Superfantastic reader Erin asked:
Slips: Do you wear them? How long are your slips? Because you’re a year-round dress- and skirt-wearing woman in a cold climate, I assume that you’re a slip fan. Slips keep my skirts and tights from ending up in a horrible tussle on my thighs (no one wants to see that). I think, however, that there may be some ladies who think slips are old fashioned, fussy, and unnecessary.
Well, friends, it’s confession time: I am utter crap at slip implementation. I own several full slips, but they only get worn when I have about a billion heavy layers over them because they’ve got lots of gorgeous lacy embellishment … which means they generally show through my shirts. Also since I am generally on a mission to show off my waist, a traditional full slip only hinders: Unless worn with a dress (and most of my dresses are either lined or slippery), it pooches out at the waistband.
I mainly utilize my black shorty slip. It’s short enough to work with a miniskirt and can be hiked up to work with tunics, too. My half slip gets used far less frequently.
I can’t say as I’m interested in shapewear slips, which would work fantastically with my close-fitting tops and longer skirts … mostly because I have to absolutely SHOEHORN myself into my Spanx and I prefer to save that whole ordeal for special occasions.
All that said, I do have some opinions and tips about slips. And those I shall now share:
1. If you’re wearing tights with an unlined skirt, suck it up and wear a slip: I mean, unless you want to walk around with your skirt’s hem wadded up in your crotch. Yes, slips are annoying. Yes, they’re old fashioned. But seriously, how else are you gonna keep from looking like you’re smuggling a squirrel’s nest between your thighs?
2. Ignore number one if the skirt you’re wearing is floor-length: Any skirt that long is probably going to have enough weight to counteract the sticky-tights factor. Don’t sweat a slip in this situation. Unless you want to.
3. Buy slips in several lengths/styles: OK, two lengths will probably do the trick. Buy a short slip so you can wear your minis in comfort, and one that hits about three inches above your knee for slightly longer skirts. If you own lots of unlined dresses – sweater dresses, I’m looking at you – seek out a very plain full slip that sits flat beneath your outer garments.
4. Watch where that waistband falls: Unless you have washboard abs, the tiny, tight elastic waistband of a half slip will bisect you. And since you’re ALSO wearing tights, you may end up trisected. Supremely annoying, take it from me. I tend to try two different tactics and see which works best: Hike everything up to my armpits where I’m less fleshy and hope it’ll all stay put, or hike everything down to my pelvic bone. The second option is only implemented when I’m wearing a very thick skirt. Otherwise my segmentedness shows right through the fabric.
Slips with wide or stretch-lace waistbands make this less of a problem.
5. If you can afford it, just have a tailor LINE your unlined skirts: In an ideal world, we’d all have the dough to do this. In the real world, it might be worthwhile to have it done for your top three skirts. Just imagine the segmentation you’d avoid!
Audi once sang the praises of pettipants, and I now own and like a pair myself. Mine are more like petti-boxers, they’re that short, but still a nice alternative to a slip, especially if you’re hoping for additional warmth on top of friction ease.
Slips may seem old fashioned, but they sure do come in handy sometimes!
Images courtesy Bare Necessities.
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