2012-08-10

You Should be Thrifting...

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I love this maxi skirt. It is actually more than long enough and it has these great godets that give the bottom of the skirt some swing and shape.
It is also completely see-through.

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There are many great mysteries in life. Why are hot dogs and hot dog buns packaged in different numbers? Who listens to Nickelback? (I might have used this joke before but does it ever lose its relevance?) But most importantly, why are so many skirts and dresses made completely see through and where are all the slips to save the day?
Recently I went to lingerie shop and asked if they sold slips. The lady (who, to be honest, did not speak English very well), handed me a bustier top. I don't even know why I tried... The best place to get a slip, if you need one (and you probably do, right?) is the thrift store. You can probably find them at Walmart or Target too but why pay more when you can pay less? I pay maximum $3 for a slip, cut the lace off the bottom edge because that lace always seems to leave a lump, and go about my merry way.
I know going to the thrift store to buy slips in not the most exciting task but next time, you are there, pick up both a nude and a black slip for a few dollars*. One day, when you put on that cute new skirt from F21 and curse the beam of sunlight that renders that skirt a complete peepshow, you will thank your past self for buying those slips and saving the day.
You should be thrifting... some slips.

*this post sponsored by all the grandmothers in the world

34 comments :

Danielle said...

I once went to a wedding where the bridesmaids were all wearing pale yellow gowns and NO SLIPS! It was dreadful. Women need to be educated on the importance of proper foundation garments.

It's so true about thrift stores and slips. The vintage ones are also seem to be made of better fabrics too. I was fortunate enough to inherit several of my Nana's but I'm always looking for back-ups for when I wear them out.

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh it really is a hidden gem. My favorite are the vintage slips that have really gorgeous lace detail. Their really easy to find too. I don't even want to talk about my slip collection and the fact that I'm a borderline hoarder.

FashioNatalie said...

I'm a huge vintage slip thrifter, too! I always look through the 'drawers' where they keep the lingerie. LOVE the pretty vintage ones you can find--great colors, too. I have a whole stockpile as well.

Laura said...

I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a 20 year old girl that has a lot of "grandma slips." And yes they were all thrifted.

Very cute outfit!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com

myedit said...

Yes... good comments. I should add I only hack up the modern slips... not the vintage ones! Though, I haven't found many nice old ones, so I just cut away;)

Thrifted Shift said...

You're right about the lace making lumps, but I never thought about cutting it off before. That's tonight's project, thanks! I'm usually all about thrifting (and I avoid Walmart and Target religiously) but as far as underwear goes, I splurge at Nordstrom (decent ethical standards). I got a short nude slip there a while ago and I'm sure I'm going to be able to use it the rest of my life!
--Vivienne

SissySees said...

Just so you know?? Target and WalMart don't always have slips, not in the right size/shape/whatever.

You may have just turned me into a thrifter, because I'm already turning into my grandmother and believe in lined skirts and a "proper" slip.

(But I did live through the day last month when I unknowingly wore a thinner than I thought dress from one of those cheap but fun stores...)

Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy said...

Totally unrelated to thrifting or see-through clothing (which I am all too familiar with... I realize that makes me sound like a stripper, but really I just suck at realizing things are see-through until much later when I'm wearing them) ANYWAYS. I just wanted to say that your body is looking amazing! You looked great before, but go 'head, girl. Aaaand I sound creepy.

Natasha Fatah said...

I totally hear you.
a) why make a skirt see-through? Who is this woman that wants all her business out on the street? Line those skirts people!

b) I use my mom's old slips, and I'm surprised how often I have to turn to them, especially in the summertime.

~Natasha Fatah~
~Natasha Fatah~

Maggie said...

I love the thrifted slips idea. Also, where is that maxi skirt from? I love it!

Lisa B said...

Great tip! I hear ya about Nickleback!

Lisa B

lifeandstylebylisab.blogspot.com

newpetite said...

You are so right about the slips! Ive never thought of checking them out at thrift store!
One of my fav looks from you. Simple but elegant and fun!

Jessica Gitler said...

you always look so wonderful ... you can be wearing the most simple outfit and make it look so stunning, I just love your style!!
Jess
JESS CAUSE BLOG

Sheila said...

YES! Hurray for vintage slips! They are lovely, better fabric than modern (if you can even find them), and have gorgeous details.

I found a Christian Dior 1/2-slip from the 80s for $16; slate grey with pale grey lace. Just a beautiful thing.

Full slips and 1/2-slips are essential - and great for layering in the winter for warmth (I know, hard to think of it).

Rock on, Jentine!

AmyRoto said...

It is SO hard to find a good slip these days! All the "slips" sold in stores today are actually just shapewear -- and those ride up on me like there's no tomorrow!

I have an old grandma slip that I cut the lace off as well! So funny to hear that a lot of other ladies do this too! :)

Sara said...

To answer your question about Nickleback:

http://www.maximumfun.org/stop-podcasting-yourself/stop-podcasting-yourself-228-steve-bays

Jennifer said...

I recently went looking for a slip for a see through dress (why do they even make them see through?) and not even Macys had any. The closest thing I could find was shape wear. So... I just wore the dress. Apparently it wasn't as see through as I thought (or so, my boyfriend says, which he might have been lying so I wear it again haha!).


xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

sharon lei said...

Slips are something that is a rarity in most women's wardrobe these days, but it needs to become an essential once again.

I really love this skirt on you!! Such an easy piece to wear, but still so chic. :)

Hope you're doing fabulously, my dear. Come swing by to enter my Alainn Bella giveaway!!

xx Love & Aloha
http://elisharon.blogspot.com

Alexa said...

LOVE that skirt <3 it's sooo funn!

Alexa <3
http://sleepeatbreathefashion.blogspot.com/

kate said...

You said it, girl! There are way too many see-through skirts/dresses these days. And it makes total sense to buy the slips at a thrift store. Why did I never think of that? Thanks for the tip!

Michelle said...

I just bought a slip for a dress and I paid way too much on it. I didn't know I could buy slips at the thrift store.

Jess said...

It's funny that you just wrote about this because I have literally just spent the last week looking for a slip to go under a yellow dress. All I found was nadda. Thanks for the tip!

Jenny said...

I was joking about how skanky I felt in my knee-length dress today and was informed that since I am wearing a (10 cent! Silk!) slip under it that I'm probably not a hussy. I have a small and growing collection of proper slips and have given up looking at the Walmart/targets of the world because A) they often don't have any B) if they do, they suck C) they are like $15.
I am so glad that someone else under the age of 65 appreciates a good slip! (and sequins) :)

Alison (Wardrobe Oxygen) said...

Thanks to you (believe we had this discussion before on Twitter?) I have a thrifted slip. Before I found on a lingerie site, and while it wasn't rididuclously priced, the thrift store one was far nicer of a pricetag!

Kayla said...

I'm not sure I could like this post more. Several reasons. I think slips are important, and so many women do not wear them when they are most needed. Also because it reminded me how excited I am to do a bit of thrifting tomorrow, and also gave me somewhere to start! And your wit is wonderful.

Girl and Closet said...

Thanks so much for your health well wishes Jentine!! And I'm all over thrifting... it's absolutely the most rewarding way to shop, ever, and you look fabulous - loving that maxi & your styling of it. Happy weekend!! V

Sydney said...

My twelve year old self used to own slips, forced upon me by my mother. But now my 28 year old self totally sees the value in them! Thanks for the reminder that great necessities can be purchased via thrift. :)

Lindsey A. Turner said...

Great post! I am actually sitting here right now wearing a thrifted slip that I cut off (because I'm short) under my sheer old navy dress! I guess what I'm saying is I couldn't agree more- about that and the nickleback thing too!

Lindsey
http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

I've been reading your blog for a while, but have never commented and I just wanted to say thanks for always making me laugh!

Adin B said...

I always think of the same thing as to why some skirts are see through, then I realized I don't own a slip, so I went and searched for one or two during my thrift shopping and have them in nude and white, but have not yet found a black one. Gorgoues!!!!! :)

archives vintage said...

here, here for thrifted slips! black and nude all the way! i must have 10 of each. i keep the lace on mine and use them as cute little nightgowns in the summer!

Christa said...

Thank you! I took my 12 and 13 year old nieces to a Savers and found a white skirt, she wanted to wear it to church and I asked if she had a slip and she asked what that was! I got one of mine. Yes, the old ones are the best and that lace is annoying! I worked with a 22 year old intern that found out the importance of a slip walking in the sun one day at lunch;). She did not own a slip. My grandmothers are sad about this.

Anonymous said...

I'm old, not grandma, but mom age, and read your blog because you are smart,funny, and a good writer along with the great style. Anyway, if you sew, some good online sources have "microfiber knit" that is cool, stretchy, and great slip material. Of course, you can buy a length or two of silk charmeuse for a luxurious slip a fraction of rtw prices.
Kathleen

Anonymous said...

What a good idea! I've always had trouble trying to find slips at department stores!