Reese Witherspoon Has a Thing for This Unfussy Style Staple

She’s already worn it twice this year.

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Reese Witherspoon
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Ever since Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon has been my style muse. She fuses together chic and practical pieces, making a case for simple closet staples like a white tee, jean skirt, or trench coat — and the actress’s latest ensemble followed suit.

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon.


On February 8, Witherspoon wore a classic black slip dress. An ankle-length hemline led way to pointed-toe suede pumps, while a warm top layer, textured clutch, and dainty accessories finished off the look. It was classy, to say the least, but I didn’t expect anything less from queen Reese. 

Witherspoon seems to have a thing for LBDs, too. This is the third time this year that she’s been spotted in the hero piece, donning one at the Critics’ Choice Awards and another to Paris Fashion Week — and it’s barely February. Not to mention, she’s reached for the timeless style in past years, whether she’s attending movie premieres or strutting red carpets. I get it; the style is always a winner thanks to its ageless appeal and effortless construction. And don’t even get me started on its elegance; Audrey Hepburn didn’t wear one in Breakfast at Tiffany’s for nothing.

J.Crew Collection Full-Length V-Neck Slip Dress

J.Crew Collection full-length V-neck slip dress in luster crepe


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Steve Madden Reese Satin Maxi Slip Dress

Nordstrom Steve Madden Reese Satin Maxi Slipdress


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When it comes to Witherspoon-inspired slip dresses, the sky's the limit. Will you opt for a sexy J.Crew pick with spaghetti straps and luster crepe details? Or, would you rather wear something fashion-forward like Steve Madden’s edgy gown featuring rows of two-toned studs and four adjustable straps. There isn’t a wrong option when it comes to the style; you’re sure to look sophisticated and fashionable in whichever one you choose. Oh, and it’s also a romantic pick for any upcoming Valentine’s Day plans.   

As if this always-in-style dress couldn’t get any better, it can be worn with anything, anywhere. The obvious choice is to pair it with sleek heels, whether they’re strappy, closed-toe, or mules. But don’t stop there; reach for chunky biker boots and a leather jacket for concerts, date nights, and more casual affairs. You can even layer a turtleneck underneath for extra warmth, slip on a pair of New Balance sneakers, and throw on a crossbody bag for heavy walking days. 

Because of the dress’ many styling possibilities, it’s ideal for year-round wear. Don’t be afraid to layer on chunky sweaters and hoodies during colder months, and consider satin button-ups and light-colored belts for the warmer seasons. Just remember to have fun while styling it, and you’ll be good to go.           

Secure your own version of Witherspoon’s sultry black slip dress below, starting at $40. I won’t judge you if you snag more than one (wink, wink). 

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Wayf Lea Cowl-Neck Satin Gown 
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The Drop Ana Silky V-Neck Midi Slip Dress
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$40 (Originally $50);

Madewell Layton Midi Slip Dress
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Commando Classic Maxi Slip 
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Supesu Satin Midi Slip Dress
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$56 (Originally $60);

Reformation Provence Silk Dress
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Free People Simply Biased Slip Dress
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Aritzia Wilfred Antiquity Dress
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$71 (Originally $178);

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