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Slip dresses are trending again — here's how to style them

We tried some of the looks for ourselves and they're so versatile.
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At a time where we are prioritizing comfort and ease of dressing when it comes to our wardrobes, it makes sense that these minimalist slip dresses and skirts are seeing a resurgence. The sexy '90s slip can be worn just about anywhere if you style it right, and there is no shortage of outfit combinations with a slip skirt.

"Slip dresses are very now, they're completely acceptable to wear out in public. You can wear them many different ways, they are very flattering on a lot of different body types," Carrie Cramer, a celebrity, wardrobe and personal stylist based in Los Angeles, told Shop TODAY.

"They're a little bit like '90s revival, which I like, but you can do an updated version now. There's just so much pretty fabric that you don't have to do a plain one anymore," she added.

Slip skirts

Modegal Leopard Print Skirt

Leopard print skirts feel timeless. Animal print seems to be the new neutral, so you can style it with just about any sweater or tee.

Banana Republic Satin Slip Skirt

Try out this silky satin option from Banana Republic for a work outfit. It also comes in printed styles and a solid beige print, if you don't want to opt for black. The skirts are already on sale, but you can save an extra 15% when you use the code BRREWARDS at checkout.

A New Day High-Rise Midi Slip Skirt

This simple midi skirt has an asymmetrical hem that makes any look feel unique. You can find it in sizes XS-4X and in several different colors, including a green and a bright orange that feels cheery for spring.

Asos Design Curve Neon Pink Midi Skirt

If you want to tap into the trending colors that Cramer mentioned, try this bright pink option from Asos. Between the high-rise fit and glossy finish, the details are too chic to pass up on!

Slip dresses

A New Day Slip Dress

We're already picturing this affordable option in our own closets. With a V-neck cut, you can pair this with a tee underneath or even a turtleneck as you wait for warmer days. It comes in eight different colors, so you can grab one that works best for every season.

A New Day Apron Slip Dress

This neon green style caught our eye and we think it would look great under a cropped jacket. It is also available in more muted floral designs in sizes XS-4X for anyone that doesn't want to go bold.

Xxxiticat Cowl Neck Slip Dress

Due to the viral nature of the trend, this dress in particular found its way to Amazon's Internet Famous curation. It comes in a range of colors and is made from a blend of spandex and polyester, which makes it a breathable option for summer.

Bebe Watercolor Satin Slip Dress

Who said we left tie-dye in 2020? The pink hues on this dress make it feel refreshed and chic enough for spring and summer outings.

Stradivarius Turquoise Cowl Neck Slip Dress

Another bright color to pull off the look is turquoise. This under-$30 option from Spanish brand Stradivarius has a cowl neck and can be dressed up easily with heels and a clutch, or dressed down with a tee and sneakers.

How to style slip dresses

For spring, Cramer recommends choosing a brighter slip dress or skirt. If you want a dress or skirt that feels timeless, go for a black style.

"There are so many fun colors out now, like all these bright hot pinks, fuchsia, chartreuse — all these pinks and greens are really fun, because they can also go with a lot of whites, which is a good combo for spring," she said.

Cramer says she would never wear a slip dress without wearing something like a trench coat or a blazer over it, but there are plenty of other ways to style the wardrobe staple, during every season.

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For spring and summer, try throwing on a white T-shirt underneath a cami slip dress and pairing it with white sneakers for a casual look. If you don't want to wear a tee and prefer to have your arms covered, Cramer recommends wearing a white button down over the dress and tying it at your waist.

When the weather starts to feel colder, you can wear a turtleneck underneath the dress and throw on a pair of sleek knee-high boots to match. If you prefer to wear something over the dress, a chic oversized sweater and a pair of pumps can work.

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For those in-between days, toss a belt around your waist and pair it with a cropped jacket and combat boots for a look that can take you from day to night.

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How to style slip skirts

With slip skirts, you can tuck your favorite tee into the front and layer it with a denim jacket and comfortable sneakers or flats to match. For anyone headed into the office, try swapping your denim jacket for a blazer and replacing the sneakers with a Chelsea boot or strappy heel.

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If you want to for a super casual look, Cramer says pairing a nice sweatshirt with a slip skirt and sneakers (or combat boots) "girls it up a bit."

"Be prepared to be creative with [them] and layer them," Cramer said.

With these styling tips, slip skirts and dresses can easily become a part of your capsule wardrobe.

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