Lingerie for Pin Up girls
Is bullet bra an essential part of Pin Up lingerie?
Just so you know, Sophia Loren, who made her full-bodied figure emerge from the time when slim elegance was the fashion and had men of all ages catch their breath did not wear t-shirt bras.
Why are they called a "bullet-bra"?
No, they don't have real bullets in it because that may be a bit scary and awkward. Its relevance to the term bullet is because these bras have pointy cups and usually utilize concentric stitching to help maintain their shape without the help of under-wires. These are made with vintage patterns.
History of the bra
Just like any other lingerie, this bra has its origins and it reached the peak of its fame in the 1950s. It was made famous by girls or icons like Marilyn Monroe and other pin up style females during this time.
It is a full covering bra.
However, during its time, they are considered to be shape enhancing and was the “push up” bra of its time. Back in the 1950s, it was almost made from nylon or satin and it has distinct circular or cone shaped cups.
What made this bra more interesting...
It doesn't come with padding or under-wires like the push up bras we have today and unlike what Lady Gaga wears.
(I'm sure she has a different definition for this bra and in a more literal form!)
Kidding aside, the circular stitching and proper size made these bras fit perfectly on most women without the need for extra padding or under-wire that can really be annoying.
However, there are some women who stuff padding into their bras just to fill out the rest of the cup and to make them look extra pointy.
Everything has its downfall...
The downfall of this bras came during the 1960's when padded and under-wire bras were introduced. These bras quickly got out of fashion and never really returned to their full capacity...
Bullet bras today
Today, they are gaining a little bit of popularity amongst Hollywood and that's all thanks to Madonna who wore a Jean Paul Gaultier designed bullet bra during her 1990 tour. It was seen as erotic and provoking.
It has also become popular with burlesque and rockabilly enthusiasts which both draw a lot of references from the 50's.
Where can you find this uniqye bra?
Today, this will be a bit difficult as it is now considered vintage lingerie. Good news is that there are a few companies around the world that still manufacture them but otherwise, you can search for the bras in vintage shops or on trading sites.
If you are planning to buy this bra...
Make sure that you buy one band size from what you normally wear. If you have shallow breasts, maybe getting bullet bra pads can do the trick and fill out the cups.
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