Foundation course


With Lady Gaga on everyone’s radar (including mine, surprisingly) there’s no denying that the eighties revival is in full, hell-let’s-go-for-it flow. And nothing declares ‘eighties’ more than a Lycra body/leotard/all-in-one (well, apart from fluffy perms and frosty lipstick and I’m so not going there). Hackney hipsters have been wearing them ironically for years, American Apparel does a roaring trade in raunchy metallic ones but I’m loving them from a purely practical point of view. As someone who can’t abide the cold, I need a number of layers under my YMC knits and a flimsy Hanro vest that doesn’t reach my hipbones just ain’t cutting it these days. Short of the vest-tucked-into-tights-and-said-tights-pulled-up-to-boobs manoeuvre (not a look poor D has taken to), there’s precious little else to keep the old kidneys warm, which is where the Lycra body comes in.

Wolford is still the gold standard of bodies – it hasn’t stopped selling them since Working Girl was the movie du jour. But ¬£75 is a lot to pay for a basic foundation garment which might not even be seen, although there are some rather trendy¬†Herve Leger-esque bandagy ones – for Cheryl Cole perhaps?

For those of an Alice-Dellal-lookalike persuasion, there are a number of skimpy lacy interpretations to go under sawn-off sleeve denim jackets and over-bleached drainpipe jeans – actually my inner floozie secretly quite likes these but alas, they won’t keep me warm.

ASOS’s ballet-wrap body looks set to be a winner. It suits my grey marl fetish and Jennifer-Beales-in-Flashdance aspirations plus it has long sleeves – result! Also very agreeable is this black Gerbe one – not bad for thirtyish quid although it loses points for fabric content – 94% polyamide – OK, maybe not.


However, if you really want the authentic 80s experience, head to Ebay for the original Donna Karan body. For hygiene reasons (euw), best search for BNWT…

Finally, I had to slip this link in. Warning: don’t click if you’re squeamish.
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4 Responses to Foundation course

  1. She said says:

    My sister is very into all this at the moment, she just made me buy this for her: http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=152529&parent_category_rn=58908&productId=1071917&langId=-1

    Although I can't see it keeping you very warm, she wears it with just a tube bra underneath. Very brave but she can luckily get away with it.
    I just can't bring myself to getting one, they remind me too much of my ice skating days :-S

  2. Natty says:

    Topshop have a mesh boysuit for the raunchy types and quite a hideously cute short sleeve one with a tiger motif on the front too.

  3. Sister Wolf says:

    Hahaha! I love those trashy underwear sites!

  4. Liberty London Girl says:

    yes please. I’ll take one Leg Avenue Bow Lace Long Sleeved Bodystocking and make it snappy. LLGxx

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