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Merry Widows, Corselettes & Torsolettes

Enhance your Curves In Glamorous Shapewear

In the 1950s most women wore shapewear (or corsetry as it was known then) on a daily basis. After all, it was Christian Dior who quoted 'Without foundation there can be no fashion'. The foundation he was referring to was 'foundation garments'. Get the right underpinnings in place and the world's your oyster!

All of the boning in our Shapewear is spiral steel, with the exception of the veritical boning used in the cups of our Lana Merry Widow. The Lana Merry Widow is the only garment on which the garters are detachable. 

Corselette Body Briefer: Essential for Smoothing

Our most popular item of full body shapewear is our Glamour Corselette. A corselette (or body briefer) is designed to smooth out all of your (unwanted) lumps and bumps resulting in an extremely smooth line under clothing. The Glamour Corselette is made from a double layer of corsetry powermesh, with smooth satin inserts. No lace is used in this corselette which results in a a near invisible finish even under the tightest clothing. Our Glamour Corselette is inspired by corsetry from the 1950s, and that includes the fit: it is tight, tight, tight! Expect to wiggle a lot to get into this corselette, but once you're firmly encased in it, you'll find it extremely comfortable.

If we don't make your bra size in our Glamour Corselette, then you can get the look by combining our Glamour Zip Underbust Girdle with a bra of your choice.

Add a Glamour Corselette to your lingerie collection if you're a fan of tight wiggle dresses or pencil skirts.


Merry Widow: Cinch and Lift

Want to know how those 1950s cocktail dresses always looked amazing in the past? It's all down to the Merry Widow basque which was the essential foundation for evening wear. Merry Widow basques are designed to cinch the waist, smooth out the ribcage and shape the bust. Merry Widows of the 1950s would have a non stretch waist tape to cinch your waist, but we've reinforced our waistbands with either powermesh or elastic to gently and comfortably cinch. Merry Widows are designed just to support and shape the upper part of the torso, they finish quite high on the hip.

If we don't make a Merry Widow in your size, then you can get the look by combining a Waist Cincher with a bra of your choice.

If you wear full skirted prom dresses with a nipped in waist, then a Merry Widow if for you.

Torsolette: Beautiful, Gentle, Shaping

My favourite: the Torsolette. A torsolette is designed to shape the entire torso, but are often strapless, unlike a corselette. Our Cabaret Torsolette is very light control (more in line with the control you'll find in modern shapewear), designed to gently smooth. Our Cabaret Torsolette and Lana Merry Widow are the most historically correct pieces you'll find on this page, and the sheer fabric really shows up the beautiful vintage stitch detailing and boning channels.

A torsolette is for you, if you only require very light shaping, and love beautiful lingerie!

Image of L3024 Lana Merry Widow Product

L3024 Lana Merry Widow
 $128.50

Image of L3007 Glamour Corselette Product

L3007 Glamour Corselette
 $120.00

Image of L3009 Glamour Merry Widow Product

L3009 Glamour Merry Widow
 $120.00

Image of L3021 Cabaret Torsolette Product

L3021 Cabaret Torsolette
 $130.00

   
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