Over and under- getting the right shape on the cheap
Vintage frocks and suits look best when an appropriate foundation is under them. Bullet bras are especially important but I also love the look of a cincher under certain things. Modern- that you find in the store shape-wear sucks. It’s tube shaped and gives a sausage effect. It’s also not for smaller people. Rago makes an inexpensive cincher in xs (24 waist) that’s pretty nice. I take them in an inch and they work well. You can usually find bullet bras on eBay or etsy or opt for a What Katie Did bra (never tried one but every review I have seen has been good). For an inexpensive option exquisite form original full support bra has a subtle bullet shape. Amazon has them starting at 5.99. I have one and I like it but far prefer my vintage overwire style.
and here’s what’s under:
The bra was $14 on eBay, slip was $1 at an estate sale and the cincher $26 from Rago.
It’s a nice clean line with no weirdo lumps and under $40. It acts like a merry widow if you can’t find one or like the pieces separate.
From our stacks: La Francaise Du Siecle Modes-Moeurs-Usages Par Octave Uzanne. Illustrations A L’Aquarelle De Albert Lynch. Gravees A L’Eau-Forte En Couleurs Par Eugene Gaujean. A. Quantin, Imprimeur-Editeur, Paris, 1886.
Just gonna make this post unnecessarily long because I’m infatuated with this sheer white floral Swiss-dotted dress.
Vintage dress, thrifted leather belt (which I just realized I’ve had for almost a decade), thrifted vintage enamel earrings, clearance special edition denim chucks ($20 including shipping!!!), gifted ring.
It’s such a nice vintage frock—I picked it up in trade for a few things at my local Buffalo Exchange. It’s incredibly sheer, so it definitely needs a slip. On top of that, it has one of ugliest collars I’ve ever seen (check the last photo in the middle set).
I’m not deterred by some visible panties here and some ugly ruffles there. The dress was a quick fix in both places. It’s layered on top of a black vintage satin nightgown (always a good investment as a layering piece—I got it years ago at Goodwill for $2) and the offending collar is simply tucked under.
TL;DR: If a small but ugly collar is your garment’s problem, tuck it under, and if sheerness is the issue, find a cute, silky nightgown to wear underneath. Simple as that.
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