Archive for : August, 2015

A Little Story about Slips

The slip is the successor to the older petticoat and chemise as worn during the Edwardian era. While the chemise covered the entire torso down to below the knee, the petticoat was worn from the waist down only and often gave shape to the outer garment.

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A slip can be a full slip or a half slip (covering the waist down).

First dating from the late 1910’s and the early 1920’s, the slip is a lightweight garment worn under dresses and skirts, over the top of briefs and bra. Commonly used fabrics include nylon, silk, rayon, and cotton. Today microfibre and bamboo are also used to make some slips. In the past, satin and taffeta were favoured for wearing under sheer dresses of the same colour.

Traditionally, slips were made mostly in neutral tones of white, blush, beige and black.

Styles reflected each decade:

1920s – loose and tubular with little embellishment

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1930s – plain but cut on the bias

1940s – the bust is well defined in the slip and it is more likely to be embellished with trims in lace – rayon the most common fabric

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1950s – definition and embellishment are enhanced. The bra-slip appeared, combining the bra and slip into a single garment. Silk, nylon and satin are common.

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1960s – smoother of fit, shorter in length, slips were more often made in bright colours and printed fabrics

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Today’s slips are generally very plain, with minimal embellishment. They are worn purely to combat sheer garments, and these days most garments of this type are lined, so the need for a slip has diminished greatly. Whereas in decades past a woman was not considered to be properly dresses without a slip, today they are the exception.

Slips however can still be very sexy, and a pleasure to wear…

 

 

Protesters don their Bras in Hong Kong

August 2, 2015, saw a protest with a difference in Hong Kong. Protesters both male and female demonstrated outside Hong Kong’s police headquarters in support of a woman who was arrested, charged, convicted, and sentenced for using her breast to bump a police officer during another protest.

Dozens of male and female activists gathered outside the police headquarters in the Wan Chai district. Some carried bras as banners, while others wore them over the top of their t-shirts.

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The protest was triggered when a thirty year old local woman was sentenced last week to serve three and a half months in jail for assaulting a police officer during a March 2015 protest against cross-border traders from mainland China. The woman was found guilty of using her breast to bump against the chief inspector of police’s arm.

The ridiculous charge has elicited furore from men and women, who fear it sets a precedent that will exploit the rights of women to participate in any kind of protest activity.

The irony is that during the incident, the chief inspector’s hand touched the said woman’s breast as he tried to grab her handbag strap. She yelled “indecent assault” at the time and made an accusation against him of indecent assault. The tables were turned, however, when the magistrate found that she had trumped up the allegation and that she herself had acted maliciously and used her breast as a weapon against the police inspector to harm his pristine reputation.

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Crowds of supporters of all ages at the protest chanted “Breasts are not weapons. Give back our breast freedom”.
The very idea that breasts could be considered a weapon, and that a woman who makes an accusation of indecent assault against a man who gropes or touches her inappropriately could be in turn accused of malicious intent and be herself punished boggles the mind. The defendant is appealing her sentence.