Finding a dress that is sultry and sexy, without being too over-the-top, can sometimes be difficult. Enter the slip dress: both sleek and elegant, these chic frocks are a perfect choice for a wedding guest ensemble that stands out without stealing the spotlight. What's more, they have a timeless feel to them and give off an effortless sophistication feel that every guest aspires to have.
The slip dress gets its name because it closely resembles an underslip. Traditionally cut on a bias, slip dresses are usually relatively thin and closely fitted. While they're not an ideal option for someone looking to cover up more, they don't feel too overly revealing. Additionally, these styles are generally made of a sumptuous and flowing fabric like silk or satin, and are more versatile than they appear. If wearing one to a wedding, you can dress it up with heels and accessories, but you also have the option to wear it more casually with a shoe change and layering.
The best part? A slip dress can work in almost any season. Since they tend to use less fabric they typically work really well in warmer months, but any wedding guest could get away with wearing the style during the autumn or winter season.
To help start your search, here are some of our favorite slip dresses for wedding guests that you can buy now.
Best Defined Waist: Grace Loves Lace Anya Eco Dusk
Size: XS-XXXL | Length: Tea length | Materials: Satin, recycled polyester, elastane
Slip dresses normally fall over the body while hugging curves. Though this ensemble has the ability to do that, it also has the option for a more defined waist with a sash that ties in the back. If you want a nontraditional slip dress, this is a beautiful option that comes in some lovely colors.
Best Animal Print: Hutch Hayden Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Tea length | Materials: Chiffon
Go bold with this brown zebra print slip dress, which is both fun and chic. The gathered neckline and the slit are fun plays on this classic style.
Best Basic: Supesu Eden Slip Dress
Size: P1-5 | Length: Tea length | Materials: Satin
Super silky and soft, this Supesu dress is a perfect option for a versatile basic you'll wear again and again. It has a looser fit that can very easily be dressed up or down and comes in six beautiful colors.
Best Back: By Anthropologie Cross Back Midi Dress
Size: 00-16 | Length: Tea length | Materials: Viscose, elastane
Put a slightly different spin on the classic slip dress with this option. A criss-cross back keeps things interesting, and we love the sweetheart neckline in the front. The thicker straps also offer a bit more support than the traditional slim designs.
Best Floral: Reformation Frankie Silk Dress
Size: 0-12 | Length: Ankle length | Materials: Silk charmeuse
The longer length of this gown makes it feel appropriate for a formal or black-tie wedding, while the floral pattern keeps it fun and youthful. A straight neckline and center back slit are two other noteworthy details.
Best Cut-Outs: Et Ochs The Nora Dress
Size: 0-12 | Length: Knee length | Materials: Viscose, elastane
This chic option is a little different thanks to a more defined waist and a halter neck top. The side cutout is a subtle but fun addition and we love the minimal look of the deep clay shade, which manages to be a good fit for any season.
Best Mini: Supesu Eden Mini Slip Dress
Size: P2- 4 | Length: Mini | Materials: Satin
Reminiscent of an actual slip, this dress truly lives up to its name. The mini length is best for a more casual wedding, and the dress comes in three different colors.
Most Versatile: Quince 100% Washable Silk Slip Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Tea length | Materials: 100% Mulberry silk satin
This Quince dress gets rave reviews for how versatile it is and how luxurious it feels (despite coming in at a reasonable price point). While it's pictured with sneakers, this can easily be dressed up with heels, making it an excellent addition to a capsule wardrobe. It also comes in several colors and is a beautiful bias-cut option.
Best One Shoulder: Lulus One That Got Away Midi Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Tea length | Materials: Polyester, spandex
This one-shoulder spin on the classic slip dress feels modern and elegant. The slightly flared hem adds some dimension and the open back feels so sleek.
Most Fun: Reformation Alisal Silk Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Tea length | Materials: Silk charmeuse
Bright pink and fringe? Count us in. This colorful slip dress is so much fun and would be perfect for a spring or summer wedding. The fringe at the hem is a unique detail that will stand out.
Best Lace Detail: Wilfred Sonnet Dress
Size: 2XS-2XL | Length: Tea length | Materials: Polyester, nylon
Undeniably romantic, this loose-fitting slip dress features lace along the hem that really makes it resemble an undergarment. Super thin straps and a V-neck give it an added sultry feel.
Best Straps: ASTR The Label Rina Dress
Size: XS-L | Length: Tea length | Materials: Viscose, polyester
Most slip dresses feature thin, almost nonexistent, spaghetti straps. However, this one has a flutter trim on the straps that make it feel a bit more feminine and unique.
Best Jacquard: BHLDN Arya Jacquard Slip Dress
Size: 0-16 | Length: Ankle length | Materials: Polyester
If you're looking for a bit of texture, opt for this jacquard slip dress which offers just enough design without being overwhelming. A high slit, criss-cross back, and ankle-length hem makes this a beautiful and glamorous option.
Most Unique: Rodarte Floral Slip Dress
Size: 0-8 | Length: Tea length | Materials: Silk, nylon
This very romantic dress is a beautiful option for any guest who really wants to stand out. A soft pink shade, a floral design, and interesting lace off-the-shoulder sleeves are all one-of-a-kind details.
Best Velvet: Jenny Yoo Bentley Velvet Dress
Size: 0-26 | Length: Tea length | Materials: Velvet
Most slip dresses are made of some variation of silk and/or satin, which can make them feel like they don't fit for a winter wedding. This Jenny Yoo number is made of plush velvet and is perfect for cooler weather. In darker shades that feel vampy and cool, this is a unique option.
Best Halter: Reformation Marixa Silk Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Ankle length | Materials: 100% silk charmeuse
It's not often you find a slip dress with a halter neckline, but this one works. The neckline and sea blue color make it feel undeniably summery and fresh.
Best Budget: Windsor Catch Up Crepe Slip Midi Dress
Size: XS-L | Length: Tea length | Materials: Crepe
Since this one is made of stretchy crepe fabric, rather than silk or satin, it's a bit more form-fitting and sultry. However, coming at under $40 it's a dress that you can't beat.
Best Cowl Neck: Significant Other Aria Cowl Neck Satin Slip Dress
Size: 2-12 | Length: Ankle length | Materials: Viscose, polyester
An asymmetric neckline and side slit make this dress so interesting to look at. The cowl neckline is beautiful and the blue hue allows it to stand out even more.
For a Tropical Wedding: Wilfred Genoa Midi Dress
Size: 2XS-2XL | Length: Tea length | Materials: Chiffon
Lightweight and airy, this unique slip dress is ideal for a tropical wedding—even the floral pattern feels perfect. A smocked bodice and keyhole front keep it a bit more on the casual side.
Most Bold: Amanda Uprichard x Revolve Lolita Gown
Size: XS-XL | Length: Floor length | Materials: 100% silk
Is it just us, or does this gown give off major How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days vibes? The bright yellow color and flowing charmeuse fabric, along with an open back, means you'll really stand out.
Best Lingerie-Inspired: Rag & Bone Logan Lace Slip Dress
Size: 00-16 | Length: Knee length | Materials: Silk, rayon
Does this dress look like a nightgown? Maybe, but it's definitely a very chic nightgown. The Chantilly lace trim and the shorter length make this one fun and flirty.
Best Gown: NBD Greer Gown
Size: XXSXL | Length: Floor length | Materials: Viscose, nylon, satin
Slip dresses are typically a midi length, but this one is ideal for a black-tie or black-tie optional wedding with its floor length style. The light pink is romantic and sweet, and we love how simple and gorgeous it looks.
Best Maternity: Hatch The Short Ricky Slip Dress
Size: XS-XL | Length: Tea length | Materials: Polyester
Your style doesn't have to change just because you're pregnant. This gorgeous sunny yellow slip dress is made to fit a growing belly and will leave you looking chic... and glowing.
Best Wrap Style: Chelsea28 Satin Wrap Slip Dress
Size: XXS-XXL | Length: Knee length | Materials: Polyester, spandex
Can't decide between a classic wrap dress and a slinky slip dress? Choose this one, which is a combination of both in a romantic pink hue.
For a Casual Wedding: Vince Ikat Cowl Neck Satin Slip Dress
Size: 2-14 | Length: Ankle length | Materials: Polyester
This floral slip dress would work well with a more casual wedding. It's not too casual or basic, but it's also not too overdressed. Comfortable and versatile, this is a nice option for your closet.
Best Metallic: Grace Loves Lace Classic Slip
Size: XS-XXXL | Length: Tea length | Materials: 95% recycled satin
This classic option is more sustainable than most, made with 95% recycled satin. On top of that, it's a beautiful bias cut in a gorgeous metallic shade that is ideal for the cooler months.
What to Look for in a Wedding Guest Slip Dress
Slip dresses are typically slinky and silky, cut on a bias with a more versatile feel. If you're looking for a slip dress for an upcoming wedding, focus on something that can easily be dressed up. Midi or tea-length styles are great go-to choices, but for something more traditional, look for pieces that come in a solid color. For something more unique, look for features like a defined waist, a different neckline, or embellished straps. If you're going to a more formal wedding, opt for a long slip dress that resembles a gown.
What is a slip dress?
A slip dress is a slinky dress that often resembles an underslip (hence the name). Traditional slip dresses have a bias cut, are midi length, and have thin spaghetti straps with a fit that just hangs over the body. Additionally, they're usually made of silky fabric like silk or satin.
Are slip dresses appropriate for a wedding guest to wear?
Yes. Slip dresses are appropriate for wedding guests as they have such a classic feel. If you're worried about showing too much skin, look for a slip dress that doesn't have a plunging neckline or a slit, and opt for something ankle-length.
What do you wear with a slip dress?
A classic slip dress really doesn't need much added to it, so for a wedding, opt for heels and some jewelry. The advantage of buying these for a wedding is that you can also dress them down with a pair of boots or layer them with a t-shirt, so they can be worn for multiple occasions.
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Contributing writer Jessica Booth is a freelance writer and formerly served as an editor for seven years. Her work has been featured in Bustle, Romper, Insider, Forbes, Redbook, and Refinery29.