28 thoughts on “Turning You On

  1. Kate F.

    …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.

  2. melissa

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

    what a honeymoon!

  3. Spatula

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

  4. Dani

    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…

  5. Wendy M

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

  6. Jenn

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

  7. sunny

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

  8. Jessica


    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.

  9. Steph

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

  10. Kim

    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.

  11. Sarah

    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

  12. Lisa Paul

    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.

  13. Maggeh Post author

    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.

  14. Emilou

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

  15. Lindsay

    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!

  16. Annie

    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”.

  17. Tasha

    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!

  18. BOSSY

    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.

  19. Hannah

    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.

  20. Carrie

    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…

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