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Photoshoot, BEWTstudios, Cardiff

Coolclobber Photoshoot My 2017
May Photoshoot Bewtstudios Cardiff

I am always looking at ways to update my shop and keep it looking fresh.  Last week Coolclobber was at Bewtstudios, Cardiff Bay with photographer Greg Gladysiak and ten models for a day long shoot organised for Coolclobber by marketing and events consultant, Boisbach.

If you follow CoolclobberVintage on Instagram you can see some of the fabulous shots that show off some of the vintage treasures in stock right now!

 

Here are a few!

80s party dress
80s short prom dress
1960s two piece
1960s Jaqui O style two piece
Jacket and cap
Casual denim and flat cap
Black and white two piece dress and jacket
Two piece silk and angora mix
Prom king and queen
Cute prom wear! 60s Tux jacket, beaded column dress
Traditional robe
Elegant traditional man’s robe
Shirt hat braces tattoos
Shirt hat and braces
Raincoat and flat cap
The classic vintage raincoat
80s does 40s styled for now
80s does 40s re-imagined

All of the above are available or about to be listed at Coolclobber.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/coolclobber

New stock for Springtime.

Orange and beige leather jacket
Two tone leather biker style jacket
Paisley robe
One for Floslingerie! Lovely floaty blue and lavender Paisley robe.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FlosLingerie

Black net skirt
John Neville dotty net skirt
Mens Tootal robes
Tootal classic men’s robes in traditional patterns.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/coolclobber

How lovely to see the sun today! Whenever possible, I take my Shop photographs outside on my garden patio. Today was the first day this year that the weather has been perfect !

I have listed lots of new items for Spring…..a few of them above ⬆️ My favourite is the John Neville skirt, Nominally a size 10, the waist measures 24 inches ! It is a very pretty dotty net overskirt with a black taffeta underskirt, satin edges, a frill and a long satin tie sash…

No muffin tops, no diets…

Just a big pair of knickers from Floslingerie

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FlosLingerie

What gives you the best silhouette under your vintage clothes?

Spandex, Elastane and Lycra……are all basically the same synthetic fibre, developed by DuPont in the very late 1950s and early 1960s.  Up to the 1960s, the girdle or corset was a very restrictive garment, generally worn from under the bust to the top or mid thighs and consisting of unyielding layers of stiff fabric with channels of “boning”, often metal, and complex lacing or buckles and straps to shape and hold the body. The girdle or corset also had sets of suspenders to hold up ladies stockings and was open bottomed, i.e. put on an worn like a very wide belt. The earliest Victorian and Edwardian laced up garments needed an extra pair of hands to tighten and do up the laces. They would have been worn over a cotton chemise or combination garment, one of several layers of undergarments. Later versions from the 1930s and 1940s had long lines of hook and eye fastenings.  So, when Lycra came on the scene in the early 1960s, it was liberating! Two new sorts of girdles became available, the roll- on, an open bottomed pull on garment with no boning or fastenings, usually with neat elasticated suspenders, often detachable, and the pantie girdle. The pantie girdle combined knickers and girdle as one, and again, often, but not always, had detachable suspenders. The pantie girdle became the preferred control garment as it created a smooth body shape, perfect under popular clothing styles such as the mini skirt and slim fitting trousers. Lycra is still used in many different types of shapewear, sportswear, swimwear and fashion garments. Occasionally, I come across old shop stock, and it is always good to be able to offer these for sale at Floslingerie.  Right now I have pantie girdles and control briefs in Small, Medium and Large, in white and in black. I also have a stock of Mary Quant body stockings from the 1980s….but that’s another story!

1870s combinations
White cotton chemise, split drawers
1960s girdle
1960s roll-on Girdle with suspenders
Mary Quant 1980s body stocking

It is worth noting that when you wear vintage you may notice that the fit of your vintage clothes is quite different to modern garments. The average body shape has changed dramatically over the last fifty years, with women becoming both taller and wider! You may notice that a vintage item from the 60s, for example, could be labelled as a 10, but fits like a 6 !  Often, waists are smaller, busts and hips cut for more curves. When you buy vintage, check the measurements will suit your body shape. If you are buying on-line, check the measurements against something from your wardrobe that fits you well.

Vintage fabrics hang differently to modern fabrics. When you are planning your outfit, think about how the fabric drapes or clings. Is it bias cut? Is it a stiff fabric like taffeta, or is it a soft pile like cotton velvet? Choose your undergarments to enhance the look of your vintage outfit.  Modern shapewear is pretty good….but if you can find lingerie from the same era as your outfit you will carry yourself with more confidence, knowing that you have created the perfect silhouette!

New Year, New Blog….2017

As the New Year approaches, I decided to begin a blog about all things vintage….behind the scenes at my two Etsy shops, Coolclobber and Floslingerie, and life in the country…..

https://www.instagram.com/coolclobbervintage/