|image via Fashionable Forties- one of my favorite blogs!|
Today I'd like to talk a little about girdles- what they are, how to get a great fit and where to find vintage style girdles. When many modern gals hear "girdle", they think of an uncomfortable, confining, matronly torture device reserved for Grannies. Over the years, a girdle has been associated with repression and being unattractive.
The girdle is making a come-back, though as women try to shape their figures when exercise and diet cannot. For us vintage girls, a girdle is a wardrobe must-have. All classy ladies wore girdles from the 1920s to early 1970s. When women left the house "ungirdled", they were considered to be sloppy and unladylike.
|vintage and modern girdles from Dollhouse Bettie|
Girdlezone.org has this to say about wearing girdles: "The held-in, held-together feeling produced by a girdle makes many women feel more organized, more alert, and more authoritative, as well as more attractive. Many women find that girdles make them feel more feminine, and more graceful. Even a very comfortable girdle will improve a woman's posture, helping her to stand and sit straighter (this may account, to some extent, for the improvement in alertness). A woman wearing a girdle will walk and sit with a charming, careful grace that is distinct from the impressions produced by ungirdled informality. In addition to the pleasant tactile feeling of a girdle, many women enjoy the "vintage" feeling, the sense of dressing and moving like the truly classy Hollywood actresses."
|Rago girdles from HerRoom|
A girdle is like a great fitting bra, it is the foundation to any incredible outfit and will give the wearer support and confidence to look and feel her best.
According to frequent girdle wearers, if you have never worn a girdle, be patient and try it at least a few times before deciding to hate them. A proper fitting girdle is essential to girdle wearing success. You can find a great selection of plus size girdles at hips and curves
vintage reproduction girdles from What Katie Did
for more vintage underwear inspiration, see my pin board "mentionable unmentionables"