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A History of Lingerie! Girdle to Garter

Shape-wear has always been an important part of lingerie. What was once used to enforce “the perfect feminine silhouette” has evolved into playful, even provocative styles worn today at leisure. The girdle and the garter belt are two undergarment staples whose appearance and function has changed significantly to meet our modern day lingerie needs.

1930s

Moving away from the restrictive shape-wear of the decades prior, such as the metal boned corsets of the early 20th century,  the girdle first came about in the 1930s. Initially, it was a full body girdle with a bra, skirt, and garter straps all in one. Near the end of the 30s, it became more common to have a separate bra and girdle. The girdle was a stepping stone towards creating undergarments that were more comfortable for women, especially as this was around the time many women would be entering the workforce.

1940s

By this time, there were 3 typical styles of the girdle. A step down from the full body girdle was the full leg girdle, which covered from the waist to above the knee. This was followed by waist girdles, which look much more like a garter belt, and were intended to flatten the stomach as opposed to slim the entire figure. Lastly, as women began wearing pants, panty girdles came about which were essentially a shapely biker short with the  garter clips for stockings.

1950s + 1960s

The same styles of girdles from the 40s stuck around into the next two decades evolving only slighting in shape and material. Women were still “required” to wear stockings until the 1960s so the undergarments still served as a functional piece, as the stockings needed the garter clips to be held in place.

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1970s + 1980s

The 1970s moved away from the necessity of girdles and they were transformed into the garter belt. Now that stockings were made that either had a top or could stay up without clips, garters became a fashion statement instead of a functional garment. It was no longer out of place to see intricately adorned garter belts with lace and frills.

Modern Day

Finally, to the modern day garter! From the sexy strappy cage garters to the flirtatious lace garters, today’s realm of garter belts knows no bounds with a plethora of stunning embellishments and materials to choose from. Here are two of our very own garter favorite styles!

If you want to learn a bit more about the history of lingerie check out our recent blog posts and check back in a week for the history of stockings!

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Sarah, your Devil May Wear Stylist
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Amethyst; The Chariot of Love

February, oh February, you’ve come once again on your glittering chariot of love.

Upon hearing February, one tends to think of Valentines day and, honestly speaking, Valentines day can be a glittering beauty mark on a cold month’s face for some, and a burlap bag of mixed emotions for others.

But, alas, there is something else February has to offer that no other month has: a luscious and wine stained gemstone – February is the month of Amethyst!

Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 1.00.28 PM.png Royalty, luxury, and wine are just a few of things among amethysts rich history. Today we classify amethyst as a semi-precious gem, however this was not always the case. Up until the 19th century amethyst had a value equal to that of emerald and ruby, and has been included in royal collections from ancient Egyptian pharaohs to the British crown jewels.

JerryThomas01Let’s talk namesake: the word amethyst comes from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ which translates to ‘not drunk’. It was once thought that the gem could prevent intoxication. Although this is no longer among it’s uses, amethyst has a vast range of healing properties.

Spinal Necklace
Spinal Necklace

The Italian astronomer and astrologer, Camillo Leonardi, wrote, ‘amethyst quickens intelligence and rids us of evil thoughts’ – today, this is still very much the case. Amethyst is known to heighten intuition, clear us of negative thoughts, promote healthy communication, and help calm anxiety. Amethyst also benefits the respiratory organs and encourages healthful breathing.

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Mola Stud Earrings

Whether you are on the hunt for an alluring Valentines gift, engagement or promise ring, or a decadent delight for your fine self – amethyst has got your back!

 Devil May Wear has some truly exquisite amethyst pieces in store at the moment, and these are some of my very favorites:

 

 

 

Spriggan Leaf earrings

The Spriggan Leaf Earrings remind me of something a wood nymph would wear, and I love them for it!

Wandering Romani Necklace

The Wandering Romani Crescent Moon Necklace, perfect for a mysterious and deliciously witchy woman.

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The Diamond Charm necklace – because diamonds are a girls best friend.

And now for some rings:

Althia Ring

The Althia gold amethyst ring is simply decadent, and yet delightfully minimalist.

Valentina Ring

The Valentina Ring is scrumptious in every way, truly an opulent treat.

Happy month of love!

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Raven, Your Devil May Wear Stylist

Eco Friendly Lingerie Made in Vancouver for a Luxuriously Ethical Valentines Day

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are excited to share the magic of Devil May Wear’s annual undies sale! In order to make this Valentine’s Day extra special, we have decided to spice things up a bit. This year, it’s not just the undies that will be a part of our sale! From February 10th and 11th you can stop by our Granville Island and Main Street locations or visit our Etsy shop or online shop to indulge in all of our handmade lingerie and receive 30% off all our bralettes and panties (exclusive of other promotions. Underwear cards will not be punched with this promotion. Inventory does not integrate with our Etsy shop and therefor it is a possibility we will oversell. In that case you will be offered a refund, a different item as a replacement or in select cases to wait until we restock).

We are known for making our lingerie with eco friendly and body friendly fabrics, so that you can look and feel your very best. Whether you’re after the ultra sexy look of our cheeky lace hot shorts or the comfort of our best-selling eco briefs, there is no time like the present to add some local luxury to your lingerie collection.

A History of Lingerie! The Evolution of Undies

Undies, panties, knickers, skivvies, unmentionables, (or whatever else you may call them!) have come a long way since they were first around. Whether you’re a lingerie fanatic or simply appreciate the timeless bikini brief, we must thank the innovation over time that led to the underwear we know and love today.

So let’s take a peak at where it all began!

The Loincloth: 5th Century BC

As previously mentioned in the last segment of “A History of Lingerie!“, the loincloth is the earliest known form of underwear. This undergarment was only a small piece of cloth draped over the hips and through the legs with the sole purpose of its existence being modesty.

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Loincloths in Ancient Egypt

Pantaloons and Bloomers: 1850s-1870s

Jump ahead by a few thousand years, underwear hadn’t changed all that much until the 19th century, though much of the shape wear and fitted undergarments had (but that’s all for another blog!). As skirts became shorter and modesty was still a major concern, the pantaloons and bloomers emerged. These oversized, unshapely pants were worn under skirts and dresses to ensure that no part of the leg was left exposed. Over time, this undergarment would evolve into the first trousers made for women as a result of the women’s suffrage movement. Thanks ladies!

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All in One, Cami knickers: 1920s

The only thing better than wearing a camisole and knickers? Wearing cami knickers of course! A camisole and undies conveniently sewn into one piece! This style of underwear became popular in the Flapper era, as it fit smoothly under the short, flirty dresses of the time. Women began to embrace their natural figures rather than continue to carry out traditional “feminine ideals” through restrictive, bulky undergarments.

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Modern Day Undies: 1930s-Present

This period marked the end of confining, inhibitive underwear. Comfort became a huge factor in the styles created as well as personal taste. Women could now find the undies that best suited their with a variety of colors, patterns, and embellishments to choose from.

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1950s
1950s
1970s undies
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The Bikini Brief: 1950s

I doubt the bikini brief will ever go out of style with its timeless shape and endless popularity. This style rose to fame quickly with developments in the textile industry. Fabrics such as rayon and spandex came about which made underwear more breathable than it had once been with some additional stretch.

The Rise of the Thong: 1980s

The thong is one of the more controversial lingerie staples to date. Despite their provocative, barely-there appearance, thongs were originally marketed as a seamless undergarment to be worn under tightly fitted clothes. Women everywhere were thrilled to escape the dreaded VPL; visible panty line. If thongs just aren’t your thing, luckily new technology and material has allowed for more comfortable seamless alternatives.

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Cher, rocking out in a high-cut thong

Though I can’t predict the future and see what undergarments will be like in 2085, I’m incredibly thankful I don’t have to wear a pair of pantaloons everyday!

What’s the history behind your favorite pair of undies? 🙂

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Sarah, your Devil May Wear Stylist

 

 

A History of Lingerie!

The wonderful world of lingerie has been around for thousands and thousands of years, but its purpose, style, and construction has evolved drastically over time.

The earlier forms of undergarments such as the loincloths of the 5th Century BC and the chemises’ of the Middle Ages served a purpose of practicality and modesty. Historically, you could determine the upper class from the lower class simply by what their underwear was made of. A silk loincloth was a distinction of high society!

 

The 16th and 17th Century introduced the corset into the closets of many women, though for some this trend was surely not willingly followed. Often causing a great deal of discomfort, the corset was intended to reduce the appearance of the waist and flatten breasts to create a modest, yet feminine silhouette. This lingerie staple eventually died out, though it has re-emerged in modern culture through burlesque performance and waist training, or cinching, shape-wear.

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It wasn’t until the early 20th Century where the lingerie we know and love today first appeared, and the term became widely used. Underwear was no longer something to hide or conform the figure to particular beauty standards. It became much more decorative, and women had more of a choice as to what they could wear. Modesty was no longer part of the equation.

 

The technological advances of the fashion manufacturing industry are responsible for the extravagant embroidery, delicate trims, and luxurious yet comfortable fabrics now used to create lingerie. Though some of these embellishments to lingerie had been used prior to the 20th Century, they were most often done by hand and very time consuming.

 

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to learn a little bit more about your underwear and how it’s made! Check back on our blog for the next weeks to hear more about the evolution of underwear, the garter belt, and the classic stocking!

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Sarah, your Devil May Wear Stylist

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Winter Linen!!

Like it’s namesake, the Lumiere scoop neck tee-shirt has the ability to light up any
casual outfit. Made from 100% linen fibre, the fabric’s texture offers both a unique edge and take on your usual tee-shirt. Not to mention it’s fabulous breathability and eco-friendly nature. It comes in two jewel tone colours – a vibrant dark teal, and a rich plum, both guaranteed to spruce any outfit up.

Wearing the luminaire to the office? Try pairing it with an A-line line fit and flare skirt for a sophisticated yet enviously cute outfit. Or, tuck it into a high-waisted, wide-legged pant for an effortlessly chic look. Devil May Wear has a divine, wide-legged pant in linen if you care to extend the luxury to your gorgeous gams.

Play around with layering different coloured camisoles underneath the luminaire shirt. The subtle sheer quality lets these colours peek through, or skip the camisole altogether and let your skin do the peeking.

Knit linen vs. woven, is body temperature regulating as well. Meaning that it will keep you warm when you need to be warm and cool and breathable when you need to be cool. Thus making it magically perfect for every season. Traveling with it is amazing as knit linen does not really wrinkle at all! How about that!

To care for your linen garment, make sure to hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry. There will be approximately 1 inch of shrinkage to the length only. Once you start to wear it again, it will relax back to normal, like all linen. If it does by chance make it into the dryer, it would make a great gift for a small child! With the proper care you will protect your linen clothing from shrinking too much, and/or from distorting it’s shape. Care goes a long way when you are wanting your clothing to last no matter the fibres!

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Raven, Your DMW Stylist

Winter Solstice Celebrations

On December 21st every year we celebrate the Winter Solstice. There are hundreds of ways to celebrate. After all, this celebration has been around for hundreds of years! It is the longest night of the year and is also the start of days getting longer. It is about appreciating the light in all things and feeling grateful for ourselves and for our friends and families.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate the magic this season while in the city!

yule alterSet up a Yule Alter;

*Candles – you can use real candles or use LED Tea Lights. They are a great alternative to real candles and are a safer option for renters or families.

*Branches – Fir, Pine, Juniper are all great to use. A wreath of one or all works great as well.

*Holly – for good luck and protection. Best around your front door. A small sprig of Mistletoe is a fun and protective addition as well.

*Cinnamon and Peppermint – for the fresh and warm scent of the season. Essential oils are great to use in a diffuser.

*Gold or silver goblet – for your offerings of gratitude as you drink and be merry.

 

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Throw a simple Solstice Party;

*Invite a few close friends over for a solstice celebration. By communing together, you create powerful yule vibes.

Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 2.38.30 PM~ Have a hot drink brewing. Like a Yule Tea or Mulled Wine. Here is our fav. combination of the two!  https://frugallysustainable.com/holiday-yule-wine/ (pictured here)

~Small Seasonal Tapas to enjoy eating together. Seasonal fruit like Oranges, grapes and pears are perfect for a splash is citrus and sweet. Cheese like Camembert and Brie are perfect for adding nuts of the walnut or almond variety. The key is to keep Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 2.55.38 PMit simple! Maybe ask your guests to each bring an item for this type of plate to all create and share together! https://whatsgabycooking.com/winter-cheese-board/ (pictured here)

~Festivities. Baking, crafting wreaths or group discussions on Gratitude are all amazing for adding magic to this kind of gathering. It is all about getting creative with your friends.

 

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~A lot of communities put on a Lantern Festival. Here are a few ideas to know where to go in Vancouver for our favorite places!

https://www.secretlantern.org/granville-island

https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/december/winter-solstice-lantern-festival/

Support a Local Shop ~ Like Devil May Wear!

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Photo by; Edie Orenstein DMW Stylist/Manager; Erin Gravelle

By supporting your local shops, you create a circle of love, appreciation and sustainability that will feed into a community spirit. It can bring a thriving community together in more ways than one. 

No matter what you do this season, make sure to take care of you and take the small moments as they come to appreciate all the good in your lives!

Love Devil May Wear!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

The Winter Solstice is approaching once again and much like every other year, I am always ill prepared for the cold. This year though I have been determined to rid myself of the apathy I have for winter and drag myself out of bed to rediscover everything this city has to offer, even in the pouring rain.

I was happy to find there is a multitude of places to go and things to do, rain or shine, whether I’m feeling adventurous enough to bundle up and face the cold or stick with the warmth of the indoors.

Here’s a short list of the cities treasures I have had the pleasure of exploring so far!

The Bloedel Conservatory

Though the Bloedel Conservatory is a favorite spot of mine all year round, this temperature-controlled dome is filled with exotic birds and plants to help you imagine for a moment that you are vacationing in the tropics despite being stuck in the rain.bloedel-floral-conservatory

If you visit before January 1st they are open later in the evening with a dazzling light show and festive decor. Admission to the conservatory will also get you a ticket for one ride on the ferris wheel which overlooks all of Vancouver from it’s highest point at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Lighthouse Park 

There is nothing quite as special as Lighthouse Park on a crisp, sunny day! It puts just enough distance between you and the city to escape the noise pollution and listen solely to the symphonic sounds of nature on the edge of the water. If you are lucky you might even spot a dolphin or two! (Cover photo of Lighthouse Park, taken by Artemis Walden.)

Robson Square Skating Rink 

Robson_square_rinkGrab your skates and head downtown for the annual amusement that is the Robson Square skating rink! If you like the rink to yourself, this is not the place for you but it is definitely some good chaotic fun! Rental skates are available for a small fee if you don’t have your own (cash only), but otherwise admission is free.

 

The Vancouver International Film Festival 2017_Vancouver_International_Film_Festival_Logo.jpg

Until January 27th, 2018 you can catch a movie at the Vancouver International Film Festival! Participating theaters all over the city are showcasing an incredible variety of films in unique genres. If you want to explore the films and showtimes the VIFF website will have all the information you need and more!

These are just a few of the treasures I have found in the city and I look forward to discovering even more!

 

sarah
Sarah, your Devil May Wear Stylist

The Four Pillars of Jewelry Shopping

Jewelry is an amazing gift. It’s easy to fit. It’s easy to pop in the mail, and it doesn’t take up too much room in the recipients house. But there is so much to choose from! Here’s how to take your gift from “ooh shiny” to a piece they’ll treasure forever never take off, knowing you handpicked it specifically for them.

Before shopping, observe your gift-ee. If not in person, social media will do, or you can ask other friends, their significant other, or family members. Do they have their ears pierced? Do they prefer bracelets or necklaces or rings or all of the above? Is there anything they specifically never wear?

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After these basics, there are 4 main considerations to narrow down your search.
Of course you do not need detailed answers to all of these, but the more you know in advance the less overwhelming the shopping experience will be, and the more they will love it.

Step 1: Colour

The easiest way to narrow down your search is to figure out if they prefer gold or silver. Some people will wear both and some people prefer a third option such as bronze or brass, but the majority do have a preference. This cuts down choices by 50% right off the bat!

 

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Fairy cup earrings and leaf necklaces in corresponding gold and silver colour-ways.

Colours for beads and stones can also help, and you can guess which would be good by asking their favourite colour or observing which colours they have a lot of in their wardrobe.

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Left-Right: Garnet, Orange Swarovski, Yellow Turquoise, Dyed Howlite, Amazonite, Dyed Quartz, Amethyst, Tiny Pink Sapphire with Herkimer Diamond.


Step 2: Texture

Another consideration is finish. Do they love glittery set stones that sparkle, or do they prefer sleek and classy high shine? Perhaps they go for a modern matte look or even unconventional textures such as raw stones or wood.

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Glittery, faceted set stones and beads.


If you don’t have the chance to snoop their current jewelry collection, their overall style can give you hints. For example, more raw or textured pieces are a safe bet for someone who wears chunky knits, fuzzy fabrics, and has big curly hair. Conversely, someone drawn to smooth or satin-finish fabrics and has straight shiny hair might prefer high polish. More feminine styles gravitate towards sparkly, faceted gems, whereas matte pieces are appreciated by those with more simple, practical, or modern aesthetics.

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Matte pieces have a muted, modern sheen. Stones are smooth but not high-polish or faceted.


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Raw, statement textures can include crystals, coral, unworked stone, wood, and feathers.


Step 3: Scale

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Left-Right: Long and large, slender and long, dainty and short, large and short.


Size and overall shape is our next consideration. Smaller items can get lost in a wardrobe of large busy prints and layered sweaters, whereas a statement necklace can completely take over an outfit with a simple cut and dainty colours. Keep in mind hair, scarves, necklines, and personality!

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A dramatic difference in necklace scale.


Step 4: Style and Personality Details


Details take a general style outline and personalize it.

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Are they glamorous or earthy? Classic or artsy?
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Is their taste simple or ornate? Do they prefer curved edges or straight lines?
interests
Are they sporty, cute, or quirky? Becoming a nurse? An budding botanist? What are their interests? This is your chance to show them how much you care about who they are.


Happy Shopping!

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Astrid, Your DMW Stylist

 

Mid-season sale time at Devil May Wear!

The weather is so stunning it’s hard to believe we are nearly all the way through our winter collection. Get luxurious hand knits, bold prints, basic denim and more while you still can for the cooler seasons, and get them on sale! Come see what’s marked down in store now!