Recently I had a conversation with some friends online regarding the use, or disuse, of the slip. Remember those things? They were made of cotton or satin and were worn under dresses and skirts. Where I'm from they were pretty much mandatory, if memory serves me well.
So it got me to wondering: What ever happened to the slip?
According to my friends' responses, no one wears them anymore. One did say that she'd found a few for her daughters at a garage sale but she never wears one herself. They seemed almost incredulous when I pointed out that I always wear one.
Maybe I'm old-fashioned (very probable) or just uber self-conscious about these things, but I can't imagine wearing a dress or skirt, even a very long one, without a slip. For one thing, there's the risk of something being see-through, and while it might sound silly, on a breezey day a slip can help offer some reassurance that even if your dress or skirt does accindently blow upwards, you're still relatively covered.
Then there's the dreaded VPL.
Visible. Panty. Line.
This is the one I really hate. I simply can't stand the thought of having my under things making an appearance even when I've diligently tried to prevent it. Even loose fitting dresses and skirts will show a VPL when the cloth lays agains the body. Matte jersey is especially terrible in this way, although I love it for its comfort. Wearing a slip helps prevent this.
I know dresses and skirts aren't as popular for women and girls as they once were, but I guess I didn't realize how much the times have changed since I was a girl. I remember the girl's department at Sears always having a rack of girl's under things, including slips, in various colors and styles and lengths. Some had lace. Some had little rosettes stitched at the neckline. They were always pretty and soft and when I wore one I felt like I was really dressed up.
While it's certainly not the end all be all, I do feel bad that I can't offer my daughter this little bit piece of girlhood and in this way teach her how and why to practice modesty.