Whether it’ll be your first time meeting a potential beau or another night out with your longtime S.O., formulating the perfect date ensemble is always tricky. You want to look cute and on-trend, but refrain from appearing too fashion-forward—the vibe should be kept light and flirty. Thus, it’s smart to have one failsafe piece that can easily be adapted for various scenarios, and the slip dress is the answer. While the frock is currently a huge trend, its timeless silhouette and luxe satin-silk fabric lends the right amount of sexy while still being polished. The best part? It can be dressed up or down with the right addition of outerwear and accessories for any activity, day or night. Ahead, we show you how to style this go-to staple in four different ways so you can instead focus on flaming (or rekindling) that romantic spark.
Whether you're trying out the hottest new restaurant in town or grabbing small bites before heading to a bar, dressing for an evening out is an excuse to look your best. Let the sultry slip do all the talking by simply complimenting it with velvet ankle-strap heels rendered in a rich, amorous hue. Adorn with elegant pearl earrings and a swipe of dark statement color on the lips.
Hot Lips Lipstick in Hel’s Bells
Velvet Clarita Heels
Gold-Plated Pearl Clip Earrings
Oscar de la Renta
Deep-V Silk Slip Dress
For daytime activities such as picnicking in the park or heading to the pier, you want to feel comfortable and cute outdoors. A utility jacket dresses the frock down and white sneakers keep your feet happy and make for a casual, cool-girl result. Add a fedora for good measure, while a sleek backpack conveniently allows for some hand-holding.
Fedora with Contrast Twist Cotton Band
Faux Leather Backpack
Andy III Trainers
Floral-Embroidered Utility Jacket
Bonding over a favorite musician is one of the most fun and exhilarating experiences you and your date can share. Opt for an edgier vibe by throwing a cropped buttoned jacket over the shoulders. A stacked-heel leather boot allows you to see over the crowd, while still making it manageable to dance all night long.
Cropped Buttoned Jacket
Catheryn Ankle Boot
Boston Circle Bag
Movie Night Casual
A classic choice for a chill evening, stay cozy and warm in the theater by teaming the slip with a distressed straight-leg jean and oversize cardigan (your call on whether you want to tuck the dress in or leave it out). A dainty choker necklace adds a bit of flirty flair and suede ankle boots provide a hint of polish.
Liya Jean in Torn
Citizens of Humanity
Leather Chelsea Ankle Boot
Double Snake Choker Necklace