SLIPS & UNDERPINNINGS
Essentials for a Complete Slip Wardrobe
Camisoles were originally designed to be worn over a bra for modesty and to eliminate a bra's cup seams from showing. Today, they are worn as outerwear as well as underwear. You should have one lacy and one plain style. They are great under itchy sweaters. Camisoles can also add some warmth in winter and are much more grown-up than old-fashioned undershirts.
Half slips have two styles today - gathered at the waist with elastic, or made out of stretch microfiber with no waistband. The latter provides a totally smooth look under tight-fitting skirts. Worn under sheer skirts, it reduces transparency. Beneath unlined skirts, it prevents chafing and gives a smooth look. Half slips in lengths of mid thigh, top of kneecap and mid calf should cover most fashion requirements. However, if you like short fashions, you'll love having a 12" half slip handy.
The slip seems to have turned into an outergarment these days. However, they were designed for a very important purpose - to reduce transparency under sheer dresses, or to prevent chafing or clinging under unlined dresses. The full slip has the added benefit of acting as an underpinning under a suit. You've probably noticed in movies that when a woman is not in clothes, they have her running around or talking on the telephone in a slip. It's simply a very classy and sexy piece of lingerie that never goes out of style. One lacy slip and one plain style slip should cover most needs. Of course a silk slip is one of life's little luxuries.
I'll bet you didn't know that you could get a slip culotte. Well, you can. They're a great alternative to a half-slip when you want maximum movement and no leg chafing.
Also known as an underliner, it's a pantaloon-like garment worn as a slip with unlined pants. Can also be worn under white pants to reduce their transparency. This is a very handy item to have around for fashion emergencies.
Styled like short shorts with a small flair at the hem, a tap pant is a great solution for short skirts when you would like more coverage than a regular panty.