If you’ve never worn a girdle before and would like to try it for the summer (maybe with a pair of breathable stockings), this list is great for starter pieces! They’re all comfortable, beautiful, good quality, and not too sturdy. I personally love Rago (the first one on the list!), and American Shapewear just so happens to be having a sale on their light garments!
See the recommendations:
Miss Victory Violet reviewed a variety of foundation garments to show us which ones compliment her figure best under a vintage dress!
I personally loved the combination of a powerful waist cinching corset and a hip smoothing girdle by Rago Shapewear.
See her reviews! http://missvictoryviolet.com/2014/04/29/the-perfect-shape/
If you want to look retro chic, don’t ignore the granny section anymore! The Nylon Swish discovered treasures there and shares.
“Buying vintage or replica vintage underwear can be challenging for a couple of reasons, first of all, it can be very expensive, and this limits the number of items that most people can afford to buy at one time. My base set of underwear from What Katie Did included a corset, a couple of girdles, a couple of bras, a corselette and some stockings; this came to about 550 pounds, not something that I could afford to do every month.” – Elinor
Read more on “Granny got it right!”
Getting married in a vintage dress? Offbeat Bride has great suggestions for retro-styled undies that will deliver the necessary support! I can vouch for this gorgeous Rago girdle.
Instead of ogling shoes this week (…I KNOW!), I’m going to take a quick moment to enjoy some underwear.
Specifically, retro-styled underwear that could go awesome under a vintage-influenced dress. We’re talking high-waisted, low-hipped, and all awesome.
See their suggestions on the website.
Vintage fashion mama from NY, Bunny’s Victory, runs a blog to share with fellow fashionistas who adore iconic styles! Foundation garments are the key to having your vintage dress fit like a glove, but those extra layers don’t feel so great once the weather gets warmer. That’s why Bunny tried on a Rago style 1294 girdle as a breathable warm weather alternative. See what she had to say.
“I found both to be extremely comfortable but for the dress I say 100% for the Rago. I loved how much tummy support it gave me. I think there is a difference. What I loved about it also is that it felt so comfortable and it was easy to put on. It was a little tricky to get the zipper up for me, only because my hands weak. It was easy to go up and down the stairs as well. I haven’t worn it with the stockings just yet but I have a feeling I will love it even more.” – Bunny
More on Bunny’s Vintage Victory!
Gorgeous and glamorous modern pinup icon, Bernie Dexter, gives amazing advice about foundations in her interview with The Lingerie Addict! She knows that a smooth silhouette begins with great foundation garments.
Do you have any lingerie tips for my readers who want to get that perfect pin-up shilouette?
YES! Foundations! foundations! foundations! I highly recommend my BernieDexter for Lucy B. Merry Widow! It holds everything in without being as extreme as wearing a corset. When you get comfy with the merry widow, then you can add the Bernie Dexter for Lucy B. steel-boned corset waist cintcher that will be coming soon!
I ran across this gorgeous image of colorful bodysuits while pinning and was reminded of a great resource for vintage fashion lovers to find good quality, colorful foundations!
If you’ve got a collection of bright outfits, you should check out Orchard Corset‘s collection of custom-dyed foundation garments. When your lingerie matches your outfits, you know you really have your style put together. They carry my favorite brands in all of the colors in the rainbow! The lingerie in the vintage illustration I found looks so similar to my beloved Rago #9357 corselette, picked up from American Shapewear (whose site just had a great makeover, see: http://www.americanshapewear.com/).
See all of Orchard Corset‘s corselette dye choices here:
Which decade was your favorite for shapewear fashion? No matter how I look at it, the 50’s have it!
Check out the timeline here: http://www.daxon.co.uk/page/history-of-shapewear.htm