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This Nineties style classic is about to be everywhere in 2019

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Satin slip dresses and skirts have made a serious comeback and this is how you can wear them now…

It’s the time of the year that our heads are saying reach for the thermals, but our hearts are saying easy breezy cotton dresses and sandals. So, our solution? Invest in pieces that’ll see you through both seasons. 

Like dangly belly button rings and choker necklaces, the slip dress was a Nineties favourite. But it’s one that’s naturally getting welcomed back with open arms – unlike the former. Loved by the likes of Nineties icons Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and associated with renowned designers such as Calvin Klein, slips have always been a fashion piece to take note of. 

Now, designers such as Raey and Rixo are making them hero items in their latest collections, Topshop have seen a spark in sales, and shopping app Liketoknow.it has seen a huge 66% increase in searches for slip dress. It’s safe to say, they’re back. 

Their satin sister — the midi slip or bias skirt — is also a firm favourite of late. Topshop dropped a rust and chocolate version online at the beginning of autumn, and our insiders told us they sold out within three hours. They’ve since been restocked, along with 11 other colours and prints and Topshop has just let us in to another little secret; there’s even more new hues launching throughout the next few months. We predict they’ll sell out just as quick.

Continue to shop our 10 favourite slip dresses and skirts and find out how to style them all year round. 

The slip dress

Marisa is right in saying that it’s all about layering the sleek separate for winter. Adding a roll neck, blazer and knee high boots underneath looks seriously chic for winter. 

Come spring, you can wear it with chunky boots and nothing else for a slightly grungy edge that still firmly channels the Nineties vibe. All hail the slip dress, the most versatile piece you’ll add to your wardrobe (if you haven’t already). 

Continue to see, and shop, our top 5 slip dresses. 

Topshop petite plain satin slip dress

Topshop petite plain satin slip dress

These have been so popular that Topshop decided to create this beauty in nine other colours. The biggest decision you’ll face come pay day will be which ones to shop – we’re starting with this glossy shade. 

Petite plain satin slip dress, £35, Topshop

Off-White asymmetric open-back satin-jacquard midi dress

Off-White asymmetric open-back satin-jacquard midi dress

This subtle slogan slip is the ultimate nod to the Nineties. Team with trainers and denim for day and add kitten heel mules for evening to get the full nostalgic package. 

Asymmetric open-back satin-jacquard midi dress, £630, Off-White at Net-a-porter

Bernadette Floral-print stretch-silk satin midi dress

Bernadette Floral-print stretch-silk satin midi dress

Florals aren’t just for spring people, oh no, they work all year round. Go for a ditsy print in you’ll be able to incorporate it into your everyday or evening looks.  

Floral-print stretch-silk satin midi dress, £560, Bernadette at Net-a-porter

T by Alexander Wang midi satin slip dress

T by Alexander Wang midi satin slip skirt

We can imagine this with a grey cashmere jumper over the top and chunky biker boots for winter (with tights, of course). For summer, the only accessories you’ll need are skinny shades and sandals.  

Midi satin slip dress, £356, T by Alexander Wang at Farfetch

Rixo brown tiger stripe cami midi dress

Rixo brown tiger stripe cami midi dress

You most likely have already seen this sassy slip dress popping up all over your Insta feeds, and it’s easy to see why. Tiger print is a key trend that is channeling through from autumn/winter to spring/summer and it gets our firm seal of approval thanks to this must-have. 

Brown tiger stripe cami midi dress, £275, Rixo

The slip skirt

We’re not surprised the Topshop styles keep selling out when the flattering midi style is so easy to throw on for any occasion. Add a T-shirt and trainers for a casual daytime look, dress up with mules and a sleek cami top for evening or team with a white shirt for a new workwear look. Trust us, once it gets warmer, you’ll be teaming them with your linen tops and lace-up sandals. 

There’s no limits to their wearability, this is why cool-girl Monikh has already shopped the new in white version. 

Scroll down to see our top five designer and high street slip skirts.

Miss Selfridge green leopard satin bias midi skirt

Miss Selfridge green leopard satin bias midi skirt

If you can purchase a fashion piece that ticks off more than one trend then you’re on to a winner, right? Right. Well, this midi is in one of this year’s key colours and prints. 

Green leopard satin bias midi skirt, £35, Miss Selfridge

Vince hammered-satin skirt

Vince hammered-satin skirt

Vince is always a go-to for slip skirts and this time round we’re interested in the dusty pink skirt-of-dreams. Believe us when we say you’ll be able to style this so many ways.

Hammered-satin skirt, £260, Vince at Net-a-porter

Zara satin finish skirt

Zara satin finish skirt

There’s no denying neon is big news for spring/summer 19 after being spotted all over the catwalk at the likes of Emporio Armani and Jeremy Scott. Dare to try it out with a slogan knit. Note: Zara have also created the sleek style in black, FYI.

Zara satin finish skirt, £29.99, Zara

& Other Stories zebra print midi skirt

& Other Stories zebra print midi skirt

The leopard print skirt everyone was obsessed with naturally sold out fast, luckily it has just been restocked (here) along with this new tiger version and we’re wild for it. Animal print clearly isn’t going anywhere so if you haven’t already, it’s time to embrace it. 

Zebra print midi skirt, £59, & Other Stories

Topshop floral jacquard bias midi skirt

That Topshop slip skirt that sold out within the hour when it first launched in rust has been created in many iterations – from sage and navy to leopard and now the latest print, jacquard: in a duck egg blue. Safe to say, we believe this one will have the same sell-out effect.

Floral jacquard bias midi skirt, £35, Topshop

Now you’ve shopped satin slips and dresses it’s time to find out about another 2019 wardrobe staple: the white shirt.

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