Vintage Shapewear

Recreating the Silhouettes of the 1950s by The Nylon Swish

As brands such as Pinup Girl Clothing, Trashy Diva and Bernie Dexter grow in popularity, more and more women around the world are embracing the elegant designs of the 1950s. One of the aspects of vintage fashion that sometimes gets overlooked is underwear, however without the right shapewear it is not always possible to make the most of your vintage threads. I have made some suggestions on how to achieve three of the most iconic silhouettes from the 1950s.

Full skirts and nipped waists

One of the most popular items of clothing worn by women who are inspired by vintage fashions is the circle skirt. Generally made from a full circle of fabric, these skirts look very full (especially if worn with a petticoat) which accentuates a women’s waist and often make it appear smaller.

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Photo by Lisa Larsen, 1952

Women have previously spent a lot of time trying to achieve the perfect nipped waist to further accentuate the silhouette created by full skirts, they wore corsets, steel boned girdles waist cinchers and other similar garments to help pull them in. If you love wearing circle or swing skirts and want to emulate the nipped waists of the women from around the 1950s, here are some items of shapewear that can help you achieve this silhouette:

1. One of the best ways that you can achieve a nipped waist is by taking advantage of the strong elasticated bands on shapewear, for example, pairing this Rago 1359 with a 2202 longline bra and ensuring that there is some overlap from both garments will mean that the elasticated bands will pull your waist in twice as much.

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Rago Style 2202

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Rago Stye 1359

2. Another great way of minimizing the size of your waist is to wear cinchers, these items are elasticated and very comfortable.

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What Katie Did Glamour Waist Cincher

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Rago Style 2107

3. If you’re feeling hardcore, you can opt for a corset to guarantee maximum waist cinching results. In this situation, I would recommend wasp corsets as they are short and will not compromise physical movement in any way. The added benefit of a corset is that you can wear it over your clothes as outerwear as well as underwear. Orchard Corset make fun and affordable corsets in many different styles and colours.

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Orchard Corset Steel Boned Wasp Corset

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Orchard Corset Steel Boned Wasp Corset

Body Contouring Clothes

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(Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

If you prefer a more understated look and tend to opt for pencil style skirts and tight-fitting tops, you will know that it is essential to choose the right underwear to create a smooth figure and avoid VPLs and bra bulges on your back. Some essentials that will help smooth you out are:

1. Longline bras – The long band of fabric reaching down to the stomach will help prevent bulges under and above the bra strap.

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What Katie Did Cabaret Bustier

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What Katie Did Kate Longline Cone Bra

2. Longline girdles – Both open bottom girdles and panty girdles are great to smooth out problem areas but longlines add even more support.

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Rago Style 1294

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Kiss Me Deadly Jacquotte Longline Girdle

3. All in one foundations – Corselettes and one piece items will provide ultimate support and leave you lump and bump free.

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Rago Style 9071

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Revival Lingerie Polka Dot Corselette

Bullet Boobs

7b6aaffd6771acb46220ef0ead35c190Neither underwired bras nor moulded cups existed in the 1950s, women therefore wore non-wired bras which were constructed very differently to the bras on the market today; these bras caused women’s breasts to be a pointy or ‘bullet’ shape. Depending on how brave you’re feeling, there are different levels of point that you can achieve:

1. Mild point – This is the least extreme version of the bullet bra, so if you want to ease your way into a pointier shape, I would recommend this model.

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What Katie Did Cone Bra

2. Medium point – This bra is not padded so depending on the material that your top or dress is made of, the bra will appear more or less pointed.

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What Katie Did Maitresse Bullet Bra

3. Extreme point – This bra is padded and has been designed to create an a very distinctive point.

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What Katie Did Padded Bra

I hope this helps you to finish off your vintage looks!

Elinor

Blog: http://www.thenylonswish.com

Twitter: @TheNylonSwish

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A Hint of Lavender

Buying your first corset can be a very daunting experience but it certainly does not have to be. Orchard Corset has truly become a leading source for educational videos, impeccable customer service and really makes the whole experience so much fun! Since I began blogging almost 3 years ago now, I have watched them grow leaps and bounds to establish themselves as a household name in corsetry among people from all walks of life. Orchard Corset listens to their customers’ feedback and introduces exciting new products to the corset market that we never thought possible. A perfect example is the fabulous CS-411 Underbust Cotton Corsets!

Available in sizes 16-46 in tan & black cotton ~ MSRP $76

IMG_4084After some trial and error with sizing, I have found that the size 22 in the CS-411 is right for me. It is recommended that you order 5-7 inches below your natural waist measurements and for plus sizes (38″ or more) 7-10 inches to allow for cinching. If you are really unsure, please contact with the team at Orchard Corset and they will help guide you to select the right size. Once my new corset arrived, I switched out the black laces with satin ribbons in lavender before beginning the seasoning process. This was super easy to do after watching the instructional video by Cheri (VIEW HERE). The CS-411 is one of their medium length underbust corsets, ideal for a short to average torso. The primary features include 16 flat & spiral steel bones, a 5″ modesty panel, waist tape reinforcement and made from 100% premium cotton.

IMG_4090In my mind, I thought lacing with the satin ribbons would be easier to close than the nylon laces due to the silkiness of the ribbon but I was wrong. The ribbons seem to provide a slight friction since they are wider than the grommet holes and takes a little more effort to close snugly. I personally love the look of the satin ribbons and find them much less bulky. Make sure to keep the old laces in a safe place as you make want to switch them back at a later time. The CS-411 works wonderfully with my short torso, sadly I can’t wear the CS-426 as its much too long. There is minimal coverage over the hips but I don’t find it cuts in at all thankfully. If you want to avoid the dreaded flesh spillage make sure leave a slight gap at the top and bottom of the corset, enough to place two fingers while cinching close. This was a marvelous trick I learned recently by a corset designer and it works every time.

IMG_4086The cotton fabric makes this corset great for warmer climates and more comfortable when having to layer with other shapewear under your outfits. I have been asked if you can wear just a corset under a dress and the honest answer is no. Why? The busk closure hooks risk to damage your clothing and should be paired with a Spanx like shaper over-top to prevent this from occurring. There may be other options available but this method seems to be the most commonly recommended by fellow corset wearers.

IMG_4082 IMG_4087It has been a great pleasure to witness first hand how much Orchard Corset has grown these past few years, just as I have since I began my blogging journey. I look forward to seeing what the future holds with all of their new corset creations and continue showcasing them for my readers to discover as well. As an extra special treat today, we will be giving away this very corset in a size 22 (brand new) to one lucky reader.

Want to win this corset???

Simply click HERE or visit Pin Up Persuasion on Facebook.

The Giveaway starts Wednesday, Nov. 12 & closes @ 12am on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The Winner will be announced right here on the blog & on Facebook.

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*The winner has 7 days to claim their prize, otherwise it will be forfeited and redrawn from the existing pool of entries*.

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Introducing the CS-201 Mesh Corset!

I can still remember the moment when I tried a corset for the very first time; it was filled with fear, uncertainty, and thinking “what on earth am I getting myself into?” Being a complete novice and clearly not doing any research, I made all the most common corset mistakes: cinching it so tight I almost passed out, not properly seasoning it and lacing it uneven from top to bottom…just to name a few. These are obvious corset 101 basics but you must take the time to familiarize yourself with them before commencing any type of corset training. Now when I review corsets, it take me weeks and/or sometimes months before you will see them on the blog because I ensure they are properly seasoned and tested to provide the most accurate feedback. Recently, Orchard Corset introduced some of their most popular styles in a brand new unfamiliar fabric in corsets…MESH! The very first was the CS-201 Underbust Waspie Corset.

Available in sizes 18-40 in black, tan, & red/black ~ MSRP $75

IMG_4100When it comes to properly sizing your corset, you should always rely on the experienced staff at Orchard Corset to guide you. Based on my waist measurement (27”), I usually wear a size 22 corset to allow for 4-5” of cinching. In the case of the new mesh styles, there is a lot more elasticity to the fabric and it was suggested that I size down to a 20. When I received the CS-201 and compared it to my other corsets, I thought there was absolutely no way that it was going to fit…it was TINY! Once I got over the initial shock, it was time to give it a try. Low and behold, it fit like a glove and I was able to cinch my waist down to a comfortable 24”. This is a much superior amount of waist reduction in comparison to any of my other corsets to date. The mesh panels are ultra-stretchy and molds to your figure while the metal steel boning goes to work cinching your waist. The CS-201 features 16 flat & spiral steel bones, waist tape reinforcement, 4” back modesty panel, and recommended for all torso types. The waspie is designed as a shorter but practical every day corset, as the total length does not exceed 9.75”.

IMG_4092By far, I still consider myself a beginner with corsets and always learning with each new style that I sample from Orchard Corset. The CS-201 is definitely the most versatile to date, both easily worn under or over your pretty dresses to create an extreme cinched in effect without sacrificing comfort. The mesh is very breathable and lightweight in comparison to the cotton or satin alternatives but still beautifully constructed with the same quality steel boning. The CS-201 was the first corset that I didn’t fuss with any top spillage and only found it slightly so at the bottom. The mesh seems to more evenly distribute the excess flesh unlike the more rigid fabrics.

IMG_4094I chose to change the black lacing to red for a little extra pop of colour and it coordinates flawlessly with the Affinitas Parfait 6501 Leopard Print bra set. These, along with a wide variety of other colours can be purchased from Orchard Corset in varying length. Since I tend to close my corsets quite firmly, I went with the shortest length (4yds) so there wasn’t as much excess lacing when tied. If you are unsure what length to purchase, please make sure to consult directly with Orchard Corset as they can properly guide you according to each style. With my red laces in hand, I felt a slight pang of panic as I didn’t want to mess it up. I quickly remembered Cheri posted a step by step video (VIEW HERE) on how to correctly re-lace your corset…I was saved! It was super easy; don’t worry if you have to adjust them a few times to ensure they are just right before commencing the seasoning of your corset.

IMG_4105 IMG_4095With the quick success of the waspie mesh corset, Orchard Corset has now added the longer CS-411 in all three colourways. If you are a novice or veteran to corset training, I cannot recommend this style enough as it’s much less daunting and restrictive than its counterparts…ideal for daily wear.

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The Mighty Mini

There is one thing I will never claim to be is an expert on something that I know little about and learning along with the rest of you. It has been some time since I reviewed corsets on the blog as it is still very new to me and slowly learning the ropes, no pun intended. One of the major points that I took away from that last post was the proper method in tightening your corset, as I had no idea it should be evenly laced from top to bottom. Thankfully the staff at Orchard Corset are super helpful to those who are new to corset training and provide tons of incredible insight with their “how to” videos and on their blog. They recently released a new and improved version of their CS-301 Waspie Corset, available in a variety of prints and fabrics.

Available in sizes 16-46 in a variety of prints & fabrics ~ MSRP $65USD

CorsetFWhen it comes to corset sizing, it is recommended to order 4-7 inches (plus sizes over 38″ order 7-10 inches) below your natural waist line depending on your level of experience with waist training. With my waist now around 27″, I went with a size 22 which is in the middle of the suggested range and best for new comers. The CS-301 Waspie is perfect for those with a short torso like myself as the total height is only 8″, but also great for regular to long torso to give in a fabulous defined waist line. It features 12 spiral and flat steel bones, 5″ wide modesty panel, waist tape reinforcement, and high strength laces. The short design makes it ideal for a curvier figure to cinch the waist but not interfere with your hips. I also found this made it much quicker to season the CS-301 as the waspie molded to my body within two short wears and is much less restrictive than its longer counterparts.

CorsetA CorsetBThe CS-301 Waspie is great for those who are searching for a good introductory corset or simply a corset to wear on special occasions. Recently Orchard Corset introduced cotton to their corset line up which is a fabulous alternative to the traditional satin equivalents. The cotton is ideal for the summer months as it is breathable and considerably more lightweight. Hands down, I much prefer the cotton styles for every day wear. I would venture to say it would be easier to conceal under your garments than the satin. As you can see, I am almost able to close the 22 completely and would most likely need a 20 in the near future since my stomach area is rather squishy and have a very narrow ribcage. The one point of concern to note with the CS-301 Waspie if you have a “squishy” mid section, the excess flesh will push downward causing a tummy pooch at the base of the corset. In order to minimize this effect, I threw on a pair of Spanx high waist shorts which also worked to smooth out the harsh lines created by the extreme cinching.

CorsetD CorsetEHow to wear your corset is completely up to you. It is recommended to place a barrier between your skin and the corset to prevent body oils from compromising the material since they cannot be laundered (due to the steel boning). If you want to wear your corset under your dresses, make sure to wear a corset liner and some form of shapewear to go over the front metal grommets as they may damage your clothing. While seasoning your corset, simply wear a tank top or t-shirt since you’ll want to be comfortable during the breaking in process. It’s not about glamor at this stage, I just pair mine with a tank top and pj bottoms on a lazy Sunday.

CorsetCIt is exciting to finally find a corset that is suitable for a short torso and curvy figure like mine. I absolutely loved the CS-426 but unfortunately it was much too long for me. The CS-301 Waspie is the ideal mini style corset which is sure to become a staple in many pinup wardrobes.

Do you want to want to try the CS-301? If the answer is Yes, stay tuned for your chance to WIN a Waspie of your choice from Orchard Corset…

…all the details will be revealed later this week!

 

 

 

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