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The Women's League of Health and Beauty is a fascinating organization founded by Prunella Bagot Stack in the 1930s to promote fitness amongst young women. Part of their appeal was the natty uniform of a white rayon satin blouse and tiny black satin shorts. Uniforms are rare, and here is one!

The blouse is made of sturdy rayon satin. It has very 30s detailing - a little collar with rounded ends, two darts on each shoulder at the front, and two long darts to improve the fit at the back. There is an eyelet hole centre front for some sort of badge. A long strip of fabric extends from the bottom of the back (see picture 3) and is designed to tuck between the legs and through a hole at the front of the blouse - making it a precursor of the 'bodysuit'. It should stop it from coming untucked! On the gusset is also a WLHB label, indicating that this unform was officially manufactured, and not home made.

It comes with its little black cotton sateen shorts, or knickers, with elasticated waist. Such an incredible set! Name tag for W. Lander on the bottom hem.

Also with the suit is a silver leather strip with little WLHB studs. I think this was somehow worn at the neckline to show off your awards. Lots of pictures of the WLHB on the web - take a look!

Bust 34" max
Waist up to 30" (but you need room to wriggle in!)

waist stretches from 24" to 37" full stretch - remember you need to get your bottom through!
Hips: up to 40"
Leg holes: 22" around

Condition: Shorts are excellent with no flaws. Blouse is very good and has been carefully washed, but does have a few small marks. Most of them are visible on the inside but barely discernible on the outside. The occasional pale spot, particularly on the gusset strip, and the tiniest amount of underarm marking (amazing there isn't more). There is also a pink mark on the inside at waist level (lipstick?) which shows very, very slightly through to the outside. All in all, for a suit that was worn for exercise, it's amazingly good!

1930s Women's League of Health and Beauty uniform / Rare WLHB blouse, knickers and badges