How to Wear a Slip Dress Without Looking Like You're in Lingerie

We love the idea of a slip dress (so breezy, so sexy), but we worry that wearing one in public will look a little…risqué. Luckily there are women far more stylish (and braver) than we, who have recently taken the style for a spin. Read on for their five best tips.

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Stick To A Longer Hemline

Slip dresses are inherently sexy, so there’s no need to hammer the point home with a mini length. Instead, try calf- or ankle-skimming versions that keep the overall feel refined. Also consider colors other than black or white, which are inherently lingerie-esque.

Get the look: Lacausa dress ($79); Botkier sandals ($138)

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Wear It Under A Trench Coat

Hello, gorgeous. You’ll have to save this look for fall, but we adore the idea of wearing a luxe silk dress under an equally elegant trench in a coordinating shade. This is also a great opportunity for ladies, who might feel a little naked in a straight slip, to get in on the trend.

Get the look: Rhode Resort dress ($495); ASOS trench coat ($89)

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For Night, Keep The Rest Of Your Look Minimal

We know what we said about sticking to longer lengths, but of course, there’s a time and place for everything. For after-hours affairs, let the slip dress do all the talking and keep the rest of your accessories to a minimum. With simple heels and delicate (or zero) jewelry, a little white number is sexy without being over the top.

Get the look: Lovers + Friends dress ($104); Sam Edelman heels ($100)

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For Day, Dress It Down With Lots Of Accessories

While the whole no-jewelry thing looks dramatic and chic for dressy occasions, you can get a little more creative during the day. Juxtapose a lingerie-inspired dress with a casual belt and sneakers, and then tie a bandanna around your neck if you’re really going for it.

Get the look: Clu dress ($257); LOFT belt ($40); Vans sneakers ($55)

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Or Layer It Over A White Tee

Suddenly, you have a sweet little sundress when you tone down the slinky fabric by throwing it over cotton. The shirt keeps the vibe casual, effortless and unexpected.

Get the look: Seek Collective dress ($260); Everlane T-shirt ($15)

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Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...