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How to Style a Slip Dress—Plus 7 Sustainable Options to Try

Slip dresses are timeless, romantic, and cool. These ensembles and sustainable slips will help inspire your next date night look.

how to style a slip dress
Written by
Calin Van Paris
The slip dress is the ultimate example of dressed-down
. A staple of 1990s dressing—and, with that resurgence, now entirely current one, too—the feminine, wisp-like, spaghetti-strapped (usually, that is) slip originally escaped its fate as an undergarment alone
in the 1930s
. Associations with night dressing and underthings lend to the slip's romance, a softness that is even more memorable when the item is selected with sustainability in mind.
Silk slips
are a staple
on the racks of vintage stores around the world, pastels, ivories, and noirs waiting to be worn with boots, sweaters, tights, blazers, and more. In addition, eco-minded interpretations of the wardrobe essential can be readily found—though at a considerably steeper price.
Looking for the perfect way to personalize your slip dressing? Read on for seven ways to style a slip dress—and shop some sustainable options, too.

How to Style a Slip Dress: 7 Must-Try Looks

1. With a Sweatshirt and Sneakers

The quickest way to transform your slip into a daily uniform? Add a crewneck sweatshirt and a part of chunky sneakers for all the appeal of athleisure, plus some dreamy appeal.

Outerknown Ellison Slip Dress, $168

Outerknown's Ellison has all of the drapey, feminine draw of silk, sans the waste. The dress is crafted from cupro, a
cellulose rayon made using cotton waste.
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2. Over a Turtleneck

This '90s-inspired look is primed for a day at the office. Layer your printed slip over a skin-skimming turtleneck—and don't forget to accessorize with boots and the appropriate attitude.

Reformation Crimini Dress, $148

This ditsy-printed dress is made sustainably overseas using viscose, a cellulose made from wood pulp.
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3. All Black With Boots

An all-black ensemble makes for instant impact. Style your black slip with noir everything—tights, sweater, bag, and boots—for a quick and easy cool-girl aesthetic.

Madewell Layton Midi Slip Dress, $98

This classic is made using fabric that's anything but: innovative and eco-friendly Lenzing™ Ecovero™ fibers.
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4. With a Graphic

Whether topped with a printed sweatshirt or a graphic tee, your slip becomes all the more memorable when afforded some bold, playful whimsy.

Reformation Pratt Silk Skirt, $178

Who says your slip dress has to be a dress? This slip skirt is highly stylable, made from 100% silk, and saves shoppers seven pounds of carbon dioxide compared to competitors.
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5. For Earthy Elegance

Earth Day, but make it elegant. Mix and match textures and lengths to create a dramatic silhouette worthy of our planet's natural hues—and your next evening out.

Reformation Daytona Silk Dress, $248

This midi silk slip—available in the perfect lichen green—is sustainably made, saving customers 11 gallons of water waste.
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6. Over a T-Shirt

Go full retro and top a white baby tee with a basic black slip. Sneakers, a slicked-back updo, and a red lip keep things current, but this approach can be easily retooled to match your unique needs.

Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Slip Dress, $60

The fibers used to create this slip's drapey fabric are sourced from FSC-certified forests, meeting standards for conservation, emissions, transparency, and more.
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7. With a Blazer

Your desk-to-dinner outfit, sorted. Couple your ankle-length slip with boots or mules, along with a softly structured blazer for a balanced vibe.

Silk Laundry Deco Ruched Dress, $360

This hyper-femme silk slip is OEKO-TEX certified and made sustainably by artisan makers in China.
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