Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Retro Whore

That got your attention didn't it?

A few years ago I really got into the whole retro look. This is when my love affair with classic films started, which then led me on to reading retro books (like Raymond Chandler and Daphne Du Maurier...so good), listening to retro music (who doesn't like Billie Holiday or Frank Sinatra?), idolizing retro people (hello Rita Hayworth), purchasing retro photographs and artwork (just take a look around my apartment) and wearing retro clothes.

Being a curvy woman myself, I found comfort in harking back to the Golden Era, when women were aloud to be women and not stick figures. The hourglass shape was revered and women were encouraged to dress feminine, to enhance their womanly figure. Cute pumps, fitted dresses, rhinestone jewlery, vintage handbags...these were all the things I coveted and I spent a good part of my paycheck on them.

But one thing I didn't buy into at the time was lingerie.

Not just any lingerie, but thigh-high stockings, garter belts and corsets. The whole shebang.

Of course, back then I was single and a bit younger, so the lure of lingerie wasn't really calling me.

But now, all that has changed.

Every year I go through a bit of an Ebay binge and last month was no exception. Aside from getting some primo bargains (which I will blog about later), I decided to embrace the retro whore look.

I bought corsets...and not the ones you would wear out to the club (Lord knows I have those too). I bought garter belts in black, red, white with matching undies. And I bought black thigh highs to attach to my garters.

Today I went out to run some errands wearing a wrap dress. Little did people know that underneath that dress (and underneath the huge coat) my black stockings were held up by a garter belt. It made me feel sexy and mysterious. And very, very ladylike.

Garter belts are an amazing invention. Personally, I hate stockings because the control top usually sucks the life out of you, leaves you with lumps and bumps and it's a pain to get off. I know all you women will agree but it's not very, erm, "accessible" if you want to get busy (if you know what I mean, and I think you do). Strike while the iron's hot, I always say, and when it takes you five minutes to wiggle out of your hose (and in the most unflattering way) the iron is usually cold.

The only complaint I have about garter belts is that sometimes you have to constantly adjust the belts in order to hold your stockings up.

Which is why I purchashed this brilliant invention that you see to your right:
This pair of rocking fishnet stockings come with the garter attached, so you just slip them on and forget about them.

I bought two pairs, the one shown and one sheer black with a seam running up the back.

Of course the minute I tried on the sheer pair I snagged the darn things on a raspy fingernail and now I can't wear them.

The stockings may make me look like a lady but my nails say otherwise.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

where do u find all the artwork u use on your blog. It always looks good. On another note your a very photogenic person as well. I'm sure u'd look great in the retro style.

Wanderlusting said...

I check out Allposters.com. They have tons of images in every possible way. Just right-click, save and publish...until the All Poster people come after you. I'm probably on their most wanted list.

Indiana said...

I was goign to comment...but I need to go and have a cold shower first...thanks for the visual, and for the record stockings and garter belts get a definite thumbs...or is that something else...up ~grin~

Anonymous said...

Definitely agree with you - lingerie has only recently started to become fun for me. And the seams up the back - ohhhh, love 'em!

mushroom said...

Why is it when posted in black and white those pics look like art.....but when in colour they become porno??

Vegas Princess said...

This post just brought me back to a certain Fashion Show I watched last night. And makes me wish I had the figure to pull off stockings and garters.

M said...

love the stockings and garters :)

simon said...

yes but what about those sandels on your other blog

Wombat & Aspen said...

Your man is a lucky wee Jimmy, Lusty.

A veeerrrrryyy lucky man.

-Wombat

Kelly said...

Garters and stockings are soooooooo much fun! Especially when you are the only person who knows you're wearing them while out in public.

Or! It's the best torture for your man while out in public. Don't let him know til you're in a spot where he can't touch you! Perfect!

Shawn said...

This seems way off topic now, but have you ever seen "The Apartment", with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine? Your first bit there reminded me of it; I just saw it last night. It was a damn good movie...

And now back to the lingerie...

Xavio said...

Are you THE perfect woman ? :)

Karinaxoxo said...

ohhh i love lingerie!!! I never wear underwear that doesnt match. never.
Which I think is more of an OCD thing than trying to feel sexy. hehehe.

Wanderlusting said...

Indy - Glad they get your approval

Monicker - me too, just a shame I can't wear them now (the snag). Oh and I probably wouldn't be able to get the seams to go straight either.

Mushroom - Because everyone looks better in black and white.

Vegas Princess - I hear ya. I wish the body came with the stockings.

M - Yay, retro revolution!

Simon - I'm glad you like my sandles. They are very gladiator-esque.

Wombat - Nah, I'm the lucky woman. I know he'd wear garters for me.

Kelly - Oooh good idea. But poor boyfriend.

Shawn - I've seen pretty much the whole thing and loved it. It's one of my mum's favourite too.

Xavio - Yes (...no).

Karina - Me too, always gotta match. If that's OCD, then sign me up.

jeff and ross said...

(Ross)
Yeah, about that...these garters are making my legs itchy and my boss is threatening to fire me if I don't stop squirming.

roselle said...

oooh i love the retro look too. i heart audrey hepburn especially! it's definitely a more recent phenomenon for me as i find myself decorating my new apartment with retro art! i love it! ooooh ebay!

Anonymous said...

Maybe that's what I'm missing...garters and stockings...I think you may have just found the answer to the problems!!

I will go out today and get some...and let you know how it works.

sipwine said...

OH my gosh, you are a woman after my own heart!!
Just last night I dressed up, put on a skirt and heels (and garters and backseams), and went out. The minute my boyfriend realized I was wearing a garter belt he downed his drink and pulled me out of the bar (not that I wasn't willing).

He likes the retro look too.
And I'm very into the retro look.