In society today, it is not very often that you hear the word ‘panty girdle’ or ‘girdle’. It has mostly been replaced by ‘shapewear’, which is a more general term, but we still believe that there’s still some value in girdles. After all, girdles have been in existence for centuries and were a must-have item for women during most of this period. It is the reason why Elle Courbee have compiled this girls’ guide to girdles for explaining why they were incredibly popular and provide some tips for buying and wearing a girdle.
How Did Girdles Come into Existence?
If you check the origin of the term, the girdle was a ceremonial belt that priests and members of the clergy would wear with a cassock. For the men, it symbolised the willingness and preparation to serve. For the women, it represented protection and chastity. Fast forward to the 20th Century and the term now referred to an ‘undergarment made of elasticised fabric that women wear’. A girdle comprised of form-fitting fabric that would encircle the lower torso, extending below the hips and sometimes even to the thighs. Due to its comfortable and flexible nature, it quickly replaced the corset as the slimming attire of choice and rose in popularity to become the essential underwear for women. The pantyhose and standard undergarments eventually surpassed it in the 1960’s. However, it did not disappear completely. Many women would still wear girdles for shaping themselves and they became fashionable once more in the late 1990’s under the name ‘shapewear’.
Tops Tips For Choosing Girdles
1. The Aim is Control and Not Constriction
You might not believe it, but there’s a huge difference. The surprising thing is that many women still believe that girdles should feel extremely tight to work. If a girdle fits you right, you won’t have any pinching, gaps, or bulges at any point. It will not move around or ride up when you do and it will not give you a ‘muffin top’. If a girdle is so tight that it causes bulges, you can easily see this through your clothes and beat the purpose of wearing one. Instead, you should try wearing the girdle that it fits snugly and feels a bit tight at first without actually causing any distortion or discomfort. You should be capable of sitting, walking around, and breathing deeply without any discomfort or problems.
2. The Higher the Waistline the Better
Girdles come in all shapes and sizes with so many styles than you actually know what to do with. However, if you would like a smooth line from the chest down to the hips, you can only go one way. A high waist girdle usually starts under the bra line and smooth your hips and stomach and ends like a standard pair of shorts of knickers. This is preferable to some of the mid waist girdles since it helps you avoid the ‘muffin top’ look and instead ensures that your silhouette is sleek from top to bottom. For extra security, you can even consider getting some that actually hook onto your bra.
3. Go For the Cotton-Blend During Summer
Girdles are usually made of spandex and nylon, which is why they are excellent for support and control. However, both are synthetic fabrics and don’t usually breathe too well. That’s wonderful if it is winter and you would like to try and retain as much body heat as possible, but it can quickly get uncomfortable in the height of summer. It is better to opt for the cooler material for your shapewear in the hotter months. Cotton-blend is the ideal fabric to use since it allows your skin to breathe and prevents you from sweating too much while providing the support you require.
If you have fallen in love with girdles, you are not the only one. Women from all over the UK rely on them to give them a coveted sleek silhouette especially on special occasions or simply to give them the confidence they require on a daily basis.