Saturday, August 25, 2012

In Praise of the Girdle

Girdled loins

Never did I think I would write an ode to the girdle. The girdle was a right of passage. If you were grown up enough to wear stockings, you wore a girdle. Garter belts were for—well— trollops. Imagine encasing 16-year-old flesh in elastic. A crime against nature!

I'm not sure the last time I wore a girdle. I doubt if it was beyond freshman year in college. The bra went next. Did you smell all that burning rubber?

Last week, after the purchase of a Helmut Lang sheath dress, I decided to try a "body shaper" (i.e. girdle) and was amazed at the results. A sheath is not a shape that matches my curves. Let's face it, there are a lot more bends in the road than there used to be. My Marilyn Monroe brand (did Marilyn even wear a girdle?) pull-on lycra-spandex waist-to-thighs number not only compressed the lumps and bumps, it made me stand taller and feel more "dressed". Sitting, eating, all those good things were not affected. Strange to say, I felt like a lady.

Like gloves and stockings and hats, I'm glad the girdle is a choice and not required. Fashion today is freedom of expression and freedom of compression!


3 comments:

  1. So true! I have a few shapers including one with garters. They're nice under the right outfit.

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  3. I am from the Golden Age of Girdles. Girls back then when they turned around 12 to 13 years old could not wait to being in a girdle. Being in a girdle everyday was a sign of becoming all grown up and a lady. A girdle back then was a "Women's Best Kept Secret" and for good reason, women found you did not just look great in a girdle, but you really did feel fanastic with dramatic increase in energy and confidence. The same applies today with a vintage girdle. Sadly with negative propaganda and misinformation women do not wear girdles and have no idea of how great being in a vintage girdled everyday really is.

    What is interesting is there are real health benefits from daily being in a decent vintage girdle. This study was done by Cornell University back around 1958, but it still very applies till today.

    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924003594755;view=1up;seq=27

    https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Posture_%26_Foundation_Garments

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