Orchard corset under vintage clothes!
I’ve recently started my waist-training with the CS-201 corset, which was gifted to me by Orchard Corset, a brand that I’ve been desperately wanting to try for the past year but never thought I would have the patience and determination to go through with wearing a corset every day, so kept postponing the challenge until now! I’ve been wearing the (what turned out to be an incredibly comfortable) corset for about 3 hours per day every day for the past 10 days. The pictures of me wearing this little miracle worker were taken on the 5th day when I was still breaking it in, a process that reminds me of breaking in a brand new pair of pointe shoes, a strange feeling at first, you don’t know if you are doing it right and it takes much longer to lace yourself in than you would have hoped. It does get easier every day and as it’s completely broken in now and nothing sticks out as it did at the beginning before the corset ‘moulded’ into a shape, I can wear it with confidence under all my vintage garments, accomplishing the perfect silhouette with a nipped waist. And that’s the point of this post.
Have you ever wondered why your dazzling, immaculately cut vintage clothes, in particular from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s don’t necessary look on you as they do in the photographs or in films when they were worn by the Hollywood stars from that era? Does it ever feel like the shape of your evening gown from the late 1930s or a beautiful Lilli Ann suit from the 1950s looks nothing on you like it does on Joan Crawford or Dovima?
If your answer to all of the above is ‘yes’ then you and I are in the same vintage boat.
We are all of course different heights, body shapes and the same Jonathan Logan dress will look very different on someone who is 5’10 and size 4 to someone who is 5’5 and wears a size 8, but one of the main reasons why clothes looked so beautiful on women in the 1930s-1950s regardless of their body type, is that they all wore proper foundation garments. Even though the ever so popular metal boned corsets were gradually being replaced by a girdle made of two way stretch elastic and as WWII approached, women needed more flexibility in their movement, they were still more than eager to create the hourglass silhouette of a small waist, broad shoulders and full hips. If you are after a similar effect, then that’s exactly where the Orchard corset comes to the rescue!
Of course, a corset is only one of the elements needed for a more authentic vintage 1940s or 1950s look. Let’s also not forget about the very popular and extremely pointed, bullet bra with the ‘cone’ effect, my favourite high-waisted knickers known as ‘grannies-panties’, a garter belt, stockings, a half slip and sometimes a petticoat. If you are not a vintage purist however but still want your vintage clothes to fit properly then a corset, a well-fitted bra and high-waisted knickers are a way of dramatically improving the overall look of your vintage ensemble!
One word of advice though, if you decide on corset waist-training, make sure you are doing it correctly! Avoid the temptation of wanting to lace the corset really tight in a short amount of time as you might damage the corset and injure yourself, and last but not least, if you wish to have a small waist, be healthy, exercise, don’t expect the corset to do the job for you! I take ballet classes twice a week, which I’m soon extending to 4 times a week, additionally, I do ballet workout at home.
You can find more information on how to corset train on Orchard Corset’e website!