If there’s one throwback trend that has staying power, it’s the slip dress. The lingerie-inspired shift left the confines of the boudoir decades ago when ‘90s style icons like Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw (who could forget the infamous naked dress??), Clueless’s Cher Horowitz (in white Calvin Klein), and of course Kate Moss (that sheer metallic slip she wore to a party in 1993 was truly iconic) made sleepwear-as-streetwear a mainstream thing. With the recent resurgence of all things 1990s, the slip dress has been revived in all its silky, slinky glory — it hardly even feels like a trend anymore. The versatile wardrobe mainstay can be dressed up or down, for daytime or date-night, and while you might not think of it as a seasonal staple, with a quick refresher on how to wear a silk slip dress in winter, you'll see that it's in fact a solid cold-weather choice.
It’s all about layers, layers, and more layers. Whether you’re wearing it over a fitted long-sleeved top, under a chunky turtleneck or cardigan, with jeans or tights, topped with a leather jacket or overcoat, the key is to pile on other pieces until peak coziness is reached. While this may not be the most minimalist approach to the typically-simple staple, it allows for a huge range of styling options, from feminine and glam, to trendy, sporty, or grunge. Plus, perhaps most importantly, you’ll be warm.
Continue below to discover 11 inspired ideas for how to work your favorite slip dress into your cold-weather outfit rotation.
Under A Slouchy Sweater
An oversized turtleneck will eliminate the need for a scarf and lend some much-needed warmth to the look, while creating a chic contrast against the silky slip sticking out below.
Over Straight-Leg Jeans
If ever there were a time to give the dress-with-pants trend a try, this is your opportunity. There’s something effortless about wearing a slinky printed shift over a fitted black turtleneck and jeans, as though you were already fully dressed and ready to go and then threw on the slip dress at the last minute because, why not?
Layered To The Max
No frosty gust of wind is going to bother you when your ensemble is five layers thick. Arm yourself against even the most bitter chill with this outfit formula: black skinny jeans + cozy turtleneck + long-sleeve knit + slip dress + wool coat. And since we’re focusing on comfort to an indulgent degree here, why not go ahead and wear sneakers while you’re at it.
Over A Button-Down Shirt
Layer a crisp oxford shirt under a more bohemian-style slip dress for a fashion-forward mix of classic and cool.
With Doubled-Up Jackets
For a luxe, lounge-y vibe, style a basic black slip dress under two lighter-weight robe jackets. A patterned kimono is the perfect base layer to add some texture and detail — complete the look with a bold-colored longline duster.
With A Leather Jacket
A substantial leather jacket is just the thing a floaty, pastel gown needs to be wearable during winter. A black jacket in a slightly oversized fit gives the frothy frock a tough edge. For even more contrast, finish with super-opaque black tights and white heels.
With A Hoodie And Puffer
Hey there, athleisurist, here’s a look to suit your streetwear-loving soul. Start with a lace-trimmed slip dress (make sure the lace is at the hem, so it isn’t hidden by the layers up top), then pull on your coziest, slouchiest hoodie and a puffer coat for an outfit that’s as comfy as it is cool-girl approved.
Over A Velvet Top
Nothing winterizes a look faster than a touch of velvet. A flocked top in a deep jewel tone is perfect for evening when your go-to black slip dress just doesn’t cut it alone.
With Suiting Separates
You could just wear a blazer over your silk slip dress, but if you’re looking for something a bit more interesting, go one step further with the menswear motif and add tailored trousers underneath. A slightly flared or wide-leg style will extend the leg-line, and the combination of several long-line layers feels elegant and luxurious.
With A Shearling Coat
Embrace your inner ‘90s grunge girl with a retro floral frock, bulky shearling coat, and black combat boots. It’s an outfit that young Drew Barrymore definitely would’ve worn.
In Head-To-Toe Black
Wearing all black is often the default when dressing for winter, but incorporating a mix of textures and layers keeps a monochrome ensemble from ever looking boring. To a mid-length black slip, add a long knit cardigan and a wool bomber jacket (bonus style points for a version with some contrast detailing) on top, and blackout tights and sock boots on bottom.