This month on Vintage Etsy, I am featuring some of my favourite vintage black bodysuits. Usually, I pick out items under $100 USD, but these all happen to be $70 USD or under (before shipping) – bonus! The bodysuit needs no introduction itself but I will mention that it is a generic term often used interchangeably with other terms like leotard, teddy (which I think is different), onesie, and others. Going back, I could rarely find black bodysuits before the 1970s. Black bodysuits from the 1970s – 1980s were not quite as common as the 1990s. While this may be due to age, with many of the garments not surviving, I rather attribute this trend to a lack of popularity. It is from the 1990s that you will find the majority of vintage black bodysuits on Etsy.
I think the old saying “there is nothing new under the sun” is rather funny. While I like to think that we are creating new things every day in sort of a ‘moving forward’ way – truly we forget how much of what we do has been done before. Strappy designs, cut outs, sheer vs. opaque, embellishments, etc. are old hat. I am beginning to think that there is something for everyone in vintage clothing.
A word on vintage. Vintage means many things to many people. Some people say that anything over 50 years old is vintage and anything over 100 years old is antique. Others say that that age does not matter: it is a matter of popularity. If fashions from a certain decade (say the 1980s) come back into style then people will start referring to the originals from that decade as ‘vintage’. My rule of thumb, and one I have seen used elsewhere, is 20 years. Thus, items made in the beginning of the 1990s up to mid 90s are classed as vintage.
I researched these bodysuits about a week ago before I started writing my post. Happily, two of the ones I originally chose sold before I started writing. I am very happy to see people buying vintage lingerie! Without further ado, here are my top ten favourite vintage black bodysuits currently on Etsy.
- Vintage 1990’s Victoria’s Secret Velvet Bodysuit: $28
- Vintage 1970’s – 80’s Lace Insert Panel Bodysuit: $25
- Vintage Modesty 1990’s Sheer Bodysuit: $70
- Vintage Olga Bodysuit: $31.99
- Vintage La Perla Bodysuit: $65.99
- Vintage 1970’s Formfit Rogers Bodysuit: $55