' Vintage Monowire Bras – What Katie Did

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Monowire Bras of the 1950s


What comes around goes around. You might have discovered a monowire bra in your lingerie travels and thought that it was a new development, but monowire bras first appeared in the 1950s.


Katie shows you some of her favourite monowire bras, including the one that inspired our new X bra which is arriving very soon.

If you're new to retro style hosiery, or hosiery of any kind, then the terminology can be confusing - but help is at hand!

Check out our guide to hosiery and all will be revealed.

1950s Monowire Bras

Vintage monowired bras were very different to the modern version which is why we haven't been able to replicate one.

It's all down to the monowire which was engineered and even welded into one intricate piece as a base for the bra - something that would be extortionately expensive to do today.

The fanciest monowire bras featured a very low centre wire which allowed the wearing of extreme V-neck gowns. They're actually far more comfortable to wear than they look!

Today monowires tend to be a subtle loop across the body, or have a separate 'U' piece that links two

traditional underwired together to give the look of a monowire.

Top row, left to right:

Florelle Licensed by Elle, Paris.

Simone Perele, Paris.

Maryse, France

Bottom row, left to right:

Mam'zelle, Beverly Vogue, California

The Designer Collection (with hand tipped lace!) by Formfit, USA

Greta X Bra by What Katie Did


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