The 10 Best Slip Dresses of 2023

The humble slip dress could be the most versatile dress you own.

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Plenty of '90s fashion trends remain relevant to this day, and chief among them is the slip dress. Born from the underwear-as-outerwear movement championed by Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier, the slip dress quietly made its way from the shadows into the spotlight. With designers like John Galliano creating covetable bias-cut creations (once favored by Princess Diana for Dior) to the minimalist-chic slips that designers Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez floated down their catwalks, the slip dress became the era-defining look of choice.

Now, 30 years later, the sexy-yet-versatile piece has made its way into just about every woman's wardrobe, thanks to the simplicity of styling a slip dress. Whether winterized with tights and a sweater, amped up with heels and a leather jacket for date night, or paired down with a T-shirt and ankle boots for your off-duty day-to-day look, the slip dress might be the most adaptable dress in your closet. So, sit back, "slip" into something comfortable, and let's shop.

Best Slip Dresses

Brooke Knappenberger
Editorial Fellow

Brooke Knappenberger is the Editorial Fellow at Marie Claire, where she writes across the board from fashion and beauty to books and celebrities. As a pop culture junkie, Brooke obsessively consumes and writes about the latest movie releases, streaming TV shows, and celebrity scandals. She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.