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Looking at vintage photos of movie stars of the 1940s, 50s and 60s it seems that every beautiful woman has at some point had her picture taken in a slip.
There are plenty of online articles, not least here at Nylon Nostalgia, where the benefits and practicality of wearing a slip under a vintage 1940s fashion dress are highlighted, so we don't need to go over that again now, but to glamorous women of the 1940's, 1950's and early 60's silky nylon slips were very definitely something to be seen in. For a woman of the time, being seen in a beautifully sexy silk slip was an acceptable way of being seen in her underwear whilst at the same time avoiding vulgarity or immodesty. Being seen in a slip allowed just enough risqué exposure without going too far beyond the realms of vintage erotica.
So, here I am going to make a stand for a return to glamour in slips. No longer the preserve of the celebrity pin-up movie star, I propose sexy nylon slips for all - just for the fun of it. We can all be a pinup model. It really does not matter if you do not have anyone to show your sexy slip to, perhaps. The main thing is that you yourself look and feel great. Seductive, body-accentuating lacy vintage silky slips celebrate femininity like few other things.
Of course you could wear a slip dress, or rather a slip for a dress. It takes a little fashion courage, but wearing a slip dress will surely turn heads. Slip dress satin or slip dress silk, the glossier the better. If you are going to wear one of your slips as a dress then it should really fit you perfectly, plus it should be opaque. Choose your underwear carefully too - slip dresses are cruelly unforgiving.
Elizabeth Taylor never seemed to be out of a slip when it came to movies and publicity photographs and of course she famously set the glamour slip scene as Maggie "the Cat" Pollitt in the 1958 film 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'. Later, Jessica Lange appeared in a slip in the 1984 TV remake of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', based on the original but no less beguiling.
It is hard to avoid Marilyn Monroe when it comes to luxuriating in fine lingerie. Marilyn was a big fan of slips made by the Swiss firm Hanro. To quote Hanro: "In the 1950s and 1960s, elegant nightgowns and robes established HANRO's reputation among upper-class society. HANRO collections are a reflection of Hollywood glamour". I occasionally have Hanro slips in stock at Nylon Nostalgia but they are highly sought-after, as you can imagine. In fact there is a photo of one of my Hanro slips in the photo carousel below.
If you are wondering who the lady in the fabulously lavish teal slip is in the photo at the top of the page, that's Zsa Zsa Gabor. Other slip-wearing celebrities are far too numerous to mention here, proving that having your photo taken in your undies was definitely the done thing in those days.
Of course, wearing a beautiful, delightfully feminine slip for fun is something anyone can do, not just vintage celebrities, and that is the point I am making here. The forgotten art of turning up the romantic temperature with the aid of a fine silky slip needs to be revived.
I always carry the best stocks of fine vintage slips, negligee sets and silk nightgowns in the UK for sale in my online store - searchable by bust size, colour, decade, etc. Take a look...
I certainly don't want this page article on the joys of wearing beautiful vintage nylon slips to be a set of rules, because there aren't any rules really. A bit of guidance perhaps, that's fine, but the truth of the matter is that you should only buy and wear the slips that make you look and feel good. That choice can only come from the heart. That said, here are one or two pointers to help you along...
"I love it when I can go about my worldly chores knowing that I am wearing something really special underneath. I feel more confident, more self-secure. Few things in my wardrobe are as magically empowering as my vintage slips." - Emma, of Nylon Nostalgia.
Judging by the celebrity photos above it looks like the ability to lean nonchalantly on a door frame while smoking a cigarette and wearing a slip is prerequisite to pin-up success, but there's a lot more to it than that. Just do as you please - after all, that's the whole idea of pampering yourself.
Why not book a photo shoot with a professional photographer? They know all the ways to get the best from the session and 'paint' you in the best light possible. As Nylon Nostalgia is an ad-free zone (mercifully) I won't name names here but if you drop me a line I can name one or two photographers that I know well.