I’ve been on the lookout for unique, youthful girdles that are well-made and come in pretty ‘girly’ colors. I’m in my twenties, so while black, white and nude are perfect for daytime at the office, I’ve been wanting to buy shapewear that’s more fun yet still functional.
A Little Intro
Stockings & Romance lingerie caught my eye recently, with their fun pin-up prints and flirty colors. Not to mention that their items look well-made and I’ve been reading great reviews about them. I sent an email to the wonderful owner of Egg ‘N Chips Clothing (hi Jack!) inquiring about their stock of shapewear and he offered to send me a surprise to review. I was so excited – I love surprises! – and was very eager to try out anything by Stockings & Romance.
I expected Jack from Egg ‘N Chips would send me something from an older collection, perhaps the Kiss Me Kate Polka Dot Girdle or the Pussycat Leopard Panty Girdle, but I ended up receiving the Fiona Pin-Up Girdle from the new Stockings & Romance collection! From what I understand, there were only 150 pieces made. Score!
About the Fiona Pin-Up Girdle, from the Stockings & Romance website:
Vintage style shapewear to smooth hips and tummy creating a fabulous silhouette of a Pin Up Girl.
Made of a double layer of powermesh, with the outer vibrant pink layer printed with a fun and sexy pinup girl motif taken from an original oil painting by the very talented pinup artist, Fiona Stephenson.
(Commissioned by Stockings and Romance especially for this girdle.)
Six black garter tabs with metal clip fastenings ensure that stockings stay up and the bottom of the girdle stays firmly down.
Size: Small – Extra Large
Fiona Stephenson was commissioned especially for this girdle – That’s something special! No wonder it’s Limited Edition. Fiona is an English artist who specializes in hand-painted oil on canvas reproductions of Pin-Up artist, Gil Elvgren. Her name is written underneath the print of the pin-up girl.
Sizing & Fit
I’m normally between a Large and XL in the hips and I wasn’t sure if Stockings & Romance lingerie runs true to size, large or small, so to be safe I got the XL. When I saw the print on the front (and back!) I was worried that if it turned out to be even a little bit too small, the slender pin-up girl motif would suddenly look 20 pounds heavier than she was drawn! ;o) Luckily this wasn’t the case.
When I read that the girdle was made of powermesh, I thought it would be like the standard powermesh used in the lesser quality shapewear I have in my collection. I thought this girdle would just be something pretty to look at and wear on occasion, but I didn’t expect it to provide any real shaping support. I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled this out of the package, it’s much heavier due to the double layer of powermesh, and it doesn’t actually look like powermesh either. It’s opaque, seamless under clothing, and very slimming. It fit like a glove and smoothed out all my lumps and bumps. It held up my stockings beautifully too. The garter tabs with metal clip fastenings have a very strong, iron-clad grip on them, not flimsy at all!
Color & Style
The candy pink is delightful! It’s flirty and so girly, exactly what I’d wanted. It’s a breath of fresh air from the default, drab, everyday colors shapewear usually comes in. With Stockings & Romance, you’re not limited to just one color palette. I think this Schiaparelli Pink would look amazing on a wide range of skin tones, but especially mid to darker tones. I myself have a golden, olive complexion and I love the way the shocking pink accentuates and compliments it.
I haven’t worn this girdle, except to try it on, nor have I tested how it holds up after a few washings.
Pros: well-made, fun color, exclusive print, fits true to size.
Cons: price is a little steep and in Pounds Sterling (currently £ 54.95 or $88.78 USD at Egg ‘N Chips). It’s also limited edition and only comes in one color, but I think that’s a good thing, makes it more special 🙂
*Disclaimer: Egg ‘N Chips Clothing has kindly provided me this girdle for reviewing purposes. I don’t work for them and this review is my real, not paid for, opinion. But they do have a great selection of Stockings & Romance items!
What do you think of this Stockings & Romance girdle? Is it too expensive? What did I forget to write about in my review? Comment and let me know!
Alternatively, you can shop Stockings & Romance girdles on Ebay UK.