Decent Exposure

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Tiny cut away bra and pants both by Mary Quant.

See-through dresses and communal changing rooms call for something more flamboyant than chainstore underwear. What’s needed is a bit of…

Illustrated by Caroline Smith.

Scanned from 19 Magazine, April 1970.

 

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White cotton jersey bra and boxer shorts printed with red stars by Mr Freedom

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Black and white delicately patterned set by Emmanuelle Khanh.

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Pink purple and black print bra and matching pants by Janet Reger. Metal armlet tied by coloured leather thongs from Mr Freedom.

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White lacey bra and white nylon culottes both from Fenwicks.

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Tiny white and grey nylon jersey bra and pants by Margit Brandt. Hand-engraved metal armbands from Mr Freedom.

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Turn the heat on

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Clockwise from top left: Wolsey, Brettles, Margit Brant, Wolsey, Abecita, Mary Quant.

It’s an accomplished fact that the warmest way to hibernate starts right next to your skin. Here, then, are some of the hottest bare body coverings – Short-johns, mid-johns, long-johns, vests, bodytops and a petticoat to wear under everything else, plus the cosiest nightie on the market.

Fabrics vary from wool to cotton jersey, man-mades and mixtures, all good old favourites that have proved their insulation properties over past winters. These hibernation undies are all warm investments and most of them glamorous enough to want to show off. Long-johns and mid-johns are staging a comeback as circulation increases: wear them rolled up, if you like, over tights, under socks. Pile them on to beat the winter.

Illustrations by Caroline Smith.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Flair, December 1971.

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Left to right: Medico at Simpsons, Mary Quant, Marks & Spencer, Brettle, Mary Quant and Wolsey.


Vintage Adverts: Borg’s Country Recipe

Coat by Stephen Marks

Coat by Stephen Marks

Berets by Kangol. Boots from Chelsea Cobbler. Scarves and mufflers from S. Fisher. Skirts and shirts from Sun and Sand.

Photographed by Norman Parkinson.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, October 1974

Both by Margit Brandt at Harrods

Both by Margit Brandt at Harrods

Swagger jacket from Bus Stop

Swagger jacket from Bus Stop

Both coats by Wallis

Both coats by Wallis


Inspirational Editorials: These smocks are the shape of things to come…

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Smock by Leslie Poole for Annacat. Small smock from Little Things.

“This is not a maternity feature, this means you. But what a great year to be pregnant”

Glorious Pre-Raphaelite inspired shoot by Barry Lategan, exactly how I dream of dressing every day. Those hats! …

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, March 1971

Get the look with a gorgeous printed smock dress over at Vintage-a-Peel

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Smock by Mary Quant Ginger Group. Velvet Holbein hat from The Sweet Shop.

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Smock by Lati Ptochis at Boston-151. Flower trailer by Pablo & Delia.

Smock and skirt by Tony Berkeley. Shoes by Pedro Garcia. Wristlet by Pablo & Delia. Hat by Malcolm Raines at The Sweet Shop.

Smock and skirt by Tony Berkeley. Shoes by Pedro Garcia. Wristlet by Pablo & Delia. Hat by Malcolm Raines at The Sweet Shop.

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Smock and skirt by Gina Fratini. Shoes by Pedro Garcia. Hat by Malcolm Raines at The Sweet Shop. Necklace by Pablo & Delia

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Smock by Janice Wainwright at Simon Massey. Painted hair decoration by Pablo & Delia.

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Smock by Margit Brandt, skirt by Kumari, both for Scorpio.


A blouse is a beautiful summer

Blouse by Deborah and Clare. Skirt by Suliman.

Photographed by Elisabeth Novick. Vogue, June 1971.

Blouse by Margit Brandt for Scorpio. Skirt by Travers Tempos.

Blouse by Jasper.


Inspirational Images: Ironing in your undies

Left by Gossard. Right by Marks and Spencer.

A Little More Than Nothing

I must confess that I often find myself ironing in my underwear. Likewise cooking and cleaning. Seems a shame to get things dirty and creased, or myself all hot and bothered, whilst doing household chores. I fear this ‘outs’ me as rather anally retentive as far as clothes are concerned but, I don’t imagine it comes as much of a surprise to anyone.

The other thing with ironing is that I am often ironing a particular outfit at the last minute (having changed my mind fifteen times already…) and it needs to be instantly yanked on while I fly out of the door (having checked twenty times that the iron is turned off. Yes, I am also OCD). So I smiled a smile of familiarity when I saw these gorgeous photographs by Steve Hiett for Flair Magazine.

As always, Seventies undies completely trump all modern underwear as far as I am concerned…

Photographed by Steve Hiett. Scanned from Flair, August 1972

Left by Margit Brandt for Femilet. Right by Warners.

Left by Abecita. Right by Dorothy Perkins.


Mild Sauce: Even little girls need support

Margit Brandt for Femilet. Stockings by Charnos. Suspender belt by Rosy of Paris.

Ignoring the slightly dodgy undertones in the title of this fashion spread, it demonstrates why I love the Seventies look so much. I’m a petite girl, with petite curves, and while I’m perfectly capable of going braless, I love bras. Sadly, very few styles appeal to me. I honestly wish I could go shopping in Janet Reger, in the early Seventies.

Photographs by Tony Moussoulides. Flair Magazine, January 1971.

Janet Reger. Stockings by Mary Quant.

Janet Reger. Tights by Wolsey.

Abecita. Tights by Mary Quant.