Dating with padded bra

17-Jul-2017 05:03

The only one in our collection comes from the late 1950s / early 1960s when corsets were definitely on the way out. It appears that this was not a corset for the regular wearer, but a device more akin to a laced girdle that might be worn just for those special occasions.

The fabulous satin elastic M&S girdle from the 1960's.

For many British women, this girdle was the final 'open bottom garment' that they would wear before changing to tights and the pant The panty-girdle became mainstream in the USA in the early 1960s.

This can be seen in the film 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' (1963), where Ethel Merman reveals her underwear on several occasions.

All the girdles photographed above are over 40 years old, yet could could be worn today and would probably give a decade's service to their wearer.

Although the British produced girdles at least as good and strong as their American counterparts, they never quite produced the same quality of panty-girdle although Marks & Spencer came closest.

Almost a decade later than America, at the beginning of the 1970's, even with such beautiful girdles on offer, the majority of Britain's women suddenly realised that a social revolution had occurred.

Each year M&S subtly changed the panelling, but the entire construction in satin elastic was a feature of the first of these foundations (top left).

A later model incorporates some nylon flanking the central front panel, but the majority is satin elastic (middle right).

All the girdles photographed above are over 40 years old, yet could could be worn today and would probably give a decade's service to their wearer.

Although the British produced girdles at least as good and strong as their American counterparts, they never quite produced the same quality of panty-girdle although Marks & Spencer came closest.

Almost a decade later than America, at the beginning of the 1970's, even with such beautiful girdles on offer, the majority of Britain's women suddenly realised that a social revolution had occurred.

Each year M&S subtly changed the panelling, but the entire construction in satin elastic was a feature of the first of these foundations (top left).

A later model incorporates some nylon flanking the central front panel, but the majority is satin elastic (middle right).

To be honest, this beautifully constructed foundation (far left) quite escapes my memory.