Slip dresses are often filed under the ’90s revival category, but these lingerie-inspired frocks have actually endured throughout much of contemporary fashion history. The oh-so-iconic style tends to resurface year after year, both on the Fashion Week runways and in street style pics posted on the ‘Gram. 2021 is seemingly no different. In fact, slip dresses have been completely reinvented this year—and somehow still remain totally on-trend. I already have my eye on a few that I need to add to my wardrobe.
You know that scene from 13 Going on 30 when Jenna Rink shows up to work wearing only a pink slip dress and a tan trench coat? That’s my entire vibe for 2021. I love the idea of wearing bedroom-inspired pieces IRL, and there is no better way to do that than with the perfect slip dress.
Solid-colored silky slips with barely-there spaghetti straps were the gold standard back in the day, but we’re seeing playful patterns on our slip dresses right now. We’re talking everything from vintage-inspired florals to contemporary animal prints like zebra and leopard. While Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were photographed in only the shortest of slip dresses in the past, modern-day It Girls prefer midi and maxi versions, too.
Whether you’re interested in a classic bias-cut slip or a straighter, boxier style, you’re sure to find it at nearly any price point this season—and the increasingly diverse necklines have paved the way for full-busted and small-chested women alike. Everyone can look hot in a slip! Some dresses even come with thicker straps, so you can totally wear a coordinating bra or bralette underneath if you need some extra support.
Keep reading to shop 16 of my new favorite slip dresses. Whether you style them with sneakers or heels, you can’t go wrong with having a few different options in your closet this year.
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Riley Lace Silk Dress
Did I expect my favorite swimwear brand to drop the cutest collection of slip dresses? No! Do I want to wear this paisley number from Frankies Bikinis absolutely everywhere right now? Yes! The print is totally early-aughts inspired, so it’s already sitting in my cart.
Elyse Bias Slip Dress
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Everyone should be wearing olive green in 2021. I personally want to wear this silk dress from Anthropologie with a chunky oatmeal-colored sweater for some serious cottagecore-but-make-it-luxe vibes. The best part? It’s available in sizes XXS up to 3X and comes in tons of colors.
Satin Cami Maxi Dress
I’m here to tell you that you probably have too many neutral dresses sitting in your closet. Why not try blue instead? This plus size option from Forever 21 retails for under $30 and is available in sizes 0X-3X, so you have no excuse not to give it a try.
Satin & Lace Slip Dress
I’m not usually into colors and flowers, but this mini dress from Victoria’s Secret might just change all that. The lacy detailing at the neckline is giving me bedroom vibes, but I really just want to wear this with a pair of sandals while out with my besties. I’m also considering layering it over sheer black tights while the weather is still so chilly.
Amina Sleeveless Midi Dress
AFRM makes some of the sexiest slip dresses on the internet, and this zebra-printed option is no exception. It works for either day or night thanks to its neutral colorway, so I’m picturing it layered under a cream leather jacket when there’s a chill in the air. Ideal outfit vibes: achieved.
Silk Lace-Trim Nightgown
I love a classic black slip dress. I can wear it to work or on a date, so I don’t mind investing in a few different versions to keep on constant rotation throughout the year. This one from Ginia has flirty lace detailing and a super-flattering bias cut, so I’m shocked I don’t already own it.
Satin Cowl Neck Shift Dress
Leave it to PrettyLittleThing to design the perfect going-out slip dress. I love this sage green slip because it has a little more shape to it than the others on this list. I’m dying to wear it on vacation to a tropical island somewhere. I’ll be sitting here dreaming up OOTD possibilities until then.
Elyse Printed Bias Slip Dress
You can’t go wrong with anything leopard print. Yes, the plain version of this printed slip from Anthropologie is already on this list, but yes, I felt the need to include this one, too! A girl needs options. Just like the plain version, it comes in sizes XXS through 3X (and has additional petite sizing, too!).
Lace Detail Cami Mini Dress
I know what you’re thinking, but you can totally wear mini dresses with scandalous cutouts during the daytime—It just takes some serious styling skills. I like to layer my sexier dresses over cropped white t-shirts or sleek black turtlenecks to instantly make them a little more casual.
Satin Cowl Neck Midi Slip Dress
Behold the perfect neutral midi dress. This frock from Express comes in two different shades—this one and a deeper rust color—so I would honestly recommend buying both right now. The best part? It retails for just under $90.
Washable Silk Slip Dress
The bedroom vibes are strong with this one. The piping on this white mini dress from lingerie brand Fleur Du Mal makes it perfect for wearing just about anywhere. I want to wear it with a pair of barely-there heels as soon as we’re allowed to go dancing again.
Vee Midi Slip Dress
V-neck slip dresses like this from SVNR have been showing up all over the runways this season, so it’s the perfect time to invest in one. I’ve had my eye on this over the last few weeks because it comes in over 20 different hand-dyed colors and prints.
Two-Tone Silk Chemise
This ’90s called—they want their slip dress back. This white mini dress from Australia-based label Ginia may look basic, but I see it as the most versatile dress in your closet. Yes, it’s a bit of an investment at $88 bucks, but its versatility makes the price totally worth it.
Out & About Maxi Slip
I’m getting serious romance energy from this laid-back floral maxi dress from Free People. It comes in three colors, including a red option that I’ve been obsessing over. Someone, please take me on a date so I have an excuse to wear this!
Chloe Sleep Chemise
Most slip-style dresses have barely-there spaghetti straps instead of sleeves, but this cap-sleeve version is perfect if you need to wear a bra or bralette on the daily. The shape is super retro and sweet, so I can’t wait to add a little edge to it by way of black chunky combat boots and a leather jacket. BTW, the blue version gives me major Bridgerton vibes.
Saint Germain Nightgown
I love anything with button-front detailing because I think it’s super flattering. Case in point: This mini dress from River Left. The pale pinky shade is a great way to switch up your look if you find yourself exclusively wearing white or black, but it’s not so bright that you’ll feel out of your comfort zone.