Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Fashion Focus: Corsets

One of the fashiony related questions that's been asked of me a lot over the last few months has been about corsets and a large proportion of these questions have come from brides on budgets so I thought a blog post might be helpful if you are looking to wear a corset on you wedding day or special occasion.

I've worked with Corsets UK a lot over the space of a couple of years, I own corsets from this company and have run giveaways and as mentioned previously, they also dressed the hostesses for the Norwich Fashion Week Vintage Show

If you have a budget that affords you a bespoke corset then there are many talented designers out there who can create something unique for you but if you can't or don't have the money to spend then Corsets UK have an absolutely massive range so I thought I'd do a blog post on some of the ranges available that I think make this a good brand to have on your radar, they also offer a very good range of sizes too.

Tight budget or want the look without breaking the bank

Firstly worth noting is that lots of the corsets are available under the 3 for the price of 2 offer - perfect for spreading the cost of your bridesmaids outfits PLUS they get something they can wear again.

Secondly there are bargains to be had in the sale, the corsets are already pretty reasonably priced but the sale spreads across the range, so well worth a looksy

Thirdly think corset tops, these are like bustiers, they have plastic boning so won't hold you in as tight as a steel boned corset but they will still create a nice shape. As blogged in other posts, the hostesses at the Vintage Show wore corsets from this range and the evidence shows they looked gorgeous. These particular ones are incredibly pretty and the material is actually quite heavy which combined with the sturdy yet flexible boning kept our gals silhouettes looking fabulous all evening. The detailing is beautiful and the general opinion was that these looked much more expensive than they actually were.

Was £28 now £18 in sizes 8-24

Other corsets in this range include
Was £28 now £20

Steel boned and dressed in white (that sounds like a song lyric....)

You can read about the first time I wore a steel boned corset here and now that I've worn one on numerous occasions I compiled this list of tips for first time corset wearers.
  • Wear the corset as much as possible before and event/occasion. Even just an hour a day is sufficient.
  • The corset will be laced at the back – just lace the corset with as little tension as needed at first. This allows you to get used the sensation of the rigid steel boning and allows the steel to warm up with the heat from your body.
  • Gradually tighten the lacing. this could be after a few hours or it could be over a few days. Only tighten to what’s comfortable. You should be feeling secure but not uncomfortable. You should never be in pain.
  • Over time the corset will adapt to YOUR shape and YOUR curves so this is a piece of clothing that’s unique to you. Don’t let anyone else wear it.
  • Practice wearing it around the house and then just tighten the laces at the back slowly. Slowly is the key!   
Was £75 now £49

Steel boned and unashamedly NOT dressed in white ........

Was £75 now £55
To complete the look you could contact a local seamstress to make you a skirt, if you're handy with a sewing machine even better. You could search the charity shops, free adds, gumtree and look out for bridal shop sales to complete your outfit if you're after that full length bridal look. Pencil skirts never go out of fashion so are always readily available if you're a bride or a bridesmaid going for foxy glam over a more traditional appearance.

Anyone for a steampunk bride?

With many brides taking full creative control over their entire day, weddings have never been so varied and creative, it's often the case that the most unique weddings are the ones that are really based on the personalities of the couple and they've organised the day in a way that really shows who they are. If you're into steampunk or maybe you've decided your wedding day is the day you want to go a bit more alternative then Corsets UK have some real goodies....

Was £39 now £29


So there's a mini round up of corset ideas for your big day from sweet and demure to alternatively lovely. I wore a navy blue pencil dress to get married in so I'm all about wearing whatever it is that makes you feel gorgeous from corsets to pencil dresses and yes, even meringues!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Roller Derby with The Norfolk Brawds

I was recently asked if I'd like to attend Roller Derby but unfortunately I already had plans, and I have to say I don't have good memories of roller skates *looks at scars on knees from over twenty years ago* but knowing that Missy Vintage readers might be interested, I sent along Susie of Wake up Little Susie in my place to report back so here's a post on Susie's day at Roller Derby with the Norfolk Brawds.

When some friends signed up for local Roller Derby Team The Norfolk Brawds around a year ago, I wasn’t tempted to join in, not being especially sporty & not being very good on skates but I was VERY intrigued with the idea, which seems very American & not what you’d expect to find in Norfolk (in fact I always use the American pronunciation of ‘Durby’ rather than ‘Darby’ in my mind!) 

 Roller Derby did start in America in the 1920s, with a resurgence in the 1970s when you could see films like ‘Kansas City Roller’ starring Raquel Welch & ‘Unholy Rollers’ with Claudia Jennings, both from 1972 (as Simon was quick to point out), not to mention the fad of Roller Disco! I also remember it featuring in an episode of CSI (where obviously it didn’t end well) but there my knowledge ended... 

Until last Saturday! Me & Simon were pleased to get a short notice opportunity to attend the Heartland Series 2014 bout featuring the Norfolk Brawds, on behalf of Missy Vintage. On arriving at the UEA, (once I’d got over the unfamiliar sporty atmosphere) we made a bee line for the various concessions, particularly the Golden Unicorn Skate Emporium which was the first time I’d seen her fantastic stock in the flesh. 
Next I headed for Pin Pin Finds where I admired giant moth jewellery & got a useful crash course from Tazzy before heading to the bleachers knowing all about jammers & blockers & various referee hand gestures. 
Before it  kicked off, a nice touch was a minute’s noise for Louisey Rider, a Nottingham Roller Girl who had tragically died,  illustrating the comradeship amongst the Derby girls that I was already sensing. 
My crash course, together with a running commentary from Gemma Retro Chick Seager, stood me in good stead as we got into the first bout of Bedfordshire Roller Girls v. The Big Bucks High Rollers and I felt I was really getting the hang of what was going on, helped by the fact that the 2 Teams weren’t well matched so it was easy to see who was doing well. Whilst Simon was slightly disappointed by the lack of out & out violence and use of weapons (again, too many ‘70s movies?), I did enjoy myself & was looking forward to supporting the local Team in the second half.
Following a brief, pleasant interlude involving a picnic in the sun with some lovely friends, we all hit the bleachers again for the second bout of the afternoon featuring The Norfolk Brawds v. The Milton Keynes Concrete Cows. As the Teams seemed better matched, there was more of the slamming about that Simon had hoped for plus we both thought that the Brawds’ outfits of little dresses looked much more traditional & American! 
Sadly our guys didn’t win this time, but I became much more confident in spotting & applauding the lead jammer! Our only criticism would be that it was a very long day, we’d arrived at midday & didn’t leave until 5.30 (& bleachers are only comfy for so long!) by which time we were shattered & for that reason I probably enjoyed the first bout more. I’m still not tempted to sign up, BUT we were both very glad of the experience and would definitely go along again – Go Brawds!   

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Susie is the face behind Wake Up Little Susie which travels the vintage fairs and events of Norfolk selling clothing, accessories and home ware from the 1950s to the 1970s with a specialism (and passion) for vintage nightwear which you can also purchase online through Susie's Etsy shop

Wake Up Little Susie is holding a pop up evening soiree in Norwich on Fri 25th July for more details click here

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