Retail Stores That Sell Girdles to Men
Most lingerie shops do not care to deal with male customers unless they are buying something for their wives. One reason cited is that the store does not have separate dressing rooms for men, and the managers feel that their female customers would be uncomfortable trying on intimate apparel with a man nearby. Another reason offered is that the salesladies know nothing about fitting a man with a girdle. Whatever the case, most shops just don't want men clientele.
Fortunately, however, there are a number of retail shops scattered around the world that delight in selling girdles to men. They don't care about gender, and they occasionally have a separate fitting area for men. These places, listed to the left and below, are fun places to visit, and I encourage you to patronize as many as you can. See also: How to Buy a Girdle in a Retail Store
Note: If you find any of the information below to be in error, please email me with the discrepancies.
Department stores will sell girdles to men, but their selections are meager, if at all. I have test driven girdles at Sears, Dillard's, and Foley's with absolutely no problems. The salesladies did not care what gender I was, but they all made sure I went to the men's dressing room to try on my selections. Three problems at department stores:
Retail Stores That Sell Girdles to Men.
Florence's Fashions is a very unique boutique in an old two-story house in the town of Wakefield, MA. It is so jamb packed with lingerie, that it is difficult to maneuver between the racks. This is a fascinating place to visit even if you don't buy anything.
Florence's used to be operated by a mother and daughter team, but Florence
passed away in 2000 and the store is now run solely by her daughter. Barbara
is an attractive lady totally unabashed about helping men purchase girdles
or anything else for that matter. Unfortunately, she did not have a good
supply of HWLLPGs the last time I visited (Spring 2001), and I walked
out empty-handed. Please be advised about the store hours: Closed Sun,
Mon, Tuesday. Open:Wed-Fri: 9:30-5pm, Saturday: 9:30-4pm. It is best to
call before you come out.
Other Cities in Massachusetts
Lady Grace Intimate Apparel
Here is an email from one of my visitors:
Lady Grace Intimate Apparel
Lady Grace Intimate Apparel
Frishman's is no longer in business. Sad to say, they closed their doors and their website on January 1, 2008. They are no longer available for sales, alterations, or advice.
Sally Ann Corset Salon
This shop is run by two very gracious and caring ladies, Cayla Bender and Avis Zimbler. They are are not interested in just selling you a garment; they want to make sure that what you buy "fits" properly. When you visit them to try things on, you definitely WILL try things on, and you will continue to try things on until they find the right garment for your body. While you are trying things, they monitor you as you don the garments, and they make appropriate suggestions as needed. They are completely unabashed with men in their store (but they do ask for a little discretion if there are women around). There are curtains over the dressing rooms, but unless there is a woman customer in the store, they stay open during your visit. I tried garments on for at least an hour and never had to close the drapes. My visit was truly a "fitting" experience.
Sally Ann Corset Shop also sells online at their web site: http://www.sallyanncorsetshop.com/.
Note: January, 2002: I have been told that Pauline's is no longer in business, and indeed, the phone has been disconnected.
Irene's Lingerie Shop
Web site: http://www.ireneslingerie.com/
Below is part of an email from a very gracious female reader of this
Written by Bobbi at the Girdles and More Forum:
I visited a store once in Phoenix. I believe the name was C&C. They
have several Phoenix locations, and I picked the one nearest the airport.
They did perhaps the best job of fitting me (a guy) that I have ever experienced,
and they seemed to have a fairly good selection.
June 20, 2005
Arlene's Corsetry is a very old lingerie shop nestled in the heart of Attleboro, MA, about 35 miles southwest of Boston and 10 miles north of Providence, RI. Caveat, there are at least 4 towns using the name Attleboro. It would be a good idea to create a map with Yahoo's MapQuest before you venture out there.
The store is run by Janice Laurie and her mother, Jean Carter, who both enjoy working with men. They are very cordial women who will put you at ease almost instantaneously. They even have a private area in the basement for men to try things on at their leisure so as to not interfere with female customers. Arlene's Corsetry has a robust selection of women's girdles: Rago, Smoothie, Exquisite Form, and others. Oh yes, prices here are very competitive, even with mail-order companies. Even though the store does not have a web site, Janice will accept phone orders.
Silver Spring, MD
Dor-Ne Corset Shoppe
Written by Roger at the Girdles and More Forum:
If you are in the Washington D.C. area, the Dor-Ne Corset Shoppe definitely fits the bill. Great selection,consistent courtesy, and excellent advice for their significantly male clientele.
Written by James at the Girdles and More Forum:
If you ever hit Toronto, you should visit Sophia's on Danforth Ave. It's a large lingerie shop that's been in business for several years. They have such a large selection, that other shops will refer clients to them. Also their yellow pages ad says "Lingerie for women and men", but I don't recall seeing much in the way of men's items in there. That's the store where I bought my first panty girdle. When I bought it, I told the clerk what I was looking for. She then rounded up a few examples and sent me to the change room. After a few tries, I found the girdle I wanted.