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If a slip dress looks a bit risqué to you, that's because it was originally worn as an undergarment. In the '90s, things changed when the slinky, silky spaghetti-strapped piece gained popularity after being worn by style icons such as Princess Diana and Victoria Beckham in her Posh Spice days. Now, it has become a red carpet favorite for stars unafraid of donning something dangerously revealing (ahem, Rihanna).
There is something quite elegant about slip dresses. The simple silhouette offers a refreshing departure from hordes of elaborate gowns adorned with beading, layers of tulle and sequins. A look at the stars' interpretations of the dress reveal that glamour can also come in the form of minimalism.
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Harley Viera-Newton wore a figure-hugging slip dress with lace trim. She kept the look classic with red accents on her lips and nails.
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Tika Sumpter wowed in a floor-length white Johanna Johnson gown. She channeled Old Hollywood with wavy hair and a scarlet pout.
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Rihanna is definitely a fan of this look. She has styled it to appear casual, with Chuck Taylors and a bucket hat or denim jacket, as well as dressed-up in ankle-strap heels.
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As we've just seen, the slip dress needs very little to look great. A few delicate jewelry pieces and simple hair and makeup will do the trick. Choose loose-fitting slips such as the ones from Alice + Olivia and BCBGeneration for a more relaxed look, or hype up the sex appeal in form-fitting designs such as those from Victoria's Secret and Need Supply. Shop our picks below:
(Source: Nordstrom, Victoria's Secret, Bloomingdale's, Need Supply)Alice + Olivia Vandy High/Low Chiffon Slip Dress, $145, at nordstrom.com; Victoria's Secret The Perfect Slip Dress, $40, at victoriassecret.com; BCBGeneration Lace Trim Slip Dress, $98, at bloomingdales.com; Need Supply Co. Celestial Slip Dress, $25, at needsupply.com