Try These 8 Layer-y Ways to Wear a Slip Dress Before It Gets Too Hot Out

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As a concept, "transitional dressing" is dumb—you can wear whatever you want whenever you want with some imagination and a bit of clever layering. But for those of us who would like to put off summer's arrival as long as possible/are just really into slip dresses and their sweater-y, layer-y accoutrements ATM, here are eight ideas to try right now.

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Things to try under your slip dress: a white shirt

Always a good trick for de-sexifying an evening piece you want to wear during the day. Leigh Lezark's trompe l'oeil Moschino dress has a white shirt built in, but you can fake it with next-to-zero effort. Big sleeves wouldn't hurt.

Things to try under your slip dress: a half-zip

That bro-y staple was a micro-trend during the fall shows (fashion people, amirite?), probably because they're warm and Vuitton-y. Layer yours under a frilly, floral slip dress to lessen the Little House on the Prairie vibe.

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Things to try under your slip dress: pants and a sleeveless knit

There's no better last hurrah for your velvet pants than when they're peeking out from under a silky slip worn over one of those Lurex sleeveless turtlenecks you collected this winter. Veda FTW.

Things to try over your slip dress: a sheer layer

When your dad asks you "What the hell is that?" re: your date-night outfit, Dries van Noten's totally transparent shirtdress is your answer. (Psst. COS has made really great ones in the past.)

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Things to try over your slip dress: a bomber

The bomber and the slip dress are like the Zayn and Gigi of real-people fashion right now. Dare you to find a more perfect union than this Wang look.

Things to try over your slip dress: a sweater

One time I saw French model Aymeline Valade wearing a Calvin Klein slip dress with a sweater over it. So...you get the rest.

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Things to try over your slip dress: a utilitarian topper

Your '60s brocade evening coat over a slip dress = a bit too precious. Your leather jacket = fine, but kind of been-there-done-that. Ground the look with an anorak (Burberry or not) or a flappy robe.

Things to try over your slip dress: a man's shirt

In the same vein, rough up the slip dress even more with heavier fabrics like flannel and wool à la Mimu Maxi. What better sendoff for your turtleneck?

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