Five ways with a black slip dress

When combined with jackets, tops and shirts, a slip dress has endless possibilities.
Belinda Merrie

When combined with jackets, tops and shirts, a slip dress has endless possibilities.

A slip is indispensable under sheer dresses and the like, or over a T-shirt. But worn solo as a dress? I had written that off because of lack of bra options – a pool side-only outfit perhaps. 

I had another theme planned for this shoot, but when model Mercy Brewer tried on the Liam slip dress, I was surprised by how flattering its thick satin was in combination with a bias cut. 

While lots of women might not wear it solo, when combined with jackets, tops, shirts and other dresses, there's a plethora of styling possibilities. 

As evening wear, a slip dress is elegant worn under an evening jacket or robe. The kimono it's paired with here is new but a vintage one could be even better – I've picked them up for $50. Strappy sandals, a little jewellery and a killer bag prevent it from feeling like a nightie. 

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Make it elegant

Topshop reversible kimono, $150; Liam Nirvana slip dress, $169 from Ruby stores; Ruby Didi earrings, $59; Ruby Jinx purse, $99; and Sol Sana Xavier heel, $245. Photo: Belinda Merrie.

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Neuw satin bomber, $270; Neuw Enkel T-shirt, $59.95; Liam Nirvana slip dress, $169; Minkpink sunglasses, $69.95; and Topshop Circus sneakers, $55. Photo: Belinda Merrie.

Ready for work

Ricochet Takai top, $199; Liam Nirvana slip dress, $169; Glassons earrings, $18; Max round buckle belt $60 (not seen); Witchery Shauna tote bag, $109.95; and Merchant 1948 Rover slides, $199.90. Photo: Belinda Merrie.

Casual chic

Gestuz Obi short cardigan, $459; Liam Nirvana slip dress, $169; Salasai skirt, $339; Jasmin Sparrow silver Francois earrings, $169; and Sol Sana Elena mules, $239. Photo: Belinda Merrie.

Set for spring


Staple + Cloth Edit shirt dress, $289; Leo & Be spot scarf, $29; Le Specs x Adam Selman sunglasses, $129; Miss Wilson Nadia slides, $199 from Kathryn Wilson; and Liam Nirvana slip dress, $169 from Ruby.  Photo: Belinda Merrie.

Model: Mercy from Unique Models. Styling: Karlya Smith. Hair and makeup: Sophy Phillips

 - Sunday Magazine

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