Jersey dresses and skirts. Ah, summer’s wardrobe staples, right? From what I’ve seen the past few years, this is a bulk of what makes up a casual wardrobe for the summer months. However, far too many women have forgotten one essential item that really should not be relegated only to grandma’s closet. I may be talking directly to you today, and I’m sorry to break it to you if I am. But, you need a slip. Not necessarily a body shaper, just a slip. A SLIP? It’s impossible to find a decent, non-bodying contouring slip it seems. But, they do exist. No, we do not want you to sweat more in August, but you do need this additional layer. Why? Well, without one, ladies, I see every dimple on your bottom (um, I have them too, and probably more than you!) and every curve of your fanny.
And since so many of you are wearing thongs with your jersey skirts and dresses, often your skirt gets caught in your, um, how do I say delicately … that crevice between your cheeks. I see skirts bunched up in that there crevice every week. Please, this has to STOP! And, I don’t care if your bottom is cellulite-free and taut, I don’t want to see what I am still able to see. I feel like a voyeur. I see kids pointing at you, and as your friend, I need you to know. That is, if this is you. It may not be. This dilemma seems to permeate all generations. And the solution is seemingly so easy, except that it’s not. Finding a slip is hard. I went to a high-end department store and asked for one for my teenaged daughter. The manager of the lingerie department told me that they only carry body slimming varieties. With all the unlined dresses these days, you’d think they would be trying to sell MORE slips to go with the see-through cotton and linen fabrics. Maybe that is the preferred look. But, just so you know, we can also see right through that white linen skirt. We know you have on striped undies. We do. Wear a slip! Here is the perfect list of the slips you may need to add to your wardrobe. Wear them with jersey and see-through summer fabrics, okay? And, one more thing: hipster briefs, boy shorts, girl shorts (whatever you want to call them) are great to wear under skirts–just in case the wind blows. When shopping for the best slips to wear under dresses, here are a couple of tips:
- Never buy a white slip–they are useless. You want the flesh-colored or nude slip. (Yes, I know this isn’t “nude” for everyone, but it is a neutral that can be worn with many light colors and not be seen the way white can.
- Avoid an elastic band at the waist. They are irritating.
- A good slip should not move around or ride up. (This is when shopping online and using user reviews, or going to a specialty store that really knows their offerings, is a good thing.)
- Lace on the bottom usually can be seen through a jersey fabric. Your aim is invisible and smooth.
Here are my favorite non-body shaper slips. It’s a short list. Just four: