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It’s safe to say that this year slip dresses have taken the market by storm: The once-simple-and-sultry lingerie basic has now transformed itself into a major style staple. From the classic cowl-neck slip dresses favored by supermodels and celebrities in the ’90s for red-carpet appearances and nights out to the new and more stylish versions sported by international street-style stars, the classic slip has proven itself to be more versatile than you might think.

Their silky touch and loosely fitted shape allow them to be dressed up or down, while the wide variety of hems, necklines, colors, and prints to choose from gives wearers a day-to-night flexibility that keeps things effortlessly chic no matter where they’re headed. From weddings to job interviews and everything in between, shop 30 stylish slip dresses for every occasion.

The Wedding Guest

A silky jewel-toned slip dress has now become a wedding-guest staple. These styles have just the right amount of added detail when it comes to silhouette, making sure this simple silk dress carries a more elevated feel for formal occasions—whether due to one-shoulder or halter tops and asymmetric or floor-length hemlines.

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Nili Lotan Bazile Gown

NILI LOTAN
$850
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Anna October Hydra Silk Slip Dress

MODA OPERANDI
$580
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LPA Embroidered Cowl-Neck Dress

REVOLVE
$218
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Fleur Du Mal One-Shoulder Bias Slip

FLEUR DU MAL
$525
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Jonathan Simkhai Satin Halter-Neck Slip Dress

MODA OPERANDI
$595
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Allen Schwartz Desiree Deep-V Silk Dress

ALLEN SCHWARTZ
$475
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Out of Office

Slip dresses are an essential item when it comes to packing for a vacation. Not only do they take up little to no room in a suitcase, the resort-ready piece can also be styled in multiple ways—a major plus when it comes to curating the limited items from your wardrobe you’re able to take with you. A slip looks just as chic while exploring beach towns as it does over a bikini at the beach itself, and when it’s time for dinner and dancing, these dresses can be evening appropriate in an instant; just swap casual sandals for a little heel or add a bit of lipstick. In vacation-ready tropical prints, tie-dyes, and warm neutrals, these slip dresses will be your new best (and vacation-ready) friend.

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Dannijo Tie-Dye Silk Slip Dress

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
$350
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Cult Gaia Giselle Fringe Silk Slip Dress

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
$848
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& Other Stories Rope-Strap Midi Slip Dress

& OTHER STORIES
$119
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Vince Satin Slip Dress

NORDSTROM
$285
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Staud Parrot Dress

STAUD.CLOTHING
$275
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SVNR Midi Slip In Fire

SVNR SHOP
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Weekend Warrior

As summer comes to a close, so do the weekend escapes—and in comes the flood of invitations from friends and family for an endless amount of fall events. From baby and bridal showers to a fancy Sunday brunch, when you’re running from one weekend soirée to the next, try a printed slip dress for a casual take on dressed-up daytime wear.

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R13 Floral-Print Slip Dress

FARFETCH
$695
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Ganni Printed Crepe Midi Slip Dress

MODA OPERANDI
$225
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Ginia Gatteau Modern Floral Slip Dress

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
$275
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The Line By K Robi Floral-Print Dress

NET-A-PORTER
$165
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Sun Becomes Her Villa Midi-Dress

REVOLVE
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Silk Laundry '90s Silk Slip Dress

SILK LAUNDRY
$186
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Professionally Polished

Not all slip dresses have to be sexy, and these six midi-length options are totally office-friendly—so much so they would make a great impression in your next big meeting or job interview too. With high necklines and wider straps, these slips can be worn on their own for the rest of the summer heatwave but will also look great layered over puff-sleeve blouses and turtlenecks come fall; then when winter hits you can pair them with sweaters and knee-high boots.

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Paris Georgia Black Mala Slip

THE DRESYLN
$590
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Cos Long Silk Slip Dress

COS
$225
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J.Crew Midi Slip Dress

J.CREW
$128
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Topshop Square-Neck Slip Dress

NORDSTROM
$68
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Rixo Plaid-Print Slip Dress

FARFETCH
$319
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Ghost London Sherry Dress

GHOST LONDON
$121
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Night Cowl

For the ultimate ’90s going-out look, consider the cowl-neck slip dress for parties, date night, or just dancing all night. In shimmery sequins or of-the-moment neons, these slinky slips are perfect for dressing your inner night owl.

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Ramy Brook Jac Metallic Cowl-Neck Slip Dress

NEIMAN MARCUS
$295
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H&M Slip-Style Dress

H&M
$25
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Cinq A Sept Ryder Knot Dress

FARFETCH
$425
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Endless Summer Berri Dress

REVOLVE
$179
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J.O.A. Midi Slip Dress

NORDSTROM
$54
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Sandy Liang Tonya Cowl-Neck Dress

FARFETCH
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