From Lingerie to Layering: The Unexpected Maxi Slip Dress Comeback

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Here’s a trend that has gone a bit under the radar this season – the maxi slip dress.

Explore effortless style with the Free People Pointed Maxi Slip Dress, available for $98 - where comfort meets chicExplore effortless style with the Free People Pointed Maxi Slip Dress, available for $98 – where comfort meets chic

Remember these pictures of Kristen Stewart and Vanessa Hudgens?

Kristen Stewart shines in a black taffeta asymmetrical Chanel Spring 2008 Couture dress at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition galaKristen Stewart shines in a black taffeta asymmetrical Chanel Spring 2008 Couture dress at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity’ exhibition gala, May 3, 2010 (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

Kristen rocked a black taffeta asymmetrical Chanel Spring 2008 Couture dress.

Kristen Stewart at The Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 3, 2010Kristen Stewart at The Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the ‘American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity’ exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 3, 2010 (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

Well, you could say it (the maxi slip dress) is the more wearable version. Looking at the two starlets, you can already tell that the trend is not meant for red carpet evening wear; it works best on casual looks. It also looks like this is another case of lingerie becoming outerwear.

Vanessa Hudgens radiates elegance in a black Max Mara sheer skirt floor-length dress at the 2010 Crystal + Lucy Awards, Los Angeles, June 1, 2010Vanessa Hudgens radiates elegance in a black Max Mara sheer skirt floor-length dress at the 2010 Crystal + Lucy Awards, Los Angeles, June 1, 2010 (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

Do you like her black Max Mara sheer skirt floor-length dress? Vanessa styled her dress with matching Yves Saint Laurent Tribute patent pumps.

Vanessa Hudgens in a sleek black Max Mara dress at the 2010 Crystal + Lucy Awards: A New EraVanessa Hudgens in a sleek black Max Mara dress at the 2010 Crystal + Lucy Awards: A New Era held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles on June 1, 2010 (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

So what do you think? Would you wear maxi slip dresses this summer?

Before you answer, let me highlight the good points – it is a great way to dress up a plain and boring tank dress (mini or maxi) and can also be used as a cover-up on the beach. You can even wear it over shorts and a tank top.

Flowing like liquid silk, slip dresses are lingerie-inspired maxi gowns that skim the body for an effortlessly chic, day-to-night lookFlowing like liquid silk, slip dresses are lingerie-inspired maxi gowns that skim the body for an effortlessly chic, day-to-night look

So, again, would you wear the maxi slip dress? Well, I say, why not? You can start with these affordable maxi slips:

Get summer-ready with Free People's Fields of Lace Dress ($98) and Long Layering Slip ($58) - a perfect blend of lace elegance and casual flair.Get summer-ready with Free People’s Fields of Lace Dress ($98) and Long Layering Slip ($58) – a perfect blend of lace elegance and casual flair.

Or go for these designer pieces:

Dive into designer elegance with Haute Hippie's Pointelle Long Dress ($395) and Nightcap Clothing's Birkin Gown ($348) from Shopbop - epitomes of sophisticated fashionDive into designer elegance with Haute Hippie’s Pointelle Long Dress ($395) and Nightcap Clothing’s Birkin Gown ($348) from Shopbop – epitomes of sophisticated fashion

Who do you think looked best in a maxi slip dress? Vanessa Hudgens or Kristen Stewart?

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