12 Pretty Slips That Smooth Without Shaping

  |   By Laurie Shapiro

If you've ever had a dress climb your hose-covered thighs, or cringed when you saw panty lines showing through a skirt, it's time to invest in a slip!

With the popularity of shapewear, most slips you'll see at department stores look more like torture devices than lingerie. Who wants to feel like a stuffed sausage under that date-night dress? Unless you're looking for compression to reduce inches, you'll be more comfortable in a slip that skims not shapes.

Slips are a bit of a lost art. Since they fell out of fashion in the 1970's, most slips that aren't shapewear are dull white, beige, or black polyester numbers that don't exactly flatter. If you're like me, you'd rather risk static cling and visible panty lines than covering your gorgeous lingerie with those. Well, I'm happy to say that pretty slips are making a comeback!

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When slip shopping, look for fabrics that have excellent horizontal stretch or are cut on the bias, so it skims the body without riding up. Built in soft cups should have enough coverage that you can easily wear your favorite bra underneath (a few have such pretty necklines you'll want them to peek out under low-cut tops). Adjustable straps are crucial to providing individualized fit and customizing length. Lastly, unless you plan on a lace hem showing under swishing skirts, make sure to check the length of the slip against the length of your garment.

From sumptuous silks to slinky microfibers, these twelve slips will stylishly smooth everything from midi skirts to your shortest wrap dresses.

Mimi Holliday Vintage Slip
Mimi Holliday 'Oleander' Vintage Slip
Via Nordstrom
Available in berry or teal, in sizes XS-XL (fitting 2-14)
Else Underwire Slip
Else Signature Underwire Slip
Via Bloomingdale's
Available in band sizes 32-36 with cup sizes B-DD
Lucy B Full Slip
Lucy B 'Coquette' Full Slip
Available in sizes XS-XL
Julianne SlipJulianne 'Samantha' Slip
Via Journelle
Available in 5 colors, in sizes XS-L
Only Hearts Silk Slip
Only Hearts 'All Year Long' Silk Slip
Available in sizes S-L
Midi Slip
Only Hearts Laced Midi Slip
Via Anthropologie
Available in sizes XS-L
Commando Lace Trim Microfiber Slip
Commando Lace Trim Microfiber Slip
Via Nordstrom
Available in sizes S/M-M/L (fitting 0-14)
Fortnight Mira Slip
Fortnight 'Mira' Slip
Via Bloomingdale's
Available in black, blue, or ivory, in sizes S-XL
Calvin Klein Slip
Calvin Klein Ethereal Tailored Slip
Via Bloomingdale's
Available in sizes S-L
Hanky Panky Half Slip
Hanky Panky 'Silky Skin' Fitted Half Slip
Via Nordstrom
Available in sizes S-L (fitting 4-14)
Jones New York Half Slip
Jones New York Lace Half Slip
Via HerRoom
Available in black or beige, in sizes S-XL
Commando Half Slip
Commando Half Slip
Via Nordstrom
Available in black or beige, in sizes S/M-M/L (fitting sizes 2-16)

Do you incorporate slips into your wardrobe? Are you a fan of half slips or full slips? Do you have a favorite brand or style?

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