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At once elegant and effortless, a bridal slip dress is a timeless choice for the minimalist bride who appreciates simple and sleek designs. Whether you’re donning this pared-back silhouette for your ceremony, reception, or afterparty, there are scores of sophisticated slip dresses out there for every bridal style and budget.
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.
Slip dresses come in a range of fabrics from lustrous satin to matte crepe. For the bride-to-be who wants something clean and simple, unadorned styles in these fabrics are perfect. For those in love with a classic slip but want slightly more embellishment, consider lace details, allover beading, and even bold color.
From body-skimming fabrics to elegant necklines, we’re spotlighting the best slip dresses for all brides and all styles.
Best Budget: LizaDenezBoutique Midi Silk Slip Dress
If you're opting to say "I do" at the courthouse or at an intimate venue, this midi silk dress is a must. Available in pink, gray, lavender, and burgundy, this style also makes a lovely choice for bridesmaids.
Best Classic Silhouette: The Row Crepe Maxi Slip Dress
This fluid crepe slip hangs beautifully and is very versatile. Pair with sandals for a laidback destination wedding or dial up the glitz and glam with a pair of embellished heels.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Monique Lhuillier Bridal Satin Slip Gown
Monique Lhuillier knows her way around a wedding dress and this bridal satin slip gown is no exception. Featuring a draped bodice and figure-skimming fit, this style is at once sophisticated and flattering.
Considering wearing a slip wedding dress? We've answered three common questions bride-to-be have about shopping for the perfect bridal slip dress.
- What is a slip wedding dress? While slips are sometimes thought of as what you might wear under a wedding dress, slip wedding dresses are designed to be worn on their own and come in a range of styles from sexy to modest. The slip dress silhouette is traditionally loose-fitting but there are many variations that run the gamut from slinky to body-hugging. Slip dresses also come in an array of fabrics from luxurious silk to matte crepe.
- Is a slip dress appropriate for a wedding? Absolutely! Slip dresses have been a popular wedding dress silhouette ever since the iconic Carolyn Bessette wore one on her wedding day in 1996.
- 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.