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Berni Dexter in Lucy B'a Cherries Jubilee Girdle Set

Berni Dexter in Lucy B'a Cherries Jubilee Girdle Set

Hello my darling Swimwear and Lingerie buddies.

Happy Totally Retro Tuesday to each and every one of you! Are we all observing this wonderful day by wearing our oldest piece of lingerie? Don’t worry, it’s okay to fudge the rules and just wear your most “retro” styled lingerie.

Berni Dexter in Lucy B's Paperdoll Cami Set

Berni Dexter in Lucy B's Paperdoll Cami Set

Myself, I’m kicking it old school style and wearing my favourite retro high waisted undies. I always get a kick out of these and the way they frame up my waist so nicely! They kind of look like this, but not really…

Okay, this is a swimsuit by For Luna, but you get the idea.

Okay, this is a swimsuit by For Luna, but you get the idea.

I know, I know, I really need to get my act together, but these were bought a long, long time ago at a craft fair and didn’t come with a tag, so there’s no way to identify them. Which is a crying shame, because they’re really awesome.

But let’s get a move on with our super awesome vintage lingerie ad for today!

I’m not even going to say anything ahead of the viewing. Just take a look… let it wash over you and see where your mind goes…

Okay, this is obviously the first pop culture reference I got:

Kayser Soze!!!!!!

You know, ’cause the Nylon company is Kayser Bondor… Kayser…Kayser… yah. {moving along}

Anyhoo, we have the lovely lady wearing such a fancy head wrap and all done up to the nines.

{quick aside… did ya ever wonder where the heck that phrase came from? Me too, and there are a whole lot of potential answers and no real consensus. Nevertheless, if you’re a total word nerd like me, you can look here and over here too. Only very remotely related to lingerie, but still kinda related… my tangents aren’t quite so bizarre after all!}

And who wouldn't want a closer look at such lovely silky stockings... Do people really do that? I mean, I obviously have a professional interest in nylons and stuff, but I don't kneel down and inspect them while my buddy is wearing them.... just saying. Oh and FYI, TOTES kidding here, she is obviously one of the earliest adopters of eco-friendly clothing and is drawing the stockings seam line rather than increase their carbon foot print!

And who wouldn't want a closer look at such lovely silky stockings... Do people really do that? I mean, I obviously have a professional interest in nylons and stuff, but I don't kneel down and inspect them while my buddy is wearing them.... just saying. Oh and fyi, TOTES kidding here, she is obviously one of the earliest adopters of eco-friendly clothing and is drawing the stockings seam line rather than increase their carbon foot print!

Okay, got it out of my system. Now let’s get to the fun stuff. So, our lovely lingerie lady, is swanning around in her Kayser Bondor housecoat and making sure to hold the lower half of her garment wide open to fully reveal her “Exquisite stockings in pure silk and nylon.”

And really, who doesn’t waltz about showing off our nether-belows when every other square inch of flesh is completely covered up? This is kinda weird isn’t it? But I am digging the twilight to highlight thing the background is doing.

Her expression is perfectly frosty and aloof, making the viewer feel that shameful voyeuristic sensation that really sells the frilly stuff and makes us all want to seem that powerful when we’re not fully dressed.

I think my favourite part is the fairy dust sprinkling cherubs floating above her snobbishly snotty head!

They're almost as creepy as the Lingerie Fairy! Although, happily, they're showing waaaay less skin!

They're almost as creepy as the Lingerie Fairy! Although, happily, they're showing waaaay less skin!

Do they seem kinda outta place or what?

Seriously? Did the Marketing Exec have to throw them in because Kayser Bondar decided to bring his chippy new trophy wife, who was so young, she was still in her rainbows, unicorns and pink princesses phase, and her big contribution to the meeting was “I think it should have cute little angel babies and lots of pixie dust!” ????

{shudder}

Even this kitty knows that those cupids are totally tacked on and have nothing to do with anything in this ad.

Even this kitty knows that those cupids are totally tacked on and have nothing to do with anything in this ad.

Full disclosure time.

I’m in marketing and I’ve lived this kind of fresh hell before… there’s nothing good that can come of any of it.

I can’t even bring myself to taunt the marketing group that had to put the cherubs in. They’re just so out of left field, she may as well have been holding a corndog, because the CEO’s niece who was job shadowing that day said “Corndogs! They’re just the coolest thing ever!”

…sigh.

Cheers,

Maggie

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Totally Vintage Tuesday

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Readers.

It has been raining nonstop around here and quite frankly I could really use some sunshine and glamour to throw off my growing cabin fever. Of course I turn to the internet when the world is icky and was cruising around enjoying all the vintage and reproduction vintage lingerie out there. But I was having a really, really, hard time deciding what I wanted to feature for today’s post.

Big dilemma right?

So, I got all introspective and procrastinated and realized that the ones I had narrowed it down to were the ones worn by my favourite retro models. I had the all-powerful “Aha” moment, pulled a Phineas and Ferb and said “I know what we’re going to do today.”

Today’s Totally Vintage Tuesday is brought to you by the letters “B” and “D”, as in the inimitable Bernie Dexter.

You may not know her name, but I would bet dollars to diamonds that you know her face.

She is one of the most popular pin up type of model on the retro scene these days.

Bernie models the clothing and lingerie of some of the coolest Rockabilly and reproduction vintage designers such as; What Katie Did, Lucy B and her her own Berni Dexter collections too.

She brings to mind the fresh faced and unabashed sexuality of the late Betti Page with her trademark bangs stunningly symmetrical features. Her ability to completely engage with the camera allows her to beautifully model the gorgeous lingerie and show off all of the little details that give it that retro feeling.

Berni Dexter has been modeling for the past 20 years and looks just as fabulous as the day she started! She has even branched out into acting and music videos like this one with Drop the Lime!

Cheers,

Maggie

Hello my darling Swimwear and Lingerie Friends.

It’s “Totally Vintage Tuesday” and I thought we might take a little picture walk down memory lane and look at how garters and garter belts have helped to shape fashion.

When most people think of garters, they generally go the whole wedding imagery thing and think of something like this;

Or this;

And, they wouldn’t be wrong, these are stunning and definitely worthy of wedding wear, however, the point of the garter was actually to hold up one’s stockings because elasticized fabrics and textiles hadn’t been invented yet. So while something as decadent would be worn by the upper echelons of society and for special events, they weren’t entirely comfortable or practical.

The average woman was wearing something that looked a bit more like this;

The held up your socks, your stockings and if you were a flapper during the 20’s they helped you to conceal your flask of liquor during prohibition.

From the simple scrunchie type of garter we jump right into the luscious open-bottomed garter belt. Basically, this item of lingerie could be as simple or as decadent as the lady could afford. In it’s most rudimentary state, it was a simple belt with 4-6 straps with a button and round loop closure at the bottom of each. They looked something like this;

The lady would catch the reinforced top of her stocking on the knob part of the button and then slip the metal loop over top and slide to cinch it tight and closed, thus keeping the stockings up. It was pretty ingenius really. Here is the modern equivalent, you will notice it really hasn’t changed all that much.

The vintage version of this would be;

From the open bottom Garter belt, we move on to garter innovations. Garters were attached to every other type of lingerie depending on the era, style in fashion and level of restrictive body control/shaping desired. Here is a vintage corset with attached garters;

A vintage girdle with attached garters;

Same again but in a different style and era;

Now it would be easy to say, these are all fine and good, but why should the modern woman care about garters and garter belts outside of fancy dress situations? And you would have a point, with the advent of pantyhose and elasticized nylons there really wasn’t a need for the handy garter belt any more.

Unless, you required pantyhose in an uncommon size, enjoyed the luxe feel of fully formed stockings and garters or found that the extra shimmy they gave your step was worth the extra effort.

I for one, adore the sensation of a garter belt. I love that my thigh high stockings fit so much better and can be adjusted through the day if they begin to lose their elasticity. I love the craftsmanship that goes into a well sewn and detailed garter belt or garter.

What can I say, they rock and are certainly worth the effort. And if the current obsession with reproduction vintage lingerie from the likes of Lucy B, Kiss Me Deadly and JennasRedRhino.

Try’em, I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Cheers,

Maggie

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