1930s Vintage “Waist Cincher”…apparently worn as a top

My partner and I regularly trawl through girdle listings on ebay, Etsy and other websites to see if we can find any lovely vintage pieces. However we have, on more than one occasion, stumbled across some very irritating (if a little amusing) posts by people who don’t have a clue what they are selling. Very often a seller will come into possession of vintage fan laced (or otherwise) girdle and quite frankly, not have a clue what they are looking at. The consequences can be hilarious as you can see from our latest find:

1930s Vintage Waist Cincher Size: S/M/L

This cotton girdle was meant to be a secret in its day. Cinching your hips down to get that svelte Harlow figure. Today however it is so interesting looking it looks great worn on the outside.

Ok so this girdle is designed to ‘cinch’ your hips…That is sort of right although I would have probably worded it differently. However it’s the next bit that really made me giggle:

Weather as a girdle or here how we’ve styled it as a bustier.

Apparently girdles can be worn on both the upper and lower torso! It’s magic! If only modern shapewear could be so versatile!

A great rare piece from the art deco era echoing the Gaultier of the 1990s.

I don’t know where to start with this comment…

Anyway, I would like to share the photos with you because they really made me laugh:






There are no words… They are using the garter straps as shoulder straps…

Not only have they described the product incorrectly, posted images of this lovely genuine vintage piece worn incorrectly but they have also listed it for… $668.35 AUD. Judging by the condition and style of this girdle, I would say that it should have been listed for something around the region of $60 AUD.

It should also be noted that describing the size as S/M/L is wildly inaccurate. Most of these girdles were custom made for each woman that they were worn by, meaning that their shapes varied greatly. Some were designed for long bodies, others for short bodies, some for curvy and some for straight bodies, amongst other body shapes.

Ladies and gentlemen, please do not be fooled by these listings as I wouldn’t want to hear of someone spending a large amount of their hard earned money on a ‘buster’ from a seller who didn’t have a clue what they were looking at, only to be bitterly disappointed once they received the item. And sellers, please do your research be


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