Different types of heels: Cuban, French, Havana and Manhattan!

May 15, 2013 under Vintage

reinforced heel

Somehow I always referred to them as Cuban, but turns out that there are some classifications out there when it comes to reinforced heels.

Can you tell each type of heel apart?

There was recently a nice article explaining the difference done by Gigi’s Intimates, an online store that specializes in vintage-look stockings by Cervin and Gio.

Perhaps it would be nice to know how such heels got their names, but for now, have a look at some instructions on how to tell which one is which.

FULLY FASHIONED HEEL TYPES

 

What kind of knickers should be worn with a garter belt?

December 1, 2012 under Vintage
woman in stockings with a dog on a leash is picking up her dropped purse.  High heels, stockings, suspender belt, knickers, hat, bizarre.

pin up girl in knickers

I absolutely love the authentic pin up girl look with fully fashioned stockings and garter belt and I’d love to re-create that look.

I remember hearing in a talk show that garter belts are not supposed to be worn with thongs, at least authentically.  It makes sense since thongs are a relatively recent invention.

But what kind of panty would one wear?  Or, should I say the British way, what kind of knickers? I would appreciate if someone can send me some ideas.

I am also trying to understand if in the vintage image below garter belt straps are attached to the panty or if the panty is being worn over the belt.  Ideas?

I would really like to do a photoshoot dressed in the most authentic way possible.

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What is this little hole for in the welt of the vintage backseam stockings?

August 3, 2012 under Vintage

What is this small hole (keyhole) for in the welt of the vintage backseam stockings?

Answer by StockingsHQ on twitter:

“That’s the finishing loop and it is needed so the needle doing the seam can be withdrawn.  It’s the mark of a genuine fully fashioned stocking as opposed to something with just a cosmetic seam.”

Real 100% nylon stockings with a keyhole in the welt – exactly the way it was in the past when ladies would stand in lines for hours to buy some.  There are only a few factories in the world that are capable of producing such vintage-like hosiery.

The thought of fully fashioned stockings and suspender belt. makes me a little bit nostalgic because there is not much of this around.  Valentine’s or your own wedding… that’s when women might give it a try.

Backseam: the only pattern not to lose popularity over the years

June 25, 2012 under Vintage

gio cuban heel fully fashioned stockingsThe only pattern to successfully outlive all turbulence  in history of women’s hosiery, without losing its popularity, is the backseam.  Sexual, not vulgar, it decorates legs like an exclamation mark, immediately attracting attention.

It even looks like some brands, like Gio or Cervin, carved out a special niche of customers who appreciate the traditional design of a fully-fashioned stocking.

Cosmetic backseam (just a straight line at the back) is relatively not hard to find if you live in a big city with plenty of department stores.  But fully-fashioned stockings are a different story.

I personally have never seen fully-fashioned stockings for sale in any retail location.  If it wouldn’t be for online hosiery stores, I would probably have no chance of getting my hands on one of those at all.