As a long-torsoed lady and self proclaimed shapewear addict, I’ve always been a huge fan of longline underbust girdles. In my humblest of opinions, they offer me the most for my money: garter clips for my favorite stockings, enough coverage for the requisite smoothing and nipping of my tummy area, and the ability to wear my own bra.
Amongst many a vintage/reproduction enthusiast, the Rago 1294 reigns supreme in this category, and it’s really no surprise. It boasts quality, affordability, and from retailers such as Orchard Corset, dye options in a variety of colors. It is regarded by many pin-up and lingerie bloggers as a wonderful girdle choice.
But there’s another contender. And she is one that won’t go down without a fight!
Recently, a friend of mine listed a piece of shapewear for sale. It was the What Katie Did Glamour Zip Underbust Girdle, and I immediately snapped it up, excited to give it a try. On the What Katie Did website, this girdle is described as:
“Strong, layered powermesh trims, non-stretch satin smooths and added steel boning flattens your tummy while preventing roll-up. The high rise of this girdle eliminates any unsightly bulges that could appear below your bra. It also features six garters, and a hook and eye fastening, which is in turn covered with a zip for a sleek finish and easy entry and exit.”
Ah, zippers. Katie, you had me at zippers, because with a set of hips, thighs, and a bum like mine, one does not do a lot of wiggling into the tightest of shapewear without a little help from my friends. And since my last experience with WKD’s lingerie was a complete and total disaster, I was excited to give it another try with a more positive outlook!
Wow, wow, wow! I was not disappointed, to say the very least! I actually acquired this piece in a UK16/US12, which does not appear to be available on What Katie Did’s Website. This size proved to be perfection my 30″ waist and 44″ hips. The girdle was smoothing without being uncomfortable, and nipped in all the right places.The side metal zipper (which closes with hook-and-eyes), sat smoothly against my body without bulging or showing under my tight dresses, and the bottom of the band did not cut into my thighs. Usually I prefer adjustable garter straps on my lingerie, but in this particular piece I found the length of the six garter clips to be just right for my 5’6″ frame. What’s more, they held firm and secure to my favorite and ever-present What Katie Did stockings!
As far as quality and workmanship, this piece is flawless. The powermesh is thick and luscious, and the non-stretch satin panel in the front smooths beautifully while adding just a little extra “something pretty” to an otherwise fantastic functional piece. While the price point is a bit higher than it’s other reproduction counterparts, the What Katie Did Glamour Zip Underbust Girdle stays true to it’s namesake with that added injection of glamour. What Katie Did has definitely upped the ante with this piece, and pushed it into “luxury lingerie” territory.
Overall, I am very pleased with this girdle! Despite being a bit out of my usual price range, I am thrilled to have made a place for it in my collection. I’m quick to admire What Katie Did’s pieces from afar, and when the opportunity to splurge presents itself, I can’t resist!
Fashionable, functional, and fabulous, I highly recommend that every vintage-loving lady make a place for a little bit of this luxe in their lingerie drawer!