- Slip (clothing)
A slip is a
woman's undergarmentworn beneath a dress or skirt to help it hang smoothly and to prevent chafing of the skinfrom coarse fabrics such as wool. Slips are also worn for warmth, and to protect fine fabrics from perspiration.
A full slip hangs from the shoulders, usually by means of narrow
straps, and extends from the breastto the fashionable skirtlength.
A half slip hangs from the
waist. May also be called a waist slip or rarely a petticoat.
Slips are usually made of a smooth and slippery fabric such as
silk, satin, polyester, tricotor nylon, although cottonslips are also used particularly in hot countries. They are often decorated with laceat the edges and hem, and are typically worn over more intimate undergarments. Slips are also worn for modestyunder translucent outer garments. A half slip may be worn with a matching camisoleas an alternative to a full slip.
A slip dress is a dress for street wear styled like a slip, fitting close to the body and having narrow shoulder straps.
The term should not be confused with the British English ”
gymslip,” an outer garment worn by girls during physical educationclasses in high school.
In various other languages, such as Dutch, French, German and Greek, ”slip” refers to different types of undergarment: tightly fitting, both male and female undershorts, such as
* Barbier, Muriel & Boucher, Shazia (2003). "The Story of Lingerie". Parkstone. ISBN 1-85995-804-4
* Saint-Laurent, Cecil (1986). "The Great Book of Lingerie". Academy editions. ISBN 0-85670-901-8
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