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statements I would like to firstly challenge the use of the word ‘obsolete’ (defined as ‘no longer produced or used; out of date’) and propose that this is factually inaccurate.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

Cx.

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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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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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The adventures of Ella Vine and her poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt.

@Rations2R_n_R has a passion for supporting #womeninbiz and we are especially excited about Ella Vine and the innovative ‘Clip and Go’ poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt.

Attaching suspender straps to stockings; especially those at the back, can be problematic, with the wearer often having to become a specialist in the art of contortion. 

To help stocking wearers all over the world lingerie designer Ella Vine has developed a suspender belt which attaches to stockings by way of magnetic fastenings on both the suspender strap and stocking welt.

The Ella Vine website https://ellavine.co.uk/ showcases a variety of delightful lingerie sets including the lovely ‘Royal Blue Bra & Suspender Belt Set’. 

The gorgeous mix of satin-like rich royal blue with cream lace does not disappoint as it is as lovely in the flesh as it looks above. Bra and suspender belt set priced at £39.00.

The accompanying 10 denier Ultra Gloss stockings feature a pretty lace welt. 

Priced at £12.00.

Presentation of lingerie is vital to add an extra dose of sparkle and Ella Vine does not let down with your selection arriving in a pretty box featuring the fabulous Ella Vine logo.

As for the world’s first magnetic suspender belt as Ella herself says, and I can only agree, it is both very fast and very easy to attach to the stockings…just ‘Clip and Go’.

Ella Vine may be found on Twitter @EllaVineBrand, Facebook Ella Vine Lingerie and Instagram ella_vine_lingerie.

Cx. 

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The only truth I know is you. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.whatkatiedid.com (link below *).


Kathy balconette bra with black satin side sling, semi sheer purple georgette cups lined with lingerie net and black satin piping triming the top of the cups. 3 piece cup construction designed to give a natural looking balconette uplift. Priced at £59.50. 

Kathy high waist knickers for a smooth line under clothing. Designed to sit high on your natural waist. Featuring a purple georgette tummy panel with black satin detailing. Priced at £38.00. 


Suspender Belt Kathy featuring 2 flashes of purple georgette with black satin detailing. Georgette is lined with 20 denier lingerie net for strength. Featuring 6 suspenders to help keep your seams straight and a hook and eye fastening at back. Priced at £42.50.

Cx. 

* https://www.whatkatiedid.com/products/209/kathy-lingerie


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Stocking up for Autumn and Winter.

With the length of each day rapidly decreasing as we head towards the Autumn equinox thoughts turn to hosiery; and for lovers of vintage style fashion, to stockings. 

I am blessed to possess many sets of beautiful matching lingerie. However unless one procures ones lingerie from a specialist vintage style retailer; such as What Katie Did (www.whatkatiedid.com), suspender belts are usually of the four-strap variety…with many only suitable for the boudoir.

Personally I prefer my suspender belts to have a little more ‘substance’ and to feature either six or eight straps. 

With these thoughts in mind I turn to today’s fashion pick.

From http://www.stockingshq.com (link below *).


Stockings HQ new Classic 6-strap lace front suspender belt featuring stretch satin side panels, a lace front panel, a bow at the top of every strap, triple hook and eye fastening at the back and 2cm wide straps with metal adjusters and metal clasps. Available in white and black. Priced at £29.50. 

Also from http://www.stockingshq.com (link below **).


Stockings HQ new Classic 8-strap lace front suspender belt; like the 6-strap version, featuring stretch satin side panels, a lace front panel, a bow at the top of every strap, triple hook and eye fastening at the back and 2cm wide straps with metal adjusters and metal clasps. Available in white and black. Priced at £33.50. 

I think it is fair to say that many of us gals like our opaque hosiery.

My favourite and available from http://www.mayfairstockings.com (link below ***).


Gerbe Opaque 70 Matt Stockings; with a 70 denier appearance, and made of Tactel yarn for an incredibly soft feel. These French stockings also feature invisible reinforced toes. Priced at £22.00. 

Cx.

* https://www.stockingshq.com/suspenders-and-lingerie-c7/new-classic-6-strap-lace-front-suspender-belt-p1090

** https://www.stockingshq.com/suspenders-and-lingerie-c7/new-classic-8-strap-lace-front-suspender-belt-p1093

*** https://www.mayfairstockings.com/products/gerbe-opaque-70-stockings?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=149788282&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqv6f7o-b1gIVqZPtCh2JgAPREAQYASABEgLkpPD_BwE


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