Sunday, 24 August 2014

The retro bra buying guide

Okay vintage ladies, let’s talk about bras! Or rather, let’s talk about the perpetual challenge to find the perfect foundation garments to wear with all our vintage outfits.

Friends and strangers often ask what type of bra I wear, but I’m not sure if that’s because I’m a former burlesque dancer (and therefore expert on underwear in general) or bras are just something ladies like to talk about all the time. I think it could be both.

As a busty lady with an unusually small rib cage, I have always struggled to find a bra that even fits, let alone gives the correct vintage shape under clothes. When I was a teenager, I had to shop at the specialist foundation garment store while all my friends bought cute bras with stars on them from K-Mart. Luckily I didn’t mind wearing pointy granny-style bras, because that was all that was on offer in my size. Through years of ‘foundation garment adversity’ I’ve been forced to do a lot of research into the different options available.

As every lady knows, finding the right bra can be difficult, and a love of vintage adds to the complexity! So many 1950s dresses are heavily darted on the bodice, and to make them sit right, you need a pointy bra. But which pointy bra? And what's the best strapless bra to wear underneath a Shaheen dress? There's so much to talk about, I've divided the topic into different posts. And as always, feel free to share your experiences in the comments section... Let's work this out together!

Don't miss the other posts in this series: Bullet bras & Strapless bras

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