Calling all minimalist brides! If you’re looking for an elegant yet simple silhouette, then a slip wedding dress may be just be the look for you. This streamlined style from the ‘90s is not only fitting for warm weather or destination weddings but is also a great choice for a second look or for the bride who believes that less is more.
While some brides may question if this silhouette is too simple for a formal wedding, this style has stood the test of time. Carolyn Bessette was the original trendsetter, wearing a slip-style dress when she married John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996, and brides and celebrities alike still love this sophisticated, simple silhouette decades later.
Whether you prefer super simple or opt for a style with fun embellishments, we have all the tips and fashion inspiration you need to learn how to pick out a slip wedding dress.
Simple Steps for Choosing a Slip Wedding Dress
When choosing a slip wedding dress, here are a few tips to keep in mind!
- Silk isn’t the only option! While you may think of silk when you think of slip wedding dresses, don’t forget that this sleek silhouette is available in other fabrics as well. If you aren’t a fan of silky styles, try a sequin slip dress, crepe slip dress or a style with lace appliqués or trim for added detail.
- Be mindful of your undergarments. Because of the fitted nature of a slip dress, it’s important to wear the right undergarments for a streamlined look. While your choice of undergarments depends largely on the front and back necklines of your gown, a safe bet is to always choose seamless styles in a color that is closest to your skin tone! If you know going into your shopping experience that you definitely want a slip dress, don’t hesitate to bring your undergarments with you to get a general idea of how they will work under this figure-skimming silhouette.
- Don’t forget the accessories! Accessories can go a long way in bringing your simple slip dress to the next level. You can go subtle to match the minimalist vibes of this silhouette or have fun with a statement pair of earrings to bring a fashion-forward element of design to your look. If your gown has a slit, don’t be afraid to show off a fun pair of shoes with bright colors or crystal-embellished styles for a pop of glamour. Of course, for the ultimate bridal vibes, a veil is a beautiful addition. A simple cathedral veil is always classic, or you can opt for a style with a lace trim or scattered pearls for a fashion-forward look.
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to start searching for your dream slip wedding dress! Check out some of our favorite styles curated just for you.
Slip Wedding Dresses
Lace Slip Wedding Dress
Lace-trimmed gowns are both simple yet eye-catching, whether you opt for just a touch of lace on the train, straps or appliqués throughout. Style 7118 from Stella York has just the right amount of detail with thin, beaded straps and gorgeous graphic lace appliqués that adorn the clean crepe silhouette for added texture and dimension.
Sheer side panels with a lace underlay extend into a sheer lace back detail for a modern and chic bridal gown that wows! The lace continues over the hips and down the sides of the skirt to create godet-style panels, while the front of the skirt is clean and simple. For an incredible exit, scalloped lace edging along the train finishes off this fabulous gown.
Simple Slip Wedding Dress
When you think of slip wedding dresses, a column gown like Essense of Australia Style D3589 probably comes to mind! After all, this is one of the most popular silhouettes. This chic slip dress is made of a lavish liquid crepe fabric that exudes modern glamour and luxury.
Sexy spaghetti straps and an ultra-flattering cowl neckline combined with a low scooped back and a sweeping train makes for a gorgeous gown that shows off your figure. A show–stopping side slit embellishes this fluid silhouette with a look worthy of the red carpet for your walk down the aisle. Style this gown with a pair of statement earrings and Hollywood waves for a classic yet modern look.
Strapless Rustic Wedding Dress
Essense of Australia Style D3546 is modern and sophisticated but it can also be worn by the rustic bride! The strapless sweetheart notched neckline and fit-and-flare silhouette with side lace cutouts accent the hourglass figure, while modern architectural seaming highlights the sheer lace detail of the side and back bodice. Fabric-covered buttons add a timeless elegance to this chic and minimalist gown. For a rustic touch, accessorize with a felt hat, fringe jacket layered over top or a beautiful flower crown.
A-Line Slip Wedding Dress
For the romantic, minimalist bride, Essense of Australia Style D3080 is an excellent choice! There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this simple and chic A-line gown. The curved V-neckline and thin straps are enough to make any minimalist fall in love, not to mention the hidden skirt pockets! The real wow-moment is the classic V-back framed by sheer illusion paneling with exposed boning. This detail makes this slip dress extra special and truly fashion-forward.
Plus Size Slip Wedding Dress
Slip bridal gowns are for any and every bride, and we have so many options for our curvy brides in our EveryBody/EveryBride collection! Martina Liana Style 1453 is a stunning choice for the plus size bride. The glamorous and ethereal silhouette gently hugs the curves, while a striking high slit brings a sensual touch. The sweetheart neckline is outlined by off-the-shoulder straps while soft satin pleats are placed throughout the corset bodice for a dreamy vibe.
Silk Slip Wedding Dress
A silk slip dress is the ultimate less-is-more look! For the bride who desires an effortless and refined open back slip dress, the sloan gown from All Who Wander may just be the one. The relaxed fit of this sheath silhouette, combined with the sand-washed silk satin, simple neckline and thin spaghetti straps, creates a negligee-inspired look. For an unforgettable entrance and exit, a V-back adds just a touch of drama to this otherwise simple slip wedding dress. For the ultimate minimalist look, keep your hair and makeup look on the more natural side.
Sequin Slip Wedding Dress
For the bride who likes to shimmer, Stella York Style 7531 combines the chic simplicity of slip wedding dresses with the glamour of sequin embellished lace. This sleek and elegant gown features a flattering column silhouette in a soft crepe fabric that gently floats over your curves for a subtly sexy look. Combined with the beautifully beaded spaghetti straps, sequined floral lace and side cutouts, this gown is truly a knockout!
With so many stunning slip wedding dresses to choose from, we have no doubt that you’ll find the one! Head to our wedding dress gallery to explore even more slip wedding dresses, or visit a bridal store near you to see them in person.