Elinor is the owner and designer behind The Nylon Swish.
Since her teens, Elinor suffered from body confidence issues, often hiding her body under ill-fitting clothes and avoiding the camera at all costs. In 2013 she met a man who changed everything. He introduced Elinor to the vintage and retro aesthetic which of course included undergarments and stockings.
As Elinor started wearing vintage inspired undergarments more and more, her confidence in her body and herself grew and she decided to wear girdles, bullet bras, suspender belts and stockings on a daily basis. She loved the way they made her feel!
Elinor decided to document all of her learnings on her blog. She writes about everything from product reviews, to advice for both men and women to the history of her favourite pieces.
However it soon became apparent that there were very few options for vintage lovers in Australia to buy suitable undergarments. Elinor decided to open up her own online shop featuring some of her favourite brands under the same name as this blog – shop.thenylonswish.com. Finally, women didn’t need to wait weeks for a new pair of seamed stockings!
Over time the shop grew but both Elinor and her customers became frustrated with the lack of sizes for women bigger than a size 14. After trying to source larger sizes and realising that there wasn’t anything up to her standard on the market, Elinor set herself a mission to have beautiful underwear for women of all shapes and sizes made. Queen sized women shouldn’t have to put up with ugly modern shapewear, they should have the option to wear beautiful retro underwear should they choose to. Feeling beautiful should never be limited to size 6-14, women of ALL sizes deserve to feel beautiful.
Nylon stockings have a very different look and feel to modern stockings that are made of stretchy yarn. When wearing nylon stockings, the texture of the nylon rubbing together creates a swish swish swish sound that can be heard with every step a woman takes. This is a sound that Elinor loves to hear.