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statements I would like to firstly challenge the use of the word ‘obsolete’ (defined as ‘no longer produced or used; out of date’) and propose that this is factually inaccurate.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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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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‘The only way is poppy’ with Ella Vine Lingerie.

With our blog post, ‘The adventures of Ella Vine and her poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt’ https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/the-adventures-of-ella-vine-and-her-poppy-stockings-and-poppy-suspender-belt/ , being one of our most popular we are pleased to have been able to chat with, and get to know, Ella Vine; founder of Ella Vine Lingerie.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Thank you for talking to us Ella. We would be pleased to learn about Ella Vine; the woman behind Ella Vine Lingerie, and your background.

Ella @EllaVineBrand (E). I am a three times Polish junior chess champion. I arrived in the UK at the age of 22, straight after graduating at university in Poland in social care and political sciences. I arrived alone, with just one bag and poor English, knew nobody and my first job was a care assistant role for a minimum wage in a mental health care home. I am a 32 year old mother now and almost all my adult life I have been tirelessly working in the charity sector because I like to help people. Within just a few years I have been able to achieve a lot: from setting up and running charities, community organisations and political campaigns. I helped thousands of people and families and have even stood as a candidate in local elections twice in Thurrock, Essex, where I live.

(C). Please tell our readers about the innovative poppy stockings and poppy suspenders’, how they differ from ‘traditional’ stockings and suspenders, and is there a specific reason that led to you developing your unique products.

(E). The Ella Vine Lingerie brand started because I was able to turn my medical condition into an entrepreneurial idea.

I have to wear medical compression hosiery following a thrombosis after an accident in the past. I have been struggling ever since with attaching medical stockings to a suspender belt as it was difficult, took a long time and involved some uncomfortable and awkward bending. I have been thinking every time I was attaching it that it is the 21st century and that the lingerie giants should come up with something better. So finally I invented poppy suspenders that attach easily and quickly to poppy stockings via simple poppers. I wanted to help not only myself, but also other women. I own design rights for the poppy products and sell them to various retailers. That’s how Ella Vine brand was born.

(C). For how long has Ella Vine Lingerie been in business and do you have a particular achievement so far of which you are especially proud?

(E). The Ella Vine online store has been open since May 2017. Since then I have a few stockists, who stock the products, and a few more will do so in the New Year. They range from online and brick & mortar lingerie shops, adult stores, and also Scarlett & Jo, British top plus size brand for women. Every little thing has been a great achievement – everything forms the bigger picture so it is difficult to outline just one or two. I am happy with every achievement small or big, because all of them bring the company closer to the aim – to make poppy suspenders and poppy stockings mainstream and easily available to all everywhere, in every lingerie store.

(C). You supported a charity fundraiser for M.E. and fibromyalgia in Andover on 20th October. Please tell our readers about your support for these causes.

(E). I had M.E. and fibromyalgia myself and I have been working for a fibromyalgia charity for over 4.5 years. This is a cause close to my heart. I know a lot about these conditions and I know many people who are affected by them. I will always be happy to support this cause.

(C). Stockings have had somewhat of a resurgence in recent years. I would love to hear your thoughts as to why this is.

(E). Stockings became more fashionable, they come in many styles, colours, sizes etc. I welcome that they became more popular – it is great! I think we all love the look of stockings and prefer them to the look of tights!

(C). Are there future plans for Ella Vine Lingerie that you are able to share with us?

(E). Yes, there is one main aim – to make poppy suspenders and poppy stockings mainstream and widely accessible to everyone, available in every lingerie and underwear store worldwide. Once the aim is achieved, I will relax!

(C). What advice would you give to women looking to set up in business?

(E). I love a sentence from Alice in Wonderland: “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe in it”. Believe in yourself. You can achieve anything you want. You can be anyone you want. If you want to do something, just go for it! And always, absolutely always, listen to your intuition.

(C). Where can Ella Vine Lingerie products be found other than on your website?

(E). You can try on our poppy products in Swindon and in Southend on Sea. Pop in to Provocative Pleasures in Swindon and to the Mistress Boutique in Southend. You can find them online in Scarlett & Jo store and in Pleasure Attic store. They soon will be available from a few other outlets.

(C). Do you ship internationally?

(E). Yes, we do. We have customers from all over the world. The most popular countries after the UK are the U.S., Canada, Australia, the Republic of Ireland and many European countries. The only way is poppy!

We are honoured that you have found the time to chat with us Ella. We wish you well in the future with your endeavours. Ella Vine Lingerie’s website may be found at https://ellavine.co.uk/ .

Cx.

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When the foundations are just right!

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From classicintimates.co.uk (link below *).

Berdita Open Zip Front Corselette – Black with extra controlling hip and tummy panels, lace cup bra section and lace front tummy panel, wide adjustable shoulder straps, four detachable suspenders and silicone gripper strip to hemline. Available in Cup Sizes: 34-52, B, C, D, DD, E, F. Also available in white and beige. Priced at £71.50.

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* https://classicintimates.co.uk/collections/berdita/products/berdita-open-zip-front-corselette-black-bdt30003zipb

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Sapphire I watch my luck turn round.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick from http://www.whatkatiedid.com (link below *).

Satine Bra Sapphire L6091. Full cup bra in deep sapphire blue satin; featuring black satin piping that trims the top of the cups that are lined with sheer lingerie net for support, black elastics and powermesh wings. Priced at £49.50.

Satine Knickers Sapphire L2069 high waist hook side knickers made from soft, stretch satin in deep sapphire blue. Fully opening on both sides. Priced at £39.50.

Sapphire Blue Stretch Satine Suspender L2071. Deep suspender belt in deep sapphire blue with contrasting black elastics and trim and 6 metal clip suspenders to keep your seams straight. A couple of the panels are backed with lingerie net. Priced at £39.50.

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I just can’t live without you. I really want you Eleanor near me.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.harlowandfox.com; 1940s style glamour, (link below *).


Vintage Inspired Eleanor almond silk satin French knicker featuring three silk covered buttons with loop fastening and delicate binding at the waist and cutout side panels of French eyelash lace. Designed to be worn on the natural waist, and flow over the hips. Available in sizes XS-XL. Priced at £120.00. 

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* https://www.harlowandfox.com/collections/briefs/products/eleanor-almond-french-knicker

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Rock the girls…it’s crystal clear. 

In a continuation of my desire to support #womeninbiz, and with special reference to yesterday’s blog post ‘The adventures of Ella Vine and her poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt’ https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/the-adventures-of-ella-vine-and-her-poppy-stockings-and-poppy-suspender-belt/, I have looked further into Ella Vine’s lovely lingerie collection.

Of fascinating interest is… https://ellavine.co.uk/products/black-bra-with-semi-precious-rose-quartz-the-stone-of-love

Black Bra with large semi-precious Rose Quartz; the Love Stone, softly padded bra with hand-sewn large semi-precious stone, healing crystal rose quartz, with underwired cup and decorative metal studs. 

Rose Quartz, The Heart Stone is also called the Love Stone, is used as a powerful aphrodisiac and is being used for bringing love, romance, tenderness, sensuality, for strengthening relationships, connection with others, happiness, compassion, empathy, peace of heart, healing, maturing and comforting.

Regular price £35.00 – Priced at £15.00 in Sale. 

The bra is also available in white… https://ellavine.co.uk/products/white-bra-with-large-semi-precious-rose-quartz-the-love-stone


https://ellavine.co.uk/products/black-bra-with-semi-precious-tigers-eye-the-vitality-stone

Black Bra with semi-precious Tiger’s Eye; The Vitality Stone, softly padded bra with hand-sewn semi-precious stone. 

Tiger’s Eye is a stone of energy, vitality, strength, courage, strengthening relationships, insight, clarity, seeing through, luck and good fortune, stimulating wealth and business, focus, creativity and fertility.

Regular price £35.00 – Priced at £15.00 in Sale. 

The bra is also available in white… https://ellavine.co.uk/products/white-bra-with-semi-precious-tigers-eye-the-vitality-stone

The benefits of semi-precious stones and crystals is not a field in which I have expertise; but I know a lady that has. 

In my blog post ‘Life’s a party. Dress like it’ I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Kirstie from AstroRocksUK… https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/lifes-a-party-dress-like-it/ …in which I asked Kirstie about her enthusiasm for crystals.

Kirstie @AstroRocksUK “I work with and sell crystals for healing and the home. Crystals have been in my life since I was a child in some form or other as semi-precious stone and finding curious rocks on various beaches, until about 20 years ago when a friend introduced me them to help me with my symptoms. (I have M.E). Being of a scientific mind I was blown away by the sensations I could feel from these pretty rocks such as amethyst, rose quartz, citrine and jasper and something deep inside was triggered. My intuition. I then trained in Crystal Healing to deepen my understanding in 2003 whilst still in my career as an HR professional, teaching and sharing my love for crystals along the way. Now, I divide my time between Sparkle O’Hara and my own business, Astro-Rocks where I sell and teach others about crystals, and provide Astrology readings. I am also planning on writing a book about my experience with crystals and how crystal can support our personal growth and our evolution.”

Ella Vine, whose website may be found at https://ellavine.co.uk/collections/all , says “…that it is good to raise awareness…and bras look so pretty with the stones on! Why hide such beautiful precious little things in the bra? It also avoids the fuss of taking the bra off…and a handful of stones rolling out.”

Kirstie from AstroRocksUK may be found at https://crystallisingdream.wordpress.com/ , advises “I am always recommending to ladies to wear crystals in bras.”

Interviews with the wonderful #womeninbiz with whom I have had fabulous opportunities to collaborate may be found on my Links and collaborations page… https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/links-to-those-with-whom-we-have-engaged-in-blog-post-collaborations/ .

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