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The Key to Looking Great in a Tshirt Dress?

Updated: Aug 3, 2018

Visiting my bestie in Virginia!

Its no secret that I wear many, many, many cheap dresses. I don't like to spend a whole lot of money when I shop, so lots of times, my go-to is a cotton or rayon dress. I am asked often how I am able to get them to fall so nicely. The answer to this question is the key to looking great in a cotton shift or tshirt dress (or almost any dress actually). What is it?


Yeah yeah yeah. Call me a grandma-- I don't care! Proper underwear makes any outfit look a million times better. The slip seems to have fallen by the wayside lately, and every time I mention one, I seem to be laughed at, but let me tell you something-- that is what makes a dress fall BEAUTIFULLY. I may sound like I am straight out of 1950 or something, but oh well! I can't even believe more women my age don't wear them- it is an ESSENTIAL item for me!

1. What KIND of slip?

I own about eight different slips, differing in length and color, but my absolute favorite ones are SHORTS, like the ones pictured. I wear these all the time! My mother always called these tap pants (look, I don't know!) but the slip short is my absolute go-to. They don't bunch, they are short so you can wear them under minis, and your legs won't rub together! Mine are black because I get the most use out of those, but I've been meaning to get a tan one.

There are other types of slip shorts too- tighter compression ones that are Spanx-esque, but I always find that these either lose their sliding capability after a few washes OR are visible under the clothes, especially at the waistband or the leg band. I do have quite a few pairs of these, but they just won't last you as long as a regular slip will.

You do NOT have to spend a lot of money on these either! There is a huge section of slips at Target and/or Walmart. You might have seen in the picture of the slip shorts above that these are UNDER $10! Dillard's also has one of my favorite undergarment sections and they have tons of options!

A regular slip skirt will work JUST AS WELL as the shorts and can be a better option for some people. It is also much easier to find in stores. No matter what you get, just GET ONE! I have seen WAY too many dresses sticking to booties or panties lately...

2. When do I NOT wear a slip?

Visiting the gorgeous Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, CA

The only time I don't wear a slip with a dress is when the dress is lined with good, expensive lining. Because, for the most part, I'm a pretty cheap shopper, when I am wearing a dress, I am almost always wearing a slip or slip underwear just because it helps the fabric fall nicely around my behind!

The dress I have on above is $9.90 from Forever 21. If I wore this dress without a slip, it would either attach itself to my underwear, attach itself to my behind, or go into my behind. Gross, gross, gross. Wear a slip. It falls so much nicer when I have one on and then I don't have to worry too much about the wind, because I have a pair of shorts on under!

3. Should I get a full slip?

No girl- pass on that. You just need a half slip and 18 inches at the LONGEST. I have a longer slip for when I wear maxis and that is the only use I have ever gotten out of it.

Let me know if this was helpful, if you have any questions, or if you find success from this! Don't forget to follow me on instagram @livingforthesummerblog and on facebook at

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