Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all....... a very polarizing holiday it is... joyous for many, great sadness and loneliness for others......a time that many look forward to......while others look forward to getting through.....unabashed commercialism  versus the true meaning of Christmas......a bearded man in a Santa suit wandering  downtown Hyannis - penniless, homeless but nevertheless full of Christmas cheer (and possibly some cheap wine).......a baby's first Christmas.........the first Christmas without a loved's to wishing all a safe and Merry Christmas and to let you know that whatever your circumstance, you are really not alone.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Grenier Exquise Floral Lace Underwire Teddy

This lovely body briefer/teddy features seamless underwire molded cups, adjustable back, adjustable shoulder straps and a detachable cotton-lined gusset - all for a comfortable, perfect fit.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fishnet Pantyhose

At one time fishnets had a questionable reputation (think Gwen Verdon as Lola in Damn Yankees). They've come a long way in the past 50 or so years. While they can still come off as very provocative -especially the wider nets in black, they can definitely complement an outfit, whether worn with boots or heels, little black dress or formal wear. Fishnet tights can also be layered. For example, you can wear nude fishnets over nude/beige hosiery or black over black for a textured look. You can also be daring and go for more contrast. Here we have Cette (pronounced “set”) Jamaica Fishnet Pantyhose, which are finer net, Belgium made tights. These are fishnet-to-the waist. I point that out because we get questions from time to time from costume designers and the like who need fishnets for wear with leotard-type outfits.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Carnival Merry Widow

 Although Carnival doesn't refer to this as a Merry Widow (they call it a brasselette, as it's a combination of a bra and corselette), it's nearly identical to the original Warner's Merry Widow from the 50's/60's (we had one for a side by side comparison).  It's a classic front zip curve-maker with garters. This low back strapless comes in black or white, depending on if you're naughty or nice!
Carnival Merry Widow

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Berkshire In-Control Shaper Top Pantyhose

Berkshire style 4757 Shaper Top Pantyhose provide more shaping power than regular control top pantyhose. This particular style has silky sheer legs (nylon with spandex) and a reinforced toe. Berkshire makes several other shaper top styles to suit your specific needs. In a variety of shades too!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Venus Side-Zip Open Bottom Girdle

This is a traditional, classic, open bottom girdle. It features a side zipper with hook and eye closure and six garters. It's a classic and a must if you're into vintage 50's dress.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Grenier Strapless Bodysuit

This is a lightweight strapless bodysuit from Grenier. It features detachable straps, a cotton-lined snap crotch and lightly molded cups. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Silhouette Madame X Open Corselette

Silhouette of England has been manufacturing corsetry since the late 1800's. Here's the classic, curve creating  Madame X Open Corselette. It provides moderate to firm control in sizes ranging from 34B to 42DD. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mary Green Silk Kimono

It's never too early to start your holiday shopping. This is a beautiful 100% silk kimono. Tie belt included, and one size fits most. Lovely lace detail.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rago 6201 Shapette Zippered High Waist Long Leg Girdle

This firm shaper does almost everything - the high-waist design sculpts the waistline for an hour-glass effect (much like a waist cincher); the tummy panel controls the tummy; the control bands shape the derriere, and the long leg design smooths the legs. The side zip makes it easier to get on. It comes with removable garters if you choose to wear stockings. This garment is great for special occasions and with more figure-defining outerwear. It's actually lightweight - the contour bands provide the firm control, along with the powernet body.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


We're almost back to a "normal" state here at Brabarella. The inventory is now fully accessible (thank god for the little things), all the hardware is working, and all of our incoming shipments are pointed in the right direction (thank-you Ray at UPS!). We are also resuming photo shoots next week with a model from Oz -appropriate given the large number of Australian customers that we have. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Le Mystere Safari Bra

This bra features a lepoard print rachel-lace trim. It has underwire support and push-up without padding. Two-row back closure with three adjustments. Metal strap hardware. And of course, Le Mystere quality.

Le Mystere Safari Bra

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Move is on

We're in the process of moving back to Hyannis. We located a nice business space on Main Street (online only of course). Our phone service may be interrupted for a time this week or next. Our new number will be our old number - 508-775-2226. It is in service now, but the voice mail isn't set up, so unless we're there, it's going to just keep ringing. The best way to contact us is via email - or Our old telephone number will be in service for a few more days.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Discontinued Playtex Items

We've added several items to our Playtex section on Little Pink Dress. As noted previously, as items are discontinued by manufacturers, we will be putting our remaining stock on LPD, this in addition to our regular vintage items. Added this week were Playtex "I Can't Believe it's a Girdle" brief and long leg style girdles, and the Playtex 18 High-Waist Brief Girdle.
Playtex Shapewear and Girdles

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Le Mystere Dream Tisha Bra

Noted for it's comfort and support, the Le Mystere Dream Tisha Bra is ideal for everyday wear, long hours, and a smooth look under your favorite t-shirt or blouse. Sizes start at 34C and range up to 44G

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Warner's Side Zip Open Bottom Girdle

This is a classic 50's high waist open bottom girdle. It has a side zip and 6 metal garters - all with ribbon covers. From the old Warner's Body Do line.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dominique Butterfly Convertible Multi-Function Bra

This is one of those bras that you'll need sooner or later. It can adjust to almost any dress or top, from criss-cross, to halter, to strapless, to one shoulder. It can even be worn as a regular everyday bra, as it is a Dominique -known for fit and comfort. It features double molded cups, stretch spandex wings, deep plunge design, a clear center gore, brush cotton-lined underwire support, all in a smooth seamless design.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Tragedy Here on The Cape

Marty here. Marina Keegan died on Saturday here on Route 6 in Dennis. It was a sad enough story reading the news account, but then this was brought to light...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Aviana Lace Full Support Bra

From the start, Aviana designed this bra for the plus-size woman. It features all-over lace, full support, wide shoulder straps, more closely aligned straps, and a strong and supportive bottom band. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Round the Clock Girdle at the Top Pantyhose

If you need more control than control top pantyhose can provide but you don't want to wear a girdle and stockings, here's your solution. These girdle-top pantyhose have been made for years - decades actually, and they maintain a cult-like following with their loyal customers. Round the Clock is now owned by Levante, a prominent Italian hosiery manufacturer. They had  halted production of this style for nearly a year as they made updates to the product, while at the same time ensuring that it still met their customers' expectations. They have done so.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Crown Foundations

We just found out today that Crown Foundations has gone out of business. Of late, they were mostly a manufacturer/importer of girdles and garter belts, but actually opened for business in 1898 as a corset manufacturer. They were a nice company to work with and they will be missed. We're sorry to see them leave us. We still have quite a bit of remaining stock, so you can either check with us ahead of time, or just order and we'll let you know within hours whether it's still available.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day

Marty here. With Mother’s Day coming up tomorrow, it naturally got me thinking about my own mother who passed away nearly 14 years ago. I was lucky in that I got to say good-bye. She had had a couple of strokes and I had gone up to see her a couple of times, making the trip from the Cape to Syracuse. We both knew that the second time would be the last. She was quickly deteriorating and could no longer talk. I put my arm around her as we sat on the side of her nursing home bed. We both teared up, knowing that we were saying goodbye for the last time, all the memories of a lifetime wrapped up in one final moment.
   I did not get this closure with my father. He was always there for me, but was a very quiet man. I didn't understand him until I was an adult. We had our differences as many sons and fathers do. As an adult I really began to appreciate him, his work ethic and his “being there.” I never got to tell him though. He died suddenly. I always assumed I had time, that we’d sit down sometime over a couple of beers and I’d really tell him how much I appreciated him. Maybe I was apprehensive about doing that, letting my feelings out  …..   you know the saying – “it’s never too late.” It’s as bad and inaccurate a term as there is. Twenty some years after his death, it still bothers me. I’m saying this because Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s easy to get a Hallmark card and a bunch of flowers and say “Love Ya.” Kind of like “liking” something on Facebook. Would you do it differently if you thought it would be the last opportunity to express your true feelings? It’s never too early. It can be difficult living with being too late.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Le Mystere Dos Nu Convertible Bra

The Le Mystere Dos Nu Convertible Bra adjusts in a number of ways - wide strap, criss-cross or halter. The straps are clear and it has a low back. The MSRP is $64.00 and we are currently offering it for $58.00. As you would expect from Le Mystere, this is a high quality, well thought - out garment. Sizes start at 32A and go up to 36D.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Grenier Briefelette Body Briefer

This is a high quality, full support body briefer from Grenier - makers of fine lingerie since 1860. It features firm support, a double tummy control panel, adjustable shoulder straps and detachable/adjustable hook/eye crotch.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Little Pink Dress Update

The shopping cart change is now complete on our vintage site - Little Pink Dress. You can now order from Brabarella AND Little Pink Dress at the same time - everything will land in one cart. It also means that our international customers can order from Little Pink Dress. We haven't added any new items to LPD in a while, but that will change. We have a ton of stuff to add and we'll be getting started soon.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Do you have an upcoming wedding? Don't forget your leg-wear! These crochet pantyhose from Leg Avenue will add an extra flair to your very special occasion. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hanes South Pacific

Hanes no longer makes nylon stockings - the ones that require garters. However, the color South Pacific lives on in the Hanes Alive line of pantyhose. The demise of stockings (and girdles) is always blamed on pantyhose, but in reality, fashion dictated the change. As dresses became shorter and shorter in the 60's, pantyhose provided the solution to garter glimpses. Of course with retro fashion becoming so popular of late, stockings have been flying off the shelves here for the past few years. We offer many styles from Berkshire, Cette, Falke, and Leg Avenue. Just remember, you need a garter belt or girdle to hold 'em up!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wedding Season

I know the wedding season is actually year-round but it does heat up as summer approaches -- I believe I read somewhere that June is still the most popular month for brides. There are probably several things that get overlooked in the planning and time shuffle,and one of the most important is the shape wear. That's right, because you can't feel good without a good foundation. We have had so many brides, mothers of the bride, bridal party members and so on call us the week of the wedding (sometimes even a couple of days before!) to order their lingerie. I do wish it were that simple, but it's not. The time to get your shape wear is when you're picking out what you're wearing. Will you need one piece, two pieces, backless, strapless? Are you short-waisted? Most likely you'll want two pieces rather than a one-piece. A longline bra, bustier, corsolette, body briefer? Many questions, many answers and the only way to know what pieces will work under your garment is to have your undergarments available when fitting yourself for your wedding outfits. And what if you gain or lose weight? Yep, another consideration to ponder. Needless to say, please don't let your intimate apparel be a last-minute afterthought. There is nothing worse than telling someone that we can't meet their timeline for a special occasion (this goes for proms too as prom season is lapping at our heels). Shape wear tends to be a special order class of its own, and ordering on a Thursday for a Saturday event does not make for a stress-free experience. Allow yourself plenty of time to coordinate the right shape wear for your special occasion garment. When you're comfortable it shows and makes for an all around happier occasion! And congratulations!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blush Lingerie

We love Blush Lingerie and will be adding more lines in the coming months. Blush is another Montreal-based company, along with Grenier, Arianne and Montelle. Great companies and great products all!!! Shown here is the Sweetest Sin Chemise.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Marty here. Patricia finished re-doing Brabarella, now we just have a bunch of clean-up work to do on individual pages, including updating many of the pictures. We will be adding new lines and styles soon. We will also be re-doing our vintage site - Little Pink Dress. There have been complaints about the two sites having separate shopping carts and not being able to combine orders. And the LPD cart does not accommodate international customers. This will be remedied, as we will be using the same cart that we use on Brabarella. We will also be updating LPD. We never seem to have time to add new vintage items. We have a ton of stuff that we could add, and have even already photographed many items. It's just that Brabarella takes up more and more of our time. That's a good thing, but we also love the vintage - it's what got us started in the first place. We'll get it figured out.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Granny Style

Granny style continues to be chic (and classic -- we all know classic is timeless, aka "knows no age"), and the latest granny trend to hit the scene is granny panties! My favorites are my plain silk ones from Mary Green (I am a sucker for Mary's color sense -- brilliant, vivacious, vavavavoom) as I am not a lacy sort of girl, but we do feature her retro panties (as seen in O, Oprah!), as well as some lovely designs from Rago and Grenier. Even Elila has some rather cheeky grannies although I'm not sure Granny would approve (but then again, who knows, my granny and Marty's did have a houseful of kids)!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Elila Bras

I found myself taking a closer look at the Elila bra line after reading "Busted!" Ellen Jacobson, co-founder and president of the company, was referenced a few times throughout the book and I felt almost like I knew her, partly because we've carried her bra line for years so there was that"six degree of separation" thing going on. But also because she struck me as personable and approachable and I admire that in a person, especially someone as busy as she must be. I also find it cool that her grandmother was in the bra business as a founder of The Goddess Bra Company, and that Ellen is pretty much following in her gran's footsteps. Given her lineage and work history, it's not surprising that Ellen is a wealth of information.

Another chapter in her story is the time she spent learning the construction and design techniques of bras before ultimately launching the Elila brand. She tuned in to what was lacking in the market -- a recognition that most fashion caters to the average woman but feminine, well-constructed design choices were scarce for the full figured customer. Thus Elila was born to meet that need -- beautiful, functional, fashion forward bras for the not-so-average woman.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

All in the Family, or "take care of your girls"

Our girl Molly's a recent college grad and in the current economy, it's been tough for kids to find jobs, let alone seasoned careerists. (Reminds me of my own post-college attempt to enter the job market during the Reagan regime -- not easy). The girl's a worker though and in between internships and waitress work, she applied for jobs like mad, and it paid off a bit before Christmas -- with an awesome job she loves, in of all things -- yes! -- the lingerie industry.

She began in January and I don't think she'd been with the company a month before she stayed with us one night on her way to one of her accounts. While here, she noticed a book Marty had bought a few months prior, one I'd been ignoring but planning on getting around to. Ali Cudby's Busted!

Molly read it overnight and was raving about it to me -- "Mom, you've gotta read this book. Wearing the right sized bra will change your life. It'll change mine, no more shoulder pain, look better, feel better...most of us are wearing the wrong size." So, I finally got around to reading it, and Amanda at Silhouette over in England was right about my correct bra size (she says she can tell a person's bra size just by looking at them)!

There's a lot of information out there on the internet as to how to fit for a bra -- even manufacturers have info on their sites...BUT...they are not necessarily correct.

Ali is your absolute go to person for fitting and while there are also expert bra fitters out there in the retail world, fitting is more of an art than a science and not all have been trained properly.

Her book is an easy, quick read, almost like a conversation with girlfriends. I'm in the process of writing out our own Brabarella fit guide based on Ali's recommendations, but in the meantime, before you buy another bra, buy Ali's book or check her website for her fit guide. But I highly recommend her book -- for small change and increased well-being it is well worth the investment in yourself. And if you're still stuck with fitting questions, call us, ask for Patricia and I will talk you through it (sorry, gents, I'll only talk to the ladies!). But have your tape measure (in good condition, naturally) ready!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Had fun getting a mani/pedi last week. Marty thought it was pretty cool how the color on my fingernails changed on each finger as I moved my hands. I had to explain to him that the manicurist used 5 assorted colors, all in the blues family. It was fun to play as my nails are something I rarely do. I generally don't like the feel on nail polish on my finger nails, but I don't mind it on my toes. This is the first time the finger nail polish hasn't bothered me. I might be ready for a new trend for myself.

Bob was a great backdrop for the photos

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012


One of my favorite pen pals, who hails from the high plains of Colorado, sends me notes of mutual interest -- pioneer history, old movie lore, local food movement and so on. I usually take forever to reply to him, not because I don't want to, but because growing up and living far from extended family, or having a dad stationed in far off posts, I was always writing letters -- prolifically. It's difficult for me to jot short notes -- almost impossible. Hence, when someone writes me (this also includes our Aussie friend, Robert), I am remiss with prompt replies. And I actually love their notes -- either a friendly sentiment or some interesting information is always welcome. Not to mention the possibility of travel in their direction someday.

But I digress. The reason I have now taken much longer than normal to reply to Abuelo is his doing. This time he sent me down the Rabbit Hole. Never send a history/information geek to a site like Smithsonian or a cool Soddy from the past. Unless you don't care about hearing from them again. Because that is one of the rabbit holes I do not return from anytime soon.