Vintage Shapewear

We All Have a Story to Tell

Often times we tend to stick to the things we know best or are most comfortable with…as creatures of habit. But on the other hand, it can be very rewarding to take risks and venture outside of our comfort zone by trying new things. Since I first began dabbling in the world of corsets, I always chose the staple underbust styles and shied away from the overbust simply because I feared they wouldn’t work with my body type (large bust, short torso, & wide hips). When the team at Corset Story approached me to try one of their designs, I threw all reservations aside and decided it was time to give the Juliet Black Striped Waist Training Corset a shot!

Available in sizes 20-38 ~ MSRP $121USD

IMG_4504First things first, Corset Story offers three distinctive categories of corsets: Fashion Corsets, Steel Boned and Waist Training. The Fashion Corsets will not cinch you in since they don’t have metal boning; they are simply for looks and best suited for costumes. The Steel Boned can cinch in the waist by four to five inches and have 12 flat steel bones in the structure. Lastly, the Waist Training Corsets give the highest level of body reshaping, with a waist reduction of six or seven inches and 24 spiral steel bones. Since I am now more accustomed with corset wearing, I chose the Juliet from their Waist Training line for maximum reshaping with the helpful search option that narrowed down the styles suitable for a “petite torso”. Although these are intended to cinch your waist in 6-8”, I stayed with my usual size 22 due to my ample bust (36”) and hips (38”). As soon as the Juliet arrived, I began the seasoning process wearing it over my comfy clothes for about an hour at a time. The overbust was quite different as I had to keep a flawless posture while sitting and felt a more intense hold than ever before. The Juliet features a modest sweetheart neckline, 20 Spiral Steel Bones with 4 Flat Steel Bones, 5” modesty panel, heavy duty laces, 6 garter hooks (garter tabs sold separately), and measures 15” in length.

IMG_4491To my surprise, I was almost able to cinch the Juliet corset closed with only 1-2” remaining. That being said, this caused my bust to be extremely compressed and believe that the sweetheart neckline would be much improved if it were a more dramatic (heart shape) curve to allow for an ample bosom. Since this particular style is suited for a petite (short torso), there was no excess compression on the hips and was perfect in length. I found the heavy duty laces to be very handy and easy to tighten, preventing it from slipping as you do so. Overall, the steel boning really reshapes your body beautifully and creates a very defined hourglass silhouette for those seeking an extreme change.

IMG_4496 IMG_4500The soft monochrome black pinstripe lends itself well as a great wardrobe staple to be worn under your clothing. It would also double as a fabulous corset to wear for a sexy boudoir photoshoot paired with the garter clips (available in sets of 4 or 6 for $12-15 in various colours) and retro seamed stockings. There’s no need to worry about finding a bra to coordinate, the overbust corset has you covered!

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I am definitely happy that I finally gave the overbust corset a chance as the Juliet (Waist Training) from Corset Story worked quite well overall for my body type. Corset designers are seeing the need to accommodate all shapes and sizes, as not everyone can afford to invest in a custom made piece. Hopefully we’ll see some deeper sweetheart necklines for us busty ladies in their corset training line up in the future.

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Cherry On Top

Sometimes I cannot help but revisit past product reviews as they are worth sharing all over again. This past Fall, we got a comprehensive look into the CS-411 underbust corset from Orchard Corset. A wonderful style for those with a shorter torso like myself and suitable for average torso lengths as well. The exciting part with these staple styles, Orchard Corset occasionally surprises us with fabulous limited edition prints and colours. The key is, snap them up quickly as once they are gone…they won’t be coming back!

Since I have already written a complete review of the CS-411 recently, make sure to check it out here before reading on –>http://pinuppersuasion.com/2014/11/12/a-hint-of-lavender/.

Cherry1This past Christmas, Orchard Corset released the CS-411 in a very limited edition Cherry print and I simply had to have it! Normally I shy away from ornate prints like these as my corsets tend to be either black or neutral shades for more wardrobe versatility. But in this case, I found the cherry print to actually be an accent piece that was well suited to be worn over your clothes as a lovely compliment to any ensemble.

cherry2The darling cherries are embroidered on a black sateen fabric and have a subtle pop of contrast that doesn’t scream too loudly to deter from the classic appeal. Red and green being two of my favorite colours to wear, it was quite easy to pair it with various items in my wardrobe. Less is more; using solids to showcase the delicious fruitiness is the way to go! With an obsession for vintage cherry style necklaces, I had more than a few to choose from to complete the outfit wonderfully.

cherry3Corsets have become mainstream in recent years and the selection among quality brands like Orchard Corset is flourishing. Whether you are a serious waist trainer or occasional corset wearer…there are a multitude of fabric, colours and prints to suit everyone’s taste. I am over the moon excited that the team over at OC heard the cries of us short torso customers and has recently released the CS-426 short! Stay tuned for a review in the near future…I shall be getting one of them very soon :)

 

 

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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.

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