Dear Friend,

In the heart of Melbourne’s city, behind a pistachio coloured door is a small, old fashioned lingerie boutique and beauty salon called Dames of Distinction.



Dames of Distinction offer a lovely range of vintage and reproduction lingerie along with vintage hair styling and nails. Walking through the door feels like a stepping into an art deco boudoir, complete with oroginal dressing table, wardrobe and lace frillies galore.



I have wanted to buy a What Katy Did repro bra for a while and last week I finally bit the bullet…I know, pun intended…and popped into Dames to pick one out.

I know that many people buy their reproduction pieces on line I think it’s so important to support bricks and mortar stores. Besides, I’m quite a tactile shopper, I love the feel and try before I buy. I was so glad to have the lovely owner,Jacinta, on hand to help me select a style and size.


I ended up selecting the What Katy Did Maitresse Bullet bra.


 I also bought a matching black girdle and ordered a waist cincher.


I’m always tricky to fit as I am quite broad but not exceptionally busty, so I was slightly in between cup sizes. I ummed and ahhed between sizes- eventually selecting the larger cup size (because the satin fabric has very little give). I think going the bigger size may have been a mistake as it is a tinsy bit loose in the tip of the bullet.

The fit is fine underneath dresses, blouses and thick sweaters but it does look a little lumpy beneath a thin sweater. It is, however, extremely comfy, supportive and gives a nice silhouette. I will definitely get another very soon, and will order the smaller size…maybe in the padded version.


Dames of Distinction are open Tuesday to Saturday…so go check them out when you’re in town next.



Princess Pin curls