Although similar in appearance, chemises and slips perform different functions.

Chemises are worn next to the body, typically with a set of drawers. They protected the body from the corset and vice-versa.

Slips are worn over the underwear, as the final layer before the outer garments. They provide a slinky surface for the outer garments to slide over the body, hence the name slip.

While there was some transition, pretty much chemises were worn while corsets were in style, and slips started about the same time corsets started transitioning into girdles.

1910 Ivory Knit Chemise

1910 Ivory Knit Chemise

Crocheted Lace Neckline

1915 White Cotton Chemise

Embedded Green Ribbon

1920 Beige Silk Slip

1920 Beige Silk Slip

Embroidery Around Neckline

1920 White Cotton Chemise

1920 White Cotton Chemise

Embroidered Neckline

1930 Peach Silk & Lace Slip

1930 Peach Silk & Lace Slip

Bias Cut with Inset & Appliqued Lace

1940 Black Rayon & Lace Slip

Lace at Neckline

1940 Black Rayon Slip

Lace Neckline