This might blow your mind, but here goes. A slip dress is a masterful transitional piece. Sure, the sinewy straps and lightweight fabric position the slip dress as a summertime-only classic. But it’s those very elements that make it an easy contender for autumnal wear, too.
It’s true! Before you relegate your favorite slip dress to a box in the attic for six months, read on for some serious slip dress outfit inspiration, straight from the ‘Gram.
5 Slip Dress Outfit Ideas
1. Throw a blazer on top
Not all fall days call for the heaviest of layers. When you want to show off your sleek dress as much as possible, simply slip on a blazer.
@pazhalabi shows this look off in a slinky, rust-toned satin slip dress paired with a crisp, menswear-inspired, plaid blazer. The look is smart, sexy, and refined—great for date night or brunch with friends. Keep it chic in booties or throw in a sporty twist by slipping into a pair of canvas sneakers.
2. Layer it like a pro
Making the most of your summer pieces in the fall requires layering to the extreme. If it’s chilly, make like @disco_forest and wear your slip dress over a T-shirt, then throw a long tweed coat on top for a refreshing take on cold-weather chic.
3. Toughen it up with leather
If your slip dress typically plays the romantic role in your
warm-weather wardrobe, give it a little push in the other direction by pairing
it with leather pieces during fall. This is a refreshing way to update your
look for the season. @couturing_ shows how it’s done by pairing hers with a timeless moto jacket and a pair of
trusty Doc Martens.
4. Add a sensible turtleneck
There’s a reason so many grab their turtlenecks at the turn of the season. It’s the ultimate layering piece, and it makes it easy to wear almost anything that you might otherwise consider when temperatures drop.
Case in point: this devilish combo of a fiery, polished slip dress over a form-fitting black turtleneck on the @shoproseus feed. You won’t feel a hint of that chill outside. (Another option? Wear the turtleneck over your slip dress instead.)
5. Pair with boots and a sweater
What’s more autumnal than a chunky knit sweater and a pair of tall boots? As @makondostyle shows, it’s easy to make your slip dress work on a cool day when you add a substantial, cozy cardigan on top. Complete your slip dress outfit by stepping into a pair of tall boots. Now you have the ultimate look for a brisk day that calls for a sophisticated ensemble.
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