You and I would likely agree that there are two Golden Ages of Lingerie:
First up, the 50’s and 60’s. Basically everything that happened between the start of the Baby Boom and the first burned bra. And honestly darlings there must be a connection between all the baby booming (and subsequent busting) and how we under-dressed, yes? I suspect that fertile imaginations and fertility in general go hand in hand.
The next Golden Age of Lingerie? Now. Right now, this very minute. And knowing that I cannot go back, and not really having a clue about how much forward I have, Now will do just fine thank you very much. And there is so much to love about Now, the immense convenience of online shopping, miraculous modern fabrics and unmatched variety of choice.
It should not surprise you therefore when I express especially kind words about a lingerie brand that manages to thread the needle and tightly stitch together the best elements of Then and Now in a range of shapewear that really helps shape me up. Pieces that have all the vintage-vixen, figure-fixing elements of the past that work and play with whatever you are pulling out of your contemporary closet today.
Allow me to introduce you to my new friend, Vedette. Vedette is a little racy, a showgirl in fact. Depending on how you bring the word into English from her native Spanish, Vedette is either the star of the show, or a girl who will go to scandalous lengths to get a little attention. Totally my kind of girl.
Vedette is from Columbia, and has a smart, updated take on the hot-hot-hot Latin American tradition of the Faja. Young Latinas reading this may remember the Faja, the heavily engineered rubberized cincher. Your favorite Tia, Mom’s saucy little sister, would powder and pour her way into one, pile up the hair, pinch her toes into impossible shoes and, well, would get noticed all night long.
The traditional Faja surely had the effect of snapping and shmushing the figure into daring and dangerous curves, but honestly it all came at a high price. Ask your Aunt. The natural rubber elastic was too warm. All the construction, the side stays and boning compromised comfort and movement too much, and the far too visible fastening hardware would just never work beneath anything clingy. The challenge I suppose is bringing all the good things forward for a new generation being careful to not throw the babe out with the bathwater.
Vedette rises to the challenge.Their approach is epitomized in Melanie, a BYOB (bring your own bra) super slimming skirted bodysuit. All the shape-shifting 100% latex impact is still there, but it is hidden in a discreet middle layer, sandwiched between thin exterior and interior layers of nylon and elastine. Cool enough on the skin, glass-smooth beneath the clingiest dress in your closet, it feels good and looks invisible. Check, and double check. The big difference between Melanie and your everyday slimming/smoothing solution is shape and size. Melanie reduced my waist by a full 2 inches. Checkmate.
2 inches is a full skirt size friends, a practically corset-like impact on the waist which is amazing for an easy on, easy off, step in and pull up garment. Removable, adjustable straps help secure things up top, and the elastic lace band at the bottom hem keeps her moored soundly about thigh top. The adjustable front hook and eye closure allows for fuss free visits to the powder room.
Melanie rounds me out too. The butt lifting rear panels add a real fullness of shape that I just love. I have always been mad jealous of Jennifer Lopez and really anyone with a lovely extra pound of flesh. For those of you blessed with curve, Melanie’s near identical twin Nadine is the better garment for you with a high-waist, full panty body suit style.
So, yes, I like the fit. Lovely to see a selection of finishes too to round out the ranges and really add some show girl appeal. The Veronique in pretty lilac or magenta is a cup-sized body suit with all the figure-fixing magic of Melanie and a playful dot pattern adding slimming effect.
Also gorgeous and drenched in vintage pin-up sex appeal are pieces from the Sensuale Collection. Alluring illusion lace, glittering Swarovski stones, sexy micro mesh flourishes strategically set here and there all gathered together in a powerful package. The best of yesteryear’s boudoir weaponry built for the woman very much in the here and now, and really for any woman interested in unearthing her sexy inner-Latina.
A couple of finishing notes. Vedette will treat you nicely if you return the favor. Hand launder, gentle soaps, cool water and lay flat to dry. Do these things, take your time, your Vedette is built to last. The size chart is very accurate. If you are evenly split between dimensions, go to the lower size.
You can find Vedette online and in local boutiques wherever you are, but you are sure to find the best possible selection at the official Vedette online boutique. Now would be a wonderful time to get to know Vedette, especially with so many items on sale. That Sensuale collection I mentioned? Up to 60% off just now. Quick. Go shopping, and then tell a friend.