“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Butterfield 8,” fans of old movies will recall Liz Taylor wearing a sexy full nylon slip in both films. With today’s fashion shift to dresses, interest in wearing full slips made of the 1953 wonder fabric is resurfacing. Unlined summer dresses can reveal what you may or may not be wearing underneath them. A nylon full slip fits and looks like a dress with adjustable straps. Unless your full slip is skin tight, removing it won’t be too tricky.

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Grasp the right and left side of the hem. Fold the hem up to where you can keep the fold in place with your upper arms or elbows. Hold the fold and then lift it and the top of the slip over your head. Most full slips have heavy, ornate lace trimming on the bodice and the hem. Shedding it by this method not only lessens the possibility of your fingers poking a hole in the lace, it also minimizes damage to your hairdo.

Fold the hem up to mid-thigh, then double the fold to the waist. Fold it again up to the bust then slip it over your head. Getting out of the slip this way assures you won’t damage the lace or disturb your hair.

Lift the hem of the slip over your head in one motion. This is a quick, easy way to remove it. If you have no concerns about disheveling your hair or snagging the lace with your fingernails, use this method.

Take off the full slip from the top down to keep your hair in place and reduce the risk of damaging the lace. Loosen the straps then remove each arm. Push the bodice down over your waist and hips. If the bodice is made of lace, take care not to snag it. To easily remove a form fitting full slip from the top down, your bust and hips must be roughly the same size.

Full slips are measured and sold by bust size. If bust and hip measurements are widely disproportionate, the slip bust size must be at least equal to the size of the hips. Use the over-the-head method to remove the full slip if this is the case. Otherwise, you risk ripping the seams by forcing it down your hips.


  • To prevent damaging the lace, wear rubber gloves when handwashing your slips.

  • Wash heavily laced slips with a mild soap and let air dry.

References and Resources

1953 Petticoat Slip


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