Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Question for the Ladies

I've heard the virtues of the proper supportive garments for getting that great vintage look touted all over the blogosphere and I've decided to see what all of the fuss is about. So my question for you is what is a good starter piece? What's the one piece you can't live without? Is there a great company out there I should buy from? There are quite a bewildering variety of pieces out there for a beginner to sort through!

I'm probably not interested in an all in one kind of a piece as my figure will not fit any normal sizing! Yay for being curvey! (not)

6 comments:

  1. Personally, my gateway drug of vintage-style support was the longline bra. They are not as constricting as some other pieces, like cinchers and corselettes, but they really help narrow the upper waist and lift the bust, which is the key to a great vintage silhouette. I have other pieces now, but my fall-back when I want to be comfortably retro is a good longline. There are some great vintage-style companies making them, like What Katie Did, but my favorite styles are mostly from Carnival (and available on Amazon!). A note on sizing, though: I would go up one cup size, when trying one out. They can be a little finicky to fit, but I've had good luck with that rule of thumb.

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  2. I admittedly do not own a lot of shapewear pieces; I just don't find them comfortable for regular wear. But, I have heard great things about Rago girdles. They have an open-bottom style girdle with stocking suspenders I've been eyeing for years. I do need to add something like that into my wardrobe at this point though; I have a couple knit skirts I don't wear because I need something to smooth the bumps! ;)

    Oddly enough, you might also check out Sears for support garments marketed towards older ladies. I've seen a few pieces there that would work well (and are cheap) for vintage-esque shapewear. ;)

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  3. I also like What Katie Did, but you can even find waist cinchers at Walmart! (Which is my support garment of choice.) It really does make a difference in the line of your garment and the way it hangs, but I must admit to being grateful for living in this decade and having the option to go without sometimes ;)

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  4. My first few pieces I found at Antique Malls and vintage clothing shops. Naturally, I love them because they are vintage, but there are numerous reputable places out there to try. I have a garter belt from My Baby Jo, which is nearly identical to one from What Katie Did, and I love it.

    I'd recommend a girdle or a stiff garter belt. My first girdle made all of my pencil skirts look amazing!

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  5. I don't wear support wear for everyday (except a garter belt, of course), but I do have some long-and-lean '30s pieces that simply require them. Rago is a wonderful company, particularly as a starter while you're finding out what works best for you. I have their waist cincher and a garter belt, both of which are comfortable and seem quite durable. They're very affordable, too, with an authentically vintage look to boot. Another tip: the site brabarella.com has the lowest prices I've found so far; the site is NSFW (it's not sleazy, just, err, they use models) but their customer service was lovely and their prices for Rago are much lower than anywhere else.

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  6. The closest thing I get to is control top panty hose and some shapewear type boyshorts. I'm blessed in the waist, thigh and rear area, no problems there but I've got a tummy! I just don't wear anything tight.

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