Making your stockings last
You will inevitably get runs in your stockings, but there is no need to throw them out! Here's a little guide on how to darn stockings from the 1930s. There is also another guide from the same era on how to "Make do & Mend," with instructions on how to make your stockings last longer.
When it comes down to washing your stockings, I recommend hand washing with Hosiery Mate and hang drying.
Stockings & garter belts: the bathroom predicament
Wearing a garter belt and stocking can become a tricky thing when nature calls. While flipping through a 1930s Sears catalog, I realized that the ladies back then wore their underwear over their garter belts. I have to tell you that this discovery changed my life, for now I am not spending twenty minutes trying to undo and redo everything in a tiny little stall.
Making your lipstick last
The one thing that made me apprehensive about red lipstick in the beginning was how to keep it on while I ate. Well, no worries about that! Here's what I do: Put a petroleum free lipgloss on before you start your whole make-up routine.* Put on your make-up, leaving your lipstick as the last thing. Blot any excess lipgloss, line your lips with a lipliner that matches your red lipstick, then fill in your lips. This base of lipliner keeps your lipstick locked to your lips. Apply your lipstick and then blot. (A lot of ladies swear that the key to locking in your lipstick is by applying with a lip brush, but I just apply it straight from the tube). Apply a second layer of lipstick and blot again. I swear by this application for sticking through a meal and drinks. It has been tested at weddings, bars and parties alike.
* The reason for petroleum free is because petroleum based glosses don't actually nourish your lips, they simply give your lips a top coat that does nothing to heal your dry lips. A great petroleum free lipgloss is Burt's Bees.
As far as which red lipstick to go with...there are many suggestion from vintage crazed ladies here, but I tend to stick with MAC's Russian Red. In my experience, this shade looks great on everyone. Unfortunately, they don't have a lip liner that matches with it exactly, so I use their shade "Cherry" when it comes to a lip pencil.
I always carry a handkerchief with me. They are great to have around, especially in this weather where the wind gives you sniffles. They are also great for cleaning up little messes and such. Someone told me once that her aunt said she always carried two hankies around - one for showin' and one for blowin'. Heehee.
Other stocking styles
If you are more into the flapper look, then you might want to skip the garter belt and go for rolled stockings. I'm sure there are shops that sell rolled stockings, but I don't know any off the top of my head. A good way to make them yourself is to buy thick hose and cut them at the thigh area. To keep them up, just use some nice sock garter (more fancy ones here). Another cute way to go with the flapper style is knee highs with ribbon around the top to fake the sock garter look. If want to completely skip any type of garter, these hold-ups are the best.
Hope these tips come in handy for your turkey day celebrations!
Next week: Part 5, Your Vintage Vanity