how to style a slip dress

How to Style a Slip Dress: 7 Ways as Worn by Our Style Panel

If you still think slips should be hidden away under your dress, we’re about to turn your world upside-down. What may have originally been worn as a layering piece has found its way to top level exposure. The slip dress has been all over the runways and street style stars for a few seasons so we’re breaking down how to wear it IRL. The airy lingerie-inspired piece has been a very versatile addition to our closets. Scroll through for our style panel’s tips on how to wear the “It” piece for just about any occasion.

Challenge #176: How do you style a slip dress?

Krystin Tysire, 22
Vancouver | Girl in Betsey

Soon after trying the slip dress trend, I was hooked. In the summer, I would pair it with a simple tee but in cooler weather I’m adding a long sleeve layer for extra warmth.

Krystin is wearing: Slip dress, La Vie en Rose; Purse, Gucci; Shoes, AMIClubwear.

how to style a slip dress

Kayla Short, 29
Halifax | Short Presents

Don’t rule out your summer slip dress just yet because with a quick addition of tights and a turtleneck, you can take this delicate piece well into the heart of winter. Play around with layering it over skinny jeans and tucking it in for a completely different look.

Kayla is wearing: Dress, Garage; Shirt, Sirens; Shoes, Old Navy; Coat, Old Navy; Bag, Poppy + Peonies; Watch, Caravelle; Bag charm, Envy; Sunglasses, Givenchy at SmartBuy Glasses.

Neguine Boustantchi, 23
Toronto | Neguine Boustantchi

Normally I like to “undress” the slip dress with more casual accessories like sneakers or a cool bomber jacket. Here, I’m styling it in a more formal way with velvet and pearl sandals and an oversized white shirt for some unexpected drama.

Neguine is wearing: Dress, Zara; Shoes, Uterque; Shirt, Ralph Lauren; Bag, Chanel.

Liat Neuman, 39
Toronto | YomanChic

The slip dress has been in the spotlight for several seasons. Whether you are pairing it with a chunky sweater, a t-shirt or a bell-sleeved top, it’s an essential item that will easily transition from winter to spring. To avoid looking like I just stepped out of bed, I layered the dress with a ribbed turtleneck and red boots. Transform this look from day to night by adding statement jewels or stilettos.

Liat is wearing: Dress, H&M; Boots, Zara; Bag, Coach; Turtleneck, Club Monaco; Bracelet, Topaz Jewelry; Necklace, Cos.

Mikayla Kuehn, 20
Toronto |

I love the slip dress trend because there are so many ways it can be styled. The dress I’m wearing  has sticks of bubble gum printed all over it for a funky twist. I’ve paired it with a plain white t-shirt, a black leather jacket, a pair of white knee-high socks, black ankle booties and a bright lip colour.

Mikayla is wearing: Dress, Zara; Socks, American Apparel; Boots, H&M; Jacket, Ardene.

Laura Mitbrodt, 31
Victoria | Laura Jane Atelier

I like to layer my slip dress with a thin t-shirt or turtleneck to make the dress more versatile, especially in the winter months. I like the idea of mixing prints and decided to pair my striped turtleneck with a leopard print coat to add a little extra detail and texture.

Laura is wearing: Coat, ASOS; Dress, Highline Collective; Turtleneck, Highline Collective.

Christina Cravero, 32
Toronto | The Style Mogul

A slip dress with a moto jacket are a perfect match and work well as a date night outfit. Transition to ankle booties and a turtleneck sweater when you want a more casual look.

Christina is wearing: Dress, Marciano; Jacket, Zara; Shoes, Le Chateau; Clutch, Philo Project.

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