Last year I acquired a large amount of vintage Marcel Worth stock, which you can read about here. Amongst the lot, were many treasures, some of which have become favourites in my personal collection. One of those pieces is the 1591 girdle.
I’m going to be honest (as always), this is not a starter girdle! It is by no means an extreme piece of shapewear, nor does it have a tonne of steel boning, but it is an item that vintage underwear newbies might want to steer clear of for now. The reason that I say this is because it is quite firm, and it does cover a lot of the lower body. I would always recommend newbies to start with a light stretchy girdle, such as this one.
The structure of this girdle is very traditional in my opinion, it has a satin bum panel, strong, stretchy powermesh side panels, a front panel made of the same satin as the back, with the addition of two strips of lace sewn to the centre front. It also has a wide elasticated waist band, which is perfect for nipping you in at the waist. Luckily, there is a side zip with hook and eye closures to help the wearer fasten it up with ease once he/ she has wiggled his/ her way into it.
The clips are metal with a plastic back, making them very strong. The only annoying thing about the clips is that there are only four of them.
There are five short strips of plastic boning that end just below the belly button. This is important to note as it means that the girdle will not bulge when sitting down (around the tummy area), nor will the boning poke into you.
This girdle is perfect for women with an hourglass or pear shaped body as it will hug your curves and nip in your waist. This makes it the perfect girdle for me, as my waist is significantly smaller than my hips. As it is also a fairly firm girdles, it works wonders for my hips and bum, controlling and shaping them beautifully.
Below is a photo of me wearing the 1591 and the 738 bra together, under some fairly tight fitting clothes. As you can see, I have no unsightly bulges, my foundations create a nice streamline shape that help my outerwear to sit well on me.
Vintage sizing, can be confusing. I find that I usually have to size up one or two sizes with vintage garments. The 1591 is no exception, I am on a size 16 around my bum and hips, and I wear a size 18 girdle. This sizing allows for me to move around easily and doesn’t feel very restrictive at all, yet it does control my problem areas.
I would follow the following sizing recommendations if you wish to purchase your own 1591 girdle:
(Vintage) Size 12 – (Modern) Size 10
(Vintage) Size 14 – (Modern) Size 12
(Vintage) Size 16 – (Modern) Size 14
(Vintage) Size 18 – (Modern) Size 16
(Vintage) Size 22 – (Modern) Size 18-20
(Vintage) Size 24 – (Modern) Size 20-22
If you are interested in owning your own 1591 girdle, please click here to be directed to the listing in my shop!