Back in the old days, adult women wore slips and various undergarments that you youngsters wouldn't recognize. Girdles, seamed stockings, etc. Just watch an episode of "Mad Men" and your eyes will open at the multiple layers of clothing women wore.
Here is Scarlett Johansson wearing a full slip for her role in the recent stage production of "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," a drama set in the past.
With the help of my mentor, Jessica, I recently sampled the delight of seamed stockings (properly known as "fully fashioned stockings.") Now, after I fruitlessly searched for a pretty vintage slip, Jessica again comes to the rescue -- she graciously gave me a vintage half-slip which I'm wearing below. (I'm also showcasing my new boots, which I got on discount, only $24.99 at Aerosoles.)
When slips were more common in the past, they were made with more variety and adornment. The few slips I see in stores today are plain, undecorated and boring. Jessica assures me that vintage examples have more aesthetic appeal and I see she's right. This slip has extensive lace on its bottom, with more intricacy and appeal than the slim strip of machine-made lace now manufactured in China.
Do you ever wear slips? Did your mother and female relatives?