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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 Minimalist: Lulus Forever Type of Love White Satin Dress
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 Budget: ShineWithMeGifts Midi Silk Slip Dress
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.
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.
As stunning as it is versatile, this luminous, long sleeve 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.
Best Bias Cut Silhouette: Grace Loves Lace Dove Slip Dress
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.
Supremely flattering, this slip has seams in all the right places. A midi-length hemline calls for a pair of embellished shoes for a formal wedding or a pair of block-heel sandals for a garden wedding.
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.
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.