Slipping and Sliding

There's only one combination you should be wearing this summer.

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Think of it as summer dressing, simplified: a slip dress worn with a pair of slides makes for the ultimate style combination. And neither item shows signs of disappearing from our closets anytime soon. This is great news! Because, as we reported yesterday, '90s references are as prevalent as ever and who are we to ignore a good pair of shoes when they come walking our way? Especially ones that are both cool and comfortable (for a change).

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A '90s classic, sinuous slips were a hit on the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2016 runway.
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What's more, this is a combination that lends itself perfectly to so many occasions (roaming around the very hot city in summer, the beach, a vacation, a picnic, a barbecue, even a night out) and straddles the style line between casual and dressy: the slides tick the former box, the slip dress the latter.

Without further ado, here are our favorite slip-and-slide combinations to wear now.

Dress It Up

V-Neck Sleeveless Silk Satin Gown by Galvan, $1,895, matchesfashion.com.
Flower Appliqué Slides by Simone Rocha, $259, farfetch.com.
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While ultimately the slip-and-slide combination feels relaxed and easy to wear, it's possible to do it in a dressy way. Take one serious slip—Galvan's maxi style will do the trick, but doesn't come cheap—and add some bejeweled slides. They become the clever and modern alternative to what would otherwise be your heeled sandal or stiletto. And the great thing is: in slides your feet won't be left hurting at the end of the night!

Dress It Down

Printed Wool-Blend Midi Dress by Tibi, $625, net-a-porter.com.
Knot-Front Slide by River Island, $57, asos.com.
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It's likely that this is the sort of smart dress you'll already have hiding in the back of your closet. Bring it back out! But this time team it with your newfound low-key footwear as opposed to a brogue or loafer. This gold-knot style instantly evokes a sense of summer nonchalance. And, fortunately, that's exactly what we're after.

Do It the Sporty Way

Printed Mesh Mini Dress by Paco Rabanne, $3,355, brownsfashion.com.
Samaral Slides by Diesel, $42, farfetch.com.

If you haven't already, get yourself a pair of slides by the likes of Puma, Diesel, or Nike. You'll return to them time and again: they'll become constant vacation companions and your poolside buddies, and they'll bring a serious sportswear edge to that one brilliantly insane dress that rarely sees the light of day. It will now.

Put a Spin on Tradition

Sequin Slip Tunic Dress, $140, topshop.com.
Croc Effect Leather Espadrille Slides by Saint Laurent, $595, net-a-porter.com.
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When you think of a slip, something boudoir-y probably comes to mind. Take it out of the bedroom and into daily life by adding a pair of slides that were made for more than lounging around by the pool, just like these, and you have yourself a great all-around outfit.

Do It the Pretty Way

Floral-Printed Satin Slip Dress by Ganni, $234, mytheresa.com.
Crystal-Embellished Patent Leather Velvet Mules by Miu Miu, $790, net-a-porter.com.

Aside from its sleepwear and loungewear origins, a slip dress also calls to mind '90s angst. But that doesn't have to be the case—and they don't just have to be sheaths of black. Florals make the style decidedly feminine; amplify that with a pair of pretty jewel-adorned slides.

See a combination you like? Save it for your next shopping trip!

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