Yes ladies, today I want to talk about underthings, scandalous no? When it comes to wearing vintage fashions, one usually starts with a single dress perhaps, or a classic pencil skirt, and before you know it you're trying to figure out how to store all of your 1940's hats and the best way to hand wash cotton gloves! Once the fever for vintage fashion sets in, it only gets worse (or is that better? it's certainly more fun!). The clothes can only take you so far to looking the part, the accessories on top help, but it's the foundations underneath that really sell the look. So in my quest for a 1940's silhouette, I finally broke down and used my Christmas money to invest in What Katie Did's CC09 1940's reproduction bra.
Luckily the first post I came upon was Tasha's (of By Gum by Golly) most excellent thesis on the 1940's bust shape! What an excellent post! Go read it now, she goes into such glorious detail. Tasha explains what to look for when trying to find a 40's shaped bra, not necessarily a retro reproduction, but a modern bra with the same silhouette. I took her most useful advice and ordered myself a Bali Flower bra in my usual size and hoped for the best.
Now you know you're on the right track when people have left negative reviews that a bra is "old fashioned", I read those and thought "oh perfect!". This bra is marketed like any other modern bra, but the shape is perfectly 40's I assure you. Though not the fully conical bullet bra shape, the Bali Flower is definitely bullet-esk; enough that when I put it on underneath just a sweater, the shape was "sweater girl" indeed. My mom laughed (uncontrollably) at me when I went downstairs as the sweater girl and at just how comically "old fashioned" the result was indeed. The look was quite different from anything I was used too, but it certainly gives off the vintage vibe I was after! The Bali Flower has got to be one of the best (and most economical) options for a 1940's shaped bra for ladies with a larger cup size than the repro brands can cater to. Mine fit nearly perfect when it arrived, but to be honest...I don't know if I can go out in just a sweater in this bra because it is just that authentic looking. To rock the bullet shape takes more guts than I currently have! Underneath a dress or structured blouse is no trouble, it's just thinner knits and sweaters where the look is a bit too perky for wearing out of the house! To think I can wear a feathery hat with no trouble, but I'm afraid this bra would really call attention here in suburbia!
While I work up the courage to rock the sweater girl look, I am looking forward to my dresses and suits looking just that little bit more authentic. The other popular modern-but-vintage bra is the Doreen from Triumph, but as it is pricier than the Bali Flower I have yet to order one to try out. The Doreen does come in a better beige color, so I will probably invest in one for summer when lighter colors re-enter my wardrobe.
Do you go for the full vintage look, silhouette and all? I'm still getting used to it! If you have any other recommendations do let me know in the comments!