Happy Earth Day! Today is a day to talk about all the ways we can help the Earth, but it’s also a great day to celebrate the natural wonder we are all fighting to protect.
The natural world is such a beautiful source of inspiration, from colour to shape to texture, as well as a wonderful source of materials from fibers to gemstones.
Comment and let us know what in nature most inspires you, where your favourite place to spend a day in the wilderness is, or your most cherished outdoor memory!
Some of our many natrure-inspired pieces.
Mary Chalcedony Necklace in “Northern Lights” ($75)
Louise Amazonite Necklace in “Grassi Lakes” ($58)
Sherise Sapphire Necklace in “Glacier” ($86)
Douglas Earrings, Silver plated Cedar with Herkimer Diamonds ($69)
Light Through The Branches Necklace with a smokey Swarovski ($54)
As soon as the soft pink cherry blossoms flock the streets of Vancouver, I know Spring is just around the corner! With spring comes a touch more warmth and in turn being able to leave the house with a few less layers.
One of our latest items to spring into stores is the Serena cropped sweater. Knitted from a cotton and rayon yarn blend, this sweater has a lightweight and luxurious feel perfect for the change in weather. The cream tone is a great neutral to move away from the heavier grey tones and masses of black clothing that we tend to cling to in the winter. The ever so slight bell sleeve adds a flirty, feminine feel to any look.
I believe a good cropped sweater can be a staple in any wardrobe. If you are unfamiliar with this higher hemline, that can feel a little daring for some, here are just a few of the ways I’ve learned to style cropped sweaters:
Pair it with a printed skirt
A printed skirt is a great way to draw attention to another part of your outfit aside from the bold choice of a cropped sweater. Play up the spring vibes by throwing on your favorite denim jacket!
Accentuate your curves in a fitted dress
A cropped sweater over a fitted dress will emphasize curves and draw attention to a cinched waist. Take this look from day to night with some elegant jewelry and your favorite heels.
Show some skin off in highwaist pants
High waisted pants and a cropped sweater are a style no-brainer. To draw even more attention to the waist, add on a bold belt or opt for a cropped jacket or vest as an additional layer.
Flow freely in a shift dress
Shift dresses are a great way to show off your legs and a cropped sweater tucked overtop adds dimension to an otherwise simple look. A platform heel and some thigh highs will elongate legs even further and make this a total power fit!
Let us know which look is your favorite or send us a picture of your favorite cropped sweater styles!
I’m sure many of you can vouch from experience, not all stockings are created equal. We’ve all had that one pair of tights that ripped as soon as our foot slid into the thin, meshy fabric. Luckily, nowadays there are many manufacturers of stockings, tights, and thigh highs (hey, like us!) that you can rely on for more than one use. Here’s a look at just how the modern day stockings came to be!
Stockings emerged from the sock, whose earliest appearance dates back to the times of cavemen. These ancient socks would be handmade from animal furs and hides. In the 16th century, socks were often a sign of nobility. Moving on the 18th and 19th century, both nobles and townspeople alike would wear socks and/or stockings. This was not limited to women, and in fact stockings were commonplace in a man’s wardrobe. The deciding factor between sock and stocking was length, stockings being a good deal longer. Stockings made from silk and intricately embroidered by hand would be worn by nobles, as opposed to those plain and woven from cotton worn by townsfolk.
The purpose of stockings for warmth, modesty, and protection stuck around into the early 1900s, especially as dresses became a great deal shorter during the Flapper era. However, at this time stockings were still made primarily out of silk which was costly and did not hold up well with wear and tear.
In 1939, the realm of stockings would be forever changed as manufacturing company Dupont made the first ever pair of nylon stockings. These did not wrinkle and were much stronger than their silk counterpart and less likely to run. Until the late 40s, stockings were made with the seam running up the back of the leg and only came in a small variety of nude shades. Unfortunately, they still had to be held up by a girdle or a garter belt.
Finally, the world would get to experience the full-leg coverage of pantyhose! The idea of combining underwear and stockings into one was conceived by Ethel Gant, initially branded as panti-legs. She made her vision a reality with the help of her husband, who was the owner of Glen Raven fabric manufacturing company. Stockings were still around but saw a decrease in popularity with the ease of use of pantyhose. Those that were still worn no longer had the seam running up the back.
Besides some modern advances in manufacturing techniques that allow for more comfortable and breathable fabrics, stockings have not changed much since the 60s other than that we no longer have to wear them! It is now a choice to show of some funky stockings or flaunt bare legs! Personally, I am head over heels for our bamboo blend thigh highs as they are the perfect balance of comfy and sexy (pictured below in Flint and Platinum).
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And that brings us to the end of this mini-series A History of Lingerie! At Devil May Wear, we always advocate for finding the lingerie that will help you look and feel your very best! So whether that’s a metal-boned corset or a pair of our bamboo hot shorts, treat yourself to feeling amazing underneath it all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Cage thigh garters
Paris garter belt (an oldie but a goodie!)
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!
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!
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.
Let’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.
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.
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:
The Spriggan Leaf Earrings remind me of something a wood nymph would wear, and I love them for it!
The Wandering Romani Crescent Moon Necklace, perfect for a mysterious and deliciously witchy woman.
The Diamond Charm necklace – because diamonds are a girls best friend.
And now for some rings:
The Althia gold amethyst ring is simply decadent, and yet delightfully minimalist.
The Valentina Ring is scrumptious in every way, truly an opulent treat.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Bikini briefs in 50s and 60s
Bikini briefs in the 70s
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.
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? 🙂
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!
Loincloths in Ancient Egypt
A traditional chemise of the Middle Ages
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.
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.
18th Century embroidery
Modern computerized embroidery
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!
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!