Friday, July 03, 2009

Why Should You Wear a Slip?

This week, we've been looking at the correct foundation garments to wear under your vintage dresses. You've seen bras, corsets, girdles, waist cinchers, and other types of shapers. But we haven't talked about another important layer in your undergarment wardrobe - the slip.

Van Raalte Lace Bouquet lingerie wardrobe.

Fact is, you shouldn't wear all those controlling foundations without a slip between them and your dress. A slip will slide over your bra and girdle and provide a smooth layer over them. A slip will keep your dress from catching on the edges of your foundations. A slip will keep your dress from clinging or riding up in unattractive ways.

Barbizon Satin de Lys slip with French lace and embroidery

Slips fell out of fashion in the 70's when pants became more popular as everyday wear. Many stores don't even carry slips anymore, as there is just no demand for them. But I urge you to give a slip a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised how it changes the look of what you're wearing. You can find authentic vintage slips online, and they are so much prettier than modern made ones.

A Rogers Satin Glo nylon tricot slip with scalloped lace matches and was worn over...

...the Formfit Romance bra and Skippies girdle.

Try it! I bet you'll like it!

14 comments:

Bonjour Madame said...

This makes a lot of sense. Vintage slips are so pretty.

The Red Velvet Shoe said...

Great post~~I love vintage slips~~they also make a great summer sleepwear. It's so true what you said about dept. stores not even carrying them anymore. How things have changed!
Congrats on making Lulu's Top Ten~~you most definitely deserve it!!

Kathryn said...

The other day, I casually mentioned that a particular dress needed a slip. My 12 year old niece had no idea what one was. Some things are certainly becoming lost. So I told her.

Even many modern dresses could benefit from a slip. Crazy how quickly they have gone from necessity to practically fossils.

Deja Pseu said...

I remember searching in vain a few years ago for a slip to wear under a particular dress. Wish I'd thought about vintage at the time!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Thanks everyone! I have a couple of vintage silk slips in my closet. They really are wonderful.

catherine_sr. said...

I can't imagine wearing a vintage dress without a slip (to protect the dress from perspiration in addition to making the dress hang nicely). I had a hard time finding slips in dept. stores and the ones I dug up were pretty baggy and shapeless. Having a mass of fabric bunching up under your dress kind of defeats the purpose of wearing a slip in the first place! Vintage ones are so pretty, if the fabric is opaque enough I'll sometimes just put on a skirt and little cardigan with it and use the top as a camisole.

Marie Lemondrop said...

Fabulous post! I love vintage slips and half slips for their beauty, but also for their function! Thanks for the lovely pics and info.

tiddleywink said...

I just so happen to be wearing a half-slip right now, both to prevent show-through from my (vintage) lightweight gingham dress, but also to prevent it from bunching between my legs when I walk. And in honor of this post, I think I'll sleep in a full slip tonight. So silky, so luxurious!

Lander said...

Slips are truely amazing. I have been wearing them for some time and plan on doing so for many years to come. I typically wear them layered - 2 or 3 together at a time. Layering gives an enhanced feel of the slippery material to my legs and as I place my hands on my skirt/dress. I mainly wear half slips. I try to wear skirts with slits, button down or wrap - letting them show whenever I get a chance. My husband is very fond of them in deed. Love to hear more from others on layering slips.

Stephanie Lander

amanda said...

I love my slips. Each one has the most amazing feel on my body and always adds to the sexy feel of whatever I am wearing. When I choose to wear clothes that don't require a slip because they have there own internal foundation I feel a moue of disappointment.

Lander said...

Amanda or others: Do you ever wear more than one half slip at a time? I often wear2 or 3 half slips - they feel wonderful together.

Stephanie

AnnMarie said...

Wow! I have that exact red Rogers slip! It was my great grandmothers. Can you tell me what year it's from??

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

AnnMarie, those images are from the early 60s. I don't know the exact date, sorry!

AnnMarie said...

No worries, thought I would ask. :) Keep up the good work!

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