Taking shape: From girdles to Spanx

Judy Weightman

vacuuming in heelsMy mother wore a girdle. She was born in 1917, so this was completely normal; most women of her generation did. Girdles served two purposes: to subdue one’s jiggly bits into a trim, tidy shape and to hold up one’s stockings. Mom thus wore one not only as a working woman in the ʼ40s, but as a suburban housewife in the ʼ50s. Though the June-Cleaver-vacuuming-in-high-heels-and-pearls meme is obviously a caricature, it reflected the reality of the era: pants were not the norm for adult women then. Laura Petrie and her pedal pushers, a few year later, were shockingly modern.

I was born in 1954, so wore skirts to school during my elementary- and middle-school years. By the time I made the transition from knee socks in sixth grade to sheer hose in seventh, pantyhose had become mainstream, so I was saved the experience of struggling with either girdle…

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