How to Style a Silk Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Silk Dress

The silk/slip dress is having a moment this season, but I think it’s something that can be just as timeless as a shift dress. Read on for tips for how to style a silk dress!

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Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer dress (TTS, wearing small) | Michael Kors wedges (also here) | Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote | BaubleBar necklace | David Yurman cable bracelet | Ray-Ban aviators

I got this Lilly dress during a winter sale, so I had to wait awhile before I could wear it, but I love it! The adjustable straps are probably one of the best things about this dress. I hate strappy dresses that you can’t adjust!

Lilly frequently carries this dress each season in different patterns. Overall, I think a silk dress is meant to be pretty effortless. Here are three tips to avoid making a slip dress look like pajamas.

Three Tips for Styling a Silk Dress

1. Wear wedges or heels.

Because silk is a fancier fabric than cotton or polyester, I think that automatically means that wedges look better than flats. Sure, I could probably wear my patent Miller sandals, but the wedges make the outfit look more elevated without looking overdone.

2. Keep accessories simple.

Normally I would say that accessories can make a simple dress stand out, but in this case, I say keep the accessories understated. A simple necklace and earrings is all you really need with a silk dress.

3. Try a pattern or print!

Stick to a print if you want to avoid the pajama look. Neutral colors can make this dress look like pajamas instead of a dress, which is totally fine if you can pull off that look. I also think that a silk dress with lace on the hem can look like pajamas too. Branch out and try a print!

Photos by Yenma K. Photography