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Nightgowns, Nightdresses and Slips

Updated on October 13, 2009

Nightgowns, nightdresses, slips, chemises, they're all variations on a theme. A theme of soft, delicate lingerie that gently clothes your body, relaxes you and makes you feel good. These long, flowing garments are favorites among lovers of lingerie, and this article is going to tell you how to make the most of them.

Buying The Right Material

The road to a slip that feels good starts when you're in the store. Buying high quality items that are either 100% silk, or even 100% nylon will significantly increase your chances of enjoying the way your lingerie feels against your skin. This may seem like obvious advice, but quite often people cut corners for the sake of a few dollars and then end up with lingerie they don't fully enjoy. Given that lingerie is all about sense pleasures, you may as well buy quality lingerie when you do buy it, or at least, the best quality you can comfortably afford.. There's no sense in bankrupting oneself for some nice lingerie, but a treat to yourself now and then won't hurt.

Washing – The Key To Enjoying Lingerie For The Long Term

Hand washing your slips and nightgowns is essential if you want them to maintain their feel over a long period of time. Washing machines are fine for most lingerie, and no, you won't instantly destroy your nightgowns and slips just by putting them through a machine wash. (As long as you use the delicates cycle and / or they are in a delicates bag.) However, over time a washing machine is far more abrasive than your hands could ever be and you will start to see loose threads, color loss and general deterioration of the fabric.

Also pay attention to what you are washing with. Use detergents designed for delicates, and remember, you don't need to wash in scalding hot water. Warm water is fine for most fabrics. Rinsing well will ensure that the fabric does not retain any soap and end up feeling as stiff as a board.

If you are washing a silk garment, follow these instructions:

  • Hand wash the garment gently in cold water using a gentle detergent. You don't even have to use washing powder necessarily, and indeed, it is a good idea not to. Instead you can use detergents formulated to be gentle for children, or wool wash detergents.
  • Rinse thoroughly in cold water.
  • DO NOT! Crumple, wring, scrunch, or take any other aggressive drying action. Definitely do not put it in your dryer. Dry silk by rolling it between two towels and putting it in a shady place to dry. Don't expose it to direct sunlight.

How You Wear It Matters

Wearing more than one slip or nightgown at a time is a handy trick for when you really want to enjoy the feeling of sliding around in all that soft, smooth lingerie. Again, this seems so obvious, but we usually get caught up in traditional ways of wearing things that we forget there might be another way to do things. Try slipping a slip over a slip and see how you feel.

For even more fun, try a pair of satin or silk sheets on the bed.



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      Sherman 7 years ago

      A short slip under jeans makes for more comfort. Even a short slip over pettipants eases movement. In warm weather go to lighter trousers or shorts. Some slips or pettipants/cullotes are short enough to comfortably wear under shorts.

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      Sherman 7 years ago

      I suggest trying pantliners under jeans. Much more comfortable. In cold weather they add insulation too. Also petti-pants are good in warm weather.

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      Niqqi 8 years ago

      Thanks for the tip about wearing two full slips. While one slip is always standard to wear over my panties, bra, garter belt and stockings, the second slip enhanced the enjoyment by providing a great deal of extra sliding around over areas, such as the torso, that are normally covered with just the one slip and not the other items. My wife also reminded me to order satin sheets for the bed. Well, ok!!