Aug 272012

I have recently spent time researching all the vintage girdles and other vintage lingerie recently added to the shop and more to come, finding details about them which are not obvious to the naked eye such as the brand, fabric and dating. Mid-read I suddenly felt inspired to clarify the difference between a corset and a girdle, as to those new to such foundation garments it may not be obvious in this era when we do not grow up exposed to such restrictive underwear.

The Corset

vintage corset from

A fine example of a vintage corset by Camp from Boudior lingeie shop

A corset is an undergarment worn to hold and shape the body into a desired shape. Corset have been popular throughout history for both men and women but most commonly by women and famously during the Victorian period. Corsets are also used as a medical aid to help support the core of the body and back. Corsets are usually rigid sometimes with cups or support for the bust, constructed in sections and boned at the seams with lacing or hooks at the rear.

The Girdle

In contrast a girdle encircles the lower torso, often extending below the hips and unlike the corset rarely has cups or a bodice. The girdle is often worn as a support but was as a popular replacement to the corset from about the 1920s to the late 1960s. There are two key types of girdle; the open bottom or ‘step-in’ girdle (see below by Berlei), an almost tubular construction extending from the waist to thigh, and the panty girdle (see below by Bien Jolie), a tight device with gusset resembling either high-waisted briefs or athletic shorts. Girdles of both types often came with attached or removable stocking suspenders. Girdles can be either multi-paneled or cut from a simple two piece pattern and are usually made of strong elasticated materials.

A blue  floral 1960s Berlei girdle

A 1960s floral girdle by Berlei


Peach 1930s Knitted Bien Jolie Flash Panty Girdle

1930s Peach Knitted Flash Panty Girdle by Bien Jolie

Sep 262011
Attic Rummaging With The Dress Doctor

We have unpacked, rummaged, sorted, hung and repacked for hours on end and two solid days. Amongst the hoards are some mid-twentieth century winter coats, beautiful interwar dresses and petticoats, vintage lingerie and corsets, 1930s knitted intimates and numerous pairs of vintage hosiery still in it’s original packaging…

Apr 232010

Hi all, I though long and hard about what would be the best way to show you all great selection of lingerie available at Queeni-B Boutique so that you could get a proper feel of how it fits and moves with the body, and of course how utterly pin-up cute it all is! And here [read full post]