A Thing for Thongs: The top five thongs that will eliminate visible panty lines and help you avoid flashing the paparazzi at a major movie premiere.

Eberjey Leonora Thong

Eberjey Leonora Thong

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about what happened to Anne Hathaway at the world premiere of Les Miserables in New York City last month. Anne’s stylist put together a very edgy all-black look, perhaps inspired by her recent turn as Catwoman in “Batman Rises,” which included dominatrix-style, high-heeled shoes peeking out of a sexy slit in her long dress. Unfortunately, Anne’s leg wasn’t the only thing peeking out when she made an awkward exit from a rather high SUV upon arriving to the red carpet, resulting in her flashing the V sign to a swarm of photographers. In this case, V did not stand for victory. The resulting photos traveled the world’s gossip sites in a millisecond and Anne’s PR team seemed to go into damage control as a report surfaced in The Daily News that sources “overheard” her explaining to a Vanity Fair editor that the incident was a genuine wardrobe malfunction. This may have been a way to deflect any jaded theories that the incident was an ill-conceived stunt crafted to advance Anne’s evolution from Hollywood ingénue to sexy leading lady. In this age of shock-tactics celebrity spin, anything is possible but I prefer to think that it was indeed a misguided attempt to avoid visible panty lines sabotaged by a dress that was challenging to maneuver in. Her team may not have seen it coming but boy, did the world see it going. This brings me to the subject of thongs. As a lingerie expert, I can’t hold my tongue on this one. I guess every woman has the right to go without undies occasionally but an A-list event where you will be the center of attention from the world’s photographers and entertainment media doesn’t strike me as the best time to go commando. You don’t need to be exiting an SUV or limo for this theory to apply. You can be sitting in a particularly low sofa at a party where you’ve been making eyes at a cute guy who’s returning your flirtatious glances from across the room. Suddenly you get up to give him a chance to approach you and your dress rides up, resulting in your very own Britney moment. Oops, if only you had worn a thong! I realize thongs aren’t every woman’s cup of tea but that’s why lingerie makers spent a lot of money on technology to create VPL-vanquishing seamless panties. I wrote about this topic back in November. For this post I want to concentrate on thongs because, God forbid you should have a wardrobe malfunction in public, you will have the security of covering your lady parts if you are wearing one. If you couldn’t care less, then you can stop reading at this point. If, however, you’re a modest gal like me who prefers to avoid VPL with a little help from our stringed supporters, check out these great thong options from the assortment on ThePinkSlip.com.

The Cute One from Cosabella

The Cosabella Cutie is an adorable thong designed in an ultrasoft, wide-stretch lace band with a seamless crotch panel that lies softly on the inside thigh for ultimate comfort. You’ll feel very girly in this one.

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider Thong

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider Thong

Be “Spotted” in Eberjey

The leopard thong from Eberjey’s Leonora collection is purr-fectly feminine in a soft jersey fabric. This may have been more in line with the Catwoman theme Anne’s stylist seemed to be going for!

Eberjey Leonora Thong

Eberjey Leonora Thong

Retro Chic from Hanky Panky

If you prefer thongs that provide extra coverage, try the Retro Thong from Hanky Panky, the masters of thong design. It covers your belly in a stylish lace design that’s a throwback to vintage glamour.

Hanky Panky Retro Thong

Hanky Panky Retro Thong

Dare to Bare in Simone Perele

An elegant yet seductive option that provides a feeling of barely-there support, the Celeste G-String Thong by Simone Perele offers mid-rise styling with elegant Chantilly lace that stretches to hug your curves. It’s sexy with a touch of romance.

Celeste thong by Simone Perele

Celeste thong by Simone Perele

The Next Best Thing to Going Commando

The folks at Commando had the brilliant idea of creating precision-cut underwear made from a patented fabric that lays smooth and flat on your body. The Commando Thong’s “naked” construction, without elastic or trim, eliminates panty lines and hip gouging forever. Basically, you’ll enjoy the liberating feeling of going commando without the risk.

Thong by Commando

Thong by Commando

If you’re planning an outfit for a special occasion, consider giving thongs a chance to save you from flashing more than a pretty smile.

XOXO,

Margo

Shaping Up Nicely: Five shapewear garments from Commando that will make you look great at holiday parties.

Commando Body Short

Commando Body Short

Ah, the holidays. A time for visiting with family and friends, attending office holiday parties, shopping until you’re dropping and indulging in food, food and more food. Holiday spreads may tempt and entertain us with delectable eating experiences that do very little to support our last round of New Year’s resolutions, but isn’t that the point? The holidays are a free pass to indulge in the delicacies coming our way. Cookies, cake, pie, pudding, chocolate, and holiday punch … the list is endless. How’s a gal supposed to say no? Giving in to these tempting treats is the easy part, but we still want to look good in our New Year’s party dresses. This is where shapewear comes in. The kind folks at Commando, who make wonderful “no show” seamless underwear that makes a woman feel so comfortable she feels like she’s going commando, have designed a shapewear collection that targets women’s “danger zones” with high-performance undergarments that suck it in, pull it up and smooth it out so you look – and feel — gorgeous in your pretty party looks.  Commando control’s high-tech fabric and signature raw edges create a sleek line but will not leave you gasping for air. The effect is feeling smoothed, not stuffed.  Depending on the outfits you plan, or the specific body areas you want to address, these are the top pieces I would recommend.

Briefly Stated

Whether you’re wearing a body-conforming dress, skirt or pant, the Commando Control Brief is an “under wonder” that supports and shapes your booty with a smooth, no-show look. Like all Commando’s control styles, the Control Brief has invisible edges and patented fabric that gently smoothes and tucks your body.

Commando Control Brief

Commando Control Brief

Skirting the Issue

If you prefer your shaping delivered with a softer look, get the best of both worlds with the Commando Control Skort. It takes a feminine approach to butt control as a sexy high-rise half slip with a built-in control short that tucks you in but doesn’t hike up.

Commando Control Skort

Commando Control Skort

Thigh Anxiety

If your thighs are a concern, consider trying the Commando Control Body Short, which offers tummy-tucking, thigh-smoothing and tushy-tightening action!

Commando Body Short

Commando Body Short

Making a U-Turn

For full-coverage support, Commando’s Utopia Camisole is a great option. In line with a hot shapewear trend that combines the smoothing of shapers with the support of an everyday bra, its u-shaped silhouette smoothes you under pants or dresses in fabric made from sleek microfiber.

Commando Utopia Camisole

Commando Utopia Camisole

From Sheer to Eternity

Legwear has an inherent shaping effect that smoothes and flatters a woman’s legs while still looking sexy. Commando’s Premier Sheers leave a little bit to the imagination. Coyly pairing the luxurious look of sheer with the luscious feel of an invisible-edge waistband, you will love these!

Commando Premier Sheers pantyhose

Commando Premier Sheers pantyhose

Dressed in shapewear from Commando, you’ll feel so comfortable and sleek you won’t need to worry about indulging in holiday goodies. Leave that for the New Year. As Scarlett O’Hara said in Gone with the Wind: “I’ll think about that tomorrow!”

XOXO,

Margo

A Good Cause: The Pink Slip participates in The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s annual fundraiser sale supporting Italian-American students.

Margo Andros greets customers at the event.

Margo Andros greets customers at the event.

On December 4 I had the pleasure of presenting an assortment of brands available from ThePinkSlip.com at the annual ladies’ luncheon fundraising sale at the beautiful townhouse of The Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City’s annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated Italian-American heritage on New York’s Fifth Avenue since 1929. I have participated in the event for ten years and it’s always a lot of fun. The ladies loved our selection of styles from brands such as P.J. Salvage,  Hanky Panky, Cosabella and Simone Perele, among others. I even got to meet Lady’s Gaga’s mom, who’s a member of the foundation. How fun is that?

XOXO,

Margo

The Pink Slip sales display

The Pink Slip sales display

The Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse.

Naked Ambition: Avoid pesky bumps and visible panty lines with technologically advanced underwear so soft and lightweight, it feels like you’re wearing nothing.

Girl short by Commando

Lovely lady lumps. When Fergie sang those words in The Black-Eyed Peas’ hit single “My Humps,” she meant it as a celebration of womanly curves. In the real world, however, lumps of another kind aren’t so lovely on the ladies. You know what I mean. Those pesky little bumps and lines resulting from our efforts to keep up with the latest fashions. We’ve created many cute phrases to describe them in lighter terms, perhaps to lessen their impact on the near perfect outfits we’ve painstakingly put together for a special occasion. Love handles. Muffin top. Let’s not forget the dreaded VPL. We can resort to calling them our BFF but that won’t make them go away. The best way to combat them is with technology, my friends. I’m here to tell you there is a way to free yourselves from the scourge of not-so-lovely lady lumps. Thanks to the ingenuity of intimate apparel brands, there are panties that help smooth out your form under trendy form-fitting outfits. I’m not talking about shapewear, which is a separate topic I’ll address in a future post. These are functional panties with something extra. Designers are taking new approaches to details such as leg bindings, seams and fabric weight to create 21st century undies that help you look your best with a discreet approach to design that puts performance above appearance, even though they’re still pretty cute in a minimalist way. Unlike fashion panties or sexy underwear, today’s tech intimates are a no-frills category and I mean that in a good way.  Remember that finding the right style for you takes some trial and error. To get you started, here’s a selection of styles from some of the best in the market.

Simone Perele Invisi’bulles boy short

Simone Perele Invisi’bulles boy short

Inspired by bubbles (bulles in French), this light-as-air panty from Simone Perele, a newer player in this category that I highly recommend, looks and feels invisible. It has state-of-the-art features that add up to an amazingly light fit. It’s tagless in an ultra-fine, stretch microfiber fabric with stitch-free bonding for a smooth look under clothes. This beauty is made in France.

Thong by Commando

Commando thong

This wonderful brand, the first to fully address the seamless market, isn’t named Commando for nothing. This precision-cut underwear made from a patented fabric lays smooth and flat on your body. Its “naked” construction, without elastic or trim, eliminates panty lines and hip gouging forever. You’ll barely feel it and people will never see it under your clothes!

Eberjey Pima Goddess lowrider bikini

 

Eberjey  Pima Goddess lowrider bikini

If you are a hardcore cotton fan with a taste for minimal silhouettes, I recommend you try Eberjey’s Pima Goddess lowrider bikini.  With a touch of spandex to enhance fit, this panty in pima, the softest kind of cotton, is an excellent option for subtle styling that flatters all types of bodies. It should be a staple in your lingerie drawer.

OnGossamer mesh hip boy short

OnGossamer Mesh hip boy short

OnGossamer, one of my fave brands, offers a great boy short in a superfine mesh that is seamless. One of their best-selling styles, it’s 100 percent nylon and is trimmed in the brand’s signature delicate edge. It’s amazingly comfortable and guarantees no lines.

Go forth, ladies, and enjoy your fashion without fear of lines and lumps. There are options! If you have any questions, I’m here to help.

XOXO,

Margo

Love Your Legs: The Top Hosiery Trends for Fall & Holiday 2012

Coton Fore tights by Philippe Matignon

We are really excited about the resurgence in the popularity of legwear. It was all over the designer runways and you couldn’t pick up a Fall fashion issue of the women’s fashion magazines wihout seeing great hosiery looks. In InStyle alone we saw ads for the world’s top designers showing legwear as an integral part of a woman’s ensemble for Fall/Holiday. Head-to-toe black is a key trend and designers are accentuating the ladylike glamour of the look with coordinated legwear in black or gray. Gucci showed gray sheers as did Dolce & Gabbana, which made a very strong statement for legwear in a spread that showed sheers, lace knee-highs and lace ankle socks on three models looking devastatingly chic in black. Tights are very hot, too, showing up in an ad for White House/Black Market in a black chevron pattern to set off the brand’s take on the black and white trend. Cute socks, meanwhile, were showcased in ads for Bottega Veneta and Tods. Longtime Pink Slip fans know we are big supporters of legwear. It’s the best accessory to show that you are truly stylish and we carry some amazing brands that have all the top trends covered. To be on trend for Fall and through the Holiday party season, make sure to have the following items in your wardrobe.

Matte opaque tights by Commando

Gray Tights
Gray has become a staple for fall. It’s a great neutral color that can be dressed up or down depending on the desired look of an outfit. Commando, the brand known for its minimalist, ultra-comfy underwear, has a great line of opaque matte tights with multifunctional appeal. They go with everything and take you easily from day into evening when you’ve got a busy day. They also strike the perfect balance between control and comfort, providing just enough shaping without it being overbearing. With its invisible-edge waistband and dig-free fit, Commando is a go-to brand for great style and comfort.

Lily Collant by Philippe Matignon

Patterned Legwear
A great way to add dramatic impact to a chic yet minimalist ensemble is to bring attention to the legs with patterned hosiery, a category in which Philippe Mantignon, one of our newest brands, excels. Philippe Matignon creates stunning hosiery that celebrates femininity with texture and alluring style. The collection has beautiful patterns in both sheers and textured tights. The brand adds whimsy to sheers with a delicate floral pattern in its Lily Collant sheers. The Coton Fore tights in a crochet pattern are a great option for jazzing up a simple outfit or a plain dress.

Jasmine thigh high by Philippe Matignon

Thigh Highs
Philippe Matignon is a master of adding a seductive yet elegant touch to legwear that dresses up a look and has a chic thigh high in a microgeometric pattern, called Jasmine, that makes a woman feel feminine under even the most conservative of outfits. We recommend wearing it under a chic pencil skirt paired with a crisp white shirt.

Lace garter belt by Hanky Panky

Take the sexy up a notch with Hanky Panky’s Lace Garter Belt. Trust us when we say you’ll feel like a Bond girl wearing it.

Knee-Highs and Socks
Last but certainly not least is the knee-high, a silhouette that has caught on with designers for its classic school girl appeal. It may be Rachel Berry’s favorite accessory on Glee, but it’s also a sophisticated style that has a retro allure worn with dresses or skirts. Knee-highs can be functional, too, and we couldn’t resist highlighting the Two-Timin’”Hi-Knee” trouser sock from SPANX, which defies gravity to not let you down all day.

Follow our lead and we promise you’ll be walking in style every day!

XOXO,
Margo