|While going through my ‘To Be Reviewed’ folder, I came across two outfits that had a lot of similarities in style and genre. Since I like them both, I decided to toss them both into the ring and let them fight it out in an underwear cage match! (Ok, maybe not so much.) Since both of them have very strong retro flair to them, one has the name already, AND I could easily imagine the iconic Bettie Page wearing either, I bring you – The Battle of the Betties!
The Contenders: In one corner, wearing the red satin panties, is underpinings power house Angel Dessous, and their offering, “Betty Vintage Rasberry!” And in the other corner… wearing red velvet panties, is The Gatsby Girl’s “Rose” in Ruby!
BRA – Gatsby Girl goes for a strong statement with a burned-velvet pattern. It’s beautiful, but is not curvy-friendly. Angel Dessous has a much simpler – yet still lovely – pattern to the fabric, which makes it wearable for a broader range of body types to enjoy. Although they are VERY similar, the cut on the Gatsby Girl bra “feels” more true-to-era, with its solid, unadorned straps. First Round is a draw!
PANTIES – The lines of the Gatsby Girl panties are fairly basic, and you can see a touch of white on the edges of the garment — but the Angel Dessous outfit doesn’t have the panties available as a separate item (they are built into the garter-belt), so this round must go to Gatsby Girl.
GARTER-BELT – The thick straps and angularity of the Rose garter-belt is sexy and clean. The lines to the Angel Dessous garter-belt are blocky and less flattering to a feminine shape, and the rear end just looks like a generic ‘satin texture’ was applied, rather than being highlighted in the right places. Round goes to Gatsby Girl.
STOCKINGS – Here again, Angel Dessous uses the ‘generic satin texture’ in a wide band on the stockings, which creates highlights and shadows that don’t make visual sense. The narrow band of lace beneath the satin is a beautiful and feminine touch as is the crimson back seam, and there’s the second version with variance in sheerness which adds value and options. Gatsby Girl’s Rose uses the burned velvet patterning, but here on the thigh, there’s no distortion and the beauty of the design shines. It has a contrasting black back seam for a very sexy touch. I prefer the realism of the garter clips here – it adds authenticity. Both have the stockings ending very high on the thigh – I would have preferred a just a wee bit lower. Round goes to Gatsby Girl.
GLOVES – Angel Dessous is known for the level of detail to their outfits and with Betty Vintage, they offer two different opacity levels on the gloves. The sheer pattern is a very delicate fabric that is feminine and sweet, and the solid is a vampish satin. A narrow border of lace accents the upper arm. Gatsby Girl does not offer gloves with their outfit. Round goes to Angel Dessous.
PRIM EXTRAS – Angel Dessous offers a very cute little prim bow to grace the back of the spine. Gatsby Girl does not have any prim extras. Round goes to Angel Dessous.
OVERALL TEXTURING – Both outfits have positives and negative, balancing each other out. Angel Dessous does go one step further and offers two different versions of of the whole outfit – one sheer and one more modestly solid. Round goes to Angel Dessous.
OVERALL STYLING – The ‘this is what Mrs. Cleaver wears after the Beaver has gone to bed’ styling of the Rose outfit perfectly captures the era. Round goes to Gatsby Girl.
PRICE/VALUE – Rose is 100L for 6 pieces (16.66 L per piece). Betty Vintage is 390L for 7 plus a prim bow for a total of 8 (48.75 L per piece). Round goes to Gatsby Girl.
COLOR AVAILABILITY – Rose is available in Ruby and Onyx. Betty Vintage is offered in Lavender, Cream, Red, Black, and Steel. Angel Dessous wins for flexibility of color availability. (They do not offer Betty Vintage on the Marketplace at this time.)
TATTOO FRIENDLINESS / LAYER FLEXIBILITY – Gatsby Girl’s Rose only has the panties on one layer (underwear) but offers the bra and garter-belt on two each. Angel Dessous’s Betty only offers the bra on one layer (shirt) and the combo undies/garter-belt on one layer (pants). Round goes to Gatsby Girl.
CURVY GIRL QUALIFIED – The burned-velvet patterning used by Gatsby Girl is beautiful… but wasn’t as curvy friendly as the more delicate patterning implemented by Angel Dessous. Round to Angel Dessous.
What’s “Just Right”: For pure retro style, the Gatsby Girl Rose ensemble really hits the mark. It’s got all of the design elements you would expect and stays true to its vision throughout. It takes some risks, fabric-wise, and for me, those risks didn’t work out – but on a less voluptuous figure, Rose would look stunning. The strength of the Angel Dessous ensemble is the delicacy of the fabric on the sheer version. While it’s less true to that vintage style visually, the line of the bra is just exquisite and is very well done.
What Could Use Improvement: The garter-belt of the Betty Vintage is the outfit’s Achilles heel. The generic ‘satin texture’ and design elements of the garter-belt were not flattering. Angel Dessous gets a serious scolding for combining the garter-belt and panty, and not offering the pieces as individual layers as well.
AND THE WINNER IS…. The Gatsby Girl’s Rose!
Photo & Model Details:
Model & Photographer: Sabella Fallen
Poses: The Vintage collection by Luth (In World / The Marketplace), Coy by Torridwear (In World / The Marketplace)
Props: Stage from the FetishCabaret MegaPack by (In World / The Marketplace)
Shoes: Shoes: Victorian Ankle Boot by Bettie’s Vintage (In World / The Marketplace)