Vintage satin girdle styles include open-bottom, panty and all-in-one. After 1930, girdles incorporated more stretch fabric that provided control without the boning. Vintage styles after 1930 included satin elastic or combined satin with fabrics that provided more stretch.
Girdles were common wardrobe staples during the 1920s through the 1960s, and girdle styles changed with fashions. The open-bottom girdle typically featured four garters straps to which stockings attached. Some vintage satin styles featured fan laces, which allowed the wearer to tighten the garment by herself. Examples of this style had lacing on the front, back or sides of the garment, or in some combination of locations. Many of these also had boning and panels across the stomach, which fastened with buckles or clasps.
The all-in-one girdle looks like a close-fitting slip. It is a combination of a bra and girdle and can be either an open-bottom style or panty girdle.The panty or pull-on girdle often features satin front panels with elasticized sides and back. Panyy girdles and all-in-ones also have garters. This type of girdle generally covers from the mid-thigh to the waistline and has a side zipper.
Girdles in the 1950s style are usually shorter garments with lower waists and longer legs. These can be skirt-shaped or long-legged panty girdles, which work with the hourglass shape popular in 1950s-style clothing. Many of them are made of Lastex, or rubber latex yarn covered with mercerized cotton, and they also feature side or back zippers.