The 1950’s were also a time when women’s undergarments started evolving from primarily restrictive foundations to alluring fashion elements in their own right, deserving of the term lingerie. Styles began to show more sense of femininity and sex appeal, while still retaining the function of foundations. These are interesting transitional pieces and no vintage outfit from this era is complete without them. Thankfully, vintage lingerie has not been ignored by SL designers. I am wearing elements from No.9 Nylons‘ Vintage Lingerie “Lily” collection in black. This fantastic set has a bra, panty and girdle in 4 and 8 garter versions, in many layers and combinations. A pair of back-seamed stockings for the 8 garter option is also included. Any of the regular 4 garter stockings sold separately can be used with the 4 garter girdle. The options allow for wearing the lingerie in a variety of ways under clothes or alone. Pictured below is the complete set with the 8 garter option. Notice the nice touch of the tiny red prim bow on the bra (inset). Criollo Forcella also pays great attention to detail in her creations and has made this available in black, red and white.

No.9 also has a nice selection of modern leg wear, including panty hose and thigh highs. If you have suggestions for other vintage styles or eras that you’d like to see or if you’d like to share good places to shop for them, please leave a comment.

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Art and fashion often evolve to display a commonality of attitude of a culture, place or era. I think this was certainly true of 1950’s America, which gave rise to rock-n-roll. Much of the music of this time had a fun and carefree air, as exampled by Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash” or Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock.” Fashion styles also evolved to incorporate these themes. Today, I would like to show you two outfits that represent the fun, feminine fashion that was popular at the time. The poodle skirt, often being used for dancing or just hanging out at the local diner, and a flouncy knee length dress, perfect for a movie date at the theater or drive-in. Both are from Ivalde, a wonderful store for vintage shoppers. Neferia Abel has selections from the Baroque era to current day styles, much of it sorted into decades for easy shopping.

The pink poodle skirt ensemble, pictured left, comes with two skirt and two blouse options, each with or without the poodle, and a prim scarf. The belt is on the jacket layer so it’s optional or can be replaced by another of your choosing. This outfit is also available with a red, black or yellow skirt. Added to the pictured ensemble are saddle shoes from The 50’s Store and Haalsa Hallard lace frill socks with pink ribbon. The jewelry is pink lulu4 bangle bracelets from Artilleri and Kraftika earrings no. 106 also in pink.

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