Fact: No single piece in my own closet gets more consistent wear, no matter what the season, than my basic black slip dress (er, one of the three near-identical ones I own, that is). Truly, if someone challenged me to wear the same slip dress for a month straight, styled differently each day, I’d agree in a heartbeat—after making sure I was allowed to wash/dry clean said dress occasionally, of course. Because when it comes to wardrobe workhorses, a slinky A-line or bias-cut spaghetti-strapped slip is right up there with the perfect white tee and the essential skinny jean. There’s pretty much nothing it won’t work with.
Want proof? Click through the gallery above to see how I styled one basic, beautiful black slip dress into 10 different outfits—some work-appropriate, others weekend-ready.