I was going to post about my favorite garter belt, but that has to wait until tomorrow. Garter belts, exciting as they are, simply pale in comparison to the work of art above.
You’re looking at the Vargas dress by UK brand Kiss Me Deadly. They first released the dress last year in a turquoise/white version, and, stunned by its popularity, decided to release an all black and an all white variation in this years collection. I pre-ordered the dress in black and they’ve just released the promo shots today.
I simply cannot wait. I’ll be making up excuses to wear it every where (oops…I originally typed everywear ;-) ).
Though I have no information on the prices for the new Vargas dress, I do know that you order it by your bra size and that it will be released in late May. You can go to the Kiss Me Deadly website here to view the dress. You can purchase the original turquoise/white dress here. Finally, you can inquire about pre-ordering the new black and/or white dress here.
I warn you, the dress is expensive…but then, quality always is.
Above are the Stockingirl aubergine purple stockings with reinforced heel and toe, 100% nylon, 15 denier, 4 sizes (S-XL), 18.99/pair.
Stockingirl is swiftly becoming my favorite site on the internet. They sell European style stockings to American clientele without the fuss of those pesky exchange rates. All of their stockings carry the Stockingirl brand name so you likely won’t find anything by Falke or Gerbe in their stash. However, the items they do carry are, with very rare exception, beautiful and quite well made.
In my never-ending quest to wear stockings as much as possible, I bought the pair above thinking they’d be a good all purpose color for Fall, Winter, and Spring (I’m still debating about trying to wear stockings over the summer; it gets so darn hot here), and indeed they are.
The nylon feels very good going on, and with almost no stretch, it hugs the legs very tightly. However, as the day wears on, you’ll find that non-stretch nylon tends to bag around the knees and ankles so you’ll likely have to pull your hose tighter a couple of times during the day to prevent that. Also note that because these stockings do not stretch at all, you want to make sure you buy your proper size. I’m 5’8, 145 lbs, but I have an athlete’s build so I bought the XL to be safe and I’m glad I did.
Another note…if you are darker skinned, the sheer aubergine purple will not show as vibrantly on your legs. Depending on your skin tone, you might get shades ranging from deep purple to an almost burgundy brown. The stockings also have a slight sheen; nothing extreme, but just enough to highlight the leg. The overall effect is very nice.
You will definitely need garters with these stocking. I’d recommend purchasing a sturdy metal clip, six-garter belt meant for all day wear as opposed to one of those flimsy, plastic, four-garter ones intended only for the bedroom. In a later post, I’ll be sure to write about my favorite garter belt.
Above is the Lady Marlene X Half-Slip, light control, four garters, nylon/spandex blend, $31.99-40.99 (USD).
In addition to talking about stockings, I’ve realized I should talk about the things that hold them up too. I’ve recently gotten turned on to vintage style lingerie–girdles, corselettes, bullet bras, old style garter belts, etc. Not only do I believe that this style of intimate wear is classically sexy, it also helps to mold the body.
Before I continue, I should say that the comment above is not meant to imply that all women’s bodies are in need of controlling, shaping, or any synonym thereof. Some women (and men for that matter) enjoy the feeling of constriction that vintage shapewear provides, and this post is written for that audience.
If I’m not mistaken, the Lady Marlene half slip is on its way out of production so if you’re interested in owning this piece, now is the time to buy it. Sizes available are small, medium, large, and you determine the size for you by your waist size. Per usual, I’ll include links to places you can purchase this item at the end of my post.
In hand, the half slip is a bit shorter than I expected. From the pictures, I was looking for it to be about miniskirt length, however, on me, it was more like full coverage brief length, or perhaps boyshort length. So, if you’re a woman with a few curves, particularly on the hips and/or buttocks, please be aware the half slip will not come down as long on you.
The nylon slip is sheer, and the x-panel in front is opaque. If you wear your girdles and slips a little low, on the hips, as I do, the opaque panel will likely cover your private areas. The back of the slip has one seam up the back midline which make it almost look like you’re wearing a thong from behind. I particularly like the double strap detail in the garters. Though I wish there were six garters, instead of four, the style of garter does enhances the overall vintage feel of the garment and adds a little peek of skin on the thighs, which I think is sexy.
The half slip itself fit well. However this garment offers next to no shaping, so light coverage is definitely an accurate description. It’s good for you if you want a smooth line under dresses or skirts, or something with a bit more coverage than the typical garter belt, but, for actual shaping, I’m going to have to recommend a real girdle and not this item.
Above are the Leg Avenue fishnet thigh highs with woven satin ribbon, one size fits all, nylon/spandex blend, $9.00/pair (USD).
I really wanted to like these. After the last couple of posts, I feel the need to reassure myself that I’m no stocking snob; cheap hosiery really is just as good as the more expensive kind. Plus, Leg Avenue holds a special place in my heart. My very first pairs of fishnets, back seams, and “novelty” stockings all came from them. We go way back.
In theory, these are nice. I like the idea behind the design–a little bit burlesque, a little bit Victorian, a little bit striptease–not to mention the prospect of switching out the ribbon to match my outfits. It ought to work. Except it doesn’t.
One, the two silicon band welt at the top is much too tight. Unless you have very small thighs, these stockings are simply impossible. Muffin tops just beneath the buttocks are not cute. Also, circulation! Cutting it off in the name of fashion is not cool, Leg Avenue. Not cool at all. And just in case you’re wondering, I weigh less than 160 lbs., the supposed cut off weight for their one size fits all.
Two, the ribbon is more trouble than it’s worth. Though it looks nice in the picture, it’s disproportionately large for the stocking, especially so close to the wide, black welt. In addition, the threading holes for the ribbon are too big; you’d achieve much the same effect by tearing random holes in the fishnets you already have and putting a ribbon through those. Finally, it’s slippery; getting the ribbon to line up just right like in the picture is a frustrating endeavor. I tend not to like it when my stockings outsmart me.
The fishnet itself is off average quality. The nets are hexagonally shaped instead of diamond shaped, and the color for my pair was slightly off-black instead of the true, rich, deep black I prefer. However, these are fairly minor issues compared to the ones detailed above.
…and sadly these don’t fall under “need.” Above are the Pretty Peacock tights by Bebaroque, 80 denier, stretch to fit UK sizes 8-16, and (wait for it…) £35.00. As much as I love, love, love stockings, there is absolutely no way I can justify spending $70.00 on one pair of tights, no matter how sinfully luscious they are. I could wear these every single day, summers included, until the hand printed (!) design fell off, and I’d still feel guilty as hell.
Sexy Siren–The sexy siren (a.k.a. the “Silver Screen Seductress.”) is all about the glamorous days of old. Think floor length robes, silk slips, and fine lace bra sets. For the Sexy Siren, lingerie is the point; everything else is just window dressing. And it goes without saying that whatever the Sexy Siren wears has to be of the very best quality; anything less than luxurious simply won’t do. Sexy Sirens will want to take a look at the UK brand Fleur of England, and specifically the collection Keepsake.
Comfy Cutie–The Comfy Cutie wears lingerie, but she prefers to feel like she isn’t wearing anything at all. Soft, unstructured pieces that let her body move and breathe are ideal for the Comfy Cutie, and even better if they’re constructed of naturally soft fabrics like bamboo or silk.. Sophisticated but uncomplicated, the Comfy Cutie should check out Brulee, a handcrafted line out of New York City,
Kinky Kitten–Whips and chains and corsets, oh my! A daring diva unafraid of anything, the Kinky Kitten will often try lingerie that intimidates the average woman. Open cup bras don’t scare her, nor does any lingerie with word strapless, backless, or crotchless in the title. Lascivious is a good fit for the Kinky Kitten…even if you only want to be one for a night!
Basic Betty–People often confuse basic with boring, but really the Basic Betty is a woman who understands the practical side of lingerie and sees no reason to muck up a perfectly good thing with sequins, ruffles, and bows. The Basic Betty’s focus is on fit, not fashion, and the simpler the silhouette, the better. Basic Betties might like Sexy Panties and Naughty Knickers, which features colorful fabrics in simple styles.
Vintage Vixen–The vintage vixen loves crinolines, Mad Men, and victory rolls. Wasp waisted dresses are her thing, and she wears retro accessories like gloves, stockings, and fascinators with no irony at all. The Vintage Vixen is an expert at finding things in garage sales, flea markets, and clearance bins, but if she wants something a little less used, Secrets in Lace (which was making bullet bras and garter belts even before they came back in fashion) is the place for her.
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