When the world caught a glimpse of Kate Middleton’s bum on a particularly windy day in Australia, the internet exploded. International scandal ensued, and Kate’s “windy woes” (which features every feasible near-panty-slip moment caught on camera) are now being shared with millions. And to think, Bum-Gate could have been entirely averted with a simple silk slip. But it probably wouldn’t have crossed Kate’s mind. And it probably would never have crossed your mind either. The very concept of the slip seems to have dropped off the earth.
But what happened to the slip? Beyond occasionally re-appearing on the fashion circuit as statement underwear as outerwear (as seen in this trend report), its practical use has been all but forgotten. In the 50s and 60s, wearing a dress without a slip was almost unthinkable. Fast forward into the present and you have millions of women walking around with embarrassingly sheer clothing, dresses bunching and clinging everywhere it really really shouldn’t. Our generation totally forgot about the slip, and adopted Spanx as the holy grail all-purpose solution to our wardrobe problems. Except that it isn’t. Unlike the silky slip that lays flat and creates a smooth barrier that makes clothes behave while remaining invisible to the touch, Spanx squeezed you, pushed you up and never let you forget that it was wearing you. How could a girl feel confident when she feels like a sausage, right? Plus, because its constantly squeezing your body, it basically serves as a constant reminder of your perceived “imperfections.” It may be time to bring the slip back, and give ourselves something we never knew we missed in the first place.
Of course part of the reason for our cultural abandonment of the slip is, well, that it’s kind of ugly. Sure, once upon a time that classic slip was cutting-edge design. But now it just reminds us of Nana’s moth-ball drenched closet. The question of why no one has bothered to radically re-design the slip is a curious one. Being comfortable is such a powerful tool for building confidence. Studies actually show that people who are physically uncomfortable are less charismatic and more likely to be irritable and unfriendly. Yet, in the world of fashion, comfort is rare. Between sky-high stilettos, skin-tight pencil skirts and awkwardly sheer dresses, being fashionable and being comfortable often seem at odds with each other.
Luckily Luxxie Boston, a new slip-focused lingerie brand designed with working women in mind, hopes to change all that. Luxxie’s mission is to help us prevent all future Middleton-worthy bum flashes (and do it beautifully). “The discomfort of clothing should be the last thing on a busy woman’s mind,” explains Stefanie Mnayarji, Luxxie co-founder and CEO, who often urges women to “stop spanking themselves with shape-wear.” And she has a point, there’s something down-right medieval about the way we torture ourselves in these constricting garments just to get a smoother silhouette. “We are living in an unprecedented time for women,” explains Stefanie, “and Luxxie Boston wants to empower them – not restrict them.” The company just launched their Kickstarter campaign, and hopes to spread their beautiful message of comfort to the world. We couldn’t be more excited. Not least because Stefanie is the definitive #girlboss, an incredibly inspiring person and a good friend.
The slip is bound for its big return. But not as the repurposed 90s trend we’ve come to think of as the only way to modernize this insanely useful piece of clothing. No, it’s new incarnation will be an essential compliment to our underwear. An instant go-to whenever you’re feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable in your outfit, especially when confidence is absolutely essential. Because it’s not enough that you look powerful and confident in your clothes, you have to actually feel powerful and confident in real life. For more information about Luxxie Boston and the whole rebirth of the slip, watch the video at the bottom of this post.