To achieve the bouffant looking skirt, like this:
However, it took something a bit more stringent for this look:
or this one:
One of these was required:
The bouffant look was the easiest to achieve – you just needed a really full half slip. More if you could. These slips were called crinolines or, as we called them in Oklahoma: Can-Cans.
They were sold in tubes and would expand like a rubber dinghy when removed.
One girl could fill a whole seat on the schoolbus if she’d really gone all out. A friend of my sister wore a cancan made by her mother which had used 12 yards of netting.
Slips were a lovely, feminine part of a lady’s wardrobe. Montgomery Ward’s 1960 Spring/Summer catalog featured 10 pages of all sorts of slips: half, full, lacy, utilitarian, and maternity in a wide range of colors.
Years ago I bought a very nice half slip with a wide border of lace, but alas, it became as tattered as a flag left out in the wind.
When I went back to Dillard’s to get a replacement – they had one style. One. And it was ugly.
I’m afraid modern women have been sold a bill of goods (taken for a ride; cheated; swindled) by fashion setters. It’s not easy to find feminine designs.
However, a Lady of the Night no longer needs a speciality store. She can get her work clothes anywhere.
Okay, on to the girdles.
Those slender skirts like Audrey Hepburn wore needed something more than just a slip underneath.
A “foundation garment” was used to slim those hips. Smooth out those bumps. Hold in that tummy.
That same MW catalog had 25 pages of girdles and slimming undergarments.