I am thrilled to share that Rago has NOT let us down once again! We all know how EPIC the 1294 open bottom girdle is for us vintage lovers but sometimes we need something a little more “simple” while still doing the job right. Thankfully Orchard Corset has one of the best selections of Rago products with fabulous sales for us bargain shoppers.
May I introduce to you…the Rago 1357 Lacette Open Bottom Girdle! Available in pink & black, red & black, solid white and solid black – MSRP $45USD
If you already own other Rago girdles, you should definitely stick to the same sizing with the 1357. Rago suggests ordering up if you have more than 10 inches difference between your waist and hip measurements, in this case like me. I wear a large in Rago girdles, my waist is 29, hips 41. The 1357 girdle measures 13 inches in length and sits on your natural waist line. Personally I adjusted it a few times to find the right placement according to my shape. It features six metal garter tabs with a rather rigid reinforced tummy panel for ultimate smoothing.
Since this girdle is sans zipper, it requires some shimmying and wiggling like the Rago bodybriefers. If you are looking for tummy control, this is hands down the best girdle I have tried that gives the most control without sacrificing comfort. I would even venture to say it provides firmer tummy support than the Rago 1294 girdle. The inner bands smooth out your stomach and bum wonderfully while the lace jacquard fabric holds you in firmly all over.
No shapewear is flawless in one way or another but this one is pretty darn close like the 1294 girdle. The one thing I noticed was the upper bands gives a slight muffin top when sitting since it is so firm and my stomach is far from that. (Let’s be honest here, I would not be wearing shapewear otherwise) It was pretty simple to adjust the band to eliminate the top bulging for the most part, you will need to play around a little to find the right placement as I mentioned earlier. It was amazing to see how flat my tummy was and the amazing smoothing power in the bum area too.
It was time to test the 1357 girdle under some wiggle dresses to see if it looked nearly as good as I was seeing sans clothing. Here is a sampling of test subjects, what do you think? I was pleasantly surprised on how incredible it looked in a variety of styles and fabrics. I would be lying if I did not say I found myself making little adjustments based on the particular garment to ensure an all over smooth silhouette.
The Rago 1357 girdle gets a BIG thumbs up from Pin Up Persuasion, a very close runner up to the Rago 1294 girdle! Keep a close eye on the PP Fanpage for the latest Orchard Corset Sale notifications and I also highly recommend signing up for their newsletter to receive their fabulous sales right in your inbox!