Bodice Ripper (lingerie)

Photo: Starz King Louis XV and Claire Fraser, a still from Outlander

Racked: Why We Still Call Them Bodice Rippers

bodice ( /ˈbɒdɪs/) is an article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist. In modern usage it typically refers to a specific type of upper garment common in Europe during the 16th to the 18th century, or to the upper part of a modern dress to distinguish it from the skirt and sleeves. The term comes from pair of bodies (because the garment was originally made in two pieces that fastened together, often by lacing) of matching or coordinated fabric, possibly with embroidery or beadwork.

This construction was standard for fashionable garments from the 18th century until the late 19th century, and had the advantages of allowing a voluminous skirt to be paired with a close-fitting bodice, and of allowing two or more bodices to be worn with the same skirt (e.g., a high-necked bodice and a low-necked bodice allowed the same skirt to serve for both day wear and evening wear). One-piece construction became more common after 1900 due to the trend for looser, more simply constructed clothing with narrower skirts.

One mid-19th-century style included the Agnes Sorel bodice, named after 15th-century royal mistress Agnes Sorel. This style was a day wear bodice, with a square-cut neckline that had a high front and back and bishop sleeves.

In current usage, bodice typically refers to an upper garment that has removable sleeves or no sleeves, often low-cut, It’s the type of bodice worn in Europe from the 16th century to the 18th century, either over a corset or in lieu of one. To make a fashionable shape and support the bust, the bodice was often stiffened with bents (a type of reed), or whalebone. The bodice was different from the corset of the time because it was intended to be worn over the other garments.

Bodices survive into modern times in the traditional or revived folk dress of many European countries (see, such as, Austrian dirndl or the Aboyne dress worn by Scottish highland dancers). They are also commonly seen today at Society for Creative Anachronism events or a Renaissance Fair.


What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Bodice ripper’?

A sexually explicit romantic novel; usually in a historical setting and always with a plot involving the seduction of the heroine.

What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Bodice ripper’?

These books owe much in style to the work of English romantic novelists like Jane Austen and Emily Bronte. Nevertheless, the term itself is American. The first note in print is from The New York Times, December 1980:

“Women too have their pornography: Harlequin romances, novels of ‘sweet savagery,’ – bodice-rippers.”

It soon caught on and appears many times in the US press from that date onward. Here’s an early example, in a story about [then] emerging novelist, Danielle Steel, from the Syracuse Herald Journal, New York, 1983:

“I think of romance novels as kind of bodice rippers, Steel says.”

The genre is commercially highly successful, but isn’t taken seriously by most literary critics. Most examples are judged by more base criteria than the classic works of Austen or the Brontes. Bodice rippers are strictly formulaic and the plot usually involves a vulnerable heroine faced with a richer and more powerful male character, whom she initially dislikes. Later, she succumbs to lust and falls into his arms. The formula requires the books to be fat ‘page turner’, that is, a plot device, usually a seduction scene, must happen at frequent intervals. Depending on the author or publishing house style, the principal characters must marry. It is almost obligatory for the cover picture to show the swooning, ample-bosomed heroine.

Thank you to Wikipedia, Phrases.org. uk, etc.

soubrette (lingerie)

The sexy French Maid costume, the “soubrette” in France, is a form of ladies’ fantasy wear. One of the more popular costumes used as lingerie.

During the XIXth century, housemaids who served in wealthy French families wore simple, black-and-white afternoon uniforms.

Boys will be boys – and there were maids whose role wasn’t limited to keeping the house clean. Occasional sexual intercourse, discreet affairs, or even sexual harassment were a part of the deal in houses where the “Monsieur” was eager to use his power to satisfy his sexual appetite…

As the XIXth century developed many theatrical productions, especially in Paris, Maids were often portrayed in plays. A la ville comme à la scène, they had a stereotypical role in … bedrooms farces…

Nowadays, the design of the French maid dress can range widely, but seems to have several common traits :

  • A black with white trim one-piece dress with a full skirt at or above knee-length.
  • White half-apron, usually with ruffle or lace
  • A ruffled or lace headpiece
  • Long stockings or tights (nude or black)
  • High heels
  • Feather-duster
  • White lace garter

The costume is strongly eroticized- often used in cosplay, as a fetish, foreplay and BDSM.

Nevertheless, even if its use is recreational, it still bears the original old-fashioned idea of sexual domination. The costume keeps on having a scandalous aura, historically involving a strong man dominating a woman…

The idea of a French Maid intent on her cleaning of a personal space with a feather duster being grabbed from behind for a little anal sex comes to mind…

Marilyn Monroe in a french maid dress she wore in “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

A Thank You to Anne Marquet on Quora.

Serving with Elegance – Vintage Lingerie Nightgowns (repost and addition)

Repost from June 29th, 2014 with the addition of defining a Nightgown.
What is a Nightgown?

A nightgown, nightie or nightdress is a loosely hanging item worn for sleeping.  In the past it was worn by men and women, today, it is almost exclusively worn by women. The nightgown acquired prominence during the Victorian Era. From that early stage, nightgowns were being used to keep one on winter nights and as a stylish home wear as well.

  • A nightgown may have any neckline, and may have sleeves of any type, or be sleeveless, and any shoulder strap or back style.
  • The length of a nightgown may vary from hip-length to floor-length. A short nightgown can be called a “shortie” or a “babydoll”, depending on the style. The sweep (taper from top to bottom) of the night-gown can vary from almost straight, to full circle sweep.
  • A nightgown may be made from cotton, silk, satin, or nylon and may be decorated with lace appliqués or embroidery at the bust and hem.
  • A slip nightgown may be used as a nightgown or as a full slip.
  • Nightgowns may be worn with a matching outer garment, a robe, sheer chiffon peignoir or dressing gown, to make them proper for receiving guests.
Vintage Black Olga Body-Silk Nightgown with Twist Knot Bodice. Rare Find. Style 9692. Size Medium.

Vintage Black Olga Body-Silk Nightgown with Twist Knot Bodice. Rare Find.

1930s Silk Satin Bias Nightgown Pin Tucked Silk Chiffon Embroidery Lace Couture Luxurious Lady Evening Gown Bust 34-36

1930s Silk Satin Bias Nightgown Pin Tucked Silk Chiffon Embroidery Lace Couture Bust 34-36

1980s Red Silk Black Mesh Valentine Red Nightgown Victoria Secret Size Medium

1980s Red Silk Black Mesh Valentine Red Nightgown Victoria Secret Size Medium

1930's-1940's Chevette Bias Cut Ivory Silk Satin & Lace Nightgown or Slip - sz 34

1930’s-1940’s Chevette Bias Cut Ivory Silk Satin & Lace Nightgown or Slip – sz 34

1970s Glamourous Blush Maxi Length Silk Nightgown with lace Bodice and Lovely Back

1970s Glamorous Blush Maxi Length Silk Nightgown with lace Bodice and Lovely Back

1970s OLGA Long Nightgown Hot Pink, Sweeping Hemline, Plunging Neckline Vintage 70s L 10 Style 92270

1970s OLGA Long Nightgown Hot Pink, Sweeping Hemline, Plunging Neckline L 10 Style 92270

1950s Nightgown Sheer Lace Bodice Pastel Pink Silk Bottom Small B32 34 Burlesque

1950s Nightgown Sheer Lace Bodice Pastel Pink Silk Bottom Small B32 34 Burlesque

1980s olga nightgown vintage 1980s black nightie olga body silk full sweep nightgown sz xs s small

1980s Olga nightgown black nightie body silk full sweep nightgown sz xs s small

1920's Black Silk Chiffon Nightgown With Ribbon Work Rosette...large

1920’s Black Silk Chiffon Nightgown With Ribbon Work Rosette…large

1951 NW-Tagged ‘Fischer’ Bias Silk Nightgown~ Size 35+Bewitchingly Sculptured!

1951 NW-Tagged ‘Fischer’ Bias Silk Nightgown~ Size 35+ Bewitching. Sculptured!

1940s Kickernick Restware Silk Bias Cut Floral Nightgown Dress Wow 34 Summer

1940s Kickernick Rest-ware Silk Bias Cut Floral Nightgown Dress 34 

1940s Silk Nightgown - Embroidery, Lace - L

1940s Silk Nightgown – Embroidery, Lace – L

Vintage Baby Blue Nightgown Dress

Vintage Baby Blue Nightgown Dress

1970's 80's Uber Sexy Black Lace Nightgown Lingerie Semi Sheer

1970’s 80’s Uber Sexy Black Lace Nightgown Lingerie Semi Sheer

Vintage Postella Silk Art Geometric Patttern Negligee. Nightgown. Lingerie

Vintage Postella Silk Art Geometric Pattern Negligee. Nightgown. Lingerie

1950's slip lingerie sM MINT sexy Long full slip bias cut silk embroidered nightgown by thekaliman

1950’s slip lingerie sz M MINT sexy Long full slip bias cut silk embroidered nightgown

Fischer Heavenly Silk Lingerie 40s Bias Aqua Blue Nightgown Bust 32

Fischer Heavenly Silk Lingerie 40s Bias Aqua Blue Nightgown Bust 32

1930s Nightgown 30s Lingerie Black Silk Chiffon

1930s Nightgown 30s Lingerie Black Silk Chiffon

1970s Olga Nightgown, Ivory Body Silk & Lace Cutout Lingerie, Olga Style 9687, XS - Small

1970s Olga Nightgown, Ivory Body Silk & Lace Cutout Lingerie, Olga Style 9687, XS – Small

1930s Bias-Cut Silk Nightgown~ (X-Lg Sz- 44) Empress Josephine! Beautiful

1930s Bias-Cut Silk Nightgown~ (X-Lg Sz- 44) Empress Josephine! Beautiful

1940s WWII vintage nightgown by Ann's Nightie. lavender and lace.

1940s WWII vintage nightgown by Ann’s Nightie. lavender and lace.

1940's Fischer silk georgette bias nightgown Heavenly Silk Lingerie by Fischer bridal trousseau couture Bust 32 Unworn NOS

1940’s Fischer silk Georgette bias nightgown Heavenly Silk Lingerie by Fischer bridal trousseau couture Bust 32 Unworn NOS

1980s Navy Silk Slip Nightgown with Sheer Bust and midriff

1980s Navy Silk Slip Nightgown with Sheer Bust and midriff

1920s lingerie 1920s silk gown Black Silk nightgown

1920s lingerie silk gown Black Silk nightgown nude mesh straps

1940s Silk Nightgown M 1940s Bias Cut Nightgown The Fairytale Gown

1940s Silk Nightgown M 1940s Bias Cut Nightgown The Fairy-tale Gown

1930's Bias Cut Floral Sheer Nightgown With Blue Bells

1930’s Bias Cut Floral Sheer Nightgown With Blue Bells

Vintage Amazing JONQUIL Ladies Black Silky Beaded Lace Lingerie Peignoir Nightgown Robe Set 2 Piece Pristine

Vintage Amazing JONQUIL Ladies Black Silky Beaded Lace Lingerie Peignoir Nightgown Robe Set 2 Piece 

1950's 60's Old Hollywood Glamour Nightgown Salmon Pink Negligee 50s 60s Glamourous Womens Negligee Subtly Sexy Sleepwear

1950’s 60’s Old Hollywood Glamour Nightgown Salmon Pink Negligee 

All Vintage Lingerie pieces were found on Etsy, prices ranging from $15.00 to $425.00.

Sometimes elegance is called for when serving your Sir or Madame.


Bringing Sexy Back: A submissive goes “Old School” with Cuban Heel Stockings — Retro Chic (repost)

Cuban-Heel-Stockings

Retro 1950’s Cuban Heel Stockings

“Got your 6”

Seamed stockings are completely intriguing.

Add a stitched Cuban Heel and we are off to the races.

You can wear them in nude as a subtle hint of sexiness or wear them in black to make a statement.

Wear them any way you want, but wear them.

Bringing Sexy Back

Your Master will be appreciative.  

dievca knows. “Wink wink nudge nudge. Say no more, say no more.”

From Oct. 8th, 2013


Grace, Elegance, Lucidity: a submissive’s quest (repost)

If God wanted us to be naked, why did he invent sexy lingerie?
~Shannen Doherty
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Grace, Elegance and Lucidity
Perhaps your Dominant seeks to build an environment of grace, elegance and lucidity within the D/s relationship.

To that end (loosely based on Protocols from Robert J. Rubel, PhD):
• The submissive is responsible for identifying and employing ways of incorporating graceful movement into her presentation and style.
• The submissive is expected to have and to use high-level language skills. The submissive will use correct grammar and develop a vocabulary commensurate at ease with that of a person with a college degree.
• The submissive is responsible for learning a pleasing vocal tonality, to modulate her voice, and to enunciate words clearly.
• The submissive is responsible for being sensitive to personal dress and appearance at all times.

Sometimes being sensitive to personal dress calls for erotic elegance.

dievca suggests Agent Provocateur Baroness Slip (photo) or something similar.

It delivers Grace, Elegance and Lucidity in High Style.

Posted Oct. 21st, 2013


The flowing Peignoir (lingerie)

I
Complacencies of the peignoir, and late 
Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair, 
And the green freedom of a cockatoo 
Upon a rug mingle to dissipate 
The holy hush of ancient sacrifice.
She dreams a little, and she feels the dark
Encroachment of that old catastrophe,
As a calm darkens among water-lights.
The pungent oranges and bright, green wings
Seem things in some procession of the dead,
Winding across wide water, without sound.
The day is like wide water, without sound,
Stilled for the passing of her dreaming feet
Over the seas, to silent Palestine,
Dominion of the blood and sepulchre.

~”Sunday Morning”, Wallace Stevens

Esther Williams – America’s Mermaid A peignoir is mentioned in opening chapters of the novel Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, where it is described in the context of beach attire.

Peignoir
(pronounced [pɛ.ɲwaːʁ])
is a long outer garment for women which is often sheer and made of chiffon or another translucent fabric.

The word comes from French peigner, to comb the hair (from Latin pectināre, from pectenpectin-, comb) describing a garment worn while brushing one’s hair, originally referring to a dressing gown or bathrobe.

Very high-end peignoirs were occasionally sold with sheer long gloves and stockings made of the same material as the peignoir itself for wear to bed or on occasions where the wearer would be seen in her nightclothes; such as visiting or while sharing accommodations during travel. Contemporary peignoirs are usually sold with matching nightgown or panties.

This explains the confusion in dievca’s mind about a négligée and peignoir….both can be a robe or dressing gown. But a négligée can also be in the form of a sheer nightgown and peignoirs are usually sold in sets with a nightgown….whew!

Whatever…

dievca would love to wear a beautiful sheer, flowing, vintage peignoir set for Master.
Something to search for~


Boy, oh, Boy! (lingerie)

Boy shorts or Boyshorts, are a style of panties, so named for their resemblance to male shorts.

They can also be known as boy short pantiesboys’ cutbooty shortsshorties, or boyleg briefs.

They are a type of women’s underwear that has a lower waistline and go all the way down the hips.  They are named for their similarity in looks to men’s knit boxer shorts, which themselves are a variation on Men’s traditional boxer shorts. Unlike men’s knit boxer shorts, this style is usually lower cut, and is designed to fit and flatter a woman’s figure. Boyshorts often cover most of the buttocks area, therefore keeping privacy at maximum while still having comfort.

Boyshorts have become a popular choice, since they avoid displaying a prominent visible panty line, and are a modest and comfortable alternative to thongs and conventional panties. They are also popularly matched with a camisole top and worn as loungewear (Hanky Panky has nice sets).

Lots of options below!

A variation on the boyshort is the rumba short with ruffles.

Or you can go Latex from Vex Clothing:

Or other latex and shiny boyshorts (including male options):