Longline Blazer
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Oversized Double Breasted Blazer
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Satin Longline Draped Wrap Front Blazer
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Tailored Buckle Detail Long Sleeve Blazer
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’90s Grunge

The silk slip has followed our ultimate muse Courtney Love through every step of her rock ‘n’ roll career. Midi, mini and maxi, bias cut, flowing silhouettes, and frayed hemlines, she’s rocked every one of ’em. Styled with everything from matching tiaras through to fishnets, stockings, and leopard faux fur coats, you really can’t go wrong. Don’t hold back, reach for those fishnets, grab that faux fur, kick off those shoes, and in the words of Courtney herself, ‘pick up that guitar and start screaming’.

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Seam Detail Midi Slip Dress
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Relaxed Faux Shearling Button Down Jacket
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Faux Pony Zebra Print Knee High Boots
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What to wear under a slip dress

Granted the slip dress isn’t the most obvious choice when it comes to off duty dressing, but trust us, it really does blend seamlessly into whatever your plans. Dial it down with that ever-reliable short-sleeved tee. Style yours under a patterned maxi slip for an undeniably cool vibe on those scorching summer days. Complete your look and style with a faux leather belt, strappy sandals or chunky sneakers. Stellar for those alfresco dining plans, checking out that art gallery downtown or kickin’ back with friends. On cooler days, why not style a form-fitting turtleneck sweater under a midi slip dress. Throw on a longline faux wool jacket and block heel boots for the ultimate fall outfit.

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Pink Floyd Graphic Band T-Shirt
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Animal Print Cowl Neck Midi Slip Dress
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Cowl Neck Satin Mini Slip Dress
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FVCK CANCER Beat It Graphic T-Shirt
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Chunky Lace Up Boot Sneakers
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Rock with a Sweater or Sweatshirt

Slight breeze out and no time to change? We’ve got you. Just style a cowl neck midi slip dress with a sweater or chunky knit cardigan for those rooftop bar drinks. Dial-up those outfit plans with a zebra print shoulder bag, slip-on mules and your cocktail of choice. Or give your athleisure a run for its money and throw on with an oversized sweatshirt and chunky sneakers.

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Petite Satin Cowl Neck Mini Dress
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Knitted Turtleneck Long Sleeve Sweater
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Ribbed Knit Ruffle Trim Crop Cardigan
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Los Angeles Oversized Sweatshirt
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Style with a Leather Jacket

Leather. A closet staple since forever. One of our all-time favorite slip dress outfit ideas includes a faux leather jacket and a touch of fringing. Complete your look and style with chunky biker or western boots for anything from your mid-week grocery run to next week’s cocktail mixer. Make it grungy in a lace trim midi dress, fringed leather jacket, drop chain necklace, and block heel boots.

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Satin Square Neck Midi Slip Dress
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Vegan Faux Leather Buckle Biker Boots
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Oversized Drop Sleeve Faux Leather Jacket
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Fringe Detail Studded Longline Leather Jacket
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How to Style a Dress for Date Night

From bar to boudoir, the slip dress is a winning contender for that Hinge date you agreed to. Why? These babies slip on just as quick as they slip off, meaning they’re a perfect go-to for literally whatever the clothes (or no clothes) required situation. Silky in silhouette and sultry in aesthetic, the satin slip is sure to have you turning heads and breaking hearts. For the ultimate third date look, rock a halter split front style with toe post heels and a shot of Dutch courage. Caution: May cause an excessive amount of compliments.

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Satin Slit Midi Slip Dress
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Satin One Shoulder Midi Slip Dress
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How to Style a Slip Dress for a Wedding

Love is in the air, and there’s a dreamy long slip maxi dress hanging in your closet. But how do we style it? Throw it on with a pair of lace-up strappy stilettos, minimal jewelry, and an understated clutch. Great for catching the bouquet and ugly crying during the ceremony. Why not opt for a dainty printed style, rad for dialin’ down after the big day.

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Satin Lace Trim Cut Out Midi Dress
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Neoprene Tailored Oversized Blazer
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Faux Leather Square Block Heel Mules
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