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My First Girdles

As I have posted elsewhere my Mother helped me become her "daughter" when I was 11, accepting my penchant for women's clothes. She got me my first bras back then but only a garter belt for my stockings. Remember that was 1961 and pantyhose was not yet around, everyone wore stockings. My 13th birthday was on a Thursday in 1962 and Mom told me that she had a special treat for me because now I was a big girl.

I got home that Friday from school and got dressed even wearing my garter belt and stockings instead of my usual knee socks. Mom came home and we went out for dinner at a local Italian restaurant. That night I went to bed early as we were going shopping tomorrow for my big girl birthday present.

Again that Saturday morning it was a skirt and blouse with stockings and my skimmer flats. I loved the new falsies Mom had recently gotten me so mow I was a 32A and it actually looked like I had boobs. We headed to Sears and once inside Mom took me straight to the foundations department, what they called the intimate apparel department back in the old days. There she told me I was now old enough to start wearing a girdle. As we looked through the girdles in the Junior Bazaar section she seemed focused on the construction while I was more fascinated by the lace and pretty pastel colors. She finally settled on a firm, white open bottom girdle with 6 garters, my church girdle as she called it, and a white long leg pantie girdle for everyday that was not as firm. I did talk her into buying me a pretty pink pantie girdle, also long leg but much more lace on the cuffs and even a little lace on the tummy panel. She also got me a package of 6 nylon tricot panties of which only one was white and the others pastel colors.

When we got home I changed into my new pretty pink girdle with a pair of the new pink panties under it. It was definitely a much different feeling from the garter belt I had worn for the past year and a half to hold up my stockings. Mom then explained to me that all women had their everyday girdles which were my 2 pantie girdles and their "church" girdle which was my open bottom girdle. Your church girdle was your firmest girdle, which it was, and although not necessarily your prettiest girdle it was definitely the one that made your figure its best. That was the girdle you wore for church, special occasions, etc.

That special day was a long time ago, it will be 50 years in September, but it left a lasting impression on me. It started me on a lifelong love of girdles which I always wear. Even through the late 60's and 70's when women shunned girdles in favor of pantyhose and later control top pantyhose, I continued to wear a girdle. Today most women own some form of "shape-wear" and even 20-something year old females talk of their love of Spanx,. Me? I just wear girdles!
LaceyLisa LaceyLisa 61-65, T 9 Responses Jul 6, 2012

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Great article - as far a Spanx for get it. I have always wondered what it is like to wear get to the point where you need to be girdled daily. I had always had a girdle fetish, but I did not need to be girdled everyday. I lived with my mom, grandmother and aunt who without question alway wore in either a girdle or a corset. They use to talk about that they were girdle dependent and could not leave the house without being girdled or corseted. I had always wondered could that happen to me. A few years a go a found a professional corsetiere, a older lady who had be fitting and consulting people in girdles and corsets for over 30 years. I set up an appointment with her, she put me through girdle training and fit me in a long legged high waisted boned and zippered vintage style panty girdle - Rago 6210. After going through the girdle training for a few weeks of being well encased and supported in a decent girdle (NO SPANX), you really do get the point where you love the benefits of a girdle and you really can not go with out the needed control and supprt. What I found is wearing a decent girdle daily you do not just have a 100 percent improved posture, you find you look great, and you sure feel great with much more energy and self confidence. After a period of a few weeks in a decent well fitted girdle and going through girdle training you get to a point you can not go with out a girdle and you love the benefits.

Lisa, You must know how VERY LUCKY you are to have had such an understanding and helpful mom!!

SO SO happy for you

How fortunate you were that your mother helped you become her "daughter". My first girdle was one my mother had thrown in the trash. I saw it when I was taking out the trash an just knew I had to have it. All the stretch had gone out of it which was probably why my mother threw it out, but now I had my very own girdle. I got a part time job as soon as I turned 16 and when I got my first paycheck I went to what we would call a "big box" store today where I chose a baby blue pantygirdle with garters off the rack. I also chose a pair of nylons to wear with my girdle. I took them to the check out area, waited in line and then put my girdle and nylons on the counter. The clerk rang them up, I gave her the cash, she handed me my change and bagged my girdle and nylons without either of us saying a word to the other. Looking back, I'm sure the cashier knew I was buying them for myself. I took my bag and left the store breathing a sign of relief. I now had my own new girldle and stockings.

As soon as I got home I went straight to my room and put on my girdle and stockings. Then I put on jeans and shoes and went out for a walk. I enjoyed feeling the squeeze from the girdle and the pull of my sotckings on my legs with every step I took. I knew I was completely hooked. The next day I wore my girdle and stockings to school and felt one step closer to the girls knowing I was wearing some of the same things they were wearing. It was not long before I had several girdles and wore them all the time.

I was also fascinated with earrings and had purchased several pair. This was when pierced ears were just becoming fashionable and most teenage girls did not have their ears pierced yet. A popular style was screw on earrings that were fashioned in the front to make the person's ears lok like they were pierced. The tighter they were screwed on, the more the person's ears looked like they were pierced. Because they were so obvious I wore them only in the privacy of my bedroom. Like the girls, I screwed my earrings on as tight as possible in the hope they would somehow actually pierce my ears, but of course that never happened. One night I decided to sleep in my girdle but also slept with earings on my ears. The next morning I took off my earrings but the marks on my ears made them look like they were now pierced. I was nervous about going to school with my ears lookng like they were pierced, but no one said anything to me about them and by noon the marks on my ears were gone. I include this here because I was never nervous about wearing a girdle and nylons to school, but I was nervous about my ears.

All this happened about 60 years ago. I have worn girdles most all the time since then and just do not feel right without a firm control girdle today. Also, my ears have now been pierced for 50 years and I wear earrings most all the time.

Oh Guy, What a wonderful story!! So glad you were able to do that

Thank you Gigi. I'm glad you liked it. I have another experience from high school that I think you will enjoy although it has nothing to do with girdles. This occured in the late 1950s when full circle skirts held out with lots and lots of petticoats were in fashion. We were all in the school auditorium for an assembly program. The girl sitting next to me was wearing a full circle skirt and several petticoats which she tried to gather up in her lap. There was just too much of them for her to hold and during the assembly program part of her skirt and petticoats fell over into my lap. There I was, with all the other students around me, with some of the folds from the girl's skirt in my lap and her frothy petticoats peeking out by my knees. I can't remember exactly what time of the year this was, but it must have been in the fall because the skirt was a beautiful combination of red and yellow leaves on a brown background. I managed to resist the urge to smooth the skirt out in my lap and in a minute or two the girl realized what had happened and gathered up her skirt and petticoats while apologizing to me. I whispered back something like, "Oh that's OK" when what I really wanted to say was "Please leave it in my lap". As I said, the whole episode lasted two or three minutes at most but I can still picture that beautiful skirt in my lap almost 60 years after it happened.

Have you ever had an opportunity to wear a big skirt with all the crinolines under it???
Based on your description, I bet the skirt was a felt skirt with applied decorations. They were very popular back then. they were easy to sew and felt was not too expensive.

I never got to wear a big skirt with crinolines when they were in fashion for general wear but I have worn big skirts with crinolines designed for square dancing. As I remember the skirt from 60 years ago it was made from printed material and was probably cotton.

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I think your mother liked to see you wearing girls things.

I know my mother did cuz once you caught me at 7 I told her I wanted to do it more and happy and willing to do it with me she bought all my young kids clothes as a girl in my teenage years are a girl and some of my years in high school years as a girl

What a delightful story, and I do wish that my mother had been as understanding as yours

What a wonderful and delightful story! You were so lucky to have such and understanding and thoughtful mom!

Mine was similar. I was 14 when my mother decided I was ready for nylons. She gave me some pantyhose and took me to a department store and picked out two panty girdles for me. One was a long line and the other a brief style. She also bought me some stockings and told me that although pantyhose were common some girls preferred stockings. I was told to always wear panties under the girdles which I do to this day. I have tried both. I was instructed to wear a girdle whenever I wore nylons and always when I was going out in a dress. At the time a lot of girls also wore girdles under slacks. I still wear a panty girdle quite often but also wear pantyhose without one. My favorite under dresses, especially in summer, is a garter belt with either a thong or bikini.

Nice story Lisa, I'm now 73 and my interest was, and is, corsets, I will post my story shortly.

Nice story Lisa. I am glad there a some things in life that may seem trivial, but do make us feel rewarded as we enjoy them. Love Christine