I used to wear a slip because many of my skirts were wool. The slip prevented itching and kept skin oils off the fabric, so the skirt didn’t need to be sent to the dry cleaners as often. Today I wear a slip to keep the skirt or dress from clinging to pantyhose.
It seems that girls today do not wear slips. My daughter does not wear pantyhose and almost all school clothes are made of cotton or other soft fibers and are thrown into the washing machine after one wearing. She would rather not wear a slip because it is just one more thing to bother with, and an extra layer of cloth is the last thing we need with this hot weather.
The slip topic came up when she bought a very full skirt of gauzy cotton. Flesh-toned underwear will be less conspicuous than white, but would a slip help here? What are the advantages of wearing a slip under a dress or skirt?
One of the things she loves about her “Aye Caramba!” skirt is how it flares when she twirls. A long, straight slip would be visible when she twirls, and frankly it would look silly. Besides, I’m not sure that showing lingerie is any more modest than bare legs. (Did I just say “modest”? I am showing my age.)