Fashion

Gen Z Can't Get Enough Of This Princess Diana-Approved '90s Dress Trend

Channel your inner Princess Diana with these chic and understated looks.

Princess Diana attends the Met Gala in 1995 wearing a navy blue slip dress.
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The phrase “slip dress” conjures up iconic ’90s imagery: Courtney Love wearing them like a uniform to perform with her band, Hole. Kate Moss, in a completely see-through version, giving what today would be a viral fashion moment. Cher Horowitz coming down the stairs in Clueless wearing a tiny white Calvin Klein number that her father declares “looks like underwear.” Over time, the slip quite literally came out from under other trends and emerged as its own wardrobe staple.

Variations of slip dressing date as far back to the 18th century and were often used as a base layer in the 1930s. Today, however, you wouldn’t blink twice about someone wearing a bra as a top — either on its own or underneath a blazer and paired with high-waisted pants. Even slip-style shirts are office appropriate these days, with plenty of business casual options to wear under suiting.

Slips have also permeated the red carpet. Celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Princess Diana, Hailey Bieber and Rihanna — just to name a few — all have worn variations of the style to major events including awards shows, the Met Gala, premieres, and even their own star-studded weddings.

But the style is suitable for truly any and every scenario: Wear it to a wedding, for a night out, or for a casual daytime look. Layer it under a coat, à la Carrie Bradshaw in And Just Like That; try it over a base layer like a T-shirt or turtleneck; or leave it to shine on its own with sneakers or combat boots.

Thinking about adding some slips into your wardrobe rotation? These seven are a great start.

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1

Beautiful Bias Cut

This elegant white slip dress features a unique, bias-cut neck. Wear it with a pair of strappy sandals for a chic yet understated look.

2

Happy Strappy

The detailing on this dress is subtle, but makes a big impact. The double strap, button front and embossed pattern elevate this look, perfect for a night out.

3

LBD

If you’re looking for a slip that also counts as an LBD, look no further. Throw on a blazer and thigh-high boots, and you’re all set.

4

Lovely Lace

The lace detail on this dress gives strong Princess Diana at the Met Gala vibes at a lower price point.

5

Even Better From Behind

This royal blue stunner seems simple in the front, but features a scoop back that takes it to the next level. Wear it to a wedding, along with an updo.

6

Make Them Blush

There’s so much to love about this dress: The straps! The color! The length! Style it with casual sandals, or dress it up with heels.

7

Tie-Dye Time

Yes, tie-dye can be subtle. Lean fully into summer with this faded mini dress, and throw an oversize denim jacket over it.