Recently while watching Butterfield 8, starring the late, great Elizabeth Taylor, I got to thinking about how the slip has fallen from favor. After doing some
extensive market research (putting the words “wearing” and “slip” into a google search box) I discovered the top three reasons for this .
1. A lot of the clothing worn today has linings, so lessening the demand for slips.
2. Like “granny panties”, they are considered very old fashioned. After all, grandmothers wore them!
3. The growing trend with young women to much less modesty, many preferring to expose as many body parts as they can get away with, just short of being arrested for indecent exposure! Slips are a definite deterrent to this look.
Ok, first of all I encourage any woman under the age of 30 to watch Butterfield 8 or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. That Liz Taylor could really rock a slip in a big, bad, sexy way. Positive proof that leaving something to the imagination can be much sexier than throwing it all out there.
Back in the day, many dresses and skirts weren’t lined, or they were made in sheer fabrics. So a slip was needed for the sake of modesty. But the same holds true for today. There is still plenty of clothing made that could benefit from a slip beneath. They’re great under clingy dresses, especially those “dreaded” full slips! They definitely smooth things out and make your clothes hang much better. If you haven’t tried one, I strongly suggest you do. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much nicer your clothes look on you.
One of the more puzzling things I read on the internet was how many girls would only buy lined skirts and dresses to wear, so as not to have to suffer the discomfort of wearing a slip. Didn’t get the logic in that, as a lining is basically just a slip sewn into your clothing and often not in near as nice a fabric as many slips are made in. So I felt they were limiting their fashion choices.
Anyway, I am a big fan of slips and wear them often, even for hanging around the house! I favor vintage slips, of course, and have a sizable collection. In my mind, they are quite glamorous and sexy in a understated, classy way.
Below are pictures that I hope will inspire the anti slips chicks to give them a chance!
Check out Her Room for a great selection of slips. I just purchased lovely cotton batiste half slips in both black and white that are soooo comfortable to wear, even in the Florida heat. Also, You can shop for vintage slips and other lingerie at Blue Velvet Vintage.