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Sunday, 16 November 2008

Understructure

When I was being dressed by Avsh Alom Gur for the Booker he told me to bring along my 'understructure.' Now we may think that what our mothers used to call corsets are really uncool, but according to Av, there is not a woman who treads the Oscar carpet without major 'understructure.' Beneath the Chloe and the Chanel, there lies the mundane control garment. A selection of ratings of which can be found here. Spanx comes out on top. I'm not providing a picture, they're not supposed to be seen. This is what Av sent me to John Lewis to get, and it does work, very well and not especially uncomfortable.

13 comments:

phyllis said...

So important! I even wear Spanx to work with my knit dresses for a nice smooth look. And if one is into wearing vintage, especially anything pre-1960, those clothes really can't be worn properly without understructure becaue they were designed for that.

Anonymous said...

I've never been able to wear these sort of things before because the bulges they tuck in always seem to pop out elsewhere. But on your recommendation Linda I've just ordered the John Lewis thing in Sand. Only I doubt it will look as good on me as it does on the model, sadly.

Geri

Toby Wollin said...

Phyllis - I made a dress from a 1954 pattern and even though I made a muslin and the modifications so that it would 'fit' and 'move' on my NOT 1954 body, I ended up having to get a real 1954 style girdle(complete with zip, I might add) in order for the thing to actually look right. I did not, however, get a 'bullet' bra.

Deja Pseu said...

I wear Spanx underneath some of my pants, really does give a smoother look.

But this one piece thing...do you have to peel the whole thing off to use the loo? Or is there a strategically placed snap?

Geraldine said...

OMYGOD, dejavue!!! Don't be worrying me with that! I hadn't thought of that till I ordered it. But I'm sure it'll have poppers.

Geraldine said...

Sorry, got your name wrong, deja pseu. Was in a state of shock when I wrote my previous.

Linda Grant said...

Don't worry, there's poppers

Geraldine said...

Phew!

Wendy said...

I remember being forced to wear what was called a girdle by my mother when I was 16. Apparently it wasn't nice for proper young ladies to show bum cleavage and tummy curves. I threw the thing away when I left home and have never worn any type of constraint —'cept for a bra — since. Long live comfort, slight bulges and all!

Bronwyn said...

When I was a 48kg 20-something I rarely wore a bra except when swishied up in a posh frock (a rare occurrence). I had one frock with a very low-cut back and one of these all-in-one things (a lacier, sexier version, but quite firm) was the only thing I could wear under it. Not for flattening bulges, but just as a bra with a very low back. It was extremely comfortable too - I also wore it whenever my back was achey, and one of the worst things about getting older and fatter was trying to find a larger replacement that didn't look as though it was meant for my grandmother. Finally found one in London a few years ago and I treasure it.

Arabella said...

Or we could all save a lot of money and latex and decide to find round tummies and a big arse sexy...?
Thought not. Marilyn, where are you when we need you?

greying pixie said...

I'm with wendy and arabella on this one. Even looking at them makes me feel breathless. Healthy living and moderate exercise have given me the body I have, if the clothes don't flatter it, then they are not for me and I'd rather admire them on a slimmer (perhaps younger) woman.

The only exception to this might be a gala occasion such as Linda's recent experience.

bonnie-ann black said...

i'd love to have something like this, but i am really long-waisted and they inevitably tug my shoulders and breasts down to my stomach, so that i look like the witch in a children's fairly tale! i now wear clothes that are comfortable and where the waist fits where my waist is.