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Spice Up Your Life with Figure Hugging Retro Shapewear

Retro Shapewear

Exquisite lingerie is all about pure self-indulgence. Many people regard underwear as a means to an end; uncomfortable but necessary items for support. They don’t realize that attractive lingerie is the key to looking and feeling confident, and the magic of feeling good is that you believe you can take on anything.

Retro lingerie is made from antique-style fabrics and patterns which are inspired by a romantic bygone era. The vintage look has been specifically revamped for women who love to feel groomed and pampered all over and who believe that retro styles contribute to completing the sophisticated look of women from years gone by. Who wouldn’t want delicate lace or sensual silk vintage inspired lingerie making an appearance beneath a trendy modern jacket or figure hugging dress? Mixing the old with the new brings a sophisticated edge and sexy allure to a look.

A Professional but Sexy Nipped and Tucked Look
For anyone who is thinking they need to be in better shape to wear sexy underwear, there is an abundance of slimming lingerie and gorgeous shapewear in glamorous copies of vintage styles that work to make you look instantly sleeker and trimmer. If you have to give a presentation at work, wearing lovely firming undergarments is one way to ensure your professional demeanour is not undermined as you will feel far more confident standing up in front of an audience. Today retro lingerie styles are big news and there are plenty of designs which are wonderfully flattering and show off your assets or hide your ‘liabilities’ appropriately.

Isn’t Shapewear Purely for Overweight Women?
Definately not! Any woman of any size can benefit from wearing shapewear in any of its forms. Even if you are a slim size 8 you may not be perfectly toned, or you may not possess that sought after hour glass figure – figure hugging lingerie can change all that in a second!

Add Smoking Hot Items to Your Wardrobe
Smoking hot suspender belts dating back to burlesque days and made popular by pin-ups such as Bettie Page, are designed to hold up stockings which way back then weren’t made with modern comfort fabrics like Lycra. Early girdles were a tight garment designed to flatten the tummy and later versions served a dual purpose, they slimmed you down and held up your stockings. Made popular again by singer-songwriter Madonna in the 80’s, and making a dramatic comeback in recent years, there is a wide selection of vintage copies in different styles, sizzling colours and designs.


Known also as a garter belt in the States, these sexy undergarments with metal clips to hold up stockings were worn in the 40’s and 50’s and were both sensual and practical – when one stocking laddered you simply replaced the one. With modern tights; if you ladder the one, the entire pair has to be thrown out.

Add a Touch of Interest and Intrigue
Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to ‘go retro’ – a stretch satin suspender belt or power mesh girdle will certain give your wedding dress a touch of vintage style and sensual glamour as well as pulling you in a dress size or two!

Retro shapewear, girdles and Suspender Belts are no longer practical and uncomfortable undergarments, today they are made with soft fabrics that are both comfortable and supportive as well as being sexy. Panty girdles can be worn under dresses, trousers and skirts and the long-line full bodyshaper type also gives the thighs a toned look. For added convenience, many are also available with detachable suspender clips.


Add a Little Sparkle

Want to show off your playful side while wearing beautiful underwear? Retro style lingerie allows you to go bold and to pretty up with flirty shape-wear that is guaranteed to turn heads because you look good and display a look of complete confidence which comes from the secret below your outer clothing items. This type of lingerie comes from a smouldering romantic era, and whether bras, g-strings, camisoles or garters, they are designed to help you recapture that romance and look and feel good every day of the week.

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Retro Style Fashion – The ‘Lost’ Glamour of the 1950s

Back to the 50’s. – Although retro style hosiery & lingerie is now highly popular, the glamour of the 50’s has been lost.

Retro Style Suspender Belts

In the modern world, retro style hosiery and lingerie is very popular and as all fashions seem to have a ‘cycle’, vintage underwear has come back with a bang. Envisage some of the advertisements and the display of provocative women dressed in 40’s and 50’s design modern lingerie on television and in magazines. Even so, the styles seen as an improvement of the 1950s do not capture the glamorous aspect of the ladies of the1950’s somehow. They always seemed immaculately dressed, had impeccable manners, and just looked so well groomed. Maybe I’ve just watched too many old films…..

So, can we claim that the era of preserving a lady’s modesty while bringing out an androgynous silhouette is over? There has no doubt been an improvement in style attributed to sophistication and a change in the material used to make undergarments; but today’s retro hosiery and lingerie styles bear an uncanny resemblance to those of the late 40’s & 50’s.

How the styles have been copied
Over time, the material used in making the hosiery and lingerie has become lighter leading to a change in the style. For example, a 1950’s bra was conical, giving support to the female form and exposing attractive curves. The need to bring back the lost glamour of those days has influenced fashion over the years leading to the creation of retro style stockings, shapewear such as girdles and waist chinchers, and suspender belts.

Retro Lingerie
Most people do not consider women’s underwear and night clothes to be accessories, but in the 1940s and 1950s, lingerie was important in the creation of an attractive silhouette. The material used in making modern lingerie is mostly cotton which is softer; thus, easier to wash and better for hygiene. Even with a change in the material, the objective of the undergarments remains the same – to create an attractive figure. As such, the design is similar to that of the old classics with regards to pretty lace fabric that stretches and moulds the body. You have to agree that the modern day bikini panties are a copy of the briefs worn in the 1950s. Back then, pants reached the waist and were more like shorts, when cut lower they were called hip-huggers which women wear today – therefore, only the length has changed.

Retro lingerie is not complete without mentioning the copy of the pointed cone bras and the wonder bras introduced in the late 1950s. The wonder bra as we all know was styled to show cleavage and also accommodate larger breasts or even portray them as being larger than they actually are. The need to fit into the new wonder bra led to the invention of the fastener and extender which is a common feature in retro lingerie.

Retro Hosiery
Hosiery has seen the reintroduction of 1940’s-50’s seamed nylons and stockings fully fashioned using soft materials (spandex), bobby socks (ankle socks) and sexy seamed fishnets. Modern fashion has seen the re-awakening of retro style modified suspender belts which serve as a fashion statement rather than just to perform the task of holding up a pair of stockings. Today’s belts are an imitation of the 1950’s glamour styles which are comfortable to wear, make the woman feel sexy, and have the same effect on men as they did back then in that they are fascinated by the curvy feminine look.

Shapewear
Girdles, roll-ons and were a staple part of a ladies wardrobes back in the day but although we can now choose whether or not to wear it, there is a lot to be said for today’s copies of the styles of the 50’s. Shapewear based on retro styles smooth other outer garments and helps conceal our problem areas brilliantly, but it is a personal choice as to whether you wear it or not.