22 Elegant Slip Wedding Dresses for the Minimalist Bride

Simple, sleek, stunning.

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Fewer silhouettes are more elegant than the simple slip dress. These pared-back designs are effortlessly sophisticated and have graced the aisles of many iconic celebrity weddings (hello, Carolyn Bessette!). Whether you’re donning this classic silhouette for your ceremony, reception, or afterparty, there are scores of chic and minimalist slip wedding dresses on the market.

What Is a Slip Wedding Dress?

A slip wedding dress is designed to resemble an underslip that is typically worn under a garment. Traditionally, a slip dress is a loose-fitting silhouette with spaghetti straps.

For the bride-to-be who appreciates sleek and clean designs, slip dresses cut from unadorned fabrics with pin-thin straps are a simple yet striking option. If you’re looking to make more of a statement, opt for styles with lace-trimmed hems, embellished fabrics, and bold prints. And if you’re searching for the perfect party-ready ensemble, go for mid-length slips with plunging necklines or allover sequins to transition seamlessly from the reception to the after-party.

Read on for the best slip dresses for every style, body type. and budget.

Most Simple: Satin Backless Maxi Dress

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At once elegant and romantic this silky slip dress is an instant classic. Opt to wear your hair up to showcase the straight neckline and backless silhouette.

Most Romantic: Reformation Cowl Back Dress

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Simple but certainly not boring, this Reformation gown strikes the perfect balance between sexy and romantic. Our favorite detail? The stunning open cowl back.

Most Party-Ready: L'Academie Fringed Hem Slip Dress

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In a glamorous champagne color and finished with a feather trim, this dress was made for dancing! We love it paired with strappy sandals and glittering earrings for a party-ready look.

Most Versatile: Nili Lotan Silk Cami Gown

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As stunning as it is versatile, this luminous slip dress can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. We love it with shoulder-dusting earrings for a glamorous look or simple jewelry for a laidback ceremony.

For the Sexy Bride: Michael Lo Sordo Alexandra Silk-Satin Gown

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This sultry gown featuring a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit practically oozes Old Hollywood glamour. Wear yours with barely-there sandals and a bold red lip.

Best Budget: LizaDenezBoutique Midi Silk Slip Dress

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If you're opting to say "I do" at city hall, this silk midi dress is an impossibly chic choice for your intimate ceremony. Available in pink, gray, lavender, and burgundy, this style is also a lovely option for bridal party dresses.

For a Casual Wedding: NoireBrand Simple Slip Dress

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We can't help but picture this diaphanous white gown at a chic and casual seaside wedding. Its open-back is insanely elegant and makes for an eye-catching entrance.

Best Midi-Length: TheSerenityWear Cowl Neck Silk Slip Dress

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This boudoir-inspired slip is sultry and sophisticated and looks like liquid silk when worn. Wear yours with delicate personal jewelry and velvet mules or elegant kitten heels.

Best Under $200: ASOS EDITION Satin Paneled Fishtail Slip Dress

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If you're looking for a slip dress with a little more structure, opt for this satin fishtail gown featuring a tailored bodice and a body-hugging fit. Plus, this stunning style is budget-friendly, to boot.

Best with Train: MywonyBridal Open Back Slip Dress

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Soft and ethereal, this ivory slip features an alluring open back and detachable train. This versatile style would be right at home at a backyard or destination wedding.

For a Formal Wedding: Elliat Aisle Dress

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Aptly named the "Aisle Dress" this slip was born to shine on your wedding day. Style hair in a loose bun to spotlight the delicate crisscross straps.

Most Effortless: Show Me Your Mumu Slip Dress

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Effortlessly elegant and endlessly romantic, this simple slip dress from Show Me Your Mumu is a minimalist bride's dream. Pair yours with simple accessories and a wildflower bouquet.

For a Holiday Wedding: ASOS EDITION Sequin Cami Slip Dress

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If you’re throwing a New Year’s Eve wedding, a slip dress covered in shimmering embellishments feels especially appropriate and festive. We love this sparkly number in particular for a wedding around the holidays or as an after-party look.

Best Plus Size: Jenny by Jenny Yoo Sutton Gown

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This thoughtfully designed and size-inclusive gown features a flattering cowl neckline, empire bust seam, bias-cut skirt, and gentle train. Pair yours with a simple veil for a timeless look.

Most Unique Back: Galvan Beaded Diamond-Panel Crepe Dress

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When it comes to back details, it doesn't get more unique than this! Galvan’s Venice gown features a diamond cutout embroidered with pearlescent beads and delicate connecting straps.

Best Open Back: Anna October Paris Open-Back Satin Maxi Slip Dress

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Make an exit as stunning as your entrance is this silky satin slip dress featuring an eye-catching open back. Pair with simple and modern accessories for a perfectly polished look.

Best Bias Cut Silhouette: Grace Loves Lace Dove Slip Dress

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Fully lined and crafted from oh-so-soft crepe de chine, this impeccably made slip dress is stylish and comfortable. Since this style hugs the body, make sure you have the right seamless shapewear on hand for your wedding day.

Best Details: Rosie Assoulin Pearl-Embellished Satin Maxi Slip Dress

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Give them glitz and glamour with this satin gown from Christopher Kane featuring cascading crystal straps. This slip could easily be worn to a chic city wedding or a black-tie affair.

For a Black-Tie Wedding: Markarian Silk Dress

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Beyond elegant, Markarian's "Vesta" gown is the embodiment of Old Hollywood glamour. Its expertly crafted silhouette features an alluring open back and flattering wrap-effect skirt.

Best Color: Shona Joy Rose Slip Dress

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We love this pretty pink dress for the blushing bride-to-be who isn't afraid of bold and bright colors. This sweet slip is perfect for summer or destination weddings and can easily be worn again.

Best Back: Halfpenny London Satin Slip Dress-oos

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Beyond elegant, this body-skimming dress is the epitome of sophistication. Crafted from gorgeous ivory satin and cut on the bias, this style elongates and flatters your frame.

Best One-Shoulder: Galvan One-Shoulder Silk Satin Slip Dress-oos

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Cut on the bias and crafted from liquid-like silk-satin, this Galvan one-shoulder slip dress fits like a dream. Wear yours with modern metallic accessories to complete the look.

What to look for in a slip wedding dress

A slip wedding dress is perfect for the bride-to-be who's looking for a pared-back yet striking wedding day look. Although slip dresses are simple in design, they come in a wide range of styles, cuts, and colors to suit all aesthetics and body types. When it comes to slip dresses, the beauty is in the details. Brides with a minimalist sensibility should look for unadorned styles in fluid silk with dainty spaghetti straps while brides who love a hint of sparkle should look to styles embellished with shimmering beads and sequins. And don't forget to take the silhouette into consideration. Some slip dresses are designed with a relaxed fit while others are more structured and formfitting.

FAQ
  • What is a slip wedding dress?

    Unlike slips that are worn as lingerie or undergarments, slip wedding dresses are designed to be seen and worn on their own. These simple dresses usually feature bias-cut silhouettes and spaghetti straps. Slip wedding dresses come in many different iterations and can run the gamut from clean and minimalist to embellished and glamorous.

  • Is a slip dress appropriate for a wedding?

    Absolutely! Slip dresses are a popular and timeless wedding dress silhouette. Plus, there's a slip dress out there for every type of dress code and wedding venue.

  • What do I wear under my slip dress?

    If your slip wedding dress is body-hugging, you might want to consider wearing seamless underwear or shapewear. If your slip dress is unlined and sheer, you could opt to wear a bodysuit underneath or take your dress to a tailor to be lined.

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, wedding parties, and more. Slip dresses happen to be one of Sophie's favorite wedding dress silhouettes due to their simple design and effortless elegance.

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