How to Rock a Slip Dress Without Looking Like You Rolled Out of Bed

The garment resurgence of the season is the slip dress and while they’ve become so ubiquitous we hardly need offer proof of concept with statistics or runway roundups, we’ll humor any naysayers with the latter.

Exhibit A: Calvin Klein Spring 2016

Slip dress sighting at Calvin Klein Spring 2016.

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Exhibit B: Celine Spring 2016

A slipdress on the Céline Spring 2016 runway.

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Exhibit C: Givenchy Spring 2016

Slip dresses walked the runway at Givenchy Spring 2016.

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We’re hopping on the bandwagon for more than one reason. For one, slip dresses are ridiculously comfortable. Two, they’re incredibly flattering and wearable on a myriad of occasions. Three, they make us feel like noughties paparazzi bait. Four, in the right length, they flatter any figure, strategically clinging and concealing with natural instinct. Finally, they take all of five seconds to slide over our heads when we need to get dressed, but would really rather not.

It’s in that last bullet point that you’ll find our major sticking point, though. When you wear what are essentially elevated pajamas, it’s important not to appear as if you just rolled out of bed. Styling tricks for avoiding such disasters include pairing with a well-coiffed head of hair with one or more of the following.

A structured button-down:

A chunky, oversized sweater:

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Strappy sandals:

Thigh-high boots and a tee:

Just a tee:

A chain belt, Wallabees and a fanny pack:

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Cowboy booties and a floral print:

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Tennis shoes:


Chunky, low-heeled sandals and a borrowed-from-the-boys blazer:

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Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz’s genes:

Below, find our favorite base options. Then, go forth and start your own slip dress styling microtrend.