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.

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Inspirational Editorials: Looks like luxury

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This luxury’s a look, a feel and a fact, and nothing to do with money. It’s satin and silver and velvet and ciré, it’s snowy fake-fur. We show it in layers. You look like a million dollars. Alice Pollock of Quorum designed this satin lingerie to be the softest thing next to your skin. There’s a small bra, shaped quite naturally, knickers that button to the side, and a languid caped dressing-gown that fastens once and touches your toes. All spun round with satin ribbons and made in the most appealing pale shades – magnolia, pink or powder blue.

Photographed by Barry Lategan.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, December 1968.

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Vintage Adverts: Simone Perele

Simone Perele Mademoiselle Age Tendre

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Mademoiselle Age Tendre, June 1972


Mild Sauce: Emmanuelle Khanh at Escalade

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If you can find this Emmanuelle Khanh bra anywhere else in London, we’ll buy it for you.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, December 1970


Inspirational Editorials: Pretty as a Picture

White satin nightdress by Janet Reger. White silk stockings from Wardrobe. Gold leather shoes from Russell and Bromley.

White satin nightdress by Janet Reger. White silk stockings from Wardrobe. Gold leather shoes from Russell and Bromley.

Christmas is the time for sheer, unashamed luxury – and this lingerie is the very ultimate. Set the mood yourself – they’re so beautiful to be caught in unawares; accidentally on purpose, of course!

Photographed by Vivienne Lynn and Mike Berkofsky.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, December 1976


 

If anyone from Janet Reger ever reads my blog, please listen to my plea:

Your underwear in the Seventies was pure and utter perfection. Nothing you do now comes within a mile of it. I understand the need to conform to the current styles in underwear (and don’t even get me started on those…) but I can promise you that a range of archive pieces – in silk – would be a success. The cut and construction of your balcony bras leaves Gossard’s Wonderbra in the shade for cleavage, and the unpadded silk triangle bras are more than just triangles – they are unequalled in construction and support. But I’m sick of trying to find more vintage in my size. Other brands embrace their history with archive ranges, even those who don’t have such an impressive archive, so why not you?

Thank you.


Pink kimono with Crane print from Retro. Black net pants by Janet Reger. Black silk stockings from Wardrobe. Black stilettoes from Sacha.

Pink kimono with Crane print from Retro. Black net pants by Janet Reger. Black silk stockings from Wardrobe. Black stilettoes from Sacha.

Bra and pants from Fifth Avenue. Nightdress from Janet Reger. Stockings from Wardrobe.

Bra and pants from Fifth Avenue. Nightdress from Janet Reger. Stockings from Wardrobe.

Negligee from Retro. French knickers from Janet Reger. Stockings from Wardrobe. Shoes from Russell and Bromley.

Negligee from Retro. French knickers from Janet Reger. Stockings from Wardrobe. Shoes from Russell and Bromley.


Inspirational Images: What does your underwear reveal about you?

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(Photograph illustrates an article about underwear, including an interview with Janet Reger)

Photographed by Hans Feurer.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Cosmopolitan, October 1975


Inspirational Editorials: The Greatest Underclothes on Earth

Top left: Red lace waspie by Janet Reger. Transparent white net bra embroidered with hearts by Emanuelle Khanh. Ankle slip by Mexicana. Main image: Serpent and hearts rampant on a sheer peach bodystocking by Molly Dove for Aspidestra, to order at Countdown.

Top left: Red lace waspie by Janet Reger. Transparent white net bra embroidered with hearts by Emanuelle Khanh. Ankle slip by Mexicana. Main image: Serpent and hearts rampant on a sheer peach bodystocking by Molly Dove for Aspidistra, to order at Countdown.

Wonderful to see further mention of John Dove and Molly White’s ‘Aspidistra’ label and to actually see one of the tattoed body stockings which were illustrated in this earlier post on my blog. Also, regular readers will know of my passion for Seventies underwear in general, and Janet Reger underwear in particular, so this stunningly photographed editorial is pretty much win-win as far as I’m concerned. Bubble perm included…

Photographed by Steve Hiett. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Vogue, April 1970

Red and navy chevrons on white. By Janet Reger.

Red and navy chevrons on white. By Janet Reger.

Set by Lovable

Set by Lovable

Camisole petticoat by Finewear

Camisole petticoat by Finewear

Top: Slip by Foale and Tuffin. Centre: Slip by Finewear. Bottom: Bodice and petticoat by Finewear.

Top: Slip by Foale and Tuffin. Centre: Slip by Finewear. Bottom: Bodice and petticoat by Finewear.