A Romantic Notion: The founders of Eberjey recommend five lingerie looks that are perfect for Valentine’s Day

Eberjey founders Ali Mejia (left) and Mariela Rovito

Eberjey founders Ali Mejia (left) and Mariela Rovito

With Valentine’s Day literally around the corner, I thought I’d turn to experts in making especially romantic intimates for suggestions on pieces to wear for the big event. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Eberjey, with good reason. The talented ladies who partnered to create the brand, Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito, meant to lavish women with ethereal lingerie creations that would express happiness, love and confidence­ all the things that make a woman truly beautiful. It’s feel-good fashion that starts from the heart. Ali and Mariela founded Eberjey in 1996 and I’d say they accomplished their objective big time. Season after season, they wow me with lovely pieces in soft colors, simple, elegant silhouettes and feminine details that are classic yet feel very fresh. This is why I buy them consistently and so do my customers. Having augmented ThePinkSlip.com’s Eberjey offerings with uber-cute styles from their Mila and Theodora collections, I asked the ladies to pick five pieces from our site that they thought would be perfect Valentine’s Day gifts. It was hard for them to single out just five since they love all their pieces like babies but they managed to offer up some diverse suggestions that I’m sure you’ll agree fit the Valentine’s bill perfectly.

Theodora chemise

“This is a sexy triangle-shaped chemise in the perfect combination of sweet and sexy,” says Ali. “We set the gorgeous pink glow lace against soft, muted pink jersey for a very sweet and girly effect. It makes every day feel like Valentine’s Day.” Shop the look.

Theodora chemise by Eberjey

Theodora chemise by Eberjey

Gisele robe

“I love this robe because it’s a true classic. It’s a forever piece,” says Mariela. “It’s so soft. We edged the jersey with a delicate lace to create a beautiful, classic shape. I guarantee it will become a favorite in any woman’s wardrobe.” Shop the Look.

Gisele robe by Eberjey

Gisele robe by Eberjey

Colette babydoll

“A babydoll is an absolute must in a woman’s lingerie wardrobe,” notes Ali. “We put our signature sweet-and-sexy stamp on this staple item. The deep V shape creates sexy cleavage and the flowy jersey fabric covers just enough. Women will want this one in every color.” Shop the Look.

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Gisele sleepshirt

“I call this piece ‘Boy meets girl perfection’,” Mariela says. “It’s comfortable, cozy and sexy —- because we played with the ‘borrowed from my boyfriend’ concept when we designed it. The cut is sleek and sophisticated and the length hits just right.” Shop the Look.

Gisele Sleep Shirt

Gisele Sleep Shirt

Anouk underwire bra

“We designed this bra for smaller-cupped beauties,” says Ali. “It’s meant to be a great everyday lace bra. The delicate lace, vintage bow detail and light as air fit make it a favorite of mine. I just think it’s amazingly soft and feminine.” Shop the Look.

Anouk underwire bra by Eberjey

Anouk underwire bra by Eberjey

Soft and feminine just about captures the essence of Eberjey, in my opinion. My thanks to Ali and Mariela for their great advice. Remember, if you’re in love or falling in love, it’s always a sweeter experience if you’re wearing Eberjey.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Margo

Bare Essentials: The erotically-charged French brand Maison Close seduces the senses with its bold and revealing lingerie designs.

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close - CopyI recently posted about the mesh trend in lingerie but when it comes to designing sexy intimates using sheer fabrics, Maison Close is in a class all its own. This very provocative French brand, which I just added to the assortment at ThePinkSlip.com, gives a woman passage into the forbidden world of dark and sensual erotica. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you have the best parts in Fifty Shades of Grey earmarked in hard copy or bookmarked on your Kindle, then you might want to take a peek at what Maison Close has to offer.  The line puts forth subtle hints at the pleasures of erotic games involving domination and submission. The palette of choice is black and an abundance of mesh designs celebrates a woman’s natural beauty in its nearly nude glory.   The revealing pieces hardly evoke Eve in the Garden of Eden, however. Maison Close is lingerie meant to seduce in, or at least make a woman feel seductive under her very proper, conservative day clothes. Wearing Maison Close, a woman is ready for the most private of encounters at any time of the day. Here’s a look at a few of the standout looks from the new collection that I just couldn’t resist and I predict you won’t be able to either.

Villa des Lys Catsuit

Meow! Become a feline seductress in this seductive catsuit that’s entirely lace with a plunging neckline and plunging back. It hugs every curve and makes you insanely sexy!

Maison Close Villa des Lys Catsuit

Maison Close Villa des Lys Catsuit

Nuit Blanche Bodysuit

Shaped like a swimsuit but most likely designed for indoor sports, the Nuit Blanche bodysuit — Nuit Blanche meaning sleepless night — plays with geometric patterns using black mesh and microfiber adorned with flat metal square studs adding a touch of rock-n roll. It has a racerback and full bottom.

Nuit Blanche bodysuit by Maison Close

Nuit Blanche bodysuit by Maison Close

Nuit Blanche High-Waist Thong

Evoking the daring topless bathing suit of the 1960s, the Nuit Blanche high-waist thong is a sight to behold in beautiful black mesh and microfiber adorned with flat metal square studs. This design has a halter neck, bare back and thong bottom.

Nuit Blanche high-waist thong

Nuit Blanche high-waist thong

Villa Satine Bodice

Drive his senses wild and captivate the mind with this bodice from Maison Close’s Villa Satine collection. Lace and satin will make you sexy and seductive.

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close

Villa Satine bodice by Maison Close

Make your innermost fantasy a delicious reality in pieces from Maison Close. It’s a master class in seduction!

XOXO,

Margo

Molto Bella: Unleash your inner Italian movie goddess wearing lingerie by the sexy luxury brand Valery.

movie boxWhat’s there not to love about Italy? That fabulous country gave the world so many wonderful things. Gelato, fine wines, Michelangelo, amazing fashion and Sophia Loren are just a few things that come to mind.  Did I mention Italian food? Don’t get me started! Say “made in Italy” and images of quality, fine craftsmanship and beauty are instantly conjured. Add sex appeal to this potent mix and you have the hottest lingerie brand coming out of Italia in a long time: Valery. I just bought some pieces from their new collection for ThePinkSlip.com and all I have to say is hubba hubba! This lingerie will turn any woman into a classic Italian film goddess. Picture Sophia slowly peeling off her sheers and lingerie for the viewing pleasure of an eager Marcello Mastroianni in the 1963 film Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. That’s the kind of heat this collection has. It’s created with a nostalgic appreciation for classic corsetry styling that transcends the passage of time. Valery is made in Italy and features Chantilly leavers laces and precious fabrics, resulting in a genuine line of luxury intimates that a true lingerie aficionada will invest in. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and these seductive intimates are perfect for a romantic encounter. Choose from two fabulous pieces designed in sexy sheer fabrics: the Calypso baby doll or the corset.

Oh, Baby!

Designed in sheer stretch tulle with a seductively open front and stretch satin border, this sweet little number is a sheer delight!  The Valery baby doll is super feminine, decorated with luxurious Leavers lace on the gathered soft cups and also along the bottom.

 

Valery Babydoll and g-string

Valery Babydoll and g-string

A Sheer Pleasure

This exquisite corset from Valery is designed in sheer tulle with a lace overlay and luxurious silk-band boning that sits on all the right places to flatter. It has sexy adjustable spaghetti straps. Don’t forget the matching G-String designed in sheer stretch tulle, stretch satin and Leavers lace. A sexy T-back opening is made with soft tulle and adjustable straps.

Valery Corset

Valery Corset

For a finishing touch, add some sexy thigh highs from Philippe Matignon and you’re ready to recreate Sophia’s classic look.

Oro 15 thigh highs by Philippe Matignon

Oro 15 thigh highs by Philippe Matignon

Philippe Matignon Noblesse 50 thigh highs

Philippe Matignon Noblesse 50 thigh highs

Ciao, bella!

Margo

Full Disclosure: Expert bra-shopping tips from Empreinte for the full-busted woman.

Lilly Rose full-cup bra by Empreinte

Lilly Rose full-cup bra by Empreinte

I recently wrote a post offering bra-shopping tips for small-breasted women and it was a huge success. I’m very grateful that women found the information helpful and was inspired to do a similar post with the full-busted woman in mind. This led me to approach a brand that I consider the Bentley of bras: Empreinte. This 66-year-old French brand has a rich history of corsetry design dedicated to the luscious figures of full-busted women who have cup sizes in the range of 30 to 46 from C to H. As a chesty woman myself, I’m a big fan of Empreinte. Their quality, style and craftsmanship have never let me down, quite literally. And boy, are they gorgeous bras! No expense is spared by the Empreinte design team when they develop each season’s styles. If you love moulded lace, satin and tulle, this is the brand for you. Their bras are like works of art and they were recognized for their creativity in 2011 by the trade show Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris, which voted the brand Designer of the Year. Empreinte’s spokeswoman Séverine Maisonnasse responded to my request for tips on how a full-busted woman should go about selecting the perfect bra for her size. She explained how Empreinte bras are distinguished by certain features:

1. The cups are made with rigid fabric to ensure optimal support and comfort.

2. Large cup sizes depend on strong bra straps to support a full figure and full bustline. For this reason, Empreinte’s bra straps have a low degree of elasticity.

3. Empreinte uses a full, closed underwire in the underside of each bra. A closed underwire is extremely slimming and slenderizing. Empreinte’s underwires are thicker and more sturdy than standard bras, ensuring they lie flat on the body and do not twist.

4. The specific fabric used for the back of the bras doesn’t stretch out of shape and therefore ensures a very supportive fit.

When shopping for a bra, there are certain steps a full-busted woman can take to ensure she chooses the best one for her:

1. Consult with a professional fit specialist to determine your correct bra size. The right bra size can make you look and feel slimmer. It will enhance your appearance.

2. Check your posture. A bra providing good support can improve your posture. Heavy breasts can cause bad posture and back problems. Straps with less elasticity and good support provided by the back of the bra, help keep shoulders straight to improve your posture. This also helps you feel more confident and comfortable.

3. Make sure that the centerpiece of the bra is correctly in place and lies against the skin.

4. In the right bra, your breasts are perfectly positioned. Look to see that the sides are flat and the bump is in the middle for a feminine look. The nipples should be positioned in the middle of the cup.

5. Check that the straps don’t dig into your shoulders, they should be wide, comfortable and supportive.

6. The wires have to fit well on the body. Move around a bit to make sure they don’t dig into you.

7. Make sure that the back of the bra is parallel to the floor to ensure that the size of the bra is not too big or too small.

At ThePinkSlip.com, we carry a wide range of Empreinte styles to cater to all the needs of the full-busted woman.

Full Coverage

The Maud Full Cup bra is a beautiful molded full cup bra in guipure lace and sheer embroidered tulle. The upper panel of the Maud Demi Bra rests beautifully with scalloped edges and corseted lace ties woven throughout. It’s designed with three-part cups that offer full coverage. Empreinte bra cups tend to run larger than most, so I recommend buying a size down if you are in between sizes.

Maud full-cup bra by Empreinte

Maud full-cup bra by Empreinte

Demi Cup

The Daisy Low Neck bra is a three-part, lightly lined underwire demi bra in sheer tulle embroidery and daisy printed satin. This bra is truly feminine with satin bows and straps, and soft scalloped lace edging. The three-part cup design helps push breast from the side, to center and lift comfortably with slightly more breast revealed at the top.

Daisy Low Neck Demi bra by Empreinte

Daisy Low Neck Demi bra by Empreinte

Fashion

The Lilly Rose full cup bra features an elegant chantilly lace floral design across a three-part molded cup, with two-tone fabric on the bottom and sheer embroidered mesh along the top. This bra provides full coverage and eliminates cleavage with a high cut unpadded cup, providing a natural round shape that is sheer and sexy. The fabric of the cups is non-stretch for optimal support and comfort. Also features a leotard back that stays in place, restricted stretch straps to enhance comfort and an elastic underband for superior support. Button accent at center panel. Seamless sides ensure a smooth look under clothing.

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Plunge neckline T-shirt bra

The Melody Plunge t-shirt bra is sexy and versatile. With convertible straps and a deep plunging neckline, this unique bra boasts amazing full cup support and coverage. The molded cups offer a round, soft shape in semi-sheer fabric coverage with a stunning floral motif.

Melody Plunge t-shirt bra by Empreinte

Melody Plunge t-shirt bra by Empreinte

Treat yourself to any one of Empreinte’s gorgeous premium bras and I guarantee you’ll never settle for less again. You deserve it!

XOXO,

Margo

Scandalously Seductive: The vintage shapewear brand Scandale is reborn with sexy and functional allure.

Balconette bra by Scandale

Balconette bra by Scandale

Look up the word siren and you’ll find it defined as a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive. This quality is beautifully captured in the Sirene Collection, the new incarnation of the classic French shapewear brand Scandale. It was created in 1932 when corsetry and hosiery maker Robert Perrier applied new fabric presented to him by a salesman to the then restrictive lace-up designs of the day and revolutionized the market with a softer wearing experience so delectable that his assistant describe it as a scandal. Flash forward 70 years and Scandale has reemerged to once again scandalize the shapewear industry with vintage-inspired designs updated with state-of-the-art fabrics and construction that today’s women are bound to find irresistible. Scandale certainly worked its magic on me. When I saw it I bought it up in a snap. Part of our credo at The Pink Slip.com is to bring glamour to women in every facet of their intimates wardrobe and shapewear is no exception. The addition of Scandale to our offerings is another example of our dedication to creating a beautiful lingerie experience for our customers. This line flatters your physique with amazingly soft fabrics that shape without squeezing your body. Think of it as contouring. The Sirene Collection is designed to give women a perfect “S” curve silhouette, defining and enhancing the bust, waist and hip proportions through heritage-inspired detailing and curved seaming with sleek paneling. Best of all, the Sirene line looks great. You can’t help but feel womanly in Scandale’s gorgeous designs that are both retro and thoroughly modern in feel. Sophisticated color blocking in metallic gray and black has a chic flair that recalls the pin-up glamour of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake. Ladies, this is shapewear with style. Here are just a few of the selection we offer.

The Scandale Sirene Balconette Bra features chic lace, contour lines and soft double boning for extra support when worn strapless. Molded cups are smooth with brushed inside hand feel. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail adapt to any outfit. Silicon elastic with three rows of fine silicon offers a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks are easy to adjust.

Balconette bra & mid-waist pant by Scandale

Balconette bra & mid-waist pant by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene Dress contours and controls with a smooth line from bust to thigh with molded cups, underwiring, a hidden soft suede hook and eye, detachable straps, and hidden built-in pants for an invisible fit. Secret surround control panels are designed to sculpt the tummy and cinch in the waist. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. Hidden back hooks for extra support when worn strapless. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail allow more outfit options. Contour lines and soft boning provide extra support when worn strapless. Lace finished edge on legs for a smooth finish. Silicone elastic with three rows of fine silicone for a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks make the straps easy to adjust.

Sirene The Dress by Scandale

Sirene The Dress by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene Bodysuit is chic and sophisticated, silky soft with beautiful lace detail. Featuring molded cups, underwiring, a hidden soft suede hook and eye, detachable straps, and fastens at the gusset. Secret surround control panels are designed to sculpt the tummy and cinch in the waist. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. Hidden back hooks for extra support when worn strapless. Multi-way convertible and detachable straps with bonded signature red detail allow more outfit options. High inverted V-leg opening for a more feminine and longer leg look. Contour lines and soft boning for extra support when worn strapless. Silicone elastic with three rows of fine silicone for a sleeker finish and support. Sophisticated charcoal grey rings, sliders and hooks make the straps easy to adjust.

Sirene Bodysuit by Scandale

Sirene Bodysuit by Scandale

The Scandale Sirene High Waist Pants feature targeted surround tummy control to define the waistline, and a heritage inspired “V” front to prevent unwanted rolling. Sheer lined lace around the bottom offers a smooth, invisible look under clothes. High inverted “V” leg opening for a more feminine, longer leg look. Silicon elastic with three rows of fine silicone allows a sleeker finish and support around the waist.

High-Waist pants by Scandale

High-Waist pants by Scandale

Celebrate your womanly curves with these sexy shapers from Scandale and unleash your inner siren.

XOXO,

Margo

Heat Up the Holidays: Pink Slip picks the ten sexiest lingerie looks of the year.

Lace eye mask by Oh La La Cheri

Lace eye mask by Oh La La Cheri

‘Tis the season to be sexy. The holidays are upon us and most of our shopping list has been attended to (we hope). We’re taking time off from work, slowing down the pace and connecting with those we love to appreciate the good things in our lives. For those of us lucky enough to have a significant other, the holidays present an opportunity to rediscover each other in the spirit of the season. In the privacy of your time together, there’s an opportunity to light a fire, both literally and figuratively, cuddle up and explore where the long, chilly nights may take you. Sexy is a state of mind, to be sure. We all have different ideas of what constitutes a sexy person, a sexy moment or even a sexy thought. Thank goodness for that! How boring would life be if we all liked the same thing? When it comes to intimate apparel, the French saying Vive le Difference applies. We’re all built differently and have our own tastes so it stands to reason we would take a very personal approach to sexy dressing during the holidays. With this in mind, I looked through the Pink Slip assortment and thought about the garments that had the sexiest effect. Some of them wouldn’t automatically be thought of as sexy, but I think the most functional undergarment can be very sexy in the right circumstances so my “hot list” of sexy intimates for 2012 includes pieces in a range of categories. If you’re shopping for a new look this holiday season, consider these options and how you might put your own special spin on them. You know how I encourage experimentation. So go ahead, live a little.

#1: The Classic bustier does double duty, providing the boost of a bra while cinching the stomach. The Marilyn lace bustier by Arianne is a perfect example in chic black.

Arianne Marilyn Padded Bustier

Arianne Marilyn Padded Bustier

#2: A strapless bra usually means you’re wearing a strapless dress. How sexy is that? Offering a great combination of functional and sexy is the Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele.

Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele

Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele

#3: Long-line bras, like CLO Intimo’s Kali in a geometric design, are a very modern silhouette.

Kali soft bra by CLO Intimo

Kali soft bra by CLO Intimo

#4: There’s nothing like a cute panty to bring out a sexy look. Check out these cheeky boy shorts from Leg Avenue.

Cheeky ruffle boyshort by Leg Avenue

Cheeky ruffle boyshort by Leg Avenue

#5: Lace is a romantic approach to sexy. The lace Fortuna racerback vest by CLO Intimo can be worn in and out and is a hot number when paired with the cheeky bottom or string bikini.

CLO Intimo Fortuna lace vest

CLO Intimo Fortuna lace vest

#6: Sexy legwear. Work your legs in a garter belt and stockings by Philippe Matignon.

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

#7: The classic teddy gets a striking visual update from Leg Avenue in padded mesh.

Padded mesh teddy by Leg Avenue

Padded mesh teddy by Leg Avenue

#8: Lola Haze puts a new twist on the slip with the Liquid Lace Chemise, a unique design that borders on ready-to-wear by combining shine and lace.

Liquid Lace Chemise by Lola Haze

Liquid Lace Chemise by Lola Haze

#9: Retro bottoms are a hot and classy look. LOU Paris offers a beautiful high-waisted panty in great colors in its Fee de Reves collection.

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

#10: Lingerie accessories dress up even the most basic of underwear pieces. Oh La La Cheri, a specialist in sexy intimates with an erotic vibe, channels vintage peekaboo glamour with a multi-way lace wrap with matching thong and eye mask.

Lace wrap & eye mask ensemble by Oh La La Cheri

Lace wrap & eye mask ensemble by Oh La La Cheri

Wishing you a very happy – and very sexy – holiday season!

XOXO,

Margo

For the Boys: Ladies, explore your 50 shades of sexy by wearing the lingerie looks your guys want to see you in.

Lace opera gloves by Leg Avenue

Lace opera gloves by Leg Avenue

For the final entry in my Men’s Week series of posts I want to address the lucky ladies out there who have a thoughtful guy who is sweet enough to buy you intimates for the holidays. Actually, this post applies to any occasion during the year when you get lingerie as a gift from a guy. What happens when the intimates he selects are what he would like to see you slip on rather than the style you would buy for yourself? You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? You take one look at it — what little there may be to see or even hold — and think to yourself “I would NEVER wear this thing.” Clearly, your guy has an agenda and I’m here to tell you to get on that gravy train… now! There are plenty of women out there still waiting for Thanksgiving, if you know what I mean. It’s so hard to find a great guy with a sense of romance. Remember “Sex and the City?” I rest my case. Ladies, I urge you to meet him half way, put that sexy number on and be the pin-up girl of his dreams. Empower yourself by freeing yourself and celebrate how lucky you are to have a significant other who makes the effort to keep things fresh and exciting between you. It’s a gift in more than one way. I know some women find “playing sexy” an intimidating prospect. Not everyone aspires to be a Victoria’s Secret model and that’s perfectly fine. You still owe it to yourself to put forth your best effort and try a new look while remaining true to yourself. Remember, in the privacy of your home, you and he are the only ones who matter. You don’t have to wait for him to get you something “different” to push the boundaries of your lingerie wardrobe, either. This goes for the single gals out there, too! That said, I find it helpful for a woman who’s conservative to consider dipping her toe in the sea of sexy by trying new lingerie looks in degrees of daring. Given the phenomenal success of 50 Shades of Grey, I suspect that my Three Degrees of Daring is an approach whose time has come!

The First Degree: Keep it Simple.

Believe it or not, simplicity works with men. Sometimes all you need is a key new piece in your lingerie wardrobe to add a spark to your boudoir look. Black and sheer always work, of course, and I would recommend the Screen Goddess Slip from Lola Haze, which lets you be the main attraction in a revealing mesh silhouette that falls beautifully on your curves.

Lola Haze Sheer Goddess Slip

Lola Haze Screen Goddess Slip

The Second Degree: The Little Black Set.

Speaking of black, the theory about every woman needing a little black dress in her wardrobe applies to intimates, too. Black lingerie is just sexy, period. It’s the first thing I recommend to women who may be resistant to donning a full-on corset and garters number. The Little Black Set, consisting of a basic black bra, a panty, thigh highs and a garter, works well without going too far if you’re conservative. It’s easy to put together. Every lingerie brand has a black bra and I like Addiction’s Nouvelle full-cup bra with mesh and soft microfiber paneling.

Nouvelle full-cup bra by Addiction

Nouvelle full-cup bra by Addiction

A panty with a special detail, meanwhile, brings the eye to your womanly figure and adds zing to your style. Try Leg Avenue’s sheer panty with satin rhumba ruffle back or Mimi Holliday’s Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong, which has a flattering silk satin bow in back that literally gives him something special to unwrap this holiday season!

Leg Avenue Satin Rhumba ruffle short

Leg Avenue Satin Rhumba ruffle short

Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong by Mimi Holliday

Angelique Jet Bow Back Thong by Mimi Holliday

For the legs, Philippe Matignon offers sexy Nobless 50 denier suspender belt thigh-high stockings with sheer toes. Pair them with garter belts from Mimi Holliday or Simone Perele for the perfect finishing touch.

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

The Third Degree: Dress it Up!

You’re ready to tap into your inner Bond Girl and strut your stuff in a dress-up look with the works: corset, garters, sheers, you name it. This isn’t about having a so-called perfect body, mind you. If you’re an extra curvy gal or a petite one with a modest bust and have the love of a good man, you are perfect in his eyes, so go for it!

This season I’m very big on the three-piece Blush set by Leg Avenue, the masters in sexy lingerie looks. It pays homage to pin-up girl style with lace and a power mesh underwire bra with retro stitching and oversized elastic straps, a girdle skirt with attached garters and matching G-string.

Leg Avenue 3-piece Blush set

Leg Avenue 3-piece Blush set

So the next time your guy tries to coax you into wearing lingerie that you wouldn’t choose for yourself, meet him half way. If all goes well, you won’t be wearing it for long!

XOXO,

Margo

Shop Like a Man: Everything a guy needs to know to buy intimate apparel for a woman.

blogcreative3A man’s first time is very important. No, I’m not talking about THAT first time, I’m referring to his first experience buying intimates for the woman in his life. This is a rite of passage that means a lot to both the man and the woman and I feel compelled to address it in MARGO’S MUST HAVES to offer my take on how a guy can get it right out of the gate. In fact, this entire week’s posts will be dedicated to looking at the lingerie-buying experience from a man’s perspective. Ladies, you might want to pass this along to your men. Guys, listen up! Over the course of the decade I operated Pink Slip in Grand Central Station, I have to say some of my favorite, most memorable interactions were with male shoppers. As a woman, I can say that there are few things that can top shopping for women’s underwear as a thoughtful, romantic gesture that reveals the level of intimacy a man has achieved with his significant other. In other words, it’s a big deal, guys! Don’t let this intimidate you, however. With a little forethought, you can get it right and she will love you for it, trust me. Preparation is the key to making the process easy on yourself. This is where a good sales associate comes in. We all know that guys are visual creatures but judging the correct sizes of your gal’s undies by comparing her to other women isn’t going to get the job done. I can’t tell you how many times men came to my store eager to buy intimates, usually as quickly as possible, only to respond to my question about the woman’s bra size by glancing at my chest and saying “she’s a little bit smaller than you.” This approach may be good for a nervous giggle, but it will only guarantee that you’ll need to make another trip to the store. I always advised my male customers to find an opportune moment to take a sneak peek in their lady’s underwear drawer to examine the tags and write down the sizes as a first step. I want to point out that I’m assuming you’re married, living together or in a long-term committed relationship, otherwise I don’t think it’s appropriate for you to do this! That said, this information will help the sales associate guide you better in your shopping experience. I suggest you put together a “Lingerie Facts List” and be ready to answer five key questions that are the sure sign of a good sales associate who knows her stuff:

  1. What is her bra size?
  2. What is her panty size?
  3. What is her dress size?
  4. Is the gift for a special occasion?
  5. What is her personal style? Casual, wholesome, sexy or glamorous?

Remember that the sales associate is there to make your experience as relaxed as possible. She may ask you to describe your significant other’s hair color to select colors that are most likely to flatter her. It’s fashion so it can be fun! The more information you share the better the service the associate can give you. I want to point out that shopping for women’s intimates doesn’t have to be just an annual event. If a woman can buy a man a six-pack of briefs why shouldn’t he shop for her basics, too? If you reach that level of intimacy in your relationship it’s a beautiful thing! With the holidays upon us, I’ve put together a few suggestions to get you started.

Eberjey Giovanna Camisole

Eberjey Giovanna Camisole

A Romantic Camisole:

The Giovanna collection features flattering cuts and feel-good fabrics Eberjey is known for. The cami features pretty lace and eye-catching scalloped edging. It makes a great gift item paired with the Giovanna pant.

Levante Romantic Thigh Highs

Levante Romantic Thigh Highs

Sexy Legwear:

From daily staples to special evenings and sultry nights, Levante’s Stocking and Thigh High Collection contains items for every occasion. Levante thigh highs can be worn as hold ups or stockings, making them really versatile. The decorative three-inch lace top is lined with silicone to prevent slipping.

LOU Picadilly demi bra & shorty

LOU Picadilly demi bra & shorty

Lace Lingerie:

The LOU Paris Piccadilly lace demi bra features a semi-sheer genuine Leaver’s lace cup, with soft sheer mesh lining. It offers a natural uplift, has adjustable straps and is super comfy in silky microfiber fabric. Looks great with a cute matching boy short.

Mimi Holliday Tinkerbell bra & panty set

Mimi Holliday Tinkerbell bra & panty set

A sweet bra & panty set:

The Tinkerbell set by Mimi Holliday is a delicate and sweet look made from the softest of apricot silks blended with a chic shade of taupe. The Tinkerbell Super Padded Super Plunge is true to it’s name, creating incredible uplift and shape with cool taupe silk satin cups and complimenting peach lace overlay. Paired with the Classic Knicker, it’s a great gift ensemble.

I hope you guys like my suggestions. Be sure to check back later this week when I take a closer look at what women really want when they get intimates as a gift.

XOXO,

Margo

Trés Chic: The Pink Slip.com welcomes the stylishly updated classic French lingerie brand LOU Paris.

LOU has a rich history.

I am very excited to announce that we have added a hot new brand to our assortment at The Pink Slip.com. Actually, it’s not a new brand at all, just new to us and new in spirit. It’s the fabulously fresh and contemporary new version of the classic French brand LOU. Like many of our storied American brands, LOU is an iconic intimate apparel company with a rich legacy of fashion and innovation dating back to the 1950s. The glamorous new site for the brand, now called LOU Paris, reveals that its beginnings are as romantic as the new designs suggest. The company’s founder, entrepreneur Andre Faller, was traveling on the famous Orient Express when he was charmed by the lovely Lucienne, a gymnast with a talent for dressmaking who designed her own lingerie. This chance meeting started an epic love story and marriage that gave birth to the LOU brand, named after Andre’s nickname for Lucienne. If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.  The brand grew over the decades into a global icon, playing “supporting” roles in films starring French film goddesses Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau. Like those iconic women, LOU stood the test of time and is now a very on-trend collection that lavishes the modern woman with gorgeous French laces, premium fabrics and stylish designs. When I saw how the collection was updated, I had to have it. I predict you will, too. Our first assortment from the new LOU Paris includes the Piccadilly and Fee de Reves groups.

 

Piccdilly demi cup bra and shorty by LOU Paris

The Lou Piccadilly demi cup bra and shorty is a striking ensemble that has the classic, romantic appeal of semi-sheer genuine Leaver’s lace yet feels utterly modern. The bra’s cups have soft, sheer mesh lining with a 3/4 vertical seam for a natural uplift and adjustable straps. The sides, back and center panel are silky microfiber. The mid-rise shorty offers moderate boyshort coverage in lace with pretty ribbon detailing and delicate scallop edging. It’s a knockout look.

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

Meaning “Fairy of Dreams,” the Fee de Reves group is dreamy indeed. The lace demi bra features semi-sheer floral leavers lace all over with vertical seam cups for a natural uplift and has double adjustable straps. The corset lace-up center detail adds a romantic flair I adore! Completing the look is a High-Waisted Brief providing generous coverage with retro appeal in elegant satin and gorgeous lace. It features alluring lace-up details in front and back, ultra smooth fabric at the bottom and back, and a beautiful loop trim detail.

LOU Paris Fee de Reves Shorty

The group includes a mid-rise shorty that offers moderate boyshort cheeky coverage in super sexy sheer lace with delicate eyelet scallop edging and corset tie detail in the front and back.

LOU Paris Fee de Reves thong

Last, but certainly not least, is the The Fee de Reves Thong in sheer lace with delicate eyelet scallop edging and corset tie detail in the back. After all, what would a sexy French line be without a thong?

I dare you to resist the new LOU Paris.

XOXO,

Margo

Expert Advice: Tips for finding the perfect bra for the small-breasted woman from Emily Lau, founder of The Little Bra Company

Emily Lau, founder of The Little Bra Company

I recently wrote a post about fashion bras for small-breasted women and wanted to explore the topic more deeply so I turned to an expert whom I really admire: Emily Lau, the founder of The Little Bra Company. Emily is a self-described late bloomer who wore ill-fitting bras for years until she worked with design experts to create the perfect-fitting bra for her petite body. She tested the design on some of her friends and got amazing feedback. In 2007, she launched The Little Bra Company and now it’s a go-to brand for women with small breasts who want bras that not only support them but make them feel feminine and sexy. Emily shared some valuable tips with me for MARGO’S MUST HAVES.

Margo Andros: Emily, tell me what distinguishes your bras for petite women?

Emily Lau: “The Little Bra” refers to both the fit and bust size. We specialize in hard-to-find smaller band and cup sizes including 28-38A, 28-34B, and 28-34C cups, The Little Bra Company’s bras are designed and cut on a petite scale to fit the smaller figure better. Although there are other push-up bras on the market, TLBC bras are designed to fit a smaller body type, giving her a better-fitting and more natural-looking curve. 

Margo: Who is your target customer?

Emily: She’s the woman who may be “little” up top, but still wants a bra that gives her lift and makes her feel feminine. When I get to personally fit my customers, it’s always so exciting to see their reactions. I get hugs and high-fives from women who thought they could never have cleavage. They tell me that they have never had a bra that fit the way a TLBC bra fits and they love them because it makes them feel pretty!

Margo: Can a woman with an A-cup get cleavage with your bras?

Emily:  I find that smaller-breasted women often resign themselves to wearing camisole bras or nothing at all.  They don’t even try wearing a padded bra. They just assume that they have nothing to push up, so why try. Since my bras are fitted for their specific body type, the padding does its job properly, giving them a comfortable fit and a bit of cleavage too.

Margo: Do you serve women with a AA cup?

Emily: Since our bras are designed and cut smaller in the cup and band already, we currently do not have AA cups in our collection. However, we do have a lot of AA customers who fit into our A-cups, especially in style E005-Angela and E004C-Lucia.

Margo: What are the important steps small-breasted women should take when shopping for bras?

Emily: I always give women five tips…

  1. Do the Scoop. Petite women often feel that because of their slighter frame this step is not necessary, which is not true. Doing the scoop is essential no matter your size. It allows you to find the perfect placement in the cup and gives you the best shape possible.
  2. Find out whether you have a wide-set or close-set chest. This is important because some cups are set close together and others farther apart. The shape of your frame will help you find your perfect style and size.
  3. Make sure your straps are adjusted and your band is parallel with the ground across your back, on the first hook. The first hook is very important because a band can stretch up to two inches with wear so you want to give yourself some sizing flexibility from the get-go.
  4. Look for contour padding, which allows for a natural shape and lift. It will complement a petite figure and allow for the perfect comfort, support and style.
  5. Find your favorite style. Half the battle in shopping for bras is feeling comfortable and confident in them. Finding a style that you feel good in, as well as flatters your form, is the key to enjoying bra shopping and wearing. Whether it’s a deep-plunge, demi-cup, wireless or one of the many other options, find what suits you and enjoy!

Margo: Thanks for sharing your expertise with us, Emily.

Emily: My pleasure. Thanks for having me, Margo. Congratulations on the blog!

So there you have it, straight from the woman who revolutionized the market with her personal mission to serve the small-chested woman. The Pink Slip is a big fan of The Little Bra Company and we carry a range of styles that satisfy your various fashion and fit needs.  Here are some of my favorites.

Mercedes push-up bra

Mercedes Push-Up

The Mercedes bra is a sophisticated petite demi push-up with medium padded contoured smooth cups for subtle lift and support, and hints of feminine lace detail. It has more side coverage to offer an attractive, rounded lift.  Perfect for scoop neck and lower cut tops. Although you still get the cleavage and push-up The Little Bra Company is known for, the cups are slightly roomier with more elastic in the band.

Isis convertible bra

Isis Convertible Bra 

Isis is an elegant and smooth push-up bra, with heavily padded demi-contoured cups to offer petite figures a boosted bustline. It also features a pretty tear-drop center detail in the front and has a flattering ballet back for ultimate comfort and support. The convertible straps allow you to wear the bra in multiple ways including racerback or halter.

Yvonne t-shirt bra

Yvonne T-Shirt Bra

Named Best T-Shirt Bra for Petites by Real Simple Magazine, Yvonne is sure to please with its amazing seamless look and feminine touch of lace detail along the back and straps. This gorgeous smooth-cup bra has contoured push-up padding for a natural-looking curve for a petite figure. Yvonne has versatile convertible straps and was designed for the petite customer who has slightly wider-set breasts.

Remember Emily’s great tips and find the bras that are perfect for you.

XOXO,

Margo