Clothes of the Seventies, Sizzler

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Description: Very short dress with matching panties. The dress was suppose to just short enough that you could see the bottom of the panties. I had a brown with with polka dot with a collar that was with with brown polka dots. The panty was the same color as the collar-white with brown polka dots.
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JESSICA - March 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Stacy - August 06, 2008 - Report this comment
O.K. So the sizzler struck my intrest when a woman I work with was telling a story about them. I felt the need to see what they look liked and WOW! So were they really worn just like that no shorts or pants???
mike - September 19, 2008 - Report this comment
stacy-tell me more!
mike - October 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I might have been mistaken about the date, perhaps they came to the florida area at a later date. can someone remember if they were mainly short or long sleeved? were they mainly worn by much younger girls(13-15) years old or did high school and older also wear them? answer to stacy-a sizzle dress was known for having similar "panties" as the dress material.
Theresa - December 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Sizzler's came out in 71,72. Not real sure about the year. But I remember I was 15, And wore them alot. Bought one with my babysitting money ,every week.I never remember seeing a long sleeve one.And I do remember an 18 year old neighbor borrowing one of mine to wear out! So yeah, older girls wore them too.
mike - December 16, 2008 - Report this comment
Thanks to Theresa for your comments.Now,a question,Iseem to recall those outfits being called "bikini dresses" - was sizzler a more common name? Also what were the most popular fabrics used,I remember a nylon material?
Donna - May 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm so happy to have found this site. I've been trying to remember what these dresses were called, and it was "sizzler." I had a white one with little flowers all over it. Loved it! I think they were mostly made from cotton knits, and many of them also has tiny holes on them similar to an eyelet pattern. I was either a sophomore or junior in high school when I had mine. They weren't necessarily as short as some have said, though. Mine was down to my fingertips.
dee dee - June 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember wearing these, and we called them "sizzler suits" I was in 4th, 5th grade, and remember the teenagers wearing them. They were outlawed at school after they got popular.
Linda - June 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore them sometime between 70 & 74 when I was in high school. I loved them. They were skin tight & very, very short (like all the dresses we wore then) but you didn't have to worry about bending over or showing your underwear because there were matching panties. Mine is yellow with bright-colored splotches & long sleeves. I still have it & was surprised it still fit when I tried it on at 30 (after 2 babies & then twins). I weighed 100 lbs until I was in my mid 20s. Most of today's kids are MUCH heavier than we were & don't seem to care when fat hangs out of their clothes or if they have bulges. If it was unsightly, we covered it up!
joe - July 09, 2009 - Report this comment
The school I atttended had a dress code that required girls to wear dresses. This was the early to mid seventies. A few of the girls wore sizzlers,always with pantyhose. One girl had a few sizzlers in her wardrobe, would wear normal panties instead of the matching ones. Modesty was not part of her agenda as her butt and crotch were on display quite often. No wonder I enjoyed school.
mike - July 20, 2009 - Report this comment
still wondering why I remember a sizzler being called a "bikini dress" ,especialy in Florida, when sizzler seems to be most common. I can well understand why joe enjoyed school,kind of surprised that a teacher,etc. didn,t say something to her.Wonder what grade that was?
joe - July 26, 2009 - Report this comment
This is answering Mike's question about my previous comment. This was in high school and the girl I mentioned was a senior. It is pretty amazing how brazen some of the dresses the girls wore and nothing was ever said as far as I know. I remember boys getting sent home for a t- shirt with something inappropriate on it, but no girl was sent home because her dress was too short.
mike - August 27, 2009 - Report this comment
come on,someone must know why there was a differance (sp?) in the terminolgy-re."sizzler" and "bikini" dress! like I mentioned earlier perhaps this was due to regional usage. Also was the wearing of pantyhose with them widespread? Thanks to everyone for their input!
goldencorral - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
outfit for fatties
mike - September 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Been waching tennis on t.v.,sure looks like a sizzle dress and a tennis dress are similar.Anybody else see the similarity?Anything from anyone regarding the name sizzler and bikini dress?
Francis - September 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Enough about bikini dress. They were called sizzlers.
Annie - September 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore sizzlers for the short time they were popular,if I recall a young womens clothing store chain did promote them as a "bikini" dress.My group most always wore sheer pantyhose with them to school,on dates etc,and we went without hose when shopping,etc. Some of mine were a polyester knit and some were a smooth nylon acetate fabric, always very tight and very short. Yes, they do sort of look like a tennis dress especialy when you get a glimpse of the panties!
Jean - September 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore Sizzlers in 6th grade. Our school also had a policy of girls only wearing dresses but when Sizzlers became popular we were finally allowed to wear slacks!
Annie - October 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Gosh, I wish I still had one of my sizzlers,I'd wear it now and then,does anyone else have one they still wear? My last sizzle dress didn't survive a trip to the beach and me playing in the water with it on.My boyfriend back then said I looked sexy in my wet dress.
mike spidell - November 05, 2009 - Report this comment
id bang someone in this !
Kathy - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore a shiny lime green sizzler with the matching panties in Jr. High in 1971-72. Can't believe I wore something so short, but I didn't have the thighs and booty back then...
Jeannie - January 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm 50 and still small enough to wear a Sizzler. Please someone tell me where to find one. Mine were lost over the years.
Nancy - March 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I just found the site and would like to give my story. My mother would not allow us me or my sister have a sizzler. She made us a dress (about 3 inches longer that a sizzler) with matching panties and we were happy.
Guy Smiley - March 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Nancy,I could listen to you talk about panties all day, Ggrrrll... (salivating)
Roberto - March 31, 2010 - Report this comment
My wife wore sizzler dresses in the seventys. She had a lot because I bought them for her. She looked hot, even after 2 kids. She wore them as they were made to be worn, with the matching panties. But when she added white go-go boots, everyone noticed, especially when we went to the golf driving range. When she would swing the club the dress would swing out giving everyone a good look at the panties.
Roberto - March 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Mary Quant designed several sizzler dresses and other 70's type clothes for girls and women.
mike - April 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Found Nancys story about sizzle dresses interesting,I guess a few inches at the hem made the dress o.k. with her mom! I recall seeing long sleeved sizzlers for sale in K-Mart, anybody remember long sleeved sizzlers elsewhere?
mike - April 11, 2010 - Report this comment
My wife is 53 years old and has a about a dozen original sizzlers from the seventies. Looks as good today in them as she did when were dating back 35 years ago!!! Has several pair of original platform shoes she wears with them. She always wears pantyhose with them. She's smokin' hot in her long-sleeved leopard print one. All of her sizzler"s are either nylon or acetate jersey. Any other hot 50-somethings still wearing them?
Georgia Mike - April 12, 2010 - Report this comment
To clarify, I'm the Mike above dated 4-12-2010. Wife read the blog and was flattered by my comments. She goes to the gym 3 times a week and watches her diet; the reward is looking good in sizzlers and other outfits. She mainly wears sizzlers for me; so I find opportunities for her to wear them out. Kinda exhibitionist, I suppose. But if you look good in a sizzler, flaunt it. One of our favorite things to do is going to a smoke-free nightclub in Atlanta that has a "disco 70's" night. Women half my wife's age come up and compliment her look and even offered to buy a sizzler from her if she was getting rid of any. No way! Anyway, long live the "sizzler". My wife would like to read stories about other women still enjoying wearing sizzlers.
czarina - April 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I wore a sizzler to my first concert when I was 14, I bought it with my babysitting money. I loved it, they came in all styles, long sleeves, short sleeves, halter top. My Mom even had a heringbone one and she was 35 at the time.
Kitty - May 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I was a 70's Sizzler beauty, and I wore mine with Buffalo shoes .. and no stockings !. And now I'm sharing the stories with my 13 yr. old daughter, which is the youngest of the 3 , thanks for the stories!
FL. Mike - June 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Enjoyed reading your comments- re. your wife wearing sizzle dresses when you go out.Sure wish I could see her in that leopard print sizzler! Hope you dont get rid of any dresses as you stated you get offers sometimes. Long live the sizzler! I would guess they will never be in fashion again-too bad!
lynne - July 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I had 2 sizzler's. They were short. One was red and white polka dot and the other a nice mellow [not noisy] floral. Both were silky smooth material, but I do not know what kind of material. Also yes, they were worn with nylons. At thet time everyone wore nylons....bare legs were un heard of. I did NOT like dresses, am a Live/jean girl, but I Loved my sizzler's. I believe I wore them when I was about 16-18 "about". They were adorable! Happy Hunting - I just looked them up because my husband said he never heard of them, so I am trying to find a picture of one now....I have clothes from WAY back then wrapped, but no sizzlers! The original suede fringed hippy/western jackets. I was/am cowgirl.
george - July 23, 2010 - Report this comment
My wife & I loved the sizzlers.She bought hers at Lerners.She had aboout 20 or 30.She almost always wore skintight white panties,not the ones with the dress.We got alot of looks from men at the mall in G'ville,Fla.The stockboys at Publix would follow her waiting for her to bend over.She was in her late 20's and was well built.She has always dressed very sexy.Some people think she is a slut,but she's not she just likes to show off & please me & other guy's.She a RN and still looks good.
Gizzy - August 04, 2010 - Report this comment
My girlfriend had a purple and white sizzler outfit, that 38 years later stays in my mind. I can't figure out how her parents let her wear it. Perhaps they understood anything else she wore wasn't going to be on very long any way.
Tommy T. - September 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Back in the 70s, my girlfriend would wear her Sizzler dresses everywhere we went. Her little size one body would look great in them. My favorites on her were the multi-colored and flowered ones. She never liked wearing the panties that came with the dresses. She said the panties didn’t fit her butt right so she would buy regular underwear to match the outfits. On those few occasions when she had to bend over, it didn’t really worry her or me much because; they looked so much like the panties that came with the outfit. I always did wonder if anyone who caught a glimpse of what was under her dress knew they were just plain cotton or silk panties. What a great style they were. I’m sure the girls today would look great in them. Would love to see them come back in style.
Sammi - September 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember the sizzler suits and I have often told my daughter of them. I loved the suits because I had to up and down the stairs at school and the boys would stand under the stairs to look up the girls dresses and I always felt a sense of protection that they couldn't see my underwear just the matching pants. They always seemed much sexier than those nothing shorts that girls wear now.
Fl. Mike - September 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I find the use of "Sizzle suit' to be interesting since they were really a dress. Could this be regional terminolgy similar to earlier posts about Bikini Dress? and Sizzler? Comments! Also was the wearing of pantyhose with a Sizzler very common?
Annie - November 14, 2010 - Report this comment
A sizzle dress (with matching panties) was often refered to as a "sizzle set" from what I remember.Pantyhose were almost always worn with them ,bare legs were years away! This was often a new experience for many girls who had never worn hose before.Even longer stockings showed too much bare leg so pantyhose were the solution.
Beverly - November 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember wearing Sizzlers in junior high, 1973 to 1975. By the time I got to high school in fall 1975 they weren't in style anymore. I kept trying to think of the name, and tonight I finally remembered they were called Sizzlers. I don't remember ever seeing one with long sleeves. These were dresses you wore when the weather was nice. We'd wear regular underwear, then nylons, then the matching sizzler (panty) on top of the nylons. They were adorable. I think all of mine were with a flower print. We never worried about bending over because it was more cover than a bikini bottom was.
Georgia Mike - December 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Will be setting up a Flickr photo site soon! To of course, display pictures of the wife in her sizzler's! All public pictures; out at restaurants and our favorite casual weekend activity, antique shopping in and around Atlanta. Love having her bend over to look at something and well, you know! Long live the "SIZZLER"!!!!!
Fl Mike - December 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Answering Ga. Mike- Really looking forward to the photo site you mentioned,I hope you can get it set up soon! I guess you will have a great source of photos to post-I can't wait! I wonder if others share our facination with the sizzler? Please reply with any additional thoughts,etc.
Georgia Mike - December 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Go to Youtube and type in Banacek Series two opening. My wife has almost the exact sizzler the girl is wearing getting out of the limo with George Peppard. When we were dating back in the day, she wore it with pantyhose and platform shoes at least twice a month. Sometimes, she is wearing it when I come home from work (2010) and we have a romantic dinner by candlelight. WOW!!!
fl. mike - December 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Thank you for the tip on the girl wearing a sizzler in Banacek-really looked great! Hope you are progressing on setting up that Flickr photo site you mentioned in an earlier post. The fact that your wife wears a sizzler and pantyhose ocasionally sounds like a great way to end a day! Please keep in touch-Long live the "SIZZLER"!!!!!
paul - January 08, 2011 - Report this comment
i bought my wife 1, whenwe were datin in 1972! she was the 1St in our area to have 1! It was red & white! She drove all the guys crazy!
Kirsty - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm 20 now and my mom always gave me a hard time in high school about my skirts being too short. I was thrilled when my Grandma informed me about my mom's Sizzlers. She had a hard time with that argument after I found out she used to show matching panties. I bought one for myself yesterday at a thrift store and I can't wait to show my mom! By the way, these outfits would NEVER fly these days in a high school. You'd get sent home, for sure!
Georgia Mike - January 28, 2011 - Report this comment
The wife finally opened a Flickr account. Type in The Jersey Girl. The picture is about 2 years old. Recently bought a new camera. Hope to resume our routine of antique shopping and our favorite diner, so she can get back to her "PDS" (public display of sizzler's)!!!! Will take lots of pictures.
FL. MIKE - January 29, 2011 - Report this comment
I have tried MANY times to open The Jersey Girl Flickr account with no luck!I can get the web page ok with hundreds of photos,but nothing in any of the photos seems to be about or show a sizzler! HELP Cant wait for your new photos. Got any ideas about faster communications. Please reply, I like your PDS idea.
Georgia Mike - February 09, 2011 - Report this comment
My wife changed her Flickr account name to Sizzler Girl. You go to Flickr and go to people search and type in sizzler girl. Not photos or groups but people. She would love to get comments. Hope to add more photos soon and maybe someone could start a Flickr group devoted to the "SIZZLER"
FL. mike - February 11, 2011 - Report this comment
Hi ga.mike Finally got onto Sizzler Girl-its great!Looking forward to more photos soon.
Fl, Mike - March 15, 2011 - Report this comment
HI Ga. Mike @ wife-Looking forward to more pictures,especially that long sleeved sizzler you mentioned in an earlier post!I sure wish more people would comment about sizzlers, too bad they arn`t 'in style" at this time. I`ll keep checking sizzler girl for any updates or photos from you all_write soon!
jane - April 11, 2011 - Report this comment
iI remember the two sizzlers I wore back in jr. high school days-looking at some old photos now.One was short-sleeved with a v neckline and the other had long sleeves and a scoop neck and tie-back straps and were they short! I used to ride my bike wearing them,kind of a show-off but I liked doing it,usually never lacked for company! Both dresses were in a flowered print material that was made out of a shiny nylon fabric,the panties were snug around the legs and had a high waistline.I never wore them to school or with pantyhose as I had a nice tan from going to the beach.White heeled sandals went well with them, and of course long,flowing hair! No wonder I never lacked a bike riding companion! Wish I could relive those days!
Amy G - April 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a sizzler dress in 71, 72. It was a shiny silky material with a swirly design. They were VERY short so the deal was to show the matching bottoms, which looked more like panties than the underwear I wore under it. I wore boots most of the time with it, it was a fun relaxed time back then.
Jessi - April 29, 2011 - Report this comment
My mother used to have TONS of sizzlers, they were the bulk of her wardrobe haha! She actually caused a car accident while walking across the street in one when she was about 20 years old! That story always cracks me up!
Kate - May 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a green one with little white flowers and the matching panties. Its funny I don't remember shaving my legs, maybe I was too young. But I remember getting alot of attention in high school LOL
Amber - May 23, 2011 - Report this comment
They sound really cute, but I don't think you could wear one to school anymore, they measure the length of your skirt or dress, bummer.
Georgia Mike - June 11, 2011 - Report this comment
The wife changed her Flickr name again. Don't ask me why. It's now: hot for sizzler. She calms that she wasn't getting any comments. She said with more comments she would post more photo's. She want's to know if more women out there still wear one occasionally. I say "long live the sizzler" !!!!
Georgia Mike - June 11, 2011 - Report this comment
CLAIMS not calms !!! See above. Should have used spell check!! By the way, she said it would be cool to start a Flickr group dedicated to the sizzler dress. It takes at least 2 or more to form one.
Jane - July 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Forth of July - I used to have a sizzler that had little red firecrackers printed on the white nylon material plus ,of cource, the matching panties.Boys used to like flipping my dress up and saying BOOM! I made like I wasnt pleased , but it didnt bother me,also I wore knee high white boots with that dress-I felt sexy in that outfit,wish I still had a photo of those past days. Cant remember if I wore pantyhose ,probably did-this was in the mid 70s.
Robin Carr - August 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I wore them back in the 70's too. I think I got them from Mervyns or Simmons. Had two or three, one one long sleaved, bluist and gray with elephants. The other was a red paisly. Oh Georgia Mike I cann find your wife's pictures
patti cook - August 19, 2011 - Report this comment
was laughing that so many people remember these dresses...i remember the girls would even wear them to church!and i believe that most were worn w/ pantyhose...even in the summer first!!!
Brenda H - September 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm so glad I found somebody that remembers the Sizzler. I told my daughters about them for years and of course they couldn't picture their mom in them. I had a few sizzlers and loved them all but my favorite was my wet-look royal blue halter sizzler. I was in 9th grade....going up the stairs at school and not caring if they saw the panties seemed a little devilish. Mine was just long enough to cover the very bottom of the pantie while staring still....but they banned them at school by the end of the school year.
Colleen - September 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I told my daughter about these and now her and a friend want them to wear for Halloween, anyone know where I can get some?
Robin Carr - September 15, 2011 - Report this comment
If you can sew, there are patterns on eBay
FL, Mike - October 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Hi to Ga. Mike & wife-Hope all is well , havnt heard from you all for awhile! Anything new about posting more sizzler photos? Cant find you on flickr anymore,cant believe someone isnt posting a photo or comment! By the way, that curtain or drapery that you were posing in front of would make a great sizzler dress material! Please let us know whats going on!!!!!
Dawn struck brenner - November 11, 2011 - Report this comment
Mine was shiny purple with white dots. Collar was white with purple dots and panties were the same. Too cute! That was 40 years ago!
Neil S - November 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember my girlfriend wearing these in high school. She could sew and made several of her own. She had long slender legs so they looked great on her but I never wanted her to go out wearing one unless I was with her!
Fl. Mike - December 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Anybody remember any store ads about sizzlers? They were probably advertized in the early 70s Also,under sizzle dress there is a picture of a person wearing one.Hi to Ga. Mike and wife, miss your posts(and photos) Long live the sizzler!
Angel - January 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember the sizzler. My favorite sizzler was red with small blue velvet flowers...We were them in the summer with sandals bare legged.
JoAnn S. - February 13, 2012 - Report this comment
My mom really didnt like me wearing a sizzler to school, even if others did. I sure wore one every where else, usually braless with white sandals.I had about 5 or 6 ,most were smooth nylon fabric, some were short sleeves and some long,flutter sleeves.Most of mine had tie-back straps(they helped to keep your boobs from jiggling)!
Patricia V. - March 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a purple and white sizzler. I am trying to locate one anywhere. I found a pattern to make one also.
Ann - April 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Had a sizzler dress in 75, when I was a 7th grade student @ El Sausal Jr. High in Salinas, California. I am pretty sure my mom bought it @ The Clothes Hanger, on Main in Salinas, which at the time was THE place for fashionable clothing at the time. They also sold Dittos, Cheap Jeans (brand and Chemin De Fer jeans which were all very popular brands at the time. I loved my sizzler dress and wore it often although sans pantyhose which made the panty fit weird, so it was bare tanned legs for me. I believe I wore it with some Sbicca (sp?) platform sandals. HOT! As gas as ages were concerned I'm pretty sure girls from 7th through 12th grades were wearing these dresses at that time. It was a fad that blazed fast and hot. They were super popular for a year or so, the. Just faded away. They were really cute though and girls with nice legs often received much attention in the form of long looks and a few wolf whistles. Maybe that's why they didn't last long. Funny how even though they were super short they looked so cute and feminine girls routinely wore these to church. Thanks for the memories!
KarenT - April 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I wore lots of sizzler dresses. I made them and loved them. I had a purple crushed velvet one that I made with big bell sleeves With matching bikini of course. One of my favorite dresses in High School, 1974 grad. I have long legs and loved to show them off. Or course, my boyfriend loved it too at the time.
Katydidd - April 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a polyester sizzler dress around '73-'74, yellow background with a black and white print; my sister had a blue printed one. I also sewed a pink gingham one from a pattern and it was adorable!
Fl. Mike - May 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Wish I could find a sizzler in an old Sears or ? catalog , I really enjoyed seeing them, maybe someone has some old pictures or information there is not a lot on the internet. Does anyone recall a movie with a sizzler in it_I remember a Banacek episode.
Betty - May 31, 2012 - Report this comment
I just uploaded a picture of me in 1975 wearing a sizzler
Fl. Mike - June 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Hi Betty I sure would like to see your sizzler dress photo ,please tell me how to view it! Thank you in advance. What state are you in ,some places a sizzler was called a"bikini dress.
Betty - June 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Mike-I uploaded it here yesterday. The message said it would take a couple of days to appear. I live in Ohio
Ida - June 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember them very well but I didn't have the pleasure of wearing one because in those days girls who were on the heavy side didn't wear clothes that made them look fatter than need be.
Fl.Mike - June 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Hi Betty Sure been waiting for your sizzler picture , but so far nothing! Hope you can get it on this site soon! Did you have several sizzlers and what seemed to be the materal? Did you wear your dress with pantyhose or bare legs? Please answer soon! Long live the sizzler!
Rose - June 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I have been telling everyone about the sizzler dresses i wore back in the 70's throught the years.So glad to see that many people remember them. I loved mine. I had one for every day of the week.They were so much fun to wear. Mine were only short sleeve and i always wore them with bare legs. Cant believe my mother allowed me to wear them. I would never let my daughter wear one these days. So glad i decided to look up the Sizzler dress. Enjoyed everyones stories and memories of this wonderful " little" dress.wish i still had mine.(so does my husband)
Fl. Mike - July 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Hi all- first a note to Betty in Ohio-still awaiting that photo of you wearing a sizzler in 1975,hope to see it soon or was there a problem with the site? I recall very well being in a bank in the early 70s and a girl wearing a purple/white sizzler was applying for a loan, the bank official only had eyes for her-needless to say she got the loan WOW that was a great outfit,long sleeve sizzler,pantyhose and white boots.Please post any sizzler photos or recollections you may have-thanks.
Virginia - September 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Now that summers winding down I have to tell about me wearing my gannys sizzler dresses. She kept two in her clothing "archives" and they fit me just right. They both got a lot of attention from both guys{{mainly} and girls. I wore pantyhose with them as I felt sort of self-consious . I remember an earlier post about grocery shopping and its true- I had a bunch of stockboys checking me out, cant wait to get back to Walmart! I will try to get a picture.
Carol P - November 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember being shocked the moment my conservative Roman Catholic Mom answered "Yes" when I begged to have the one I'd picked out. Mine was light beige with multi-colored polka-dots. It was short sleeved with matching panties. And no, pants were not worn over them. The matching panties were meant to show. The mini skirt was popular then so it was a relief to be able to bend down to pick up my schoolbooks and not worry about my underwear showing. Mine was purchased at Pederson's in Bound Brook NJ in 1972. I was in 8th grade. I also wore elephant bell bottoms back then. We called them elephant bells for short. Anyone remember them?
Susan W - December 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I was just telling my grandson about sizzler dresses. We were talking about the types of clothes that we wore in the 70's. I remember 71,72 having the cutest sizzlers...they were out of a very shiny material, multicolor like bits of stain glass...sort of like the poster that I used to draw and color that were just geometric and loopy shapes. Yes, Carol P..I had elephant bells and palazzo pants too! I wore a lot of halter tops and midriff tops too. Of course, at 5'10 and 100 pounds I was a very tall and skinny teen. Gosh, wish I still had that figure:) It's funny that people are so uptight now when back then it was nothing to wear the sizzler with the panties showing! Not at 11-15 years old anyway!
Mika - December 08, 2012 - Report this comment
I absolutely remember the sizzlers. I think the name was related to the "hot pants" which were so popular. These dresses were so hot they sizzled! I remember in the San Francisco Bay area I saw them in the small bright flower prints or very bright paisley prints. The most outrageous story I have is the wedding where the bride and her maids wore sizzlers! It seemed a bit much then but I can only guess that the wedding photos are either hidden or revered now!
Fl. Mike - December 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Found a place to see a lot of sizzlers-high school yearbooks around 1971-1975.Girls 15-18 sure liked to wear them for pictures.Sure didnt know that some schools required girls to wear dresses to school-was this very common? Most of the sizzlers I have seen were short sleeved and often worn with boots or sandals. betty in Ohio-can you repost your sizzler photo?
Laurie FL - December 28, 2012 - Report this comment
I wore them around 76-77 and I was 14-15. I had several and they were like a jersey material. All short sleeved but one. Never did we wear them with hose! The short sleeved ones were always worn with platform shoes of some type and the long sleeved ones were worn with go go boots! Was never a problem wearing them to high school and the guys loved them! I have pics somewhere of me in all of mine. I was just telling a co-worker about them this morning.
Larry - January 27, 2013 - Report this comment
The sizzlers came out a couple years after the hot pants girls wore in the early 70's. It was like the sizzlers were the next bold step after seeing hot pants for a couple years.
Wendy - March 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Does anyone recall referring to the matching underpants as cheaters? That's what we called them in Southern California in the 1970s.
Fl. Mike - March 05, 2013 - Report this comment
That was a very interesting comment by Wendy regarding sizzler panties. Any other areas ever use that name? Wish someone would post a picture of a person wearing a sizzler!
marie - March 07, 2013 - Report this comment
does any body want to bang
deedee - March 19, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember wearing sizzler suits when I was in 4th or 5th grade around 1972-73. There was actually a pattern for these and my gal friend's mom made us a couple of them. I remember girls wearing them to school for a while until the principal outlawed them. I remember the announcement over the intercom about no more sizzler suits allowed and that was when they made the no more than 2 inches above the knee hemline rule. We still wore them to play in, ride bikes, etc.... and yes they are just like tennis outfits, except for mostly being stripes and floral patterns.
virginia - June 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Cant believe I wore such a short dress ,they were so much fun to wear, really got the guys hot! I recall that I "lost" the matching panties to one of my sizzlrs in the wssh ,mom found them along side the wssher thank goodness.
Roni Waterman - June 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I wore a Green Paisley Sizzler Set. What's a sizzler? These were super mini dresses that came with matching little panties - popular for a very brief period of time in the 70s before they got banned in schools and work places. I was 13/14 years old and I remember everyone had one
Betty Hardwict - July 16, 2013 - Report this comment
In the 70s I wore many of the Sizzler Dress with high wedge shoe. Please bring them BACK. I really Love that STYLE/
Teresa Nibert - August 06, 2013 - Report this comment
My mother actually made my sister and I sizzlers and we were promptly told to go to the office where my mom had to pick us up take us home and change clothes. FUNNY, FUNNY!
Fl. Mike - November 01, 2013 - Report this comment
What a great Halloween I had-a group came to my door of which there were two girls wearing sizzle dresses! The group they were in sort of "took a breather" in my yard-that's when I saw that both girls had on sizzlers.They mentioned that they got the dresses at a local Goodwill.It was a warm nite so they were comfortable as opposed to ones in fancy costumes. Both dresses were of a shiny nylon like material and the panties could be seen when they bent over-wow,I wont forget that nite!
mony - November 02, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember the sizzlers..I loved wearing them ..I lived in LA mom even had some..we would were with go-go boots..we still have them..I have 4 sisters and my mom would make sone for us also..I remember even girls 21-25 would wear also..the good old days..
Bob - November 11, 2013 - Report this comment
In the early 70's, I frequented a bar where the barmaid wore a flower print Sizzler set that was a halter top style with a plunge neck line and the back was cut down to the waist. We, my buddies and I, would order bottle beer that was stored at floor level. This was not the beer that we would normally drink, but the view was great when she would bend down to get the beer. I think she knew why would order that beer. Bring back the Sizzler sets.
FL.Mike - November 21, 2013 - Report this comment
I recall stopping at a MacDonalds in Tampa in the mid 70s,several enployees were taking a poll about the food,service,etc. The girls had on short dresses including two who wore sizzlers.Boy,I made sure I was interviewed! Both dresses were short- sleeved, one wes a green shiny nylon material the other was a blue polyester? material.The panty of both girls could easily be seen as they sat down to talk to people,I sure ate a lot of French fries that day! Hi to Ga.Mike and wife - miss hearing from you all,hope your wife still has her sizzler collection!
Stevie J. - November 28, 2013 - Report this comment
It was my graduating year, 1972. thin satin summer no sleeve sun dress. Boy, did I used to catch hell from my girlfriend. I just couldn't keep my eyes off the girls that wore them. Back then girls that didn't have a perfect body didn't let it hang out like they do today. AH, '72 was a very good year....
Mary - January 23, 2014 - Report this comment
I wore a sizzler my sophomore in high school.It was white knit with matching panties. My second time wearing it,my teacher threatened to s err send me home if I wore it again. My mom was relieved, she told me not to do it,but was tired of fighting with me about the length of my dresses.
Fl. Mike - February 21, 2014 - Report this comment
How well I remember taking the company vehicle to the dealership for some warrenty work. There was a girl who moved the cars from the service writer to the shop area and she wore a sizzler that was a pink print short sleeved nylon sizzle dress. I remember she wore brown panty hose that had a huge rip in one leg-that turned me on also.I made sure I got some good viewa as she moved the cars around. I heard later that she moved in with a salesman,never saw her again! I also knew that a new employee had a bucket of water dumped on them after two weeks,I never found out if this occurred to her or not,that sizzler would have made an excellent "dunking' dress.
nick s. - April 22, 2014 - Report this comment
Got to relate my easter sizzler experience-*It was in the early 1970s and I went with my parents to our churches easter sunrise service-it was held outside as it was nice weather.Anyway a girl abouy 14 or15 sat right in front of me , so much for paying attention to the service! Green print dress with matching panties and brown pantyhose, she really looked great!
Fl. Mike - August 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Look up new jersey living in the 70s.there is a fairly good photo of two sisters wearing sizzler dresses.Too bad one girl has on a coat which kind of covers up her dress.A big hello to any sizzler fans out there!
Betty - March 04, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember making one in 8th grade sewing class because my mother refused to buy me one. It was lavender with tiny flowers and frilly sleeves & hem. I loved it! I got to wear it once in our school fashion show & then it mysteriously disappeared from my closet. I also remember during my freshman year of HS that a few of my friends got sent home for wearing them.
Anastasiya - March 17, 2015 - Report this comment
I wore sizzlers all through the 70's. I must have had a hundred of them. Some I made, others I bought and got several as gifts. I can still wear a micro mini skirt and would love to see sizzlers make a comeback. Oh those were the days!
Fl.Mike - March 23, 2015 - Report this comment
Hi Anastasiya Wow! You Sure Sound Like The :Queen: Of Sizzler Dresses ! Any Chance You Have A Picture Of Any Of Them You Could Post ?I Am Not Sure About Posting On This Forum ,Maybe @We Could Start A Sizzler Page ?q
mds - July 17, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember those sizzlers in the 70's they were so cute I remember they had short sleeves with those cute bottoms under them I'm going to make me one love it
Lolly - September 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Sounds like the guys would like to see them make a come back.
OffDWall - December 22, 2015 - Report this comment
I was 13 when they struck, I was in pure heaven! Even Sears sold them! BTW - most of them in the NW were long sleeve with shirt collar, almost like a shirt dress. I wish they would come back but I think it's unlikely, they were just too hot!
Cliff - January 10, 2016 - Report this comment
I remember in early 70's was at Kmart in St Pete Fla with wife and a man was trying to get his wife to try one on and buy it! She got so mad! I bought it for my wife then ! She was cute as a bug in it! It was a Pink plyester with matching panties! When she wore shere nylones with it the panties would rid up her cracks front and back! She was always shaved! Don't know how many accidents she almost caused! One time she wore a diaper under the panties just to see the response! We drove by a semis and she bent over on my lap and the semi almost wrecked! Those where the days! SHe loved wearing it with just the sheer pantihose only under it! WOW!!!!
Grandma Dar - February 07, 2016 - Report this comment
I ware Sizzler's everyday to school in 8th grade . Yes they were short dress' with matching panties . Looked really HOT with Fishnet Stocking and Knee boots. I mean it was all that and a Scoop of Ice Cream .
Anastasiya - May 21, 2016 - Report this comment
Cliff, I'd say about 33% of the time I wore mine with no panties at all. I never did the pantyhose thing I always wore either RHT or FF stockings with them whether I wore panties or not. Seeing my stocking tops and my garter belt straps used to drive the guys wild with desire.
Fl. Mike - June 06, 2016 - Report this comment
Just watched a Hee-Haw rerun on tv,at least one or two girls had on sizzlers.Both dresses had short sleeves and one could see the matching panties when they moved.Both dresses were a brown print,probably polyester as they did not look shiny.Cliff,got any photos of your wife in her sizzler?
Cliff - September 10, 2016 - Report this comment
Wish I did! Sure do miss her! She tried everything! Sorry for delay! Just got out of hospital! Saw Gal at flea market last week with one on! Wish I had my camera !!! Sure wish I could find gal to love like that again! I Love when a girl wants to look like a women! Today they don't know how much they are missing aside from all the fun! Why do we have to wait till Holloween to be who we really are! I'm a man and proud to be one!
Dawn - January 06, 2017 - Report this comment
I bought a Sizzler dress that was two sizes larger, so it fit like a regular dress. And NO - we didn't wear them without panties!
Cliff - January 15, 2017 - Report this comment
Saw lot of gals in what almost looked like sizzlers over Christmas in stores and on streets! Brought back lot of memories! Maybe there is still hope out there! I would think most gals always want to look young! If a man really Loves a gal, he should always want her to look as young as possible! At least you never run out of ways to spice up your love life! Sizzlers come back please!!!!!!
John - February 22, 2017 - Report this comment
My wife found a sizzler dress at yard sale in her size.It's white little low cut,short with the matching panties.I loved it on her and when she wore it out was knock-out.
Rose - June 26, 2017 - Report this comment
sizzlers were not skin tight - wore them all the time. It is what you would wear playing tennis and other sports, and skin tight was NOT where it was at. But oh so awesome, especially when you had long slender legs!
Marita - September 22, 2017 - Report this comment
I had a couple of Sizzler dresses in '73-'74. I know for sure that I wore them while I was in 8th % 9th grades. I know some people are saying that older girls wore them but my recall is that they were primarily worn by 12-15 year old girls. My favorite one was navy blue with a sailboat pattern and an anchor on the zipper pull.
diaperruffle - November 09, 2017 - Report this comment
Wish you had picture to show for old time sake! Bet you looked great!
Amber - March 29, 2019 - Report this comment
Still have 3 original sizzlers from the 70's. Have not worn in a long long time. A couple of Saturday nights ago, Hubby said put one on and lets go to the retro diner in town that has curb service and once a month car cruise-in. Let me tell you, they still fit and got lots of compliments while we walked around the cars on display. For a senior type that I am, it made me fill like a teenager again. Going to wear them again each month at the diner cruise-in.
diaperruffle - May 26, 2019 - Report this comment
Sure wish I could have been there! Nice to hear there are still women out there that like looking like women!!! Thankyou so much for sharing your story!! Your Hubby should be so proud he has someone like you, You are so special!
Chris G - March 26, 2020 - Report this comment
I was in my early 20's back in the early 70's and I made one out of a purple print(purple was very popular then) and I had another one my sister-in-law gave me that was kelly green with white polka dots. Love them both and I still have them.
Lynda - July 05, 2020 - Report this comment
Me and my cousin wore them back in 1973/74. I was about 12 and she was 13, you could not tell us anything. All the girls wanted one but we were the first in our block to break out with them, I will never forget them. They were the hottest style out. My nieces and friends can’t believe I wore something like that.
verystrange - July 22, 2020 - Report this comment
I was in Jr. High school in the mid-70s, and a few of the girls wore sizzlers to school. I remember that some of the boys would wait at the bottom of the stairs until a girl in a sizzler headed upstairs, then they'd follow her at a distance. With the matching panties, they were basically looking at a bathing suit, but boys will be boys. :-)
Fl. Mike - April 14, 2021 - Report this comment
Sure would like to see a sizzle dress photo.

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