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The Fashion Memo

20 of the best slip dresses

Fashion’s love affair with the ’90s is on fire right now, so indulge your sartorial nostalgia in one of this season’s sensuous slip dresses

Featuring Versace, Christopher Kane, Acne Studios and Off-White SS18

The slip dress has a long history of causing a stir, as far back as legendary provocateurs Marie Antoinette and Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who were among the first to flirt with the idea of underwear as outerwear. During the ’90s, the slip dress exploded in popularity: Gwyneth Paltrow dazzled in a beaded version at the 1996 Academy Awards; Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy was married in a brilliant white Narciso Rodriguez slip in the same year; and Kate Moss wearing a liquid-silk chemise and sneakers is one of the era’s most enduring images. This is how to wear it now…

A classic slip dress boasts infinite versatility – all you need to take it from off-duty to after-hours is a few styling switch-ups. Elevate your weekend wardrobe by channeling grown-up grunge in Christopher Kane’s lacy version, or tap into classic minimalism via Acne Studio’s understated designs. Turn its inherent femininity on its head and give your slip a sporty edge by pairing with sneakers and a belt bag worn across the body. Heading out? Simply add sculptural heels and a statement earring.

  • Chloé
    Scalloped lace-trimmed floral-print crepe dress
  • Brock Collection
    Ornella floral-print cotton-voile midi dress
  • Off-White
    Paneled floral-print intarsia-trimmed crepe de chine maxi dress
  • Jason Wu GREY
    Ruffled floral-print fil coupé georgette midi dress

In essence the slip dress might be simple, but this season a handful of designers have used everything from print to embellishments to elevate it to a trophy piece. Attico’s showgirl-inspired slip, complete with ornate beading and plumage, is perfect for black-tie occasions that call for mega-watt glamour. Summer wedding on the horizon? Defy expectations and forgo a floral dress in favor of Versace’s second-skin leopard-print take. Temper the drama by keeping accessories to a minimum and slicking your hair back.

  • Deitas
    Coco silk-charmeuse maxi dress
  • Paco Rabanne
    Lace-trimmed satin maxi dress
  • By Malene Birger
    Stefani lace-trimmed satin midi dress
  • Cushnie
    Ruby draped silk-charmeuse dress

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