First of all, you won’t get it by working out in the gym a gazillion hours a week or by starving yourself or having liposuction. All of that is too much effort or expense. The secret is in foundation garments. I’m not talking Spanx type shapewear, either. That’s pretty wimpy stuff compared to what women wore in the 50s to wrestle their body into that curvy, wasp waisted shape.
Nowadays most women would never dream of cramming themselves into a real girdle in order to sculpt their figure and make their clothes fit better. But I assure you, if you want to wear a curve hugging pencil skirt, a girdle will tuck everything neatly into place, smooth out every bulge and minimize the waist nicely. And they’re actually quite comfortable once you get used to them and as long as you’ve found one that fits properly.
Here’s a vintage girdle ad with the promise of looking younger and up to 3″ smaller!
Another nifty item to whittle your middle is the waist cincher, which does just what it’s name implies. You can easily carve off a couple of inches or three with one of these handy dandy items. Great for getting into vintage dresses you thought wouldn’t fit you.
Notice how the ad promises to “hide bulges” and “streamline the waist”. That’s exactly what a waist cincher will do. Not sure about the spelling of the word “mold” instead of “mould” in the name “Figure Mold-Hide a Waist” though. Makes me think of some kind of nasty fungus, as in, “Gee, honey, after wearing that waist cincher all day in the hot weather, sure looks like you got yourself a real bad case of “figure mold!”
Another necessary evil needed to complete that 50’s hourglass silhouette is a cone shaped, pointy bra. Of course, no self respecting sweater girl would be caught dead without her trusty bullet bra. Though they are guaranteed to lift and separate, there is always the risk of putting somebody’s eye out!
Other lingerie items that played a supporting role in shaping the 50’s figure are corsets, corsellettes, merry widows, garter belts, seamed stockings and bustiers. The websites listed below are some great places to help get yourself into some authentic vintage or vintage style foundation garments, if you’re up for the challenge. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And unlike wearing modern style shapewear, you’ll feel and look sexy and glamorous as hell wearing it!
Vintage Slips For authentic vintage lingerie, including girdles and bras.