Nightie Night! How To Work A Slip Dress In Real Life

10 July 2014 by

The slip comeback as part of the renaissance of all things 90s has managed to prevail for the past two summers, transforming the nightie dress into a bonafide wardrobe staple. Slinky and sensual, the slip also has serious grunge kudos thanks to pioneers Courtney Love and Kate Moss who have always been more likely to team their nightie with a biker boot than a two strap sandal.

Left: Victoria Beckham Wears Louis Vuitton's Slip to Wimbledon Last Year, Right: Rihanna Rock as Slip and Converse. Credit: Getty

But the issue still persists – how do you wear something which is essentially nightwear (of the more saucy variety, no less) outdoors without looking like a complete floozie? Last year Victoria Beckham ruffled some dress code feathers by sporting a Louis Vuitton lacy slip to Wimbledon. In such a rarefied environment, the dress looked almost revolutionary – so certainly not a choice for the wallflowers amongst you.

This week Rihanna stepped out in a sugary pink slip, but paired her silken style with a cropped denim jacket and Chuck Taylors, making the look far more low-key and daywear appropriate. Slips are also obvious festival fodder and look great teamed with wellies and an anorak - keeping true to their 90s grunge vibe.

Where a slip really comes into its own is after dark. Matched with strappy sandals and an oversized faux fur coat, there are few pieces that say louche elegance more than a lacy slip. But a word of warning - a nightie can come off as seriously costumey - especailly when accessorized with anything vaguely flapper in style. Keep it modern and clean with a heavy dose of rock and roll (think mussed up hair and smudgy eye makeup) and you'll nail the look effortlessly. Click through the gallery above to see how the A-list have styled the slip!


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