Similar to an underslip or a petticoat, a slip dress is a type of dress worn by women. Conventionally, it has a slinky cut and spaghetti straps, thanks to its bias cut. The slip dress was deceptive; it resembled underwear but was designed to be seen, revealing skin through the use of lace and sheer materials.

As part of the underwear-as-outerwear movement, slip dresses first became popular in the latter part of the 20th century, with garments typically constructed from multiple layers of chiffon, polyester satins, charmeuse, and lace.

The dresses were classic examples of the 1990s minimalism in fashion.

Silky Slip Dress Midi

Feel like a princess in this stunningly feminine Silky Slip Dress Midi. Silk, one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, was used in the construction of this dress. Silk is perfect for the summer because of its softness, sheen, and ability to keep you cool.

The skirt of the Silky Slip midi dress ends at or slightly below the knee, and it has a slit on each side if you’d like to flash a little leg. The open back of this dress is sure to be a conversation starter whenever you enter a room. You can adjust the straps and the plunging neckline to ensure a perfect fit every time.

This dress will show off your curves with its A-line cut, scoop neck, and lack of sleeves. A zipper at the back of the dress allows for simple on/off. The sizes range from petite to plus.

The midi length of this silky slip dress makes it appropriate for both the office and a night on the town. It’s universally figure-flattering thanks to its gorgeous lace details and long, lean cut. This dress is offered in both black and white, making it adaptable to any color scheme.

Your search for the perfect dress is over; this one will do. The midi length is ideal for showing off your legs and the silky fabric is both comfortable and flattering. This dress is perfect for a night out with friends, a wedding, or just strolling around town.

This midi-length silk slip dress has a pristine white lining. It has a comfortable satin fabric and an elasticized waistband for a snug fit. The zipper is concealed at the back of the dress, and it is fully lined.

This dress is ideal for any formal event because of its timeless silhouette and refined design.

Beautiful and versatile, the Silky Slip midi dress is a must-have. This dress’s silky fabric is sure to have you feeling like a true celebrity. Short sleeves and an A-line cut make this a universally flattering piece. The dress’s asymmetrical hemline and keyhole opening at the bust are two additional figure-flattering details.

The midi-length silk slip dress has a high neck and long sleeves. Ideal for use in the workplace or at a formal event.

Shiny silk was used to make this slip dress. Comfortable and roomy, it’s ideal for a night of dancing.

This silky slip dress is ideal for a professional woman who wants to look seductive. Simply add a blazer or jacket, and you’ll look polished in no time.

This dress’s silky fabric is so comfortable it’s like wearing nothing at all. It has a midi length, which is both flattering and practical because it allows you to wear it with either high heels or boots. A dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline is a seductive way to display your shoulders. And if you really want to bare some skin, the back features a keyhole cutout!

You should take this luxurious silk midi slip dress with you on your next vacation. It’s a high-end material, so it’ll keep you cool and comfortable without sacrificing style.

Feel weightless in the Silky Slip Dress Midi; it’s a sleek, seductive number.

This dress has an elastic waist for comfort and ease of movement, and it has a lovely silhouette to boot. The silky fabric is incredibly comfortable and flattering, whether you’re hitting the town or just chilling with friends.

You need this beautiful silk slip dress in your closet immediately. With its midi length and A-line silhouette, this dress is versatile enough to pair with either high heels or casual flats.

This silky slip dress can be worn to the workplace, on the town, or even while relaxing at home. Smooth and soft, it feels wonderful next to the skin. The dress is sleeveless and features a deep V-neck that is perfect for flashing some skin or displaying a statement necklace. If you want to show off your legs in heels or flats, the midi length is ideal, and you can always add a belt for more definition later on.

Seeking the ideal gown to grace your upcoming black-tie affair? There is nothing more beautiful than this silk slip dress.

You’ll feel like you’re floating through the air in this luxuriously smooth and flattering dress. The midi length is flattering on all body types, while the V-neckline draws attention to your collarbones and bust.

The best thing about this dress is how adaptable it is; you can pair it with either heels or flats, depending on the occasion. You can make it even more eye-catching by accessorizing it with jewelry or other items. Check out our blog post on what to wear as accessories if you’re having trouble finding the finishing touch.

This midi-length Silky Slip Dress is ideal for any event. The silky texture and timeless design make it perfect for dressy occasions. This dress’ V-neck and midi-length skirt will have you feeling and looking like a million bucks.

This is the softest, most adaptable dress you’ll ever own.

This midi-length silk slip dress is perfect for the warmer evenings and colder days of summer and winter, respectively.

You’ll love this silky slip dress midi. It’s a great way to make heads turn!

The dress’s high-end fabric makes for wonderfully comfortable wear. The deep V neckline is cut low, but not too low, so it’s perfect for showing off your cleavage without being too revealing. The back of the dress has a built-in bra, so you don’t have to worry about finding one that fits right or wearing one that shows through your shirt! Just below the knee, the skirt flares out, looking great on all body types.

The front pockets are perfect for stowing your phone and keys when you go out with your friends.

Best Slip Dresses

Aritzia Wilfred Only Slip Midi Dress

The Wilfred dress from Aritzia is the antithesis of the brand’s signature Effortless Pant, as it exudes an effortless coolness that does away with the need for any actual effort on the wearer’s part. The Wilfred Only Slip Dress is our top pick because of its undone yet luxurious appearance and the relaxed, lightweight, and airy feel of its fit. If you want to look casually chic, this is the piece to pull from your closet. With its velvety fabric and versatility, this dress is the ultimate in versatility. Dress it up with delicate jewelry and platform heels for a night on the town, or dress it down with an oversized blazer for the perfect RTO ensemble.

I’d also say that it’s a closet essential because it comes in so many different colors and lengths (mini, midi, and maxi).

Quince Silk Slip Dress

This Quince dress is proof that a timeless slip need not be complicated. The 100% silk midi skirt is exquisite without being prohibitively expensive. It falls to the perfect length just above the calf, making a well-chosen strappy sandal the focus of any outfit. It has a streamlined design that narrows at the waist without bulk. As an added bonus, the loose fit of the bodice has a cooling effect that makes it perfect for the hot summer months.

Fleur du Mal Cowl Neck Slip Dress

The lingerie at Fleur Du Mal is excellent. Satin Cowl Neck Slip is a typical example of their ready-to-high wear quality. This material has that signature glossy sheen, and it has a luxurious, gleaming feel. The cowl is universally flattering, and the draped fabric skims over curves in all the right places. It has an adjustable back, but it’s so well hidden that it adds nothing to the sophisticated appearance. This extravagant purchase is warranted due to the item’s luxurious composition of hundred percent silk. However, it will be a timeless addition to your wardrobe. The brand also offers a dress with faux pearls hanging from the shoulders if you’re looking for something a little more opulent. That’s some serious opulence right there.

Anthropologie Elyse Bias Slip Dress

This structured slip is available in ten colors, ranging from bright red to dark emerald, and three different sizes (petite, plus, and standard). This slip has a bodice that’s very similar to the Fleur Du Mal, but it’s much more affordable and comes in a wider variety of colors and patterns. It’s not real silk, but it looks expensive and it has a slit at the side for more freedom of movement. Once fall arrives, layer a long-sleeved shirt underneath to extend its wear beyond the summer months.

J.Crew Gwen Cupro Mini Slip Dress

Because of its durability and convenience, this mini slip is included in our roundup of summer essentials because it is the holy grail of looking cool while remaining cool. This J. Crew dress, made of cupro (a less fragile alternative to silk), is the most sweat-proof and moisture-wicking option we found. This can be machine-washed, whereas most genuine silk cannot. It’s lined as well, which is a feature that (unfortunately) is rare to find in slips. To top it all off, it’s produced in a factory that generates no landfill waste.

What can you do to avoid having your slip “look like lingerie”?

The original intent of the slip dress was as a practical layering piece. The only difference is that it’s no longer considered inappropriate to wear them alone. Kolodinski tells InStyle that their versatility and ability to be worn across seasons and by people of all ages thanks to their ability to be layered upon and underneath is what makes them so special when worn as the main event.

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