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Slip n’ Slide: the Lost Art of Undergarments

By Amalah

Hi Amy,
I was just going to write an e-mail to ask you to tell your readers to remember to wear a dang slip, already. But that’s assuming you wear slips and support my slip-wearing ideals. So I ask: do you have feelings one way or the other about slips? I see so many young women around my age who have either not heard of a slip or forgo wearing one when they totally should. They smooth your skirt! And make your skirt not see through! And make you look classy, not trashy.
Yes, I heart Slips

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to go on the record of being all-around pro-undergarments of any and all kinds. Bras, slips, panties, camisoles, even the occasional slimming girdle-type thing. I think these are all fantastic, necessary items. Wear them. Love them. Bask in their gentle, loving modesty.
biggirl.jpgMy mother taught me that ladies always wear slips and other essential undergarments, and always keep their knees together while they get out of cars, so I guess I can blame her for the fact that I have never once been featured in People magazine. (Seriously! Knees tightly together, tilt knees out car door. Ankles tightly together, move feet to outside of car. Stand up, with a hand on your skirt hem just to be sure. Try it! It’s fun to not be a hot mess sometimes.)
I have noticed, however, that slips have fallen far out of favor recently. They’re hard to even FIND, as I learned when I went to visit my parents and remembered my white linen skirt but forgot my slip (the same white slip I’ve been wearing since high school). My mom and I went to the mall and I wandered around the lingerie department at Macy’s, searching in vain for a plain old slip. I finally asked the saleswoman and she stared at me blankly, then pointed at the girdles and cinchers and shapers.
(So basically: thin girls = slipless and slutty?)
I kind of felt like…breathing in my white linen skirt so we left the department store and checked out Victoria’s Secret. There we were confronted with a bunch of very expensive things that were maybe slips, but were maybe also nightgowns, and were also bright pink and covered in bows and other non-smooth details.
We got back in the car and drove to Wal-Mart, where I found a stupid white half-slip for about five bucks. Honestly.
I don’t wear slips EVERY time I wear a skirt or a dress, but you can bet your sweet bippy I wear one when 1) my skirt is even the slightest bit see-through, 2) my skirt has an up-to-there slit (just because I’d rather you see my slip than the wide pasty expanse of my inner thigh), 3) I’m wearing hose and I notice that annoying rustling sound and/or bunching, or 4) static electricity. Argh.

Published October 29, 2007. Last updated October 29, 2007.
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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  • Isabel

    October 29, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Oh, I’m all about the undergarments. I keep seeing girls around town in their Homecoming garb and NONE of them have the proper undergarments on. And they should. Especially girdles. Don’t their moms know?
    Slips are hard to find. I’m sporting the same ones I had in junior high. Seriously.

  • appelsauce

    October 29, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Amen. All my slips (black, white, nude, skirt and dress) are still the ones my mom bought for me when I was playing piano recitals in junior high. I have no idea where she bought them, but I’ve always just taken them for granted. I guess I’m lucky I don’t need to go looking for any now!

  • Kate

    October 29, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    I had the same problem a few months ago. I had some luck at Sears, despite the high-pressure sales pitch for the store credit card. Don’t bother with Macy’s, Dillard’s, or JC Penny’s… girdles, smoothers & shapers a plenty, but no slips.

  • Eleanor

    October 29, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    My mother raised me to never wear a slip because she said it was just another layer of clothing to make you look fat.

  • Meramoo

    October 29, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve had better luck finding slips at discount stores like Marshalls & TJMaxx.

  • Dashrashi

    October 29, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    All of my favorite slips are vintage slips from ebay. Usually they are in super pristine condition, and you can find lots of colors/sizes/styles etc etc.
    Anyway, I generally only wear a slip underneath something that I have reason to believe might be at all see-through, but hello! Elizabeth Taylor! Slips are hot! At least, full slips are. Half slips are sort of not hot. But handy.

  • janellepea

    October 30, 2007 at 6:43 am

    I love that the only review of the Wal-Mart half-slip was from a 54-65 year old guy called Tom. Maybe slips really aren’t for young ladies these days – maybe their target market is old guys.

  • Meredith

    October 30, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    I haven’t worn a slip in a long time, and here’s the reason I stopped: pantyhose, slip bunched in a twisted jumble, skirt. How on earth do you keep that from happening?! It’s also the reason I don’t wear pantyhose anymore.
    (I still have all my slips though.)

  • jodifur

    October 31, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Well, we have the same issue, although no halloween party. But, Michael goes to bed at 7. I think trick or treating starts when it gets dark, around 5:30. You could take him out for an hour. Maybe have Jason do 30 minutes and you do 30 minutes. I wouldn’t leave your house empty, you’ll get egged.

  • becky

    November 4, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    I have a terrible time finding slips at stores, but I think a bunch of basic undergarments stores online have them. I’ve had pretty good luck with