Wednesday, June 04, 2014

What's Under That Vintage Dress? Part 2

Monday's post about foundation garments got a lot of interest with comments, emails and even a phone call!  Here are a couple more examples today.

The strapless cocktail dress by Ceil Chapman shown above is worn over a strapless supportive bra and an open bottom girdle by Perma-lift. If you can't get the look without bulges between the two pieces, then wear an all-in-one corset.

And lest you think that girdles were only worn for evening, think again, my friends.  Women wore girdles with their daytime dresses too.  The Sportwhirl sheath shown here is worn with a supportive bra and panty girdle, both by Perma-lift.

I know what you're thinking.  "They don't make foundation garments like this anymore!"   WRONG!  There are several companies that do, including Secrets in Lace, as shown here.  Back in 2009, I did a long blog post about modern foundation garments to wear under your vintage clothing.  It includes tips and links to several companies that offer the types of corsetry you need.  Be sure to read the comments, as many readers shared other companies to look for too!


4 comments:

Jessica said...

I love posts like these. It's easy to feel like your body is the wrong shape when clothes don't fit you the way that they do the models and women of yesterday, but realizing that they had a little help from things like corsets and girdles can be oddly uplifting. Like, "oh, I can do that too."

Jenifir said...

I thought about commenting yesterday but was not sure what I would say. The post reminded me of what my mother said about wearing a girdle in highschool (she graduated in 1962): "A girl would get sent home for not wearing a girdle. If the teacher could pinch her bottom, she was not wearing one." Also she thought that the polyester stretch pants that she wore in the early seventies were the worst thing for her figure and it was too easy to not be aware of how much weight you could gain. It is an interesting perspective when you think of rampant obesity and today's anything goes attitude to fashion.

Jenifir said...

I thought about commenting yesterday but was not sure what I would say. The post reminded me of what my mother said about wearing a girdle in highschool (she graduated in 1962): "A girl would get sent home for not wearing a girdle. If the teacher could pinch her bottom, she was not wearing one." Also she thought that the polyester stretch pants that she wore in the early seventies were the worst thing for her figure and it was too easy to not be aware of how much weight you could gain. It is an interesting perspective when you think of rampant obesity and today's anything goes attitude to fashion.

Dame du Diable said...

I've been looking for a foundation garment for years and have had the hardest time finding one that fits properly. I don't have any problem finding vintage clothes that fit, but the girdles I've been finding are always too small in the hips/bust if they fit in the waist, or too big in the waist if they fit my hips. I have a ten inch difference between my hips and waist, so I figured I wouldn't fit into modern garments properly, but I'm really confused as to why vintage girdles also don't fit especially since the clothes from the same era fit so well. Does anyone have any ideas, or had a similar experience, or have I just had really bad luck with the ones I've come across?

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