In the past couple of years, the slip dress (and even a slip skirt) has been trending. A slip dress is usually a midi or maxi length dress with a straight cut. Most of them are a spaghetti strap dress but occasionally you will come across one that has thicker straps.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I could get behind it. I was worried I would look like I’m wearing an elegant nightie. However, through time they started to grow on me. And that’s because I took a closer look at them and noticed they are made differently from an underslip and nightie. So I tried a few on, and loved it! I also love that it is sooo versatile due to the shape and cut of the slip dress. And you know me, I love any article of clothing that is versatile!
How To Style A Slip Dress
What Is A Slip Dress?
Basically a slip dress is a dress that almost resembles a women’s petticoat or underslip. However, these can be worn in public instead of an undergarment. Most of them are silk slip dresses or satin slip dresses. However, I’ve come across a few made with soft-weave fabric like the Japanese GoWeave Slip Dress from Everlane.
Different Slip Dress Styles
Aside from the fabric, there are so many different slip dress styles. Things to consider are the neckline, fit, length, solid-colored or prints. The most common lengths are midi and maxi length. I actually prefer midi length because I noticed I get a lot of wear with it. Maxi lengths tend to have that special occasion kind of look. But not all. Also the cowl neck neckline is best if you want to have a dressier slip dress (which you will see below).
If you are still iffy with slip dresses, I recommend started out with a printed one. That what I did and what got me really into them. They don’t have that undergarment / nightie kind of look to it.
When To Wear A Slip Dress
- To A Wedding
- Date Night
- While Traveling
- Casual Weekend Look
- Running Errands
As I mentioned before, they are more versatile than you think. You can pretty much wear and style a slip dress for every season and for all occasions as long as you style it right. You’ll notice that it’s all about the accessories and shoes as they make the biggest impact.
5 Ways To Style A Slip Dress
Wedding Guest Outfit (Wear As Is )
Satin Slip Dress | Strappy Heels (these heels are very comfortable – fits true to size) | c/o Statement Earrings |
When I say wear as is, I mean not too many accessories or layering done to it. By doing this, you can easily create an elegant outfit. I am wearing a satin slip dress with a cowl neck as a Summer wedding guest dress. All you have to do is pair it with statement earrings and strappy heels.
Layer With A Blazer
White Blazer | Polka Dot Slip Dress |Strappy Sandals | Straw Bucketbag
This is another simple way to wear a slip dress. Just put a blazer on over it and it easily can transform. Wearing a blazer over it can be work appropriate or a great date night outfit. I wore this exact outfit in Venice, Italy as a date night look. I went a little casual by wearing strappy sandals. But this goes to show how easy it is to travel with a slip dress.
Wear With A Chunky Sweater
Satin Slip Dress | Chunky Knit Sweater | Block Heels
To completely transform a slip dress, wear an oversized sweater over it. This is one of my favorite ways to wear it because now the slip dress looks like a skirt. The trick to keep the sweater put is to wear a skinny belt around the waist and over the sweater and adjust the sweater accordingly. I also share outfit ideas on multiple ways to style a sweater.
Thin Turtleneck | Polka Dot Slip Dress | Pointed Toe Slingback Flats | Straw Bucket Bag
This is a great look when you are in-between seasons. It’s a great transitional outfit. If you are layering underneath the slip dress, I recommend wearing a tee that is fitted and thin. Otherwise, the layering will not work. You don’t have to use a turtleneck. Depending on the neckline, you can wear a t-shirt or long-sleeve.
Put A Jean Jacket On
Jean Jacket | GoWeave Slip Dress (true to size) | Round Sunglasses | Heeled Sandals (so comfortable!) | Gold Monogram Necklace |
When all else fails, you can always trust a jean jacket. Just put it on and it’s a great dressy casual outfit. This is a great Spring transitional outfit. If you want to create a completely casual outfit, I suggest switching out the heels with white sneakers. Some people give it a more edgy casual look by wearing combat boots. I really love how this slip dress & combat boots outfit looks.
This woven fabric one is probably my favorite slip dress because this one has the most casual style. So I can wear this one more often. I also love the fabric because it is thick and has structure but very cooling and soft.
Which look is your favorite?
Regine Karpel says
Thank you Regine!
You look fabulous in all of these!
Thank you Jennifer!
Absolutely love this post! I don’t have any slip dresses but you’ve convinced me that I need one!
Thank you Lizzie!
Love these photographs! So inspirational! You are gorgeous, inside and out! Hoping you are doing well during the COVID-19! Be well and stay safe!
Thank you V! Hope you are doing well too!
Hillary Conheady says
Love how versatile these dresses are! All of the looks are so cute but my favorite is the one with the sweater!!
Thank you so much Hillary!
Taylor McLemore says
I love when pieces are super versatile like the slip dress! I think my favorite way is the sweater overtop of the dress!
Taylor | http://styleiseverythingblog.com
Thank you Taylor McLemore!
You rocked all of these looks! These are all so fun.
Thank you Lily!
You look so pretty ❤
Anna English says
Your styling is always on point Rach! I love how you layered a long sleeve t-shirt underneath during cooler months.
Love the styling 🙂 xx
Thank you Jasna!
These are fabulous ways to wear a slip dress. I like that your slip dresses are long, they definitely look versatile and nice.
Thank you Mercy!
Really beautiful outfits.
Sarah Lindner says
It’s a look I haven’t personally tried yet but I love how pretty and simple a slip dress can be. love it! xoxo, Sarah
Thank you Sarah!
Amazing ideas to style a slip dress here !
I love the wedding guest outfit.
But it’s also so cool with a jacket, something under but my favorite is with a sweater.
Thank you Margot!
There’s nothing more classic than a slip dress! They’re great to throw a sweater over when it’s cold or wear or their own during the summer!
I totally agree!
Amy Aed says
Your style is so effortless! I love all of these suggestions and will be sure to try them out sometime. You look stunning!
Thank you Amy!
You are killing the slip dress game, Rach! Totally swooning over the polka dot one!
Thank you Rachel!
I love so much slip dresses, they are so comfy and easy to style in different ways and occasions! I really love how you create these looks 🙂
I totally agree! Thank you!
I love slip dresses in concept and how elegant they are, but I’ve never felt like they flatter my build. Maybe one day I’ll find one that I just gotta have! For now, the search is still on hehe.
I personally think they would look great on you!
Melody Jacob says
THE PINK SLIP DRESS IS SO LOVELY AND YES A WEDDING DRESS OUTFIT
Have a lovely weekend
Thank you Meloday!
I love the oversize sweater trick, Rach, how clever! And the black slip dress styled with a jean jacket is my favourite – I can totally see myself wearing that in spring and autumn!
Thank you Katerina!
I haven’t tried wearing one but I think I’ll try looking one for this summer, I love the look on layered slip dress.
Capturing Life Memoirs | Aimee
For sure worth trying!
The Exclusive Beauty Diary says
During summer months slip dresses are one of my favorite. I like all of your ideas how style it. Thank you for sharing.
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They’re so great for hot summer days!
Gata Collins says
Flip dress makes u look so sexy and chic at the same time!
Slipdresses are my favorite! Love all of this style inspo!
Jill – Doused in Pink
Jamaria Johnson says
Love how you styled this dress! It looks so pretty on you too! Xo
ritu thakre says