In the last segment of my “Vintage Must Have” series I tackled bullet bras. Now let’s go a little further south and discuss girdles. The girdle was the mid-century answer to the corset. And while it can take a few inches off your waist, I find them more necessary for holding up my stockings. While there are a few variations on the girdle (panty girdles and one piece girdles), my favorite is the open bottom girdle.
The open bottom girdle comes in two types. The first is one that slips on, but has hook and eyes as well as a zipper for final fastenings.
The other is more like a tight mini skirt that you wiggle your way into.
So, a girdle holds up your stockings, has the ability to whittle your waist, and you want to know the bonus? It gives you that Marylin or Joan wiggle – and you don’t even have to try.
I have run across vintage girdles everywhere from thrift stores to estate sales to the finest vintage clothing stores. Girdles are also available on Etsy. However if wearing what was once someone else’s foundation garment isn’t your gig, you can find new girdles to purchase on-line. Secrets in Lace offers up some beautiful girdles including ones with leopard print panels! And who doesn’t love a little leopard print? What Kate Did also offers a small selection of various girdles.