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I'm trying to help my mom find a slip to wear under a formal dress for my wedding this summer.

She bought a beautiful chiffon gown, but it's a bit clingy around her lower mid-section, and then narrows past the hips instead of flowing out. She'd like to find a stiff slip to give the dress a bit more structure and avoid that clinginess. Preferably A line, but not turning it into a ballgown. We were thinking maybe in a taffeta? She is around a size 18-20.

We're located in Canada, so online options would be great.

Thanks, Nation! I know you can help us.

Signed,

Slipless in Seattle (but really, Canada)

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  • Kiernan says:

    I think my first stop would be Modcloth.

  • Bridget says:

    Try these? Any of the Style 100 or 101 look like they might work. If not, refine your search by looking for bridal/formalwear slips or crinolines. Regular slips are not going to do the job–they're meant to smoothe the line on the body.

    http://www.bestbridalprices.com/love-two-slips-bridal-lingerie-c144d222

    If you can't find what you like online, consider asking a dressmaker to build a slip into the dress. It may be more expensive, but you can get the exact look your mom wants.

    Congratulations! Have a wonderful wedding!

  • MizShrew says:

    HerRoom.com might be able to help you out. But given that you're looking for something with a bit of structure to it, then maybe one of the bridal places would be helpful?

  • Cassie says:

    It may be more than she wants to spend, but you may also want to check into local seamstresses – they'll be able to do exactly what she wants without having to deal with "buy-and-return", which is what happened with MY mom's dress for my wedding :)

    Also, etsy.com might be a good place to try – lots of options there.

  • Sarah says:

    Can you link to a similar dress? Because I'm picturing something cut on the bias and that would not really go well with a slip to give it structure.

    I assume most bridal stores would sell slips of varying amounts of shape and structure, no?

  • Kari says:

    I'm a fan of ordering slips off Etsy. You can often order custom jobs that will (hopefully!) give you exactly what you need. Best of luck.

  • Jackie says:

    OP here – you guys are the best! I do think going with a local seamstress is going to be our best bet. The ones on Etsy seem tempting, but as the wedding is a month away now (eek!) we're a bit worried that they won't be just right. Sharon, that one is exactly the right concept, but maybe a bit too thin (trying for a bit more structure). Thank you everyone for all your help and kind words!

  • jennie says:

    I'm not sure if the Vermont Country Store will have exactly what you're looking for, but they do have a lot of more traditional slip styles that are getting harder to find, including the kind that are basically culottes, which I love in the summer because I have stupid thick thighs. They do ship outside the US, but you have to call for info on prices and times, apparently.

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