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Lingerie & The Movies: Anne Bancroft in The Graduate

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Just a few hours ago, I finished my first-ever viewing of The Graduate, the classic 1967 flick starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman. While I enjoyed the plot and story well enough, what really blew me away were the iconic lingerie scenes, including the famous one pictured up above of Mrs. Robinson slipping on her nylon stockings.

After recognizing the manufacturers of two of the most popular looks and realizing that they had very passable modern-day counterparts, I realized I couldn't go to sleep tonight without making a quick little blog post. I hope you get as much pleasure out of reading this piece as I got from writing it... maybe I'll turn Lingerie & The Movies into a semi-regular series. What do you think?

You'll have to excuse me while I gush like a star-crazed fan for a minute because this leopard print lingerie by Vanity Fair is one of my favorite sets of all time. I first wrote about Vanity Fair's leopard lingerie back in July 2008, three months after I started blogging, and I've been enamored with it ever since. You can sometimes find the original pieces on e-bay or Etsy, but if you just can't wait, Lucy B's Mink leopard print set is a great take on the original. If you're too curvaceous for a soft-cup bra, take a look at the underwired Tigress bullet bra.


Though I don't have absolute confirmation, Anne Bancroft's black lace overlay bra (which is sooo seductive!) looks remarkably similar to other vintage bras I've seen from that time period by the label Vassarette. What I love about this style of bra is how it manages to be wearable, sexy, and confident all at the same time. If you're looking for something similar, Mimi Holliday by Damaris makes a great selection of beautiful lace overlay bras. The one pictured above is sold through Figleaves in up to a GG cup.


Last, but not certainly not least, let's talk stockings.  Because really, how good of a lingerie addict would I be if I neglected this critical part of Mrs. Robinson's wardrobe? Mrs. Robinson appears to be wearing nylon RHTs (that means Reinforced Heel Toe) for this scene, as I didn't notice the backseam or darkened sole typical of fully fashioned stockings. If you want authentic, vintage style, RHT stockings there is no better place to go than Secrets in Lace. And at only $20/pair, they're an affordable splurge.

Have you ever seen The Graduate? Did you like it? Share your thoughts in the comments! 

Photo Credits: NY Daily News, Esquire,,

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.