Of all the '90s trends that have made a comeback, the slip dress has to be our favorite. There's no greater champion of this look than the king of minimalist cool, Calvin Klein, whose designs have made iconic red carpet appearances for decades from Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars in 1996 to Ashley Olsen in 2009 to Chanel Iman just this year. Other designers have taken notice and now offer their versions of this sleek, sexy style.
We felt inspired to look back at the best red carpet moments for the slip dress once we saw Jennifer Lawrence taking an uncharacteristic break from her Dior ensembles to wear a Jason Wu Fall/Winter 2014 number to the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere this week. Our minds went flashing back to Friends-era Jennifer Aniston and the crushed velvet party dresses that had a special place in our closets (and hearts).
The formal slip dress has a way of making all other evening wear seem fussy and frivolous. There's nothing more sophisticated and glamorous than a simple, floor-length dress draped over the body in a flattering bias cut and held up by two tenuous little straps. Find the right slinky dress for you, and consider summer weddings solved.
Relive all of our favorite slip dress moments, starting with Kate Moss' infamous sheer gold number in 1993, and shop the best versions to buy now in the gallery above.