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 – the ultimate ’90s style icon – made the slip dress her signature, regularly stepping out in silky, sparkly and even see-through styles. This is how to wear it now…
Day to night
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 and channel this season’s grunge vibe by pairing Stella McCartney’s blush slip or Anine Bing’s printed design with a supersized cardigan, or tap into classic minimalism via Gabriela Hearst’s understated designs. Turn the slip’s inherent femininity on its head and give yours a sporty edge by pairing with sneakers and a belt bag worn across the body. Heading out? Simply add sculptural heels and statement earrings.
In essence the slip dress might be simple, but this season a handful of designers have been creative with the cut, dabbled with print and even experimented with embellishment to elevate it to a trophy piece. For evening, with its barely there straps and thigh-high split, you’re guaranteed to have a good time in Versace’s form-fitting slip. Summer wedding on the horizon? Defy expectations and forgo a floral dress in favor of Ganni’s leopard-print take. Temper the drama by keeping accessories to a minimum and slicking your hair back.
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