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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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xx

Princess Pin curls