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  1. My question is what did fuller figured women wear with pants? I keep reading that it is suggested that fuller figured women wear a corselet to help create the correct silhouette but what do you wear with pants?? Can you wear a corselet with the wide leg looser fitting pant of the 1940s?

  2. For the technicality, I can answer all the questions:

    Order to put lingerie:

    1. Girdle first; this is the foundation, High Waist OBG, Long Leg High Waist Panty Girdle, if all-in-one the foundation is completed;
    2. Bra because it was Longline bra which goes over the OBG, you can sew hooks and eyes to secure the Longline bra to the girdle, the reason for longline bra was to offer an almost custom solution for each woman, remember that in those years you could have your foundation garments tailored to your own measurements.
    3. Stockings ALWAYS at the end, with your shoes next to you, ready to slip in; you do not want to risk a run!

    To Olivia Grace:
    In the case of a garter belt (which was acceptable for teenagers but considered of a dubious morality for mature women), the garter belt is the first item to be put on, then panty over, then the stockings, shoes, bras if you wear one. It was very common for women not to wear any panty because they had enough money to have dress much longer than today :-); in the 40’s dress hem was just under the knee (was essentially a statement to the war effort), in the 50’s dress hem were back to mid calf to under the knee in early 60’s until the “revolution” (were the chic was to offer one’s private genitalia to the crowd).

    To Ava and Debbie;
    Ava, the blogger you’re referring to is right; the garter belt is always under the panty for precisely the practical reason you mentioned.
    With an OBG you do not unzip; you simply unfasten the back tabs from your stockings and roll up the bottom of girdle a little and you good to go. Very easy and fast! You do not wear a panty under the OBG and very seldom over.

    Stockings; Introduced in 1938 (after DuPont invented NYLON) were first flat knit and needed to be gathered with a stitch line (seamed) in the back, called seamed stockings or Full Fashion, they were hand made and real piece of art, factories employed thousands of people women and men to meet the demand. In 1952, the seamless stockings were introduced (easier to wear) as the fashion stockings of the time they came in 15 (evening wear), 30 (day wear) and 60 (heavy wear) deniers in 100% pure DuPont Nylon in sizes of 8 to 12 in half inch increments (some brands in 1/4 increments) and three lengths; short, mid and long. Until the end of the 60’s, women wore FF for very special evenings and seamless stockings the rest of the time. Stockings were very strong and long live; FF in 30 or 60 deniers could be easily repaired, a pair of seamless stockings could be wore for weeks before developing a run (with new knitting techniques), women always bought stockings in 2 and more pairs. Pantyhose were invented in the mid 50’s but were not at all welcomed by women, it is only with the advent of the baby boomer and the mini skirt and the move of the industry to increase their profits that the pantyhose took over. Today, well women are bare legged . . . . That’s all we achieved in the last 500 years . . .

  3. After perusing many 1940s pin-up cartoons, it seems like it was the fashion to wear panties over their garter straps rather than under them, which makes sense if you want to avoid undressing completely to use the washroom. I was wondering if you could provide any insight as to where the line was drawn between wearing a set of panties over or under a garter or a corselette, if it depends on the length of the girdle, and on which occasions a 1940s woman might go without panties?

    • A garter belt or corselette was usually worn over panties. In some cases panties came with built in garter straps that may look like a garter belt and straps were under the panties. The pin up illustrations I have seen seem to draw them like this. I can’t think of any situation where a woman would not wear any panties.

      • I had read about this in another blog awhile back. In most photos we’ll see, the blogger said that only in photos did women wear their garter belts and similar over the panties. Women actually wore their panties *over* garter belts for practical reasons. It just didn’t look attractive in photos to wear the panties on top of garter belts. With the full girdles with attached garters, you don’t really have a choice but to unzip and let the girdle hang down a bit in the wash room, lol.

  4. Many women back in the forties and fifties did not at that time realize the overall health benefits of being in these types of garments and the overall effects of posture. My grandmother, mother, and aunt who all lived with us back in the late forties and early fifties were always every day in either a girdle or a corset without question. They would about once a year go to a corsetiere for a fitting. I use to growing up over hear them talk about the fact that there were girdle or corset dependent – which I am positive was true. Sadly in the late sixties early seventies during the feminist movement girdles and decent vintage foundation wear was looked down on and became out of style. For women I believe this was very bad for their overall health related to posture. I did some research into foundation wear and found that wearing vintage girdles or corsets everyday has definite health benefits, it has to do with the fact as humans we stand erect, standing erect gravity and age with a decent supportive garments does have a very negative effect, being in a vintage girdle will daily hold and support your internal organs in their normal natural position, a decent firm boned girdle worn daily supports and holds your organs, muscles in place.

    As a male I wanted to find out for myself both the health benefits and if girdle dependency is real or not. I found a professional corsetiere who was willing to work with me. First she fit me in a girdle that fit my life style Rago 6210 long leg high waist boned and zippered panty girdle, looking at my body over the years of not being girdled my posture was quite bad and with age I have a small stomach that needs a fair amount of control and support. I found over a few weeks of being girdled and following what the corsetiere told me I felt great my posture improved 100 percent sitting and standing, and yes once you start to relax those stomach muscles and start to rely on a girdle for support it is amazing how great you really do feel, and over a period of time you do become quite dependent on being daily in a girdle, now I understand much more concerning my grandmother, mother, and aunt.

    I have come to the conclusion that both males and females make a major health mistake not to be daily in decent vintage girdle. Once use to the benefits of being girdle you do find you love it.

      • Debbie you are correct sorry to say girdles for males subject is not talked about, even though they are available. I have done some experimenting with both male and female girdles, I found interesting enough that the female girdle is far far better then the male girdles. The female girdle gives much more support and needed control over a males girdle. In my personal view girdles should not be for say female only, girdles are for both males and females.

        From some of the research I have done in vintage girdles and corsets if you follow these steps
        you will over a few weeks to months become Girdle Dependent – that is FACT.

        1. First being fitted in the right kind of foundation garment for your life style and your figure.

        2. Learn how to properly put on a girdle to get the most about of benefit of being in a girdle.

        3. Learn how to keep your stomach relaxed and just rely on a girdle and foundation wear for supporting your posture.

        4. Then developing a daily routine – wake up each morning, clean up and put on a girdle.

        I believe if you followed these 4 steps over a few weeks to months you would become girdle dependent.

        Let me know if anybody has tried these steps and if they became girdle dependent?

    • Tom have thought of exersice or dancing for posture? Im a dancer and it helps a lot. I don’t need any support for my posture plus dancing except great posture is also working out and having fun at the same time. Ballroom dance especially.