Mighty Life List
Jul 24 2008

Turning You On

Did you know it was possible to get blisters from a support garment? Like, long, water-filled girdle blisters across your back? The kind where you wake up, and something on your back itches, so you go to scratch it, and your hand comes away wet? Did you know this?

Yeah. Me neither.

28 Responses to “Turning You On”

  • Kate F. Says:

    …Wow. Actually, a week ago I’d have said I didn’t know that, but I wore a strapless dress for the first time ever over the weekend (bridesmaid) and that thing stabbed and rubbed all kinds of places. I didn’t get blisters but I did get bruises from things like the eyehook on top of the zipper. Gah.

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  • melissa Says:

    uh, yes. yes, i did. stupid long line bra + wedding dress + dancing all night = bruises and blisters.

    what a honeymoon!

  • Astrogirl426 Says:


    Learn something new every day, I say.

  • Spatula Says:

    Egads! Attack underwear – on my list of “let this cup pass from me.” Although like all women, I have had lots of attack shoes.

  • Dani Says:

    Ewwwww thanks for sharing!

    Actually my dream is someday finding the elusive comforatable and supportive and attractive undergarment. Saddly I have yet to find it but…

  • Wendy M Says:

    I almost threw up a little reading that, but yes, I did know. Everything gives me blisters,including the occassional body shaper. Gah!

  • Jenn Says:

    I stupidly wore an untested sports bra during my first half marathon. Seams and consequently blisters in rather unfortunate places.

  • Cathy C Says:

    Ya I knew this one – When you have boobs like my and wear a “harness” you get blisters and drippage in places you that most people would not..;)


  • sunny Says:

    They say, “Beauty is pain”, and in the movie Steel Magnolias, Dolly Parton said, “There is no such thing as natural beauty.”

  • Jessica Says:


    Reminds me of the evil spider bit I obtained in the Czech Republic that exploded while I was laying in bed….

    Enough grossness.

    Hope you feel better.

  • Steph Says:

    Oh great. Just gret. Next you’re going to be telling me that you can get blisters from other feminine widgets. Like vibrators.

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    Oh Maggie! I hope they weren’t Spanx! Spanx have been nothing but good to me…

  • Kim Says:

    Never wear Spanx with a hole to walk Greenlake in Seattle. I am now sporting a large, painful blister on the inside of my thigh. Yes, it was a solid 2.8 miles of rubbing and my only comfort now is wearing a bandaid for the last two days. It is a Batman bandaid, at least I can fantasize through my pain.

  • Sarah Says:

    Wow, I did not do that. I pinched myself by way of bra and it left a huge red bruisey looking thing. But never a blister

  • kim at allconsuming Says:

    What on earth is someone as gorgeous and glamorous as you doing wearing a girdle???

  • Lisa Paul Says:

    Here’s a tip which is also the ugly little secret of long distance power walkers. Slather with KY Jelly. Yes, it’s gross, but it absolutely prevents blisters. And don’t confine yourself to the obvious places like under your arms. The ridge of your backbone, the top of your hip, oh just EVERYWHERE.

  • Maggeh Says:

    I was wearing a girdle because I was wearing a vintage dress and I wanted it to lay right. Most of the 50s dresses are made to fit women wearing girdles and bullet bras.

  • Auntie Raina Says:

    My Gawd girl! Throw that damn thing away!

  • Emilou Says:

    Amen to Number 14. I had a very similar experience as a bridesmaid after an ungodly long reception. Foundation garment blisters are the suck.

  • Lindsay Says:

    True Story: I once went to bed lying on a heating pad (low heat!) with my bra on (oops!) and did the scratch-scratch-itchy-back-WET-FINGER! routine the next morning.

    Note to self and all readers of this comment:

    heating pad + metal hook on bra-strap + pressure & time continuum = blister on back!

  • Annie Says:

    I remember using lots (and lots) of ‘dusting powder’ in the 50’s and early 60’s to prevent rashes and blisters from undergarments. I wish I had known about “Caldesene” Protecting Powder back then . . . I’m sure it would have worked better than “Cashmere Bouquet”.

  • Tasha Says:

    That may be the yuckiest thing I’ve heard in a long time. However…it’s a good thing you’re sharing these yucky things. How else would we learn????? Thanks for the yuck, Maggie!

  • Jill Says:

    Oh, gag. Lovely image. Thanks for sharing. ;)

  • BOSSY Says:

    No Bossy didn’t know – but did *you* know it was possible to get a Urinary Tract Infection from yet another supportive undergarment? Bossy heard this from a friend at BlogHer.

    My, was that conference educational.

  • Hannah Says:

    I didn’t know about the blisters but I can tell you about bruises! My wedding dress had boning in it as it was a corset stylee top half I took it off and didn’t notice anything when i got into my pjams at the hotel i had bright red ribs when i got up the following morning i was very sore and bruised.

  • Carrie Says:

    I actually did know that – I had the same issue with thigh high nylons. Due to antiquated dress code, I had no wear nylons to work. I through that I was developing an allergy – maybe they were just the wrong size…

  • schmutzie Says:

    Ew. I was considering foundation garments of the supportive variety, but I think you’ve cured me of that for a while.