Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.

I was fortunate to attend ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the Victoria and Albert Museum’ that ran until 12th March 2017. I was equally fortunate to pick up some wonderful reading material including ‘Underwear Fashion in detail’ by Eleri Lynn.

Whilst there is much informative reading; and an abundance of delightful photographs and illustrations to admire, I would like to focus on the chapter entitled ‘Fastenings’.

More specifically I would like to focus on the following: ‘Suspender belts were introduced in the 1870s…They remained a common feature of foundation garments into the 1960s, when the invention of tights and elastane (spandex) rendered them obsolete.’ The author goes on to say that ‘Suspender belts and stockings are now generally seen as sexy, seductive items…They add retro glamour to modern undressing, and an element of performance.’

Whilst there is an element of truth in these statements I would like to firstly challenge the use of the word ‘obsolete’ (defined as ‘no longer produced or used; out of date’) and propose that this is factually inaccurate.

(Suspender Belt Harlow Nouveau L2137 priced at £37.50 from https://www.whatkatiedid.com .)

Secondly; although stockings may be regarded as ‘sexy, seductive items’, the tone of the statement suggests to me that their modern day place is generally limited to the bedroom.

In a recent Twitter poll by @PoppyStockings 50% voted that they wore stockings on a daily basis with only 16% saying that stockings were limited to ‘sexy nights’.

Whilst the poll was limited; and we are unable to determine its accuracy as a representation of the population, I would suggest that the results are more attuned to today’s wearing of stockings and suspender belts than the above book suggests.

As a lover of vintage and vintage style clothing I concur with the following quotes.

Thank you for reading and supporting my blog.

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Flora Daisy Cardigan from Chic Style Boutique.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://chicstyleboutique.co.uk (link below *).

Flora Daisy Cardigan (Collectif) with a square neck, cropped body, short sleeves and six embroidered daisies. Fabric 100% cotton. Approximate total length 18 inches. Priced at £30.00 (with free UK delivery).

Chic Style Boutique may be contacted by:

– telephone number 0333 050 1985

– Email admin@chicstyleboutique.co.uk or

– via the contact form on http://chicstyleboutique.co.uk .

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* http://chicstyleboutique.co.uk/flora-daisy-cardigan-805-p.asp

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Basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick inspired by the glamour of our wonderful friend Giada @DarlingLeGlam…

…who recently acquired this adorable late 1930s frock from @londonvintage @Pop_Up_Vintage.

Giada’s love of this piece is understandable for many reasons; although it is the fitted bodice that is of particular appeal to us at @Rations2R_n_R, ideally showcased with a basque underneath…

…similar to that worn by Sophia Loren in ‘The Millionairess” (1960), that beautifully accentuates the bust, waist and hips.

From http://www.thebracloset.co.uk ; a basque described as ‘bridal’, although we feel a garment that is a necessary component of every woman’s lingerie wardrobe (link below *).

Silhouette Paysanne Bridal Basque – Pearl featuring Jacquatronic lace embroidery, hook and eye rear closure and comes with removable multiway straps and four adjustable suspenders. Paysanne provides uplift and nips in the waist. Cups A-F. Priced at £42.50.

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* https://www.thebracloset.co.uk/silhouette-lingerie/SI4056PER36F.html

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Lady Luck is smiling down.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.revivalvintage.co.uk (link below *).

Cropped Brown Tweed 40s 50s Vintage Style Jacket with brown velvet collar and covered buttons and named ‘Lady Luck’ by the Dancing Days brand. Priced at £27.29 (was £38.99).

Team with the skirt of the same fabric to create a fitted vintage style suit (link below **).

Brown Tweed 1940s Style Pencil Skirt with grown on waist and velvet lined inverted kick pleat. Priced at £29.99.

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* https://www.revivalvintage.co.uk/product/cropped-brown-tweed-jacket/#image-1

** https://www.revivalvintage.co.uk/product/brown-tweed-pencil-skirt/#image-1

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We wish you a Merry Christmas.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick and a frock selected for the party season.

From dresslily.com (link below *).

Vintage Style Forest Print Ruched Christmas Pin-Up A-Line Knee Length Sleeveless Dress with Sweetheart Neck. Priced at £16.12 (50% off).

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* https://m.dresslily.com/vintage-forest-print-ruched-christmas-pin-up-dress-product2349544.html?currency=GBP&lkid=1731971&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw-u13ZqA2AIVSRDTCh3q4AjEEAQYBiABEgJ_8fD_BwE

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Soft kitty, warm kitty. Purr, purr, purr.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.britishretro.co.uk (link below *).

From ‘Kitty with Love’ Ruby Red Faux Fur 50s Swing Dress. Exclusively made in London this full circle frock captures the true essence of 50’s splendour & elegance. It has faux fur Cream collars and cuffs and is made from a Luxe drapey, stretch crepe. Priced at £92.00.

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* https://www.britishretro.co.uk/product/new-kitty-love-red-faux-fur-50s-swing-dress/

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You’re so warm in a world so cold. That is why I love you so!

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick and one continuing the party season theme.

From http://www.collectif.co.uk (link below *).

Collectif Vintage Akiko Velvet Maxi Wrap Style Dress with cross over bodice and skirt sewn in place to ensure she remains closed. Fastens with a back zip and featuring wide kimono-style sleeves Akiko is made from emerald green stretch velvet. Priced at £75.00.

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* https://www.collectif.co.uk/clothes-c1/akiko-velvet-maxi-dress-p7188

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