Autumn is fast approaching, and with it the annual crop of cozy, creative, and enticing trends that somehow make the thought of summer ending bearable. Alongside autumn's preoccupation with the '70s and its unexpected dalliance with gothic looks is one especially alluring look that is particularly covetable due to its streamlined form and sultry connotations: the slip dress. A quintessential '90s garment, the slip dress is insouciant and seductive in the highest degree yet ridiculously utilitarian all at once. With a heavy, vintage knit or crisp blazer pulled over the top and Chelsea boots, the garment is cozily irreverent. However, if you lose the top layers, add a lariat necklace, and slip into a pair of stiletto pumps, you could easily sport your slip dress to a hot — and haute — date.
Simply put, the unassuming slip dress should be an autumnal wardrobe staple no matter your mien. If you're keen to get a jumpstart on fall fashion, you can even snap one up to sport throughout the remaining days of summer. If you value laid-back yet ladylike closet classics when you wish to slip into something more comfortable, score one or more of these utterly irresistible camisole dresses.
1. The LBD Slip Dress
Mesh Overlay Midi Slip Dress, $23, Forever 21
Don't even think of dubbing Forever 21's slip dress basic. With its cool mesh overlay and classic hue, the frock may even be more versatile than your favorite boyfriend jeans.
2. The Tribal Print Slip Dress
3. The Midi Slip Dress
Apiece Apart Luna Slip Dress, $380, Shop Bop
There is truly no limit to the number of ways to style Apiece Apart's Luna Slip Dress. With its delicately layered neckline, midi hemline, and sumptuous silk fabric, the dress is made for the modern girl on the go.
4. The Bohemian Slip Dress
Free People Into You Slip Dress, $98, Free People
Rich oxblood and cerise hues combine with a bohemian, tapestry-like pattern in Free People's frock.
5. The Floral Slip Dress
Carmakoma Floral Printed Slip Dress, $74, ASOS
Florals for fall are highly recommended, especially in slip dress form. Imagine this saucy little number under a duster-style cardigan...
6. The Graphic Slip Dress
Halston Heritage Double-Strap Long Slip Dress, $375, Bergdorf Goodman
More like an avant-garde work of art or a Rorschach Test than a simple garment, Halston Heritage's urbane slip dress begs to be worn for drinks at The Standard in Meatpacking or a simple backyard barbecue this fall.
7. The Swinging '60s Slip Dress
Topshop Diagonal Stripe Slipdress, $60, Nordstrom
Channel your affinity for decades past in Topshop's '60s-meets-'70s candy striped creation.
8. The Nude Slip Dress
Alternative Rayon Challis Slip Dress, $42, Zappos
The modern rendition of Carrie Bradshaw's infamous "Naked Dress," Alternative's Rayon Challis Slip Dress is sweetly flirtatious whether worn with ankle boots and a scarf or multi-strap sandals and a fistful of bangles.
May this fall be the comfiest one yet.
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