slip skirt outfits

How to Style a Slip Skirt & The Best Slip Skirts to Buy

Meet the slip dress’ more versatile cousin.

Once worn as an undergarment to smooth out and add shape to clothing, the slip skirt has long been liberated from beneath heavier skirts and dresses, emerging as a viable sartorial piece in its own right. 

Partly thanks to the resurgence of the ‘90s style slip dress, the slip skirt is having a moment in the spotlight. Light, flattering, and easy to style, the slip skirt’s versatility is unmatched by its dress counterpart; able to be worn with mules and a blazer to work or teamed with sandals and a crop top for a cute summer look. 

What is a slip skirt

A slip skirt is a woman’s skirt, traditionally designed to be worn as an undergarment. Slip skirts are generally bias cut and come in materials like silk or satin. Contemporary iterations of the slip skirt are designed to be worn as an outer garment and range from midi to maxi lengths, with asymmetrical options available. 

How to wear a slip skirt

The most flattering slip skirts are typically made with slinky materials like silk and satin and cut on the bias, which provides the skirt with a luxurious feel, gives it more stretch than a straight cut skirt, and allows it to drape fluidly over your body. The adaptable nature of the slip skirt allows it to to be worn for pretty much any occasion. 

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Here are our 5 favourite ways to wear a slip skirt. 

1. Slip skirt with a jumper

During the cooler months, a knitted jumper or sweater keeps you warm while its chunky silhouette perfectly balances out the clean lines of a slip. Try going for a tonal outfit by pairing a light pink sweater with a darker pink slip skirt, go monochrome in all black or beige, or opt for a brighter ensemble by teaming two brightly coloured pieces together! Finish the look off with knee-high boots or pumps. 

2. With a matching top

Elevate the slip skirt to formal status by pairing it with a matching top; we love options by Paris Georgia and Fleur du Mal. Team your outfit with kitten heels, pointed-toe pumps, or slingbacks.

3. Cinched in with a belt or bum bag

The once daggy bum bag now serves a dual purpose; to cinch your waist in and provide shape, while carrying your items. A hoodie or loose jumper provides the perfect foil to a feminine silky skirt, while a blazer and belt bag ensemble looks effortlessly chic and put together. 

4. Slip skirt and a t-shirt

Contrast the sultry silhouette of the slip with a t-shirt. Team a printed silk skirt with a plain tee (a leopard-print skirt works particularly well with a plain black or white t-shirt), or pair a plain slip skirt with a graphic tee. Slip on some mules or heeled boots, or opt for sneakers for a more casual look.

5. Tonal dressing

One of the easiest ways to look polished and put together is mastering tonal dressing. Rather than going full monochrome from head to toe, team multiple pieces from the same colour family together. We particularly love rust hues and different shades of green.

The 6 best slip skirts to buy

Here are the slip skirts we’re coveting right now.

1. Fleur du Mal Silk-satin Midi Skirt

Made from luxurious silk-satin, Fleur du Mal’s midi skirt is slim-fitting and features a side slit. Team it with a camisole and heeled sandals in the summer or a cosy knit and knee-high boots during the cooler months.

2. Anine Bing Bailey Asymmetric Silk-charmeuse Midi Skirt

Bias cut and form-flattering, Anine Bing’s asymmetrical Bailey skirt is crafted from a silk-charmeuse in a bright azure hue, making it perfect for tonal dressing.

3. The Range Wrap-effect Satin Maxi Skirt

We love The Range’s wrap iteration of the classic silky midi skirt. Cut on the bias with a thigh-high split, team this feminine piece with a black tank top and strappy sandals or ankle boots.

4. Fleur du Mal James Lace-trimmed Silk-satin Mini Skirt

Feeling daring? Try cult lingerie label Fleur du Mal’s take on the slip with this silk-satin mini. Balance out the length with a long-sleeved blouse and pumps for a cute date night outfit.

5. Paris Georgia Isla Satin Maxi Skirt

Cut from satin in a column silhouette, this maxi skirt offering from New Zealand label falls elegantly, without clingy to the body. Pair it with the matching blouse and stappy heels. or mules.

6. Lee Mathews Stella Satin Skirt

This teal silk-satin midi skirt is cut in an A-line silhouette and features a turn-up hem. Pair it with a tonal blouse or sweater and heels, or a white t-shirt and mules for a pared-back look.


Words by Arabella Johnson