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8 of the best day-to-night slip dresses

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Kitty McGee
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Rat & Boa maribou slip dress

The most versatile dress of the season is the 90s slip dress. Here are eight of the best maxi length options that will take you seamlessly from day-to-night.

From Calvin Klein to Ganni and Chloé, the s/s 2019 catwalks were awash with 90s references; from tie-dye to bucket hats and logo t-shirts. The trend’s hero item, that is showing no sign of abating, is the slip dress. The versatile dress is a lesson in how to update our summer wardrobes without upping the effort-ante. Thanks to various incarnations on the high street and from new cool designer labels there’s a wealth of options to suit every situation you might find yourself in this summer.

More traditional 90s style minimal slip dresses are great for a relaxed office uniform. Opt for block colours; black and navy are timeless, while dark rust and mahogany are versatile but still on-trend. These look great with a utility jacket and more casual footwear options like the luxe leather sandal or trainers.  For a more casual daytime option a high street crepe or satin maxi length slip dress looks great with a T-shirt underneath, a canvas tote bag and dad sandals. Add a crossbody or basket bag and some low key aviator shades for a more elevated weekend look.

Weddings or smart summer events are the ultimate occasion to flex a more statement slip dress. Look for floral printed, ankle grazing styles in pastel or ivory tones and wear them with a boxy blazer, minimal barely there sandals and some beaded or resin hair accessories for an effortless on-trend look. For full-on glamour wear your statement dress with a bold blazer or bright heels, a statement metallic handbag and some shell detail jewellery.

Whatever your style, there’s a slip dress to suit it. Here’s our edit of the eight best slip dresses available to buy right now.

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  • Rat & Boa Juniper tie-dye satin maxi dress

    Slip dresses: Rat & Boa Juniper tie-dye satin maxi dress

    Embrace all things 90s with Rat & Boa’s beautiful tie-dye maxi slip dress. Wear it with tan leather sandals and a basket bag for daytime and change into some strappy sandals for evening.

    Tie-dye maxi slip dress, £210, Rat & Boa (matchesfashion.com)

  • Topshop Daisy Print Slip Midi Dress

    Slip dresses: Topshop Daisy Print Slip Midi Dress

    Thicker straps are great for daytime and this pretty printed style will look as effortless with trainers as it will with heels and a blazer. 

    Daisy Print Slip Dress, £39, Topshop

  • Ghost Thea Dress

    The cross back strap and button-front details on this bright Ghost dress make it perfect for daytime. Just add layered gold jewellery and some patent black sandals for evening.

    Red floral print dress, £120, Ghost

  • Les Rêveries Floral-print silk crepe de chine maxi dress

    If you’re looking for a special dress for a friend’s wedding or a special occasion, then this floral maxi length style from Les Rêveries is the perfect investment purchase. The silk crepe de chine fabric is feather-light so will keep you cool in the daytime, while the knee-high split looks elegant and effortless with heels come evening. 

    Floral maxi dress, £670, Les Rêveries (selfridges.com)

  • Max Mara Leisure Talete hammered-satin midi dress

    This minimal Max Mara slip will look great with flat leather sandals and a dark brown mock-croc handbag for an effortless evening look.

    Dark brown silk slip dress, £205, Max Mara (net-a-porter.com)

  • & Other Stories Midi Slip Dress

    Stories Midi Slip Dress

    This season’s 70s colour palette continues to be key for autumn and rust tones are arguably the easiest to wear. This spaghetti strap style looks great over a white T-shirt with  trainers or Arizona Love sandals and a cropped denim or utility jacket

    Rust slip dress, £79, & Other Stories

  • Rixo Denise floral-print silk crepe de chine and georgette midi dress

    Over the last couple of years Rixo has established itself as the go-to label for dresses for weddings, special occasions and everyday thanks to their playful, vintage-inspired print dresses. This silk crepe de chine midi will work as well with all-white trainers for daytime as it will with chic strappy sandals for evening. 

    Patchwork maxi dress, £355, Rixo (net-a-porter.com)

  • Bernadette Florence floral-print silk dress

    Antwerp-based brand Bernadette is the new label-to-know thanks to it’s silk printed dresses that strike the perfect balance between pretty and playful. Wear this with a a chic mini bag and white mules for an easy evening look.

    Floral print silk dress, £795, Bernadette (selfridges.com)

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