Slip dresses have been back in a big way in the last few years and the fashion set has embraced the style, together with the many new ways to style it. However, if you’re at a point where you feel that you might be too mature, too curvy, “insert another valid excuse here,” and then some, we enjoin you to rethink giving the slinky dress a try.
Popularized in the late ’90s and the early aughties under the innerwear as outerwear trend umbrella—they’re still legit a favored nightgown design, after all—women who were in their teens and twenties at the time probably recall wearing the trend when waif-like supers were modeling them. Call it early conditioning that has ingrained in our heads that it’s a dress that will only look good on a skinny frame.
But when you really think about it, the magic of the bias cut of a slip lies in how it can amplify a woman’s curves. Usually done in a silky fabric, it billows, shifts and flows as the body moves. That’s what makes such a simple dress so wonderfully sexy. Now, with a body that’s filled in, and your curves more pronounced, this is a style that can truly flatter your natural shape. The mindset to have while wearing should be less of a desire to look like an ingénue, and see it as a way to celebrate your body as a woman.
Still uncertain? Here are 4 women in their 40s and up who look stunning in a slip dress. Whether on vacation, lounging at home, or attending evening affairs, they show the versatility and beauty of this minimalist style.