Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dear people who wear clothes

(Because I'm a prude, this is all I will share of my undergarments with the internet. Also in pic: showing how well I've matched my passport. Going to NYC on Sunday!)

There are clothes you buy because you love them and others because you think you should. I tend to wear the passion pieces most so have become more forgiving about seemingly random purchases. On the other hand I return 80% of all purchases within the open return policy period. The way I see it, it's just a different kind of exercise, running around returning stuff. I also feel virtuous and economic when returning stuff. It probably has protestant roots - buying stuff I might not need is indulgence but so is returning as we up here in the dark north have been told clothes should be warm, not expensive. We're not sexy Italians. We wear wellies and knits and Acne jeans you can throw in the machine.

I had a passion moment last week, buying two (yes 2! One black and one white) slips at Bric-a-brac. I've gone an entire life without slips. I've tried to buy a slip before, but failed miserably. It had a control function that worked but kept riding up, collecting around my waist so whatever the fabric held in of my midriff was hid behind folds of undergarment. My friend Lotta was upset, telling me "That's so not OK! You should be able to really trust, to RELY on your slip. Your slip should never fail you!".

Since I've never owned a working slip, I thought perhaps I really didn't need one so I was ready to return my beautiful slips and feel good and penny pinching. But then I tried them on and I tell you: If you're a woman, get yourself one. I've been wearing my slips every day!

But remember:Your slip should never fail you! Make sure the skirt part is not tight!


  1. Omg i can so relate to u! Ur funny! Great blog. Sometimes the humour thing gets lost on the fashionitas!
    Great job.

  2. i have pretty slips that remain in the drawer... maybe when i can fit into my acne jeans these slips will fit better?

  3. ahahahah! I had to check on wiki what the hell a slip english. here in Italy we use the word slip totally out of its original meaning. It means pantie.
    When you wrote "I've gone an entire life without slips." and I read "I've gone an entire life without panties" I started laughing and laughing.
    Wiki told me it's a underskirt, right?

  4. I see some people call a slip a chemise.

  5. Why will it change my life? Because it's warm? Sexy? Why?

  6. I also need to know why it is life changing. I have never worn one, so I don't know what will happen to change my life upon putting one on!

  7. I've never said it would change your life! But it feels good. Today;I went to a store to complain about a pair of jeans. As I did, the shop girl leaned over to check something on her store computer. As she leaned a little, her oversized shirt fell victim to the laws of gravity, letting me share more of her body and undergarments than either of us would have felt comfortable with had she known it happened.

    I felt an urge to tell her to get a proper slip/chemise. But decided to preach only here. It won't change your life. But it will give you a sense of dignity and privacy and I don't know, a sense of sharing only what you really want to share.

  8. and sexy, I don't know? to me, sexy is integrity. I'm not that into lace. though there is some on my slip.

  9. Slips are wonderful.

    I'm very lucky to own a huge suitcase full of handmade slips--silk, silk charmeuse, rayon, full slips, half slips, slim-fitting and circle-skirted, white, off-white, peach, pale blue and black--that my grandmother had made in Hong Kong in the 1950s.

    Most of them are barely--or never--worn so I will be able to pass them on to my teen daughter. When she's old enough to prefer them to plaid flannel shirts...

  10. I am glad to read about your newly found friend the slip. I am sure it will be a lasting friendship. I myself, have never felt comfortable in one.And believe me, I have tried. And boyfriends have tried too. Even though I´ve made sure I´ve bought the right size etc (not to tight), I just feel akward and uncomfortable.
    I just can´t let go of the uncomfartable feeling of trying to much. I feel dressed up. And honestly I feel more attractive in jeans and cotton then in lace slips. Slips and I are like oil and water I guess. But I am happy for all of you that blend well with them.

  11. The slip is one of the most under-appreciated items in the arsenale of lingerie, I wear them a lot. To me their primary purpose is to make whatever you are wearing on top look good. Goodbye visible pantylines, stocking tops, bra-bulges etc, hello vavava-voom. And for lounging around the house it certainly beats old pyjamas. Emi, when in NYC, do stock up!


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