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. Liz Taylor could really rock a slip in a seriously 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 worn 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 vintage slips are made in. So I felt they’re limiting their fashion choices.
Anyway, I am a big fan of slips and wear them often, even for lounging around the house a la Maggie the Cat! I favor vintage slips, of course, and have a sizable collection. The fabrics of authentic vintage slips are often superior to new and there are often very pretty design details like lace and gathered chiffon inserts, bows, ruffles and pleated hems, etc. In my mind, they are feminine, quite glamorous and definitely sexy in a understated, classy way.
When searching for vintage slips, some of the more popular labels to look for are Vanity Fair, VanRalte, Barbizon, Movie Star, Charmode and Munsingwear. All, except the first, are no longer being made and the new VF slips are very different (plainer) than their vintage counterparts. See this link for identifying older Vanity Fair labels.
Below are pictures that I hope will inspire the anti slip chicks to give them a chance!
Also, you can usually find some lovely vintage choices on our website.
So, how about you? Do you wear slips?