Don’t let the holidays slip away
Slip dresses make holidays at home a sexy and effortless affair, writes Jody Miller
Like just about every fashion fad, the slip dress appears and reappears through the decades. But it never truly disappears. Originally known as the chemise in the middle ages, they were intended to be worn amongst the company of close female friends and relatives, While it fell out of favour when corsets demanded a more rigid silhouette, the delicately slithering shape caught the public imagination during the roaring ’20s. And while a more tailored and decorated iteration came to power in the ’40s and ’50s, the slinky bias-cut slip dress we all know and adore took shape in the grunge-laden 1990s.
Why do we love them, even if you’d rather not prance around in public in one? Because they’re versatile, sensual, and most of all, comfortable. While you are likely staying very close to home this holiday season, you don’t have to sacrifice glamour and sex appeal because you’re stuck at home. You can even fall asleep (or pass out) in one and not feel too guilty.
If you saved your favourite slip dress from the ’90s for the inevitable “I may need this some time” moment, you can start rummaging through the attic now. If not, here are our slip dress suggestions that range from ridiculously affordable to attainable luxury.
Olivia von Halle Olivia slip dress
Why mess with perfection? Lightweight and slip-on, the bias-cut and darts allude to fine tailoring.
The Row Ebbins bias-cut crêpe dress
Minimalist matte crêpe allows your shape to do the talking in this floor-brushing, elongated profile.
Pixie Market Leticia halter silky dress
Ballet-slipper beige with a wispy A-line and reverse halter neck. Pair with your nudest-nude lip gloss and Bardot sex-kitten eyeliner.
Ghost Bella dress
Twirl your little heart out in this pleated-hem satin gown. The circular mermaid-style skirt swishes and sways with every move, even if you just slow dance in your living room.
Lovers & Friends Bermuda dress
Muted pastels not your thing? Fine. Slip into this vibrant chartreuse gown with a sultry side slit and criss-cross back. It’s fully lined with a hidden back zipper for a figure-trimming fit.
Enza Costa strappy jersey slip dress
The classic slip dress gets an update in a silky-soft jersey. We love the profile of the square neck and the extra comfort of the built-in shelf bralette.
Cinq à Sept Whitney dress
A mini-silhouette of pretty flowers delivers an early touch of spring to this flirty charmeuse. The faux sash with a fixed bow captures every swivel of your hips.
Anthropologie bias-cut slip dress
From French couturière Madeleine Vionnet comes this artful ankle-length slip. A vintage feel with an au courant attitude, the ruched cowl neck and empire waist drape curves in all the right places.
The Gap cami slip dress
This one takes you from dusk ’til brunch. Sip a cocktail, fall asleep on the sofa watching movies, then flip pancakes without changing a thing.
Free People Beatrice maxi
Everything you love about Free People in one stunning satin dress. The plunging V-neckline and flutter sleeves add the 1930s charm while the full skirt brings on the comfort. •