5 Slip Dress Styles to Select so You Don’t Look Like You’re Wearing a Nightie

Victoria Beckham made the Louis Vuitton fall 2013 lace-trimmed slip dress she wore to the Wimbledon Men’s Final look so stunning, here’s no doubt she sparked the start of yet another trend.

Are you ready for the return of the slip dress? This means it’s lingerie-inspired looks all over again!

Victoria Beckham Wimbledon Tennis Championship 2013Victoria Beckham at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2013 in London, England, on July 7, 2013

Victoria Beckham paired her slip dress with simple stilettos for a straightforward sexy look, although it’s easy enough to contrast a slip dress’ sexiness with big boots, rugged jackets, and chunky jewelry. For us, the real challenge is in selecting a slip dress. If it already looks like underwear on the hanger, there’s little you can do to make it look less so even if you layer it with the most rugged pieces you can find.

To avoid running the risk of being mistaken for just wearing a nightie while experimenting with this trend, choose printed ones like Victoria Beckham’s plaid slip dress. Further, here’s a list of 5 slip dress styles to select while shopping.

1. Brightly colored or fun printed slip dresses

Stay away from colors typically used for underwear. No white, black, and nude.

colorful and printed slip dressesSusana Monaco Slip Dress, $139 / Topshop “Pacha” Strappy Slip Dress, $76 / DKNY Jeans “Blue Dawn” Print Slip Dress, $88.99 (before: $98.50) / Topshop Animal-Print Slip Dress, $72

2. Interestingly textured slip dresses

Aside from lace, try slip dresses with sequins, tulle, or crochet overlays.

textured slip dressesFree People “Medallion” Seamless Slip Dress, $47.60 to $68 / Alice + Olivia “Russel” Sequin Slip Dress, $198 (before: $495) / Free People Sequin Slip Dress, $44 (before: $88)

3. Unevenly hemmed slip dresses

Uneven hems on slip dresses give them more flow, movement, and weight.

uneven hem slip dressesFree People “Gardens of Gardenia” Slip Dress, $98 / Free People “Meadows of Medallion” Slip Dress, $98 / Free People Printed Pieced Slip Dress, $88

4. Long slip dresses

Long slip dresses are already worthy of the red carpet. Just ask Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie.

long slip dressesTopshop Scoop Back Maxi Dress, $100 / LnA “Powell” Slip Dress, $255 / Free People “Meadows of Lace” Slip Dress, $198 / Free People Scallop Chevron Maxi Slip Dress, $168

5. Slip dresses in stiffer or thicker fabric

A stiffer fabric, such as linen on the Tracy Reese dress and double silk crepe on the Cynthia Rowley dress, makes a slip dress look more substantial and less like a nightie. The sequins on the Parker “Finn” dress below give the appearance of a thicker and heavier fabric without sacrificing the dress’ sexy slip-like look.

stiff or thick fabric slip dressesTracy Reese Flyaway Slip Dress, $248 / Cynthia Rowley Bleached Paisley Slip Dress, $231 (before: $385) / Parker “Finn” Dress, $396

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