Slip dresses are the perfect dresses for the summer. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, they are extremely versatile. You can dress them up or dress them down. They can be worn alone or layered with a denim jacket. You know how they say history repeats itself? Well, that is definitely true of fashion. Slip dresses were popular in the 90s, and they are making a comeback – they are being seen everywhere right now.
Even though they became trendy in the 1990s, slip dresses weren’t invented then. In fact, women wore slip dresses dating back to the 1920s. During the 20s, corsets were no longer worn, and flapper dresses took the form of freeing and comfortable slip dresses. They created a simple look that let a woman’s personality speak for itself without needing a garment to do it for her.
When Slip Dresses Made Fashion History in the 90s
There are certain moments in the 90s decade when slip dresses literally made fashion history. One is in 1996, when Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt – who were a couple back then –stepped out on the 1996 Oscars red carpet with Gwyneth wearing a beaded Calvin Klein slip dress.
In 1996, Carolyn Bessette wed the late John F. Kennedy Jr. in a stunning Narciso Rodriguez silk slip dress. Model Kate Moss was a multiple-time wearer of the slip dress, as was Winona Ryder and Courtney Love. The dresses were paired with chokers and chunky heels, along with bold matte lipstick. A DKNY slip dress worn by Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw in the first season of the show was reissued in 2013 to mark the brand’s 25th anniversary.
How to Wear a Slip Dress
There are multiple ways to wear a slip dress, depending on how casual or dressy you want to look that day. You can layer slip dresses with tanks or a pretty bra to completely transform the look. For a casual style, you can layer a t-shirt underneath and pair it with some sneakers. They’re perfect for running errands and grabbing lunch, or just relaxing around the house.
Of course, all of this depends on the style of the dress and its fabric. Silk slip dresses are dressier, whereas cotton dresses are more casual. Silk slip dresses are exquisite and look wonderful with dainty heels. Minimal jewelry pairs great with slip dresses, too.
Today, designers are offering their take on the sleek silhouette, borrowing from the old and injecting it with the new. I purchased this Delfi Collective red polka dot slip dress at my friend’s store Rouze in Naples and I know I’m going to be wearing it a lot this summer. It looks great paired with my Gianvito Rossi Ankle Strap Stiletto Sandals and a denim jacket. I can also dress it down and wear it with flat sandals.
Another pretty option for a slip dress is this Attico Tie-Shoulder Floral Velvet Slip Dress that features a tie shoulder design and falls to a feminine flutter hem. For the ultimate in glam, this Liquid Satin Bias Cut Slip Dress by Jason Wu delicately drapes the body in smooth fluid satin and features spaghetti straps embellished with rhinestones.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous silk dress or a cute, minimalist look for your next night out, the slip dress has come a long way. They’re fashionable, easy to wear, and are great for any occasion.