Leopard Print Panty Girdle with Garters / Suspenders
Shape-wear has always been an important part of lingerie. The girdle and the garter belt are two undergarment staples whose appearance and function has changed significantly to meet our modern day lingerie needs. Initially, it was a full body girdle with a bra, skirt, and garter straps all in one. Near the end of the 30s, it became more common to have a separate bra and girdle. The girdle was a stepping stone towards creating undergarments that were more comfortable for women, especially as this was around the time many women would be entering the workforce. By this time, there were 3 typical styles of the girdle.
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Costume researchers of the future, given only this image, might deduce that girdles were worn on the outside of our clothes…. We managed very well, except when it came to my clothing. Luckily my Aunt Shirley, and old female friends of our family, and sometimes the mothers of my school friends stepped in.