Vintage Slips – 3 Reasons to Collect and Wear Them
If you love the sexy, steamy pinups and glamor girl movies of the past, you’ll love the feel of a magical vintage slip. Each slip has a bit of lace trim, a bow, or flounce. There are many different shapes, kinds, and sizes, easily available for you to express your unique personal style. You’ll probably be surprised to find out that vintage slips are a small investment, since not as many people collect them, and that they are easily found in many vintage clothing stores, especially online auctions and specialty stores.
1. Vintage slips are a classic style that can be enjoyed by anyone.
Lingerie has changed a lot over the years– from the layered underclothes of the 19th century to the loosening of the waist cinchers in the 1920’s, to the pin up curves of the 1940’s and finally to the fitted slips of the 1950’s. The fabric used in underclothes and slips has varied from cotton to silk, which was used in the more expensive undergarments. Rayon, initially called artificial silk, was eventually known as rayon in 1924. It became more widely used in and after the 20’s. Nylon came on the market in the 40’s (during WWII it was meant as a replacement for silk) and by the 50’s most slips were made from nylon. In the mid 50’s polyester was introduced as a miracle “wash & wear” fabric and soon became more popular in underwear than nylon. Once they were covered up and only rarely glimpsed, but now slips are appreciated for aesthetics in the pin up look, as shock fashion (think underwear as outerwear a la Madonna) and layered and worn openly by the punks. A full slip is simple glamor. Slips are elegant and make us all a little more lady-like when we wear one.
2. A special vintage slip is a small investment that can make you feel fantastic.
A vintage slip is usually a modest price when compared to the price of an outfit, yet will add a luxurious touch underneath any skirt, dress or suit. Perhaps most importantly, it makes your vintage clothing, and even modern clothing, fit better since it’s smoother getting it on, and helps the garment to lay correctly on you, not bunching up or pulling. Try wearing a slip as a camisole with a bit of lace peeking out or even at the bottom of the hem for a layered look. They also make beautiful and comfy things to wear to bed. Low price means your dollar goes further and you can buy more than one.
3. A vintage slip is uniquely yours
Although you can say a slip is a slip, upon closer inspection, each one has its own touch like a tiny ribbon rosette, lace trim on the bodice or hem, sheer fabric inserts or appliqués. Try personalizing your slips with embroidery or initials. Wear it a cocktail dress if you have one that covers enough. Use it as sleepwear or loungewear and all you’ll need is a pretty robe. Use it as a statement piece that says, “I like a bit of luxury.” Try a “tea-stained” slip for a bohemian vintage look.
Now go out and explore and find that perfect slip!
Check a variety of vintage markets including online and auctions, thrift and consignment shops. If the used factor is not for you then watch for the terms “NWT”. It means “new with tags” and means that it is store stock that was never worn. See if you can spot pieces marked “unworn”, “Store Stock” or “dead stock”. Watch for quality fabrics without piling, holes or spots. Quality brands to look for are Vassarette, Barbizon, Seamprufe, Van Raalte, Wonder Maid and Vanity Fair. With your small investment you’ll get lots of enjoyment with a garment that never goes out of style.
Fun Fact: Elizabeth Taylor made the white slip famous when she starred as the hot-blooded Maggie “The Cat” in Tennessee Williams’s 1958 movie, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Once you’ve seen her prowl around her boudoir in a slinky white slip you’ll never think of lingerie the same way again.
Source by Vivian Vassar