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How To Wear: The Slip Dress

Pictured above: Nobody Denim jacket; Camilla and Marc dress

The slip dress has played a starring role in iconic fashion moments. Synonymous with a ’90s Kate Moss and her supermodel pals Christy and Naomi, who shimmied their famous frames into filmy bias-cut versions to sip champagne at the after party. In the same decade Gwyneth Paltrow wore a fresh, white slip dress to the Academy Awards. And who could forget Princess Diana in Dior at the Met Gala in ’96 or the grunge allure of Courtney Love and Winona Ryder, who wore their slips with serious attitude? 

But this is not a simple case of ’90s nostalgia: the slip dress has been updated and reimagined in more wearable and luxurious fabrications, and new flattering cuts and fits designed to cater to all figures, not just the waifish Moss and Co. In 2016, the slip dress has been born anew in the hands of a host of designers who’ve rediscovered its allure as a seductive and stylish wardrobe essential. Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Celine and Calvin Klein were among the brands which showed versions of the slip dress on their spring summer 2016 runways, announcing that it’s time once again to slip from the bedroom to the street.

From Rihanna’s metallic copper version with a baseball cap and heels, to Sienna Miller’s sequin-embroidered sheath and Dakota Johnson’s plunging scarlet gown, A-listers including Gigi Hadid, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner are owning the slip dress as their new fashion moment. It is the undisputed piece of the season, but how do you wear it?

Pictured above: The Fifth Label dress; Carla Zampatti pants; Lacoste sneakers; Michael Kors bag

For daytime, the silkiness of a slip dress paired with a textured knit or cosy turtleneck provides the perfect balance of sensual and insouciant, particularly when worn with suede booties or leather brogues. Stick to midi or maxi cuts worn with navy, cream and grey base layers that can multitask. Think you can’t wear a slip dress to the office? Think again. Try it over a white shirt tucked into a skirt or a pair of pinstriped trousers. Add a blazer and metallic brogues for an edgy “I mean business” look. 

Pictured above: Manning Cartell slip and dress

Wear it over a white T-shirt or over tailored flares to create an elegant, elongated silhouette. Opt for a more substantial fabric with lining and a little more coverage and try wearing a simple black slip with a classic trench coat or black fitted bomber and subtle heel for maximum chic. Accessories are the easiest way to take the slip dress from the bedroom to the very definition of evening elegance. Then again, you could simply slip into a slip dress...

Words by: GEORGINA SAFE for JONES magazine
Styling by: ALANAH PICKUP for JONES magazine
Photography by: DAVE MCKELVEY for JONES magazine