Friday, March 4, 2016

The Sisterhood of the Panty Girdle

Back when I started femulating in the early 1960s, most women wore girdles.

"Girdles were considered essential garments by many women from approximately 1910 to the late 1960s. They created a rigid, controlled figure that was seen as eminently respectable and modest. They were also crucial to the couturier Christian Dior's 1947 New Look, which featured a voluminous skirt and a narrow, nipped-in waistline, also known as a wasp waist.

"Later in the 1960s, the girdle was generally supplanted by pantyhose. Pantyhose replaced girdles for many women who had used the girdle essentially as a means of holding up sheer nylon stockings. Those who want more control purchase "control top" pantyhose. Many women forgo wearing girdles, stockings, and pantyhose entirely." (source Wikipedia)

I know for a fact that all the females in my household wore girdles when I began femulating and I wore a girdle, too (usually my mother's). It held up my stockings, held in my belly, and helped give me a feminine figure. 

When panythose replaced stockings, I continued to wear a girdle and still wear one today, although today, they call it "shapewear." In addition to shaping my body, it provided another function that became very important when my femulation took me out of the house: a girdle provided an effective way of hiding my private parts. It was more effective and more comfortable than wearing a gaff.

Today, few women wear girdles. I know for a fact that none of the females in my household wear girdles or shapewear, but I still do. My guess is that a lot of other "girls" who started femulating back when I started still include a girdle or two in their wardrobe.

Long live the Sisterhood of the Panty Girdle!

Source: Luisa Spagnoli
Wearing Luisa Spagnoli.

Marek Kaliszuk, Katarzyna Skrzynecka and Stefano Terrazzin femulate Lady Marmalade on
Polish television's Twoja Twarz Brzmi Znajomo. Note that Kaliszuk (left) and Terrazzin
(right) are femulators, while Skrzynecka  (center) is cisgender female.


  1. Exactly the same with me but I still stick with my OBG. Jan.

  2. I have one truly vintage LLPG, it has satin panels front, back, and sides, and is such a wonderful garment. But I don't wear it as often as I would if it was replaceable. The shape wear of today really doesn't do the same job as those of the 50's and 60's, but as you mentioned they are much more comfortable than a gaff. I was never a big fan of the regular girdle but would love to have one of the old ones as a collectors item. Sadly so many nice ones went with purges.

    Great work on the ad, very nice art work on the man's head!

    1. I wish I had a collection of circa 1960 bras and girdles!

  3. Oh yes, de rigueur for any baby boomer femulator, I remember hearing a story from a retired airline stewardess, that their supervisor (a female) would sometimes pat their bottom to check for the required girdle!

    I always like wearing them as they worked much better than a gaf and made me look female, which is... well you know...

    Spanx is shapewear of today, and I love them!!

    you mentioned the dearth of pantyhose today, when I go to the UK I'd say half the ladies are wearing tights they look so nice

    Here's photo of me taken by an old Church near the upper reaches of the Thames near Pangborn England. You'll notice I'm wearing pantyhose-lol

  4. GREAT job on the ad, Stana!!

  5. Girdles are a wonderfully feminine garment from a time gone by. Satin panels, side zip, high waist,boned girdles, panty or obg first excited me at age 11 or 12. The Sears catalog was a dream come true with photos of every type girdle I could imagine. I still enjoy wearing classic girdles and long line bras today.