2 Easy Tricks For Pulling Off A Slip Dress

There are elements of the ‘90s style resurgence that I think are best left forgotten (JNCO jeans, anyone?) but others truly merit a resurrection, such as the iconic slip dress. The minimalist, sultry frock offers an ideal way to show off your physique, which may explain why it’s been a long-time staple of supermodel Kate Moss’. 

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  • And while that’s all well and good for the waif, for us mere mortals, the insubstantial dress begs further inquiry. Specifically: how do you wear a slip dress without looking like you just stepped out of your boudoir? Read on for my easy secrets to pulling off the slinky number, so you’ll be slipping into something more comfortable in no time.

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    Tip 1: Tone Down The Provocative Vibe

    My trick for styling any item? Feel out its vibe and then balance it with styling pieces that have an opposing feel. For this look, I tempered the revealing slip with grunge essentials like a slouchy mohair cardigan and a plaid flannel. This way, the end result is nuanced, never one-note.

    What I Wore:
    ​Rochas Crepe Dress ($655); Tanya Taylor Fluff Angora Cardigan ($395, 212.524.9770) in Black; Current/Elliott The Prep School Shirt ($198, similar style here); Janessa Leone Chaumont Hat ($310) in Brown; Bones and Feathers Collective Fox+Chain Necklace ($165); Bones and Feathers Collective Spike Tube Ring ($73); Bones and Feathers Collective Hummingbird Cuff ($135) in Antique Gold; Bones and Feathers Collective Ram Cuff ($135) in Antique Gold; Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Gabi Long Shoulder Bag ($188) in Tobacco; Tibi Denni Loafers ($395, 212.226.5852) in Black.

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    If you feel slightly exposed in spaghetti straps like I do, feel free to add layers on top of the slip dress. You’ll still get a peek of the slinky frock, but feel substantially more confident, which is key to pulling off the look.

    What I Wore:
    Rochas Crepe Dress ($655); Tanya Taylor Fluff Angora Cardigan ($395, 212.524.9770) in Black; Current/Elliott The Prep School Shirt ($198, similar style here); Janessa Leone Chaumont Hat ($310) in Brown; Bones and Feathers Collective Fox+Chain Necklace ($165); Bones and Feathers Collective Spike Tube Ring ($73); Bones and Feathers Collective Hummingbird Cuff ($135) in Antique Gold; Bones and Feathers Collective Ram Cuff ($135) in Antique Gold; Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Gabi Long Shoulder Bag ($188) in Tobacco.

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    A cross-body bag always feels like the most relaxed option. I chose a cognac leather version in the shape of the moment: the circle.

    What I Wore:
    Rochas Crepe Dress ($655); Tanya Taylor Fluff Angora Cardigan ($395, 212.524.9770) in Black; Current/Elliott The Prep School Shirt ($198, similar style here); Bones and Feathers Collective Spike Tube Ring ($73); Bones and Feathers Collective Ram Cuff ($135) in Antique Gold; Bones and Feathers Collective Hummingbird Cuff ($135) in Antique Gold; Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Gabi Long Shoulder Bag ($188) in Tobacco.

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    Flats are key for achieving a laid back look. These ridiculously cool mules fit the bill.

    ​What I Wore:
    Rochas Crepe Dress ($655); Current/Elliott The Prep School Shirt ($198, similar style here); Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Gabi Long Shoulder Bag ($188) in Tobacco; Tibi Denni Loafers ($395, 212.226.5852) in Black.

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    Tip 2: Say Yes To Sophistication

    Although a slip dress is quintessentially ‘90s, you don’t have to count Courtney Love as a style icon to get the look. I love how the filmy frock looks when styled with a sharp tuxedo coat and classic pumps for a polished effect. Opting for an elegant spin also keeps the lingerie-looking dress from entering hussy territory.

    ​What I Wore:
    Rochas Crepe Dress ($655); Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat ($299) in Pastel Pink; Bing Bang Baguette Crystal Spike Earrings ($125) in Brass/Silver; House of Harlow 1960 Jude Clutch ($275); Shoe Cult Ella Pumps ($68) in Leopard.

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    When your outfit is rather restrained, small touches like a wine-stained lip and sleek drop earring make a bigger impact.

    What I Wore:
    Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat ($299) in Pastel Pink; Bing Bang Baguette Crystal Spike Earrings ($125) in Brass/Silver.

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    Minimalist looks can sometimes skew severe, but a color palette of ballet-inspired pale pink and dove grey lends a feminine touch to the ensemble.

    What I Wore:
    Rochas Crepe Dress ($655); Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat ($299) in Pastel Pink; Bing Bang Baguette Crystal Spike Earrings ($125) in Brass/Silver; House of Harlow 1960 Jude Clutch ($275); Shoe Cult Ella Pumps ($68) in Leopard.

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    A statement accessory like this chain-fringe clutch is a sure-fire conversation starter.

    ​What I Wore:
    Rochas Crepe Dress ($655); House of Harlow 1960 Jude Clutch ($275).

  • Trend Trial Slip Dress
    Photo credit: Photographer: Curtis Buchanan, Sittings Editor: Michelle Scanga

    While a minimalist look is very on-trend, a punch of leopard print on my heels helps liven up the ensemble.

    What I Wore:
    Rochas Crepe Dress ($655); Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat ($299) in Pastel Pink; House of Harlow 1960 Jude Clutch ($275); Shoe Cult Ella Pumps ($68) in Leopard.

  • In case anyone is unclear about which decade you’re channeling, the plaid and lace on this Zara version makes your ‘90s agenda perfectly clear.

    ​Zara Lingerie-Style Studio Dress ($159)

  • Between the vibrant red color and mesh detail, this dress was made for a date night debut.

    ​T By Alexander Wang Silk Crepe De Chine Slip Dress ($124)

  • This gray hue will go with anything in your closet, making it the perfect starter slip for those new to the trend.

    ​Topshop Satin Midi Slip Dress ($70) in Grey

  • Who said pink is only for little girls? Lately it’s the only color we want to wear.

    ​Tibi Crepe Slip Dress ($310) in Pink

  • We have Raquel Allegra to thank for making the most sophisticated tie-dye dress ever.

    ​Raquel Allegra Tetra Tank Dress ($458)

  • We hate to play favorites, but this paneled blush slip is a clear frontrunner.

    ​Araks Cadel Slip Dress ($297) in Bare

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