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Shape up – back to the 50’s

Marilyn Monroe in a swimsuitAll we see these days on TV, the internet and in magazines, are ads and articles telling us we should lose weight, tips on how to lose weight, and guides as to how to do it sensibly with diet and exercise – not to mention the various pills and potions we can take to help us with this ongoing ‘battle’.

However, go back just 60 years and it was a completely different story. The women who were considered the most beautiful in the 1950’s had curvy womanly shapes and skinny women were considered unattractive – which just shows how different body image and beauty was back then to how it is now.

Lingerie models and film stars were glamorous and shapely and adverts at the time were advising women to gain weight with products such as ironised yeast, Kelp-a-Malt and Wate-On liquidised emulsions which ‘Helps make bustline, cheeks, arms, legs fill out, helps put firm solid flesh on skinny figures all over the body’. With cartoon style adverts telling women they would never get a boyfriend if they were thin, there was as much pressure on women to gain weight in the 40’s and 50’s as there is now for us to lose it.

Marilyn Monroe was one of the biggest sex goddesses of our times and pictured many times in bikinis, swimsuits and lingerie/nightwear but she was a size 14, not perfectly toned and even had quite large thighs. In fact, on paper this sounds just like the ‘average’ woman of today.

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Achieving the body beautiful with Shapewear

Slimming Down with Shapewear


A full bodyshaper can pull in waist, bum, tummy, midriff and backFor those who are strong willed, self motivated and determined there is diet and exercise – for the rest of us there is shapewear. Whichever category you fall in to, the appearance (even if only temporarily) of the body beautiful is achievable.

Even if you do spend hours in the gym, there are still stubborn areas of fat or dimply cellulite that refuse to shift no matter how many tummy crunchers, sit ups or squats you do.

My first experience with a panty girdle many years ago (at a time when I didn’t actually need to be any slimmer) proved to be a very uncomfortable experience. I chose the tightest fit I could wriggle into which felt as if my bladder had been compressed to half it’s normal size – the result of which was that my first date with a new guy and half the time was spent in the toilet. Not only did 2 sips of wine bring on the need to pee, but it took 10 minutes to peel off and on again. Emerging red faced and sweaty, that was the last time until recently that I attempted to change my body shape with any form of control underwear.

In todays lingerie world it’s a different story, bodyshapers of all types are made with modern materials usually with generous amounts of Spandex and even firm control garments are comfortable to wear. Some women will only feel the need to wear a medium control panty girdle at certain times of the month, others will want full bodyshapers for every special occasion they attend.

Whatever parts of your body need re-shaping, there is slimming underwear available for the job. High waist control pants or panty girdles are great under trousers or pencil skirts as they lift the bum and flatten the tummy, full bodyshapers can include the bra or be ‘underbust’ versions and are ideal for tight fitting dresses, either will smooth and flatten all areas including midriff, back, waist, tums and bums, and waist cinchers are perfect for pulling in that extra inch or two to give the impression of an hour glass figure.

Always wash before first wear, and don’t make the mistake of buying too small in an attempt to drop another dress size, you will be not only be uncomfortable but any fat you have has to come out somewhere!

Shapewear can compliment any woman’s wardrobe but it is not a substitute for a good diet, fresh air and exercise and at some point it does have to come off.  A properly toned and healthy body will be with you 24/7.