The epitome of femininity is enfolded in silk, satin and lace - past decades women had multitudes of layers, petticoats, corsets and undergarments that were the foundations for the dress or outer garment.
I am a lover of the full slip - it has all but disappeared in shops these days, but you can still purchase them in M&S. What a slip or petticoat does is create a slippery surface on which your outer garment can flow. It covers up the unsightly bump of a waistband - or a bra closure giving a smoother silhouette. Silk and Satin are perfect for reducing the amount of static that can be generated with modern fabrics - (avoid if you can the synthetic satin as this actually increases static). There is nothing more frustrating than having the line of a lovely dress ruined as the fabric clings to your legs.
This picture is of the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor: I feel the picture epitomises graceful femininity of the 1950's - the fabrics are soft and sensual, enhancing her curves. I think it contributes to the art of seduction. We see sex on our screens all the time, but what we rarely see is sensual seduction - the slow process of a man discovering a woman's body, of allowing him to be the explorer - peeling back the layers of softness - the sensuality comes from process of touch - the anticipation of what lies beneath.
Just look at the beauty of the lace in this slip, wearing something as lovely as that would make me feel like a woman!
There is nothing more sexy for a man to catch a glimpse of a little bit of lace peeping below a hemline - it gives a small glimpse into what may lie beneath, rather than the overt on display shelf for all to see. A man, I believe, whats to explore unchartered territory, and have something for his eyes only - which is why peeling back the layers feels like a flower opening up at his fingertips.