You know those pieces in your wardrobe that you wear so much you almost start to feel sorry for the rest of your belongings? No? Just me?
I think it was sometime around mid-July last year that I realized I'd let half my summer pieces languish in the back of my closet while I rotated between a handful of easy slip dresses—midi and mini, silk and cotton, printed and plain. And can you blame me? When the weather is sticky-hot and two steps outdoors leave you running for the nearest air-conditioned building, any garment that offers you a little breathing room is a godsend—and if that same piece somehow looks chic enough to wear on a date or even to a wedding and still easy enough for a day of errands… Well, it's a wonder any of us ever got through summer without it.
And, of course, there's no need to wait until the season has technically turned to wear them since they're made to be layered with your favorite T-shirts, turtlenecks, and button-downs.
Below, shop some of the best—and most versatile!—slip dresses right now, from slinky night-out numbers to easy linen midis.
Plissé fabric is super flattering—plus, you don't have to worry about it getting wrinkled.
Editors are snapping up Everlane's newly released wrinkle-resistant slip dresses in every color.
This is like the grown-up version of your favorite tie-dye tee from summer-camp days.
Two sherbet shades are better than one.
This monochrome slip makes a statement.
Wondering how to keep wearing velvet all through summer? This dress is your answer.
Aritzia has an impressive selection of slip dress options, but this pale lavender style is one of our faves.
When life gives you lemons, wear this dress!
This strappy, slouchy style looks extra cool layered over a white tee.
Zendaya's worn this super-affordable dress on the red carpet—but you're just as welcome to wear it to brunch.
The perfect formal dress for minimalists.
The linen is easy breezy for long summer days.
Pretty in (millennial) pink.
This slinky copper number is guaranteed to turn heads.
The lingerie vibe makes this perfect for a night out.
This moody floral print is subtle but so pretty.