And Now, the One Dress Trend I Already Know Will Define Fall Fashion


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Slip dresses have stood the test of time and solidified themselves as true timeless wardrobe staples. While the trendiness of slip dresses ebbs and flows like the fashion cycle itself, for fall 2022, there isn't a more on-trend piece than the slip dress—just one part of the elevated basics renaissance that is front and center in the F/W 22 collections.

While we're seeing many brands reintroduce classic silhouettes designed from silky satin, there are also many updates to the dresses worth noting for fall. Despite being a closet basic, one of the interesting things about the dresses is how not basic many of them are. From heavily ornamented styles with sequins and embellishments at Bottega Veneta to completely sheer pastel pieces with exposed lingerie at Fendi to dramatic floor-sweeping designs at Saint Laurent. Ahead, more on the slip dress trend that will define fall fashion.

Satin Slip Dresses


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If you're going the classic route, implement some directional styling by tying a sweater in another shade around your waist. We saw this everywhere on the F/W 22 runways (whether styled with a slip dress or not), and the tied-sweater trend is also set to be big this fall.

Lace-Trimmed Slip Dresses


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The pretty, lace-trimmed slip dresses spotted in the F/W 22 collections feel reminiscent of the designs from Phoebe Philo's designs at Celine. If you're among the many Philophiles out there, this is the piece to add to your closet this fall.

Maxi Slip Dresses


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Dramatic, sweeping hemlines took over the runways for fall, so you can expect to see maxi lengths across the board this season. Among the key pieces to buy: long slip dresses.

Embellished Slip Dresses


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As I mentioned, slip dresses are going far beyond your ordinary basics. Case in point? This dress at Bottega Veneta which incorporates sequins, floral embellishments, lace, and multiple layers.

Sheer Slip Dresses


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Fashion is going totally transparent for fall and Fendi is just one of many brands embracing the trend. While there are practically no limits on how to wear sheer pieces right now, see-through slip dresses feel particularly fresh.

Next: The Fall 2022 Shopping Guide: Where to Buy the Biggest Trends of the Season

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.