Holiday Gift Guide: Lingerie Inspired by Agent Carter

In some respects choosing pieces for the Agent Carter gift guide to accompany the Agent Carter editorial has been the easiest of the three, because at the time her story is set (late 1940s moving into the 1950s), women’s lingerie was starting to take on the shapes we’re familiar with today: underwire bras, garments like girdles and waist cinchers with elastic and stretch, two-piece bra-and-knicker lingerie sets, and nylon stockings, which were making a comeback after shortages during World War II. The most popular lingerie colors were ivory and a pale peachy-pink, though black lingerie was also surging in popularity. I thought it would be fun to throw a little red and blue into the mix too– Peggy’s loyal to her native UK and her adopted USA, after all.

Peach Bettie Pyjamas by Betty Blue's Loungerie, XS-XL

Peach Bettie Pyjamas by Betty Blue’s Loungerie, XS-XL

Louisa Tap Pants and Bralette by Angela Friedman

Louisa Tap Pants and Bralette by Angela Friedman

What Katie Did Retro Corselette, 32-36 B-F, 38 B-DD

What Katie Did Retro Corselette, 32-36 B-F, 38 B-DD

Mimi Holliday Deadly Nightshade, sizes 28-40 and cup sizes D-GG (depending on band size)

Mimi Holliday Deadly Nightshade, sizes 28-40 and cup sizes D-GG (depending on band size)

My Retro Closet Peggy Bed Jacket in Signature Red

My Retro Closet Peggy Bed Jacket in Signature Red, one size

Playful Promises Ada Peach Embroidered Shell Bra, 32-36 DD-G

Playful Promises Ada Peach Embroidered Shell Bra, 32-36 DD-G

All Undone Did Balconette Bra, 28-34 DD-GG

All Undone Didi Balconette Bra, 28-34 DD-GG

Dottie's Delights Show-Off Sheer Show Bra (32-34 A-F, 36 A-E, 38 B-DD), Garter Belt (XS-3X), and Panty (XS-XXL)

Dottie’s Delights Show-Off Sheer Show Bra (32-34 A-F, 36 A-E, 38 B-DD), Garter Belt (XS-3X), and Panty (XS-XXL)

Falbala Military Corporal Stripe Stockings, S/M-M/L

Falbala Military Corporal Stripe Stockings, S/M-M/L

Kitty Bra and Brief by Sculptresse, 34-36 E-H, 38 E-HH, 40 DD-HH, 42-46 D-HH

Kitty Bra and Brief by Sculptresse, 34-36 E-H, 38 E-HH, 40 DD-HH, 42-46 D-HH

Amoralle Sapphire Robe, S-L

Amoralle Sapphire Robe, S-L

Cacique Lace Panel Hip Slip (also in Red), 12, 14/16, 18/20, 22/24, 26/28

Cacique Lace Panel Hip Slip (also in Red), 12, 14/16, 18/20, 22/24, 26/28

What Katie Did Union Flag Corset, 18-30", including full bust option

What Katie Did Union Flag Corset, 18-30″, including full bust option

Dita Von Teese Hollywood Calling Dressing Gown, S-L

Dita Von Teese Hollywood Calling Dressing Gown, S-L

Claudette Paramour Bra, 30-38 A-G

Claudette Paramour Bra, 30-38 A-G

Panache Idina Bra and High-Waist Brief, 30-38 D-J, XS-XXL

Panache Idina Bra and High-Waist Brief, 30-38 D-J, XS-XXL

Ohh Lulu Midnight Velvet Longline Bralette and Brief, XS-XL (plus custom)

Ohh Lulu Midnight Velvet Longline Bralette and Brief, XS-XL (plus custom)

Rago Firm Shaping Body Briefer in Red and Black, 34-40 B-DD

Rago Firm Shaping Body Briefer in Red and Black, 34-40 B-DD

What Katie Did Glamour Waist Cincher, 4-14

What Katie Did Glamour Waist Cincher, 4-14

Christine Lingerie Classic PJ, S-XL

Christine Lingerie Classic PJ, S-XL

Unique Vintage Black Coquette Stretch Slip, XS-XL

Unique Vintage Black Coquette Stretch Slip, XS-XL

Playful Promises Cordelia Bra, 28-36 DD-G

Playful Promises Cordelia Bra, 28-36 DD-G

Kiss Me Deadly Sheer Beige Backseam Stockings, S/M-M/L

Kiss Me Deadly Sheer Beige Backseam Stockings, S/M-M/L

Bravissimo Garbo Basque, 30-38 F-K

Bravissimo Garbo Basque, 30-38 F-K

Elomi Raquel Bra and Brief, 34 G-JJ, 36 E-JJ, 38-42 DD-JJ, 33 DD-G and M-4XL

Elomi Raquel Bra and Brief, 34 G-JJ, 36 E-JJ, 38-42 DD-JJ, 33 DD-G and M-4XL

What Katie Did Tap Pants and Padded Bullet Bra, 6-14, 32 A-F, 34-36 A-E, 38 B-D

What Katie Did Tap Pants and Padded Bullet Bra, 6-14, 32 A-F, 34-36 A-E, 38 B-D

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