Unexpected Ways to Style a Slip Dress

Nana Team
2 June, 2020

Styling a slip dress can be – we promise! – effortless, simple, sexy and sublime all at the same time. Not to mention it’s synonymous with ‘90s Kate Moss. In other words, it has It girl written all over it. Anyone who’s ever jumped on the slip dress wagon knows that the good ones – the quality ones – come at a price, with silk, satin and bias-cut options delivering the most indulgent results.

However, slip dresses can sometimes seem like a daunting item to style. They can be a little flimsy and clingy, but there are actually multiple ways to style slip dresses that are really simple yet impactful. 

Here’s how to ensure your slip dress remains a bang for your buck in your wardrobe:

…with an oversized blazer

To make a slip dress office-appropriate, shrug on an oversized blazer, slip into a low-heeled sandal and finish with a sturdy leather tote for a look that’s less boudoir chic, and more boardroom boss. Belt the look to cinch your waist to give the dress – and your waist – definition

…with a t-shirt 

With minimum effort, a slip dress transforms an off-duty outfit into something special – midi styles take on a cool ’90s edge when worn over a white T-shirt. For the right t-shirt, we’d go for a bigger size so you can fold the sleeves as it doesn’t have to be perfect. To give this look a rocker vibe, add on a statement necklace by Dylan Lex. This is a definite go-to concert look as long as dancing is involved. 

…with a linen shirt

If t-shirts aren’t your style, consider wearing your classic linen shirt (or pinch one from your boyfriend’s/ brother’s/father’s wardrobe) unbuttoned for a breezy casual look that’s ideal for summer holidaying or weekend errands. Just add a chic market bag, some retro sunglasses and an ironically practical pair of sandals or slides and you’re good to go!

…with a kimono

Kimono and slip dress? Must sound like a funny combination! But everyone’s embracing the pyjama trend by throwing on a kimono over their slip dress to accompany their slides. We find a kimono so easy to dress up or dress down the slip dress as it can be worn so many different ways.We suggest wearing a plain slip dress with a printed kimono or a chic colour-blocking kimono for a refined look.

…with jeans 

To balance out its feminine overtones, layer over denims. The biggest fear when wearing dresses over jeans is that you will end up looking bulky. Pick a slip dress with an asymmetric hem and pair that with ankle-length denims to show just the very bottom of your skinnies. But if you’re putting on a straight-leg or flare denim, go for a buttoned-down slip dress without fastening it all the way up. 

…with silk straight-leg pants 

Tuck a silk slip dress into a silk straight-leg pants for a look that’s as refined as it is effortless. This full-silk look goes well with embellished pumps; toughen things up with a duster. Your boss appreciating your work appropriate look (and can-do attitude) is just icing on the cake. It’s definitely Nana Asia’s kind of power suit! 

…With midi flare skirts

To add some fun and flirtiness to the look, pair either a Tanya Taylor or Olivia Rubin skirt to your slip. Here, we are actually using the slip dress as a top, so we’d consider a cowl-neck mini slip dress in shimmery sequins or of-the-moment neons. The once-simple-and-sultry lingerie basic has now transformed itself into a major style staple that’s proven itself to be more versatile than you might think. 

…with wide-legged track pants

Hear us out on this one. Just like you would wear your slip dress over jeans, why not try teaming it with your favourite track pants? Y’know the ones with the stripes down the side? You’ll need to play around with some front tucking and cinching to make the length work, but the chic-athleisure vibe will totally be there! Don’t forget to accent this layered duo with a Chloe bag turned into a fanny pack. 

…with knitwear 

Wearing an oversized slouchy sweater or roll neck works for cooler climes (or when your office air con is super cold). Plus, this type of styling makes the slip dress perform just like a satin midi skirt would – and those are super trendy right now. Complement the look with some sling-back heels for work-apropos or some suede ankle boots in a similar tone.

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