How To Wear a Night Slip Dress in the Daytime: 5 Outfit Ideas

Victoria Beckham made the Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 lace-trimmed slip dress she wore to the Wimbledon Men’s Final look so stunning, there’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 wears a slip dress at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2013 in London, England, on July 7, 2013Victoria Beckham wears a slip dress at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2013 in London, England, on July 7, 2013

Victoria Beckham paired her revealing 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 the right 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 number. Further, here’s a list of 5 dresses to select while shopping.

1. Brightly colored or fun printed dresses

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

Susana Monaco Slip Dress, $139 / Topshop “Pacha” Strappy Slip Dress, $76 / DKNY Jeans “Blue Dawn” Print Slip Dress, $98.50 / Topshop Animal-Print Slip Dress, $72

Stay away from colors typically used for underwear

2. Interestingly textured dresses

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

Free People “Medallion” Seamless Slip Dress, $47.60 to $68 / Alice + Olivia “Russel” Sequin Slip Dress, $495 / Free People Sequin Slip Dress, $88

textured slip dresses

3. Unevenly hemmed dresses

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

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

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

4. Long slip dresses

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

Topshop 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

Long slip dresses are worthy of the red carpet

5. 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.

Tracy Reese Flyaway Slip Dress, $248 / Cynthia Rowley Bleached Paisley Slip Dress, $385 / Parker “Finn” Dress, $396

A stiffer fabric makes a slip dress look more substantial and less like a nightie

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