The Classic '90s Trend That We've Seen Everywhere

The best sorts of trends are those that can easily adapt to your wardrobe. They don’t require a heavy hand in the piggy bank, and they force you to reframe the way you see your closet. The last few months, we’ve seen one glorious trend emerge that checks off all of these boxes, and it shows no signs of slowing down, either. Can you guess what it is?

It’s the slip dress–and-shirt combination, of course! This simple yet effective layering formula is literally all over the street style circuit and has even trickled onto some major catwalks for fall, like Proenza Schouler and Valentino. What makes this look so great is that the combinations are virtually endless. You can mix and match your dresses with cool blouses, shirts, and tees. Also, even if you don’t own a slip dress per se, you can still make the look work with just about any sleeveless frock in your closet.

See below for major inspiration (and we mean major), and then shop our slip dress picks to test out the trend.

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Suzanne Koller by Style du Monde

Style Notes: A lace slip feels modern paired with a simple white tee.

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Patricia Mansfield by Style du Monde

Style Notes: Gilda Ambrosio’s scene-stealing sequined gown looks even cooler with her striped blouse layered underneath.

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Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Style Notes: If you have a dress that’s too low-cut to wear alone, consider this trend the solution to your dilemma. 

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Giorgia Tordini by Style du Monde

Style Notes: Bet you haven’t thought of wearing a fishnet top like this before.

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Gilda Ambrosio by Style du Monde

Style Notes: Tone down a sexy slip by wearing an oversize sweatshirt with it.

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Style Notes: Ta-da! An easy way to wear your party dresses during the day.

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Carla Bernard by Style du Monde

Style Notes: Layer in a pair of jeans and loafers for an even cooler (not to mention comfortable!) approach to the trend.

Style Notes: Marie Hindkær Wolthers of Blame It on Fashion is a go-to resource for style combinations.

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Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Style Notes: Test this one out for the weekend.

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Style Notes: Who said these slips had to be long?

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Style Notes: Add a third element with an edgy outerwear piece like a leather moto jacket.

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Style Notes: Get playful by incorporating prints such as florals or stripes.

Summer, autumn, winter—whatever! We’ll wear this beauty any time of the year.

For twirling in circles, of course.

Wearing red makes you feel more powerful.

If this isn’t the coolest layering item you’ve ever seen…

Check out more of our trend coverage for the upcoming season!