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Creepy or Classic? Flirty Babydolls for Every Body

  |   By Elisabeth Dale

I’ve always loved the look of flirty babydolls, but had no clue about the origin of the classic lingerie style until I wrote this post.

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The name is linked to the 1956 film, Baby Doll, directed by Elia Kazan. It’s based on the Tennessee Williams story of two feuding gin owners living in the deep South. Carroll Baker plays Baby Doll, virgin wife of a middle-aged man, who in 3 days time (her 20th birthday) must consummate their marriage. Baby Doll sleeps in a nursery bed, wears short baby doll dresses, and taunts the men with her sexuality. At the time, the controversial film was boycotted by Catholics and condemned by Time Magazine. (For more, see below.)

Today’s flirty babydolls haven’t lost any of their girly, sexy appeal. And the empire waist design flatters all boob sizes and body types.

Here are 12 modern-day versions of the lingerie babydoll, just in time for Valentine’s Day:

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Curvy Kate Ritzy Babydoll
Available in Bands 32-38, Cups E-HH
via Bare Necessities
 
 
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In Bloom by Jonquil Natalie Babydoll & G-String
Available in Sizes XS, S, M, L
via Nordstrom
 

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Freya Underwire Plunge Babydoll
Available in Bands 28-38, Cups D-G
via HerRoom
 
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Shirley of Hollywood Chopper Bar Lace & Net Babydoll
Available in Sizes S, M, L, XL
via HerRoom
 
 
flirty babydoll
 
 Hanky Panky Enchante Babydoll w/G-String
Available in S, M, L
via HerRoom
 
flirty babydolls
 
Parfait by Affinitas Kitty Babydoll
Available in Bands 30-40, Cups D-G
via Bare Necessities
 
flirty babydolls
 
Stretch Lace Babydoll
Available in 6 Colors, Sizes 1X to 6X
via Hips & Curves
 
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Elomi Maria Babydoll
Available in Bands 34-42, Cups E-H
via Bare Necessities
 
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Shirley of Hollywood Sheer Net Babydoll
Available in 5 colors, Sizes 1x to 3x
via HerRoom
 
flirty babydolls
 
Front Shelf Cup Babydoll
Available in Sizes 1x to 4X
via Hips & Curves
 
 
flirty babydolls 
Cleo by Panache Marcie Babydoll
Available in Band Sizes 28-38, Cups C-J
via HerRoom
 
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Caged Cup Babydoll
Available in Sizes 22/24, 26/28
via Lane Bryant
 
 

To see what Carroll Baker wore in the film, check out this trailer:

Have you ever worn a babydoll style dress or lingerie? What do you think of the history behind the name? Is it creepy or classic?

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