An Adele Simpson high-waisted skirt/bolero jacket suit, "good for the short-waisted young figure." This is from a 1956 article in Women's Home Companion about the correct foundation garments to wear with certain silhouettes. I have to admit that the extent of my foundation garment experience has been limited to buying Wacoal bras and unhappy flirtations with supposedly stomach-flattening undergarments. The upper right photo shows a Flexees "all-in-one," which is touted as "especially useful to the woman whose flesh is beginning to soften." Okay, distasteful comparison of a woman to a piece of rotting fruit aside, I think I'd like to own one of these Flexees.
Here's an ad (from the same issue) for the Flexees "Bouffante" 3-in-one foundation garment. "Bouffante" is probably the best name ever for a girdle.
Corselettes, petticoats, bras, and stretch panties--to perfect your foundation for wearing the Luis Estevez for Grenelle sheath dress and silk geranium print dress by Anne Klein shown here.
A closer look at that gorgeous Anne Klein dress.
And if even foundation garments can't help you look good, make a dress that flatters your figure. Shown here are dresses with patterns ideal for: the narrow-shouldered, the slim and short-waisted, those with large hips, and those with a "young figure." But don't worry, you gals who are just plain fat! WHC has you covered with ads in back from two companies that sell larger size dresses.
I think both these dresses are really cute--and budget-friendly! I will be dreaming from now on of finding that plaid Hayes dress in my size. There must be one out there somewhere, right?