Slips

Courtesy Emma Nylon Nostalgia
 I was chatting to a female friend of mine recently and the subject of slips came up. She had seen me in one of mine and remarked how good it looked, she then revealed she had never worn a full slip, but had worn a half slip at school. The lady is in her late forties, so missed out on wearing slips when she was young and has never thought to try one since. 

So what is so special about a slip? well firstly you need to understand the real purpose of a slip, although they look fabulous and many would say sexy, the point of a slip is to provide an independent layer between the lingerie, or foundation garments and the outer layer, the dress. Being independent, by that I mean not attached to the dress, it allows the dress to move freely from the lingerie, almost like a lubricating layer. As a result the dress flows more freely, hangs better and is often more comfortable to wear.  For dresses that are sheer or very thin fabric a slip can provide a layer to avoid the infamous Lady Di moment when the sunlight was behind her skirt it was possible to see through it. At some point in our history dress manufacturers started to add a fixed lining to dresses, thus negating the need for a slip. However as the lining is attached to the dress it is not free like a slip and therefore is unable to provide that independent layer.

Courtesy Emma Nylon Nostalgia

There are many different types of slip, the main two basic ones are full slip and half slip, but I don't intend to go into slips in detail as all the information you could possibly want can be found on Emma's website:

https://nylonnostalgia.com/


The important points I would like to discuss are why do I wear slips and how do I feel when wearing them. The thing is they really do work well, they do exactly what they are designed for and as a result I feel very comfortable but there is much more to it. I do love vintage and retro clothing form the 50's although I am not an aficionado by any stretch of the imagination, I do love the style and glamour from those far off days, and a slip provides a little touch of bygone glamour. I was introduced to slips in my teens when my Mum and sisters were wearing them, although by then they were beginning to go out of fashion, my mum continued to used all her life. My sister turned to bra slips, which I liked at the time but now realise they do not work as well as a 'normal' full slip because the slip can not move freely around the bust area, which of course it needs to to to fulfil it's purpose.


Image Andrea Raven

I have about 15 full slips and love every one, apart from being different colours they are slightly different lengths. You need to have the slip shorter than the dress you are wearing, although some like to show the slip below the hem of the dress, I think it is much nicer to keep it out of sight, so about two inches shorter than the dress I think is ideal. Personally I don't think you need to always match the slip to the colour of the dress, a contrasting colour is also very nice and if you have the length right it matters little as the only person that knows you are wearing one is you!  Wearing a very sheer slip under your dress is, I'm told, a wonderful feeling and being transparent is a very personal thing but  only you know its there. I don't have any as sheer as the one shown below at present, but no doubt I will try one at some point.

Courtesy Emma Nylon Nostalgia


Slips are a very under rated garment, they are classy, beautiful and in intimate situations can produce surprisingly good results! Wearing gorgeous lingerie is something special, a lovely bra and matching knickers are lovely things to wear, but add a slip and the enjoyment factor increases ten fold. Sadly far too many women are missing out on this wonderful piece of classic lingerie, including my friend. But that will all change later this year when, hopefully, she will try one for the first time in her life and I just know she will love it..........



Courtesy Emma Nylon Nostalgia


I would like to thank Emma of Nylon Nostalgia for the permission to use her lovely photographs

Comments

  1. Thanks for the added explanation and sharing Emma's website address again. I had a look last time and that was really helpful too.

    I have a half slip for some skirts as while they're okay on overcast days, a strong light source would not add to the look.

    I think I may into invest in a full slip as the weather cools.

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    1. Thank you Lynn, This is not really the weather to wear a slip under a dress, although you could just wear the slip and leave the dress out! I think you will be very pleased with a full slip, make sure you get the size right, Emma's website is very useful here and check the length against the dress you want to wear it with.........

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  2. Another fabulous blog post Andrea, and on a subject that is obviously close to my heart. Information-wise there is little I could add, as you've covered all angles. This blog post comes at an interesting time too because there has been something of a resurgence in interest in slips as of late, and that trend is slowly growing as more and more women re-embrace glamour. Keep up the good work! Emma x

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Emma, i'm pleased you enjoyed the post. Interesting that there is a resurgence in slip wearing, I think that is fabulous news, so many women have no idea what they are missing! ........xxx

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  3. A lovely, beautfully written post Andrea. It is such a shame slips are not more popular and still used by women. Of course I find them immensely pleasurable to wear but also for practical reasons to help smooth out underwear and add a little extra layer when it gets chilly. I have worn a slip many times under a dress which was already fully lined, just for a little extra warmth on a cold night out. And yes of course, knowing I have it on does make me feel glamorous too. Take care x

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    1. Thank you Sandra, it is a shame women don't currently enjoy slips, they are missing out on so much. But as Emma says, there is a resurgence so who knows fr the future.........

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  4. Nice blog post Andrea. I had an idea of what slips were for but now I have a better understanding, thanks. I must admit I don't currently have any slips but I am big fan of them, they ooze femininity.

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    1. Thank you Charlotte for your comment, you should try a full slip, you will love it!......

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  5. Designers' haute couture being featured on the runways, including during fashion weeks, seems to be ever more frequently featuring designs that showcase perennially in vogue lingerie as outerwear looks! :D
    While I have enjoyed the feeling of wearing nylon slips between my skirts and my Vanity Fair (and a few other brands of) full brief nylon panties, the luxurious feel of wearing panties under sheer slips and petticoats in p[lace of skirts seems more attainable whilst for those of us being being brave enough to put our panties on full display under our street-style couture (e.g.: if we were wearing designs like the fashion in the second to last image from Emma Nylon Nostalgia) <3 :-)

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    1. Thank you for your comment, there are a lot of people who will willing wear a slip as a dress, ad to be fair a nice slip, although being of finer ,material than most dresses could reasonably be worn as a dress. Personally I would never wear a sheer slip anywhere but under a dress, but it is of course up to the wearer how much they want to expose. My preference is to wear a slip for it's intended purpose..................xx

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