As a connoisseur of silk slip dresses, I can say with confidence that they are not made equal. For something so simple—a slinky silk dress is the epitome of lazy luxury—few designers have nailed the silhouette. I prefer my slips to have a soft v-shaped neckline, adjustable straps, and a flattering flare-shaped hem that hits at the calf—all things found in my favorite style by The Silk Laundry.
Appropriately named the ’90s Slip, this dress has become a part of my go-to summer look. Not only does it fit all my prerequisites, but they produce every color and print known to man. At this point, I own five (yes five) of them. Looking for a versatile black slip? It’s perfect. Need an alternative to the spotted-everywhere leopard skirt? See the one I wore this past weekend (I should mention I was stopped twice by strangers who needed its details.)
The Silk Laundry dresses make sense at work (with a desk blazer), for running errands, at formal weddings, and even for a beach day. There are very few occasions where you can’t slip these dresses into the situation.
The best part about the Australia-based label is that while it specializes in silk only, prices rarely exceed $200. The quality of their silk is so superior, you’d expect them to cost two or three times more. And if all these reasons don’t convince you to shop, Priyanka Chopra, Ciara, and Chrissy Teigen will: They all wore the ’90s slip this year, so take that as a subtle sign that you should too. It’s good company to keep.