Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Another Reason to Love Vintage- No VPL

Warning: this post contains mature content and a mature butt.  The editor believes that fashion is all about the human body, so she sometimes includes bodies.  They are not always pretty.... 
 Last year the blog Capitol Hill Style introduced me to the acronym VPL (Visible Panty Line). I followed the MANY fervent comments about whether thongs are sublime or evil with amazement. And interest. I have a flabby white girl ass.I'm pretty OK with that.  My bum has cushioned me on a lot of metal chairs, propelled my bike faithfully and helped me carry a lot of laundry up the stairs, so I can't be too negative, but I am prone to visible panty lines. 
Hello vintage!  I find that vintage clothing is much more likely to be heavy enough, lined or discreetly designed so that I don't have to face the question of whether or not to thong.  Take the mustard colored dress at top, for example.  A friend gave me this fine vintage sheath.  (I added the puzzling and wonderful vintage cocktail napkin.)  
The sheath is made of a substantial (and body flattering) polyester knit.  AND it's lined.  I like this.  One does not need to worry about the rearview so much.  You can just run all out for that bus!  (If you aren't wearing heels....)
To see the dress in person, come to the DC Arts Studios Member Exhibition and Open House this Sunday between 3:00 and 7:00.  It coincides with the Takoma Street Festival, so it will surely be a good time for all.  'hope to see you there. (The dress will be on a dress form, so you will have to take my word on the VPL point.  It will be for sale in my Etsy shop after the show.)


  1. why do I suspect you could make VPL look good if you had to..? here's a project for you - why not create a frock with VPL from those cute ruffly Rumba shorts toddler girls get to wear under sun dresses. God, I miss those...
    p.s. can't WAIT for the Open House!

  2. Yes, I LOVE those ruffly diaper covers and ruffle rump tights too. I think they MIGHT be too young for me. Catch this grown up version, though: