The Fashion Memo

5 fresh ways to wear the slip dress

Synonymous with a certain level of style and decorum, the slip dress is rarely given its due for the wardrobe workhorse it really is. With the addition of just a few choice accessories, it’s suitable for virtually every occasion. Here are five faultless ways to wear it now…

From workwear to streetwear: the versatility of a slip dress makes it a true closet essential

’90s minimalism

A perennial favorite of Kate Moss, Winona Ryder and Naomi Campbell, the slip dress might be timeless in its simplicity, but it’s also one of the defining pieces of the ’90s. Tap into the slip’s retro undertones by styling yours with other era-defining pieces, including a baguette bag and strappy sandals. These understated accessories will give your look an instant after-dark edge. Temper the drama with another staple celebrating a renaissance of epic proportions – the cardigan – for ultimate day-to-night style.

Nine to five

Hybrid working may be the future, but after a year of working from home, many of us are itching to get back to the office – not least because it’s an excuse to get dressed up on a daily basis again. Still mulling over your return-to-work look? Paired with an oversized blazer, the slip dress makes for an insouciant option. When it comes to accessories, sleek pumps and a classic timepiece will keep your outfit elevated.


You’d be forgiven for thinking a slip dress isn’t the obvious choice when it comes to off-duty dressing, but if you don’t have one in your closet, you really are missing a trick. Layered over a form-fitting turtleneck and finished with a robe coat and box-fresh sneakers, a slip makes for an elegant and wearable look. Whether you spend your weekends gallery hopping with friends, frequenting your local coffee shops or blasting through the latest much-watch box sets, this effortless look is a no-brainer.

Out of office

Dreaming of where to go on your first post-pandemic getaway and what to wear? Whatever destination is top of your bucket list, a slip dress is the ultimate vacation essential. Chic and compact but also endlessly versatile, it’s the ideal piece for transitioning from the beach to the tiki bar with ease. Simply finish with a luxe basket bag, statement sunglasses and, of course, sun-kissed skin for a timeless vacation look that works from sun-up to sun-down.

Date night

The innate sensuality of the slip dress is undeniable; and so, when it comes to styling this figure-skimming piece for date night, less is more. Barely-there sandals make the perfect accompaniment to a slip: look to expert shoemakers such as Manolo Blahnik, Gianvito Rossi and Jimmy Choo for exquisite yet comfortable styles, perfect for dancing all night long. Finish with a slick of red lipstick to leave a lasting impression.


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