Wearing Your Grandma’s Underwear (or) How To Be A Modern Pin-Up Girl

July 2, 2009 • Fashion


Becky Ellis for Second City Style Magazine

I'm not squeamish about wearing used clothing, but getting dolled up in 50 year-old skivvies is where I draw the line. Still, I think the gals of the 40s and 50s were on to something when it came to undergarments.
Our foremothers knew that you don't have to give it all away to be
sexy, and that playful and cheeky — no pun intended — could be more
exciting than a feral, lusty baring-it-all look. Of course, you don't
necessarily want to be digging through Goodwill's bargain bin in search
of a yellowed, stretched-out garter belt and cone bra. Try on a few modern incarnations of pin-up girl style instead.

Modesty Is The Best Policy
Pin-up girls and burlesque dancers of days gone by knew that the
suggestion of flesh could be more titillating than letting it all hang
out. Plus, the more coverage you're sporting, the less apt you are to
be tugging at your undies and hating your thighs. So channel your inner
Betty Page and ditch the thong. Rago has been making high-waisted, conservative undergarments since the 50s (they're the quintessential granny-panties), but they take on a whole new appeal when worn with red lipstick and heels.

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