Saturday, June 14, 2008

Slippery Slope.

My camera has been broken for a few days, but thanks to the wonders of the internet a replacement arrived yesterday! This is very exciting, since I've been using my camera since last July (the day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, actually) without an LCD screen. I've been setting the self-timer from memory, since I already knew how many times I had to press what buttons to set it, and taking pictures of other things by guessing. It's such a luxury to see what I'm taking a picture of!

My point though, is slips. I have sixteen, which perhaps isn't quite as much as I thought, but still a considerable amount. The other day I was in a foul-mouthed foul mood and decided to run into Goodwill. Normally I avoid it, since the local one is terribly disorganized, overpriced, and I hardly find anything worth the trip. This visit was different! First, they reorganized with new shelves. Second, I found two lovely and perfect half-slips with inches of lace on the bottom. One mint green, one white, they were both yellow-tagged and thus, were half-off!









I have ten full-slips that I keep on one hanger. I love the range in colors, so delicate and breezy, soft and tea-steeped, and they look so nice hanging against my windows (I hang my slips from the handles that open my skylights). I wear the top two slips the most often, because of their length, and have been meaning to alter some of the other ones so that I may wear them with shorter dresses but have yet to get around to it. The second slip is my favorite. It was floor-length and my mom shortened it with the neatest and prettiest little French seam around the middle.



One of my favorite things about slips are the tiniest of details. This one has blue flowers encased in lace, all along the neckline and the hem.



I have several half-slips (the two newest are in the center) which I've taken to wearing under longer dresses and skirts. Lately I've been lucky enough to find ones that are quite decadent on the bottom with large edges of lace. The top one here is more of a skirt, and reminds me of tablecloths. I have yet to wear it, but I just love it. It reminds me of the beach.

I've always loved slips and nightgowns. I remember when I was little I always wanted more and always wandered around those sections in department stores of thrift stores. They are perfect. They are functional both for adding length to a dress or skirt, or for preventing irritating clinging-to-stockings. Mostly though, they are beautiful and delicate. I just love them to bits. In the summer I'm a big fan, I liked to toss one on when I'm sitting around the house trying not to pass-out in the heat. There is something very appealing about sweaty summer evenings and slips, pretty and sort of debauched and subversive.

16 comments:

  1. Oh my, you have such an amazing collection. And named indeed all the advantages... I should get a few more slips aswell. Thanks for such a great post.

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  2. Is it possible to fall in love with a blog? That what I did when I discovered yours! Where do you live, exactly?

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  3. Beautiful slips and your description makes me think of Liz Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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  4. 16 is many to me! And all of them are so lovely.

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  5. Ah, so pretty! I need more slips--I just have one I wear again and again...

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  6. Your blog is so lovely- and I don't say that about many blogs! My husband and I were helping my mother in law clean out her closet and found 3 slips from when she was a young woman that I hastily claimed as soon as she offered. I am so excited about them! One is the prettiest faded looking coral color that is quite unexpected from that time period! Great post!

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  7. I don't have any slips, but you've really made me want some. I can already imagine several outfits involving them. It seems kind of weird to thrift them, though.

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  8. Your slips are gorgeous! And congrats on getting a new camera, I dont know how you did it for almost a year without having the lcd screen.

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  9. oh!! what an absolutely beautiful collection of slips! I'm quite envious! lol. I've been dying to get out and do some thrifting myself lately... for slips! I think a girl can never have too many. :)

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  10. I've been meaning to look for vintage slips but never got around to it. You've motivated me because your collection is so gorgeous.

    And I totally understand about the LCD situation, I'm in the same boat.

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  11. Oh it's obvious where exactly you live! Vintage slip-heaven...sigh

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  12. Beautiful slips!!!
    Thanx for this post, i need slips, right now!!

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  13. those slips are adorable! I recently went to a thrift store and didn't find anything good. I'll try Goodwill sometime!

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  14. hi!
    i'm de-lurking :)

    and very envious of your slips.

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  15. Oh my god I think I just fell off my chair, bumped my head and ended up in vintage slip paradise!
    I always mean to buy slips when I'm out thrifting, but I never get around to it. Now I've seen your collection I know what to look for. Thank you for sharing it with us, it's most inspiring.
    Kisses, LM

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