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10 of the Best Slip Dresses to Elevate Your Off-Duty Look

Working from home but bored of easy sports slacks? Elevate your off-duty look in a stylishly superior (yet equally comfortable) slip dress.

The ‘90s have always been a source of inspiration for designers – some, more so than others: Phoebe Philo built her signature around the decade, describing her vision for Celine during her tenure as creative director as “a more back-to-reality approach to fashion…clothes that are beautiful, strong, and have ideas, but with real life driving them.”


Prada Spring 1993 / Courtesy of Vogue Runway

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein Spring 1994 / Courtesy of Vogue Runway

With a waif-like Kate Moss as their muse, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Versace, Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester and Jil Sander also paved the way for a less is more approach, stripping down ’80s excess and reducing color palettes to basic hues of black, white, beige, grey and navy.

Bottega Veneta SS20 / Courtesy of Vogue Runway

Gabriela Hearst SS20

Gabriela Hearst SS20 / Courtesy of Vogue Runway

Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang SS20 / Courtesy of Vogue Runway

Jonathan Simkhai

Jonathan Simkhai SS20 / Courtesy of Vogue Runway

For SS20, the wonderfully excessive (Tomo Koizumi, Molly Goddard) shares the season with the quietly elegant (The Row, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Gabriela Hearst, and Loewe), whose pared-back collections ooze investment appeal. Think lean-ish pants, easy silhouettes, and timeless linens – purposeful perfection in tailored form. Undoubtedly a hero piece, the slinky slip dress is a must for all capsule wardrobes, and designers tweaked it just enough for SS20 to allow buyers to reexamine it in a fresh light. Choose from lengths ranging from mini to maxi in silk, satin, and cozy cotton-blend jersey; contemplate day-to-evening wearability with the addition of lace detailing; or take a break from tradition in on-trend tie-dye print – our top 10 selection has it all…

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