I will let you in on a little secret of mine which I don't think many of my friends actually know about: I am a huge musical theatre fan. Obviously Chicago is my dream aesthetic after having seen it twice on stage and innumerable times on film, but I can't deny the joy that I experienced when The Lingerie Detective tagged me on twitter suggesting that I do a cosplay as Sandy from Grease (version 2.0) because I reminded her of the character. Now, it may be leftover FOMO from being cast as Patty Simcox in our school's production of Grease, but I immediately started thinking of lingerie outfits for her. The plan was cemented when the lovely Sian of Big Cup Little Cup stated that she was already planning a review centred around the eponymous "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee" sleepover aesthetic.
So consider this my first collaboration! And make sure to head on over to Sian's post and enjoy the sugary sweet, retro goodness, after my biker chick guide to rock'n'rollin' your lingerie look.
For starters I went for the obvious look with an all black, biker jacket ensemble. I don't have any retro shaped bras so it was my ever trusty Panache Porcelain Elan that acted as a stand in. Here, I paired it with my Kiss Me Deadly Eliza Cincher Brief which is technically discontinued, but you can often find some older KMD online if you know where to look. My first thought was shapewear because: 1) Grease is based in 1959 and 2) Have you seen Olivia Newton John's figure in that last outfit?! I'm sure she worked really hard on getting that but there must've been a little bit of help going on.
Now, the obvious biker inspired lingerie has got to be Chantal Thomass' current Boyish line which I'll forever love The Lamb for showing me because it is pure badass gorgeousness, but also kind of hate her because it doesn't come in my size. However! For those of us in a larger cup, and even those in smaller sizes if this is more your thing, we have the stunning Wynter collection from Blue Reign. Just all the leather lingerie please.
I thought I'd do a second look with a slightly alternative styling because I feel like there should have been some leopard print underwear going on to give Sandy that extra confidence boost and Grrrl power. So for me, it's my beloved Lucky Sew and Sew Savannah knickers paired with a Kiss Me Deadly Van Doren Bralet in what I think was a Large (the tag says 36 B/C). If you have a small back/large cup and have ever wondered about fitting into this, I'm currently around a 28G/30FF and was even comfortable wearing it when my bust measurement was an inch or so bigger.
Now if you did want to go down the route of authentic 50/60s lingerie styles for a similar look, What Katie Did is obviously going to be perfect designer. Sticking to the rock'n'roll theme, their Eartha Cathedral bra has the most perfect use of leopard print I have ever seen in the lingerie world, in my humble opinion. For a softer silhouette, the Raven top by Hopeless Lingerie has that gorgeous off the shoulder/sweet heart neckline that Sandy styles for the Grease finale. Pair that with some of Hopeless' high waist knickers and you've got the perfect, contemporary Sandy Olsson lingerie.
I hope you've enjoyed this post, I certainly had fun putting it all together! And again, make sure to go and check out Sian's review. Other than that, leave a comment if there are any other musical stars you'd like to see lingerified, I've already got a few in mind but would love to hear who everyone else's favourites are. So go on... Tell me about it stud.
Thanks for reading. x