A clear nod to the ’90s, a summertime favourite, a slice of minimalism laced into luxury, the slip dress still makes for the perfect way to breath a subtle touch of sex-appeal into your wardrobe, even during the cold winter months. Marking one of the hottest fashion trends for fall / winter 2015, the slip dress doesn’t care about temperatures as long as it is treated as a seasonless staple.

And if during the hot summer days throwing a silky slip dress on suffices to build a lustworthy outfit, winter time requires a little something extra. After the break, we talk the 7 ways to wear a slip dress during winter.

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Pile on the layers.

Layering could easily be considered the very foundation of a successful winter outfit, so it seems like the obvious place to start integrating your slip dress into a cold-weather ensemble. Turtlenecks, long-sleeved tops, shirts, bodysuits all make for great choices to be effortlessly slipped underneath. Choose furry vests, wool cardigans and roomy coats to wear on top, and take the layering to the next level with a tailored pair of pants.

Things to consider: building upon a cohesive colour palette, paying attention to length and proportion, playing with texture.

Photo: Rag & Bone Fall / Winter 2015.

how to wear a slip dress in winter

Switch for a thicker fabric.

When talking slip-dresses, silk is the first fabric to pop to mind, most likely bearing a shiny, metallic finish and generous panels of lace. And while this classic silhouette can be transitioned into winter territory, don’t be afraid to mix things up and invest in slip dresses cut in thicker fabrics.

Things to consider: a minimal silhouette, a ribbed fabric, a darker, moodier colour choice for winter, think burgundy, navy, khaki or black.

Photo: Emma Ribbed Midi Dress at Nasty Gal.

how to wear a slip dress in winter

Balance it out with a maxi coat.

The best outfit combinations are usually the ones born out of unlikely juxtapositions, and playing it hard and soft is a must when styling a slip dress for winter. An on-trend floor-length coat will always complement the minimalist feel of a slip dress, not to mention it will add the warmth factor to the otherwise fashionable mix.

Things to consider: clashing together beautiful jewel-tones, paying attention to hemlines, always opting for a basic slip dress and the statement piece of outerwear.

Photo: Regalia 2015 / 2016 collection.

how to wear a slip dress in winter

Keep warm with cozy outerwear.

And if you’re not a particular fan of maxi coats, any thick, comfy and warm piece of outerwear will do to layer on top of the dress. Think faux furs for timeless elegance, a shearling jacket for an extra dose of cool, or even a casual parka if you want to dress down the slip.

Things to consider: sporting no more than two aesthetics at a time (sporty and sexy, cool and minimal etc.), picking a piece of outerwear that complements the slip dress (its colour, cut, fabric), choosing the warmest jacket if it’s the only thing you plan on layering on top.

Photo: Prabal Gurung Fall / Winter 2015.

how to wear a slip dress in winter

Go for a darker colour palette.

If the whites, ivories and nudes make for great hues for a slip dress during summer, make the wardrobe staple winter appropriate by simply switching to a darker palette. Gray, black, burgundy, midnight blue, emerald green make for beautiful options during the cold season.

Things to consider: accenting the more austere feel of the dark hues with longer hemlines, adding a splash of colour if needed to make the whole look more you (orange is big this season), keeping things minimal when styling the slip dress.

Photo: Harper and Harley.

how to wear a slip dress in winter

Slip on a chunky sweater.

A pullover is one of those items that lie plenty in your closet come the colder months. And instead of always going for the obvious choice, be it to match it to a pair of jeans, leggings or tailored pants, do try layering it on top of a slip dress this winter, allowing the dress to gently peek out from underneath.

Things to consider: opting for a lace trimmed slip dress for more of a daring yet winter appropriate look, styling with a killer pair of thigh-high boots if the slip dress has a shorter hemline, deciding on the length of the pullover in accord with the hemline of the dress (allowing just a couple of inches from it to show from underneath).

Photo: Viva Luxury.

how to wear a slip dress in winter

Try the slip dress with a white button-down.

If you want to totally reinvent the lingerie-inspired look, try the slip dress with a classic white button-down, or one of its revised versions for 2016. Aim for a maxi length and thicker fabric in your dress to revamp the mood.

Things to consider: wearing tights or knee-high socks underneath to make the most out of the maxi length, going with the more unconventional of white shirts for a modern look that oozes of effortless cool, switching the boots for a pair of heels to make the outfit office-appropriate.

Photo: Louis Vuitton Resort 2016.

how to wear a slip dress in winter

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