I have heard so many women talking about how they love the look of retro shapewear and lingerie on other people but that they wouldn’t or couldn’t ever wear it themselves.
In this article I have outlined the top five reasons that women have given me to not wear shapewear and/or stockings and why I think those excuses should be forgotten about.
1. “It is too expensive“ – This is something that I have previously covered in my article ‘Granny got it right’. However, I want to reiterate that it really is possible to wear vintage inspired foundations AND not break the bank.
I have put together two looks that you can draw inspiration from, should you wish to do so. Please note that if you are unsure about what would work best with a certain outfit or body type, you can submit a question here and I will get back to you ASAP.
Casual/ day look:
Stockings: Cervin Nymphe traditional crepe stretch RHT stockings (Stockings HQ) – Approx. $6 US
I have had a bit of fun with the evening look. When a woman feels sexy, she will behave and look sexier as a result. The same applies for fun – I love that so many different types of stockings are available, especially from Cervin.
The Rago corselette is available in black, white and all kind of jazzy colours, as seen below.
Cervin do some wonderful bi-coloured stockings (both RHTs and seamed)
I can personally vouch for the quality of both of these products; the stockings are very strong and the corselette feels and looks amazing.
Corselette: Rago 9357 Extra Firm Lacette Open Bottom Corset Bodybriefer (Rago & Orchard Corset for the custom dyes) $65 US
2. “I find this style intimidating” – So many women think that shapewear is intimidating, that somehow girdles and stockings are something that only other women wear. I don’t understand what is so scary about good retro-inspired shapewear. What is the worst that can happen? You buy a piece that you are unsure about, you receive it in the mail/ you take it home from the shop and then if you decide it is not for you then you return it. I think that everyone should try at least one piece and if you don’t like it then let me know why, I would be very interested to hear why. I love helping women to embrace this style!
3. “I don’t know which size to buy” – Everyone has a different body type, different shaped and sized breasts, body issues, good bits, bad bits etc. This means that fitting anything that hasn’t been custom made, can be tricky. I for example, I can fit perfectly into one brand of stockings but not in another brand, even if the sizing is exactly the same.
Shapewear – I generally find that the sizing charts on each of the brands sites is correct and provides good guidelines. I am a bra size 36DD and a clothing size 14-16; if I stick to these sizes when buying shapewear, I usually get a good fit. Don’t forget that if you are unsure about certain items, there are numerous forums on the manufacturer’s website – What Katie Did for example, has a forum where customers regularly ask about product sizing.
Stockings – Stockings can be tricky, they come in different lengths, welt widths and sizing can drastically vary between brands. There are ways to avoid buying stockings that are too small though; larger ladies would benefit from stretch stockings and there are even plus size stockings on the market, available here.
Nylon stockings are generally not available in plus sizes; and again, really vary from brand to brand. I answered a sizing question a while ago, which can be found here.
Again, if you have any questions, please please please ask me! I am here to help!
4. “I can’t wear stockings because I wear tight clothes and the outline of the suspender clips will show“ – I have heard this and similar comments from so many women. The truth is that if you do choose to wear tight fitting outerwear, the bumps will be visible. However, there are two solutions:
Solution #1 – Have a “I’m showing my suspender belt clip bumps and I don’t care” attitude.
Solution #2 – Choose the correct shapewear for your outfit. For example, if you are going out and wish to wear a tight fitting dress and you want to wear something like the Rago 1294, but you’re afraid of the bumps showing, then switch it for the Rago 6210:
This way you can attached your stockings but the layer of fabric covering the clips will compress it and make the bumps near invisible.
There are so many different types of shapewear available that it is easy to find something that will accommodate your outerwear.
5. “It is uncomfortable“ – If the shapewear you’re wearing is uncomfortable, then you are either not wearing it right or you are wearing the wrong size.
I can’t stress enough exactly how comfortable these garments are. Sure, you may spend a little more time than usual getting your underwear on, but that’s because these are meant to be tight and pull your body in at the right places. Once everything is on, it is incredibly comfortable. Some items actually provide a lot of back support.
It may be that you think that shapewear is not suitable to the climate in which you live in, living in Australia, this is something I understand. However, this is again something that is easy to work around. There are very light pieces that you can swap your full body coverage items for, such as a light girdles or a mesh piece to allow your skin to breath.
If you would like to try out some pieces of shapewear or would like to wear stockings more regularly, but are holding back for some reason, please get in contact here and let me know. I would be very happy to help.
Stay sexy ladies!