If you´ve been looking for ways to wear a slip dress, these twenty-eight style inspiration will surely help you create many looks from a single slip dress, which can be worn to different occasions and for all types of weather.
The influence of slip dress dates back in the 20´s when movie star Jean Harlow made the stylish women of her time fall in love with this bias-cut slinky number. Clearly, slip dress is one of the dresses that can be worn with boots and are forever flattering. Kate Moss and Rihanna are only some of today´s style icons who created their own interpretation of the frock.
But fashion bloggers are learning to rock the slip dress to the street too. If you are planning to brave a sexy slip dress outside of your comfort zone, the good news is there are many ways to style the dress and it´s more versatile than you probably ever thought.
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1. How to Wear a Slip Dress: Wear it loose and relaxed
From the 90s to this decade´s 00s, Kate Moss found the right place for her love of slip dresses. In conjunction with her signature style, she loves to wear it loose and relax.
She wears a sheer fringe overlaying her dress to parties, while she goes for sequined and nude, maxi style for casual affairs.
2. Cover your shoulders.
With its very slim straps and usually figure cling-y silk material, it´s easy to feel naked in a slip dress. Remember that it´s important to look comfortable in this dress, covering your shoulders with a cardigan could help you achieve that.
3. Slip Dress with Matching shoes.
If you want to look polish while channeling your inner vintage girl, match your shoes with the color of your dress. The shorter your dress is, the thinner the straps of your heels should be. Peep-toe DÓrsay shoes look great with a midi slip dress. I love how Rihanna looks confident in red.
4. A bright mini satin slip dress layered under a white button down shirt.
There are two elements to remember here – choose a bright colored slip dress and choose something with additional cute detail such as a gathered bust panel with cut out and tie front. When layered with a white button-down shirt, the nice poop of color and that peek of cut-out detail will create some strong fashionable impact.
5. Wear it with some stunning open-toe heels.
Just like any stlye of clothing, there will always be pieces that are created to stand-out. If you want to take your slip dress outfit to the next level, choose something with a bold detail such as a sequined, oversized ruffle. This outfit is great for any evening affair.
6. A draped slip dress with lace-up flat boots.
If you see a long, draped slip dress, the first thing that you´ll think is probably „this dress is for evening wear“. However, by simply swapping the heels for a pair of black lace-up boots, you can take your evening dress to the stree with ease.
7. how to style a slip dress for fall.
This outfit features a floral slip dress layered with long sleeves pullover + lace-up tall boots.
A floral slip dress is only for summer … not! You can actually wear it as a transitional piece too. So once the weather starts to cool, layer it with a long-sleeves turtle neck and complete with some edgy lace-up boots.
8. White slip dress under a white cardigan.
Even in summer there are days when the weather can get unpredictable. A white cardigan will always come handy to layer over a white or cream satin slip dress when the wind starts to blow cold.
9. How to Wear a Slip Dress: Layered under a long cardigan.
Layering a long cardigan over a satin slip dress isn´t always about keeping it warm. Sometimes you may just feel naked in a slip dress and an additional layer will keep things more modest and keep you more comfortable and confident.
Whatever is the case, a long cardigan will always look nice on a midi slip dress.
10. Slip dress and blazer.
A blazer is probably the easiest cover-up you can add to a slip dress. From a loungewear look, you´ll immediately create a more sophisticated look. To keep things polished, it´s a good idea to choose the plaid blazer that matches the color of your slip dress. This is true whether or not you´ll complete the outfit with some mid-shin boots.
11. Create a tonal look.
You´ll always look polished and sophistacated in a tonal look. To create a tonal outfit with a satin silk dress, layer it with a cropped sweater or a cropped top in the same color, and then add a bag and a pair of shoes in exactly the same color.
12. how to style mini slip dress: Add a super long coat.
A mini satin slip dress is super sexy. Actually, I believe it´s more suited for the bedroom. However, should you decide to wear one, you can always keep your modesty is you add a super cozy, preferably super snugly, long coat.
13. how to wear a slip dress to work.
So this how you can style your slip dress to work – keep it clean. A knee-length slip dress is best, and it should be layered with a sharp-looking, long blazer. Finish the look with a pair of pointed-toe pumps in nude or beige.
14. slip dress over a shirt: a flutter sleeves top.
If you have a top with a puffy sleeves, try layering it under a satin slip dress. An alternative to puffy sleeves is a classic button down shirt. The result can be beautiful. And the best part is, you can also get to choose the type of shoes to complete the look – flip flops or high heels?
15. How to Wear a Slip Dress: Layer over a fitted long sleeves top.
Another fabulous piece to layer under a slip dress is a see-through top such as lace. I haven´t thought about it, to be honest, but I`m so glad I saw this look because I have a white cropped lace top with long sleeves that I don´t know what to do. Will now look for the perfect slip dress to layer it with.
16. cozy up with leather jacket for an all-black look.
You can create an edgy look with a black slip dress by throwing over it a black leather jacket and adding some black ankle boots. I really love the juxtaposition of a feminine sating slip dress and a sharp leather jacket.
17. roomy slip dress layered over a button-down shirt.
Most satin slip dresses skims your figure. That´s the reason why a sating slip dress is sexy and sultry in the first place. However, you can also find some slip dresses that are roomy and comfy.
By layering under it your favorite top and adding a pair of flats or flip flops, you´ll be able to wear your dress in the summer with tons of style.
18. how to wear a slip dress in winter: slip dress + thigh high boots.
A slip dress isn´t ideal for winter; however, that´s not to say that it´s impossible to wear in winter. Keep things warm under by layering thermal undergarments and thights, and layer on with a warm sweater. Thigh boots are ideal to protect your legs from cold, especially if your slip dress has a high side slit.
19. Cinch the waist with a belt.
Sometimes, the only things you need to style a slip dress are the right accessories such as a belt and a clutch. If I´m to wear this look though, I would opt for some sexy strappy heels instead of the ankle boots.
20. How to wear a slip dress in summer
To really embrace the slip dress for summer, choose one in vivid and summer prints and colors. Take animal print with stunning embroiders. And of course, nothing beat a summer outfit than something that´s finished off with a pair of slip-on sandals.
21. How to wear a slip dress to a wedding.
Want to wear a slip dress to a wedding? Stick to soft colors such as white, gray, light pink, or mint. You can try a white on white, with a hint of gray through the heels. Your white slip dress will always be perfect as a wedding guest outfit as long as it´s long with a hint of sequins.
Or you can go for this feminine look I created above featuring a long pink slip dress with an elegant soft pink, light coat. Remember to keep things feminine and elegant.
22. slip dress layering: the perfect layering.
This is another winter outfit featuring a slip dress. The slip dress is worn here as a skirt. Needless to say, if you want to stay warm, then layer, layer, layer! But whether or not this look can be worn to work depends on your dress code. But with the right layering, not only are you able to transition the slip dress for winter, you also look super gorgeous while staying warm.
23. satin slip dress and trench coat.
Keep it fresh and trendy. If you have a midi slip dress, layer over it a trench coat and wear the coat open. Well, that works in summer or in spring. But did you know that trench coat is a huge trend in 2021? Uhh-huh?
24. silk dress with shirt underneath.
A pop of color! If earlier we talked about covering your bright colored slip dress with a white button-down for a nice hin of color, this time you´re going to go for the pop! So layer your bright colored slip dress with nothing but black.
25. Black slip dress and long leopard print cover-up.
So now we´ve come to the versatile black slip dress. Since black goes with anything, you should layer over it a long leopard print coat or cardigan for a goddess-like result.
26. Slip dress with sneakers
But if you´re to wear the black satin slip dress for running errands, swap the leopard cover-up for a simple white tee, and the sexy strap heels for a pair fo sneakers. You´ll feel girly white comfy during the day.
27. how to wear slip dress with bra.
And while I`m not an advocate for a super sexy street style, if you have the confidence you can also wear your mini slip dress with nothing but your bra, your sneakers and a baseball cap. This look is all about self-confidence, and of course, your opinion on modesty.
As to what bra to wear under a slip dress? It could be with underwire or no wire, but it should be in color that matches your slip dress.
28. How to wear a slip dress in early spring
Many street style influencers seem to favor the button-down as a layering piece for the slip dress. They´ve also shown us several ways to wear the button-down with this dress. And one way to do that is to tie ends of the shirt around the waist. I actually really like this look. It´s effortless.
29. Beige Slip Dress with Light-washed Denim Jacket
Free People Slip Dress
A femine beige dress is one of the hottest piece you can wear in spring. Choose a dress with lace trim and asymmetrical ruffle hem, and then add a light-washed denim jacket to create that coveted contrast of feminine and edgy.
So these are the twenty-nine ways to wear a slip dress – in summer to winter, for running errands to going to work, and even to attend a wedding!
Let me know, are you fond of slip dresses?