Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Vintage Silhouette - Bras

My previous post was about what kind of shapewear i find good to wear under vintage and vintage reproduction dresses.  Finding the perfect bra is equally important.  Not only for vintage outfits but for any outfit.

70% of women wear the wrong bra size (source).  Marks & Spencer reports that about 8,000 women come to their stores for a fitting every week.(source)  So it is always best to get your bra fitted by a proffessional in a department store or by one of the specialy trained staff at teh What Katie Did Boutique.  But this isn't a post about sizing or how woman's bust has got bigger over time, save that for another post.  This is about what i like to wear.  I have quite a large bust, 32E so i find bra shopping a nightmare!

The 50s  is all about the shape of the natural breast or the fashionable bullet shape which was made famous by 'sweater' girls of the time.  

Jayne Mansfield
The current trend is to have melon shape boobs, you will find most modern bras have pre formed cups to enhance that shape.

Modern melons!
There are many reproduction vintage lingerie brands out there.  My absolute favorite is What Katy Did.  For the iconic bullet shape I love What Katy Did's Matlease bra.  

But find it good for being pointy and looks extremely authentic.  I just find it too pointy! I have a large bust, so i find that i cant wear it with tight fitting clingy sweaters. As i feel I look too theatrical like this;

I do like to wear it with vintage dresses, it really fills out the darts and hangs nicely.  I am wearing it here under this vintage dress.

But for wearing under sweaters to get that subtle pointed look i love the Playtex cross your heart bra.  It is super comfy  too.  It is a bit of a granny bra but hey i love granny chic.  I often sit on the bus admiring old peoples style!


I have also got in in antique rose which i got of ebay for £8.99! 
But if you are smaller bust, i wouldn't suggest it, i don't think they even do smaller sizes! You care lucky enough to fit into Kiss Me Deadly bras!

I said before i the melon shape bust is not what the vintage silhouette is all about.  But i personally have an expenstion on this.  The strapless bra.  i am in love love love with the Wonder Bra 'hands' bra!

It is designed to work like a pair of hands. Thanks to concealed polycarbonate hands, so it feels as if you are holding yourself up! I love it, it is so comfy, i get an amazing cleavage, that i just hadn't been able to get with conventional strapless bras.  I don't think i will wear anything else!  Just wish they would design one that has more of a natural 'vintage' cup shape rather than melon shape! 

“We conducted a comprehensive series of tests with real girls, which included dancing, bending, stretching and jumping, all designed to put the bra through its paces. This unique technology lifts the weight of the bust, supports and gives a trusted Wonderbra cleavage. We have created a groundbreaking garment giving women the perfect solution to the age old strapless bra problem.”


  1. O,my,great post!!
    I must look into What Katy Did! I've been lucky enough to find two vintage bras that fit,but one is dangerously point,and being enormous of boobage,wuite scary on! But as you say,that is the line required for a vintage frock!

  2. Excellent advice! I'm 40F, and WKD doesn't fit me, going to try the cross your heart. Thanks x x

  3. Really comfortable to wear wonderbra, bought before the white, but black is more practical. So they bought a black, long shoulder strap, particularly good stretch.