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.


Causing a Stir: Sweater Girls (repost)

LOOK HOW SEXY!
The term Sweater Girl was made popular in the 1940s and 1950s to describe Hollywood actresses who adopted the popular fashion of wearing tight sweaters over a cone- or bullet-shaped bra that emphasized the woman’s bust line.

dievca’s additions to her wardrobe (photos below)
to answer the dual call of being a “Sweater Girl”
and the fashion trend of turtlenecks for this Autumn/Winter.

(Now she just needs a cone/bullet shaped bra…What Katy Did…Oh, My!)

Francine Gottfried Sweater Girl 1968Francine Gottfried (born 1947) was an unknown clerical worker who suddenly became an international celebrity when large groups of men began to mob her on her way to work for two weeks in September 1968. Newspapers dubbed her “Wall Street’s Sweater Girl” as her curvaceous figure seemed to be the sole reason that crowds formed spontaneously around her when she appeared in the financial district.

Gottfried first started working in the financial district on May 27, 1968. By late August, a small band of girl watchers had noticed her, and that she always followed the same route. They timed her daily arrival and started spreading the word to their colleagues and co-workers. For three weeks, the band of gawkers grew exponentially larger until on September 18 there were 2,000 people waiting for her.

By this point the crowd itself had become the phenomenon drawing the crowd, and the following day, September 19, over 5,000 financial district employees downed tools, left work and poured into the streets at 1:15 pm to watch the 5-foot 3-inch brunette exit the BMT station clad in a tight yellow sweater and miniskirt and walk to her job at the Chemical Bank New York Trust Company’s downtown data processing center. Police closed the streets and escorted her through the mob, which damaged three cars as men climbed on their roofs to gain a better view. Stockbrokers and bankers leaned out of windows overlooking Wall Street to watch as trading came to a virtual halt. “Ticker tapes went untended and dignified brokers ran amok,” wrote New York magazine. Photographers from all the daily papers and Life, Time, and New York snapped her picture. “A Bust Panics Wall Street As The Tape Reads 43” read a headline in the Daily News.

The following day, Friday, September 20, the corner of Wall and Broad was jammed with 10,000 spectators and press who waited for Gottfried in vain. Her boss had called and asked her to stay home to put a stop to the disturbances. A nice Jewish girl who lived at home with her parents in Williamsburg, she wasn’t seeking notoriety and started taking a different route to work. “I think they’re all crazy,” she was quoted as saying. “What are they doing this for? I’m just an ordinary girl.” After that, the Francine mania on Wall Street quickly subsided, and she eventually left her $92.50 a week job as an IBM 1260 keypunch operator to become a go-go dancer.

from Wikipedia

dievca’s addition to her wardrobe from MYHABIT
(Cashmere Addiction: $69.00 each):

Cashmere Addiction Aquavit Turtleneck Sweater $69 Cashmere Addiction Blue Crewneck Sweater $69 Cashmere Addiction Black Turtleneck Sweater $69

From Sept. 27th, 2015


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):


Torsolette (lingerie)

Strapless torsolette in white lace, vintage lingerie, photo by Peter Basch 1963

In 20th century and contemporary attire, the term is used to refer to certain articles of lingerie where a torso-hugging camisole that resembles a corset (typically featuring decorative front or back lace-up detail). This item has a delicate construction and offers little or no figure-molding compression. This particularly a type of corset is known as a torsolette.

The undergarment is similar to a Victorian-era corset, but with less compression of the ribs. The modern-day torsolette features lace-up or hook-and-eye fastening, as well as boning or vertical seams for structure and support. It usually has brassiere cups and is distinguished from the bustier by its length. Sometimes it features detachable garters, or suspenders.

In American English, the torolette is known as a “merry widow” or “merrywidow”.

 

Merry Widow

A corselet was released by the Warner’s lingerie brand in 1952, named The Merry Widow, after the 1905 operetta which has been adapted several times into feature-length films. This new design featured demi-cups and a shorter girdle than its predecessors. This type of lingerie is also known as a torsolette, and is used in bridal lingerie, much like the bustier.

The original merry widow  incorporated slim panels of black, elastic yarn netting. A heavy-duty zipper was inserted behind a velvet-backed hook-and-eye flange, and the entire garment was lined with nylon voile. Nine long, spiral wires were encased in black satin.

Lana Turner is reported to have said, “I am telling you, the merry widow was designed by a man. A woman would never do that to another woman.”

 


To cover beauty – Panty Variations (lingerie)

Why would someone want to cover this loveliness?
Good Question….
Probably because you can run-a-round topless in NYC, but not bottomless~

At least you have options:


We talked about G-String Panties, but as dievca was compiling a “Boy Shorts” post, she realized that comparison of PANTY VARIATIONS was needed before we continued.

Panties are a personal thing.  Health, Comfort, Looks, Body Type, Occasion dictate what you wear and when.

For example: dievca will not wear Thongs (sorry), she doesn’t find them flattering on her body and has had health/comfort problems with them (chaffing – dievca has a long rise) – she would prefer to go commando then wear a thong, that said, she was happier when Hanky Panky Thongs arrived on the scene.

BTW: Master is not fond of thong panties either – dievca is not sure why. she will have to ask.

Hipsters? dievca wears them for daily wear.

What are your favorite type of Panties and why?

PS. commando = sans underwear


Drop ‘yer Drawers (lingerie)

A drawing of cancan dancers among the crowd at the MOULIN ROUGE music-hall in Paris in the late XIXth century. Was the Gentleman peering through an opening in the drawers?

Drawers, or Pantalettes,  are a pant-like garment worn during the 19th century for modesty and warmth. They could be one-piece or two separate garments, one for each leg, attached at the waist with buttons or laces. The crotch was left open for hygiene reasons. They were most often of white linen fabric and could be decorated with tucks, lace, cutwork or broderie anglaise.


The split in the crotch of the drawers is convenient for going to the bathroom when you cannot take the drawers down under the heavy layers of skirt or a hoop. But like wearing Spanx tights or shapers — using the opening….it seems…messy.

Did the split in drawers make the Moulin Rouge shows more risqué than dievca ever knew? That high kick could be unintentionally revealing.

BTW – Spanx makes a modern version of drawers:

And, again, dievca has always wondered how you go to the bathroom without soaking the Spanx. In asking the question, she ran into a solution offered by the DailyMail.

Yes, for those of you who are very precise – there is a second definition of “Drawers” as in the furniture sense, Lingerie Drawers:

A semainier is a chest of drawers, usually tall and thin, intended for storing linen and lingerie. … Originating in 18th-century France, semainier has come to mean any seven-drawer chest these days but the term is sometimes erroneously applied to tall thin lingerie chests with only six drawers.