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5 ways to wear a slip dress

On its own, with a belt, under a blazer… The versatility of a slip makes it a true wardrobe essential

Consider a simple slip dress the ultimate closet essential. Belted, layered, worn with a jacket or amped up for evening with sequins, it’s the year-round, hard-working hero every wardrobe needs



To make a slip dress office-appropriate, you need to balance out its feminine overtones. Layer a lightweight knit underneath, then shrug on an oversized blazer, slip into a low-heeled sandal and finish with a sturdy leather tote for a look that’s less boudoir chic, more boardroom boss.


With minimum effort, a slip dress transforms an off-duty outfit into something special – midi styles take on a cool ’90s edge when worn over a white T-shirt or layered over jeans or straight-leg pants. Choose Nili Lotan’s silver silk charmeuse slip for an elevated take on grunge style, then pair it with this season’s must-have combat boots for a look that’s as refined as it is effortless.


A slip is the ultimate out-of-office essential: simple, light to pack, and a great way to transition from the beach to market-hopping or al fresco sundowners. Collaborating with London members’ club Annabel’s to produce a line of distinctive prints inspired by its iconic interiors, Dodo Bar Or’s tropical-foliage-print dress is a mood-enhancing piece that’s guaranteed to get you into a suitably escapist state of mind. Finished with classic aviators and chic leather sandals, it’s the perfect way to show off sun-kissed skin.


Evening style that is effortless, alluring and elegant (without looking too try-hard) may sound like a tall order, but a black sequined slip dress ticks all the boxes. Keep the look modern by eschewing ornate accessories in favor of minimal pieces like a simple clutch bag, wearing hair undone and adding a slick of red lipstick for a pared-back yet subtly sexy look.


Who says nightwear is boring? Stay cozy while looking refined in Skin’s rose-petal-pink silk slip. Worn under Nanushka’s luxe hammered-satin robe, it’s an indulgent look for a little self-care session – we recommend accessorizing with a hydrating sheet mask and a soothing scented candle.

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