Help me Betty Draperize myself, sartorially speaking!
March 18, 2014 11:59 AM Subscribe
Is there a way to reduce my waist measurement temporarily, in order to wear dresses from the 1950s and early 1960s?
posted by ClaireBear to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (16 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
When I wear vintage from the late 1950s and early 1960s, my waist is on occasion a bit too large, proportionally. This is not a problem for me in modern clothing (in fact, in modern clothing my problem is quite the reverse), which suggests to me that the issue could potentially be one of undergarments rather than one of my body shape. A while back, I had toyed with the idea of getting some sort of corset or waist-cincher, but they seem expensive, uncomfortable, too hot for summer, and probably overkill. Is there anything more comfortable and less extreme that I could use to take 1-3 inches off my waist, temporarily (probably closer to 1")? I'd prefer it just for my waist, as I also don't want to take any inches off my hips if possible. If it matters, I'm a medium size (I generally wear dresses with a 28" waist - sometimes 27"; many of the 50s dresses that fit elsewhere would be better on me if I had a 26" waist). I thought about looking around on Etsy/Ebay for foundation garments from that period, but I'm not sure where to start, or whether there might be better modern alternatives. What are my options here, if any? I'm open to any ideas beyond undergarments too. Also, what kind of underwear did women wear in the Mad Men era, anyway, to make the dresses I'm finding fit - or were they just shaped differently 50 years ago?