The anonymous blogger and vintage lingerie collector at A Slip of a Girl tells us all about the history and the allure of the comfortable, cool, sexy nylon slip.
I’ve always had a strong interest in lingerie from the feminist point of view, when it comes to reconciling the desire to feel pretty with the concern that fashion is a way of controlling women. And lingerie, which is slightly different from just underwear, is some of the most sensual fashion out there. The pieces enhance your figure, and they delicately hide and tease your playful bits. If you look at nightgowns from the ’40s, or even as early as the ’20s, you see they’re sheer in places and pintucked, pleated, or embroidered. They were not meant simply to clothe our bodies at nighttime; they were meant to be seen.
They just don't make 'em like that anymore, but if you look in the right places, you can find beautiful authentic vintage slips that were treated well by their owners. See plenty of them at Collector's Weekly. Link