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THE HISTORY OF THE CATSUIT

February 20, 2020

THE HISTORY OF THE CATSUIT

 

As you can probably tell we’re a tad Catsuit obsessed over here at Burnt Soul so we’ve decided to spread some knowledge and give you a bit of the history of the catsuit and what makes it the perfect wardrobe essential.


It all started with a 19th-century gymnast, Jules Leotard who needed athleisure that would let him perform at his best and look fabulous for his female admirers and so as you guessed... the Leotard was born! This was an immediate success for athletes and dancers, although most likely in scratchy wool rather than sassy iridescent, sequinned and colourful lycra we have here today...imagine doing Aerial in a thick knitted bodysuit!


Trapeze and Gymnast performers in Catsuits in the Circus in 1900's Poster, Jules LeotardImages: 1900's Circus and Trapeze Posters
  

Then suddenly the 1940s came around and pop culture was introduced to Catwoman as a pioneering femme fatale and leading role. She owned her sex appeal in a full catsuit over the years, complete with a whip as her weapon of choice and helped turn the humble bodysuit into the amazing symbol of girl power that it remains today.

Anne Hathaway, Catwoman, Comic Book, Batman, Femme Fatal, Siren Catsuit

Images left to right: Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Catwoman Costumes throughout the ages, Siren Full Back Catsuit

 


The 60s was when the catsuit properly strutted into the Fashion world with an aim to stay. With the invention of Spandex in the late 50s, women began to embrace body-hugging one-pieces for style and comfort (and have you ever felt comfier than in our Siren Catsuit?) Unitards were now being seen on celebrities, high fashion runways, discos and everywhere in between. We’re thinking Rebel Catsuit...friday night...roller disco...perfection!

Space Age 60's Fashion Catsuit, Rebel Catsuit, Yoga 80's Dance wear Workout ClothingImages left to right: Richard Avedon 1965, The Rebel Catsuit, 80's Dance Athleisure

The beloved Catsuit has continued to flourish through the fashion and athleisure world, Becoming flared in the 70s, brighter and tighter with the 80s and reclaiming a dark, dominatrix edge in the 90s. We’ve admired them over the years on our ultimate crushes Britney, J-Lo, Kill Bill and our fave Lizzo to name a few and equally on the most fashion-forward men like Elvis, Bowie, Freddie Mercury and the entire X-men team.  


Lizzo Performing, David Bowie's Fashion Jumpsuit, Freddie Mercury and Queen in a Sequin Glitter CostumeImages left to right: Lizzo rocks a mesh Catsuit on stage, The iconic David Bowie, Freddie Mercury performs in full chainmail sequinned Catsuit.

Our signature contouring panels and smoothing fabrics combined with our eye-catching prints put Burnt Soul firmly on the Catsuit map...we love nothing more than seeing you all at festivals and parties dressed to the nines in the best of Burnt Soul, so keep those #burntsoulselfie’s coming to be a part of Catsuit history! 

Festival Photos wearing Catsuits, Glitter, Sequins, Coachella, Glastonbury, Hooping, Aeriel

Images clockwise: @dear_mummy, Mel B in the Joan Collins Catsuit, Catsuit Amnesty, @meganjaneboyes in Custom Burnt Soul, @glitter_squirrel, Catsuit Amnesty, @lycra80sparty, @della_j_rush, Siren Catsuit, Rebel Catsuit

 
Let us know in the comments your first catsuit memory, whether that’s your first time wearing one and what mischief you got up to or seeing your idols wear one!




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Sizing
Ladies sizing chart
 Size Bust in Inches

Bust in CM

Waist in Inches
Waist in CM
Hips at widest part in Inches Hips at widest part in CM
UK 4-6 31 79 24 61 34 86
UK 6-8 33 84 26 66 36 91
UK 8-10 35 89 28 71 38 96.5
UK 10-12 37 94 30 76 40 102
UK 12-14 40 102 33 84 43 109
UK 14-16 43 109 36 91 46 117
UK 16-18 46 117 39 99 49 124
UK 18-20 50 127 43 109 53 135
UK 20-22 54 137 47 119 57 145
Taking the correct measurements

When measuring your bust and hips, make sure its on the widest parts (i.e. not under the bust or on the hip bone). Measurer your waist at the smallest point just above your belly button.

For sizing information tailored to specific fabrics and styles please read the various info tabs within the products. For more information on fit you can also check out our blog, Burnt Soul Sizing - The perfect fit.

If you're looking to make changes to a current design then see our Customise your Catsuit product for more info.

Ladies conversion size chart
 UK US EU AUS
UK 4-6 0-2 US 32-34 EU 4-6 AUS
UK 6-8 2-4 US
34-36 EU
6-8 AUS
UK 8-10 4-6 US
36-38 EU
8-10 AUS
UK 10-12 6-8 US
38-40 EU
10-12 AUS
UK 12-14 8-10 US
40-42 EU
12-14 AUS
UK 14-16 10-12 US
42-44 EU
14-16 AUS

Kids size chart
Babies 6-9 months 9-12 months 12-18 months 18-24 months
Height 29"/74cm 30.5"/78cm 32"/82cm 33.5"/86cm
Chest 18.25"/46.5cm 19"/48.5cm 20"/50.5cm 20.75"/52.5cm
Hips 18.5"/47cm 19.25"/49cm 20"/51cm 21"/53cm 

Kids 2-3 Years 3-4 years 4-5 years 5-6 years 6-7 years 7-8 Years 8-9 Years 9-10 Years 10-11 Years
Height 34.5"/87.5cm 37.5"/95cm 40.5"/103cm 43.5"/110.5cm
46.5"/118cm
49.5"/126cm 52.5"/133.5cm 55.5"/141cm 58.5"/146cm
Chest 21"/53.5cm 22"/56cm 23"/58.5cm 24"/61cm 25"/63.5cm 26"/66cm 26.75"/68cm 27.5"/70cm 28.25"/72cm
Hips 21.5"/54.5cm 22.25"/56.5cm 23.25"/59cm 24.25"/61.5cm 25.25"/64cm 26.25"/66.5cm 27.25"/69cm 28.75"/73cm 30"/76cm