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

Basic Instinct: Guys, this is what women really want when they get intimate apparel as gifts.

Gift Ideas from PinkSlip.comThere’s a big assumption that when women get underwear as a gift they’re expecting it to be super glam, very expensive stuff. I’m not going to say that most women would turn down the latest luxury set from La Perla, but the surprising reality is that they do respond well to thoughtful gifts that serve practical purposes. So guys, don’t shy away from helping your ladies stock up on their favorite basics this holiday season. This week is Men’s Week at MARGO’S MUST-HAVES and we’re looking at the world of lingerie from a man’s point of view. Hopefully you read my post on Monday about the key questions you should ask yourself before buying your lady intimates as a gift. If not, check it out pronto! If you already have your “Lingerie Facts List” handy, however, you are ready to charge up some serious holiday cheer for your special gal. At this point I want to give you some tips on what works well based on my ten-plus years of lingerie retailing. When I say women like basics I’m not suggesting you buy a bunch of beige panties and wrap a bow around them. What I mean is that they appreciate practical gifts as much as they like the showy ones. The key, my friend, is to strike a good balance between practicality and “fabulosity!” This means a package gift. Instead of going for one over-the-top expensive item, get her a few gifts at different price levels that satisfy both her basic needs and her fashion sense. I’ve counseled men to do this for many years and they never failed to return after the holidays to thank me for steering them in the right direction. My magic formula includes dependable basics, cozy and cute items and one “wow” item. Here are some examples of gift ideas that fit into these categories very nicely.

#1 Dependable Basics.

Hanky Panky V-kini Panty

Hanky Panky V-kini Panty

Hanky Panky V-kini panty

Believe it or not, women don’t just need panties, they love them. Women who like fashion love to collect bottoms in all colors, shapes and styles. Hanky Panky has a loyal fan base that can’t get enough of their cute designs. Known for their epic thong, Hanky Panky created the innovative, and super practical, V-kini, which gives women the flattering look of a thong with the full back coverage of a traditional bikini. You can’t miss with this one, fellas.

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider Thong

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider Thong

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider thong

If you take advantage of Pink Slip’s “Buy 4, Get 1 Free” offer, make sure to include this adorable thong from Cosabella. It has an ultrasoft, wide-stretch lace band with seamless crotch panel that lies softly on the inside thigh for ultimate comfort and is fashionably low rise. It’s not called Cutie for nothing!

#2 Cozy and Cute.

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Colette Babydoll by Eberjey  Designed in stretch-to-flatter sheer honeycomb lace, this romantic chemise flatters all body types by clinging softly and features a full skirt in super-soft fabric. It makes a dream-worthy nightie but works just as well as loungewear. Eberjey is an expert at designing intimates that bring the sexy in subtle ways. The Colette Babydoll has it all.

PJ Salvage Waffle Robe

PJ Salvage Waffle Robe

P.J. Salvage Waffle Robe

When she has a bad day, slipping into this cozy microfiber waffle robe from P.J. Salvage after a relaxing bath is the perfect tonic. Just imagine the two of you cuddling up in front of the TV with a glass of eggnog and a slice of warm apple pie. That’s what I call a classic American comfort moment!

PJ Salvage Owls in Autumn PJ

PJ Salvage Owls in Autumn PJ

P.J. Salvage Owls Pajama Set

Make her feel like a teenager again with the beyond-adorable Owls in Autumn flannel pajama set by P.J. Salvage. She’ll look so relaxed and cute in it, I imagine you’ll have quite a fun pajama party! Wink.

#3 The Wow Item.

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Lilly Rose Full-Cup bra by Empreinte

The wow item has to leave her with her mouth wide open in surprise. It’s a statement piece that is beautiful, highly feminine and will stand out in her lingerie wardrobe. For this holiday season, I really like the Lilly Rose full cup bra by Empreinte. Designed for the full-busted woman, Lilly Rose 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. In a romantic red and ivory color combination, it’s perfect for the holidays.

Go with any combination of these ideas and I promise you will hit all the right notes during the holiday season.

XOXO,

Margo

Petite Chic: How to brighten the holiday season wearing the prettiest bras designed for small-breasted women.

Kate Hudson is sleek and sexy in Glee.

Is there anything Kate Hudson can’t do? She acts, models for Ann Taylor and Almay and boy, can she sing and dance. Clearly having inherited her mom Goldie Hawn’s awesome talent, Kate is everywhere these days. She graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s October issue and is currently vamping things up as a sexy dance teacher on “Glee.” What’s especially great about Kate is that she has reached the heights in Hollywood without caving in to the pressure to fit into a cookie-cutter standard of beauty. In a town filled with gorgeous women, many of them surgically enhanced, Kate stands out with her bubbly personality, kewpie doll beauty and lithe dancer’s body. She hasn’t let having a modest bosom hold her back and tackles both romantic comedy and sexy roles with equal relish. When it comes to bras, small-breasted women everywhere can enjoy freedom of choice if they know which brands to turn to for their special needs. Although this isn’t a post about fitting a smaller chest (which I plan to cover soon in a future post), I want to discuss the style options available to the petite woman. With the holidays just around the corner, fashion bras are a good option for a gift idea and there are several styles in the market that offer varying degrees of support and shaping. The common denominator is that they’re super cute, especially in lace.

Lucia bra by The Little Bra Company

Lucia push-up by The Little Bra Company

For the woman looking for a boost, I recommend Lucia by The Little Bra Company, the specialist in intimates for petite women. LBC’s band size is cut smaller than other lingerie brands to accommodate petite figures. This pretty lace bra flatters smaller figures with a sexy, deep plunge. The lace extends past the contour cups along the shoulder straps and lays flat on the body, making it great for every day wear. It has a cute bow accent at the center and elastic straps that adjust in the back with brasstone metal hardware.

Cosabella Sweetie Bralet

Never Say Never Sweetie bralet by Cosabella

The designers at Italian brand Cosabella are masters at color and they bring their magic to the small-framed woman with the Sweetie bralet from their Never Say Never collection.  It’s wireless, but supportive at the same time, designed with Lycra stretch, which eliminates the need for a hook closure. I suggest you collect Sweetie in all of Cosabella’s great colors. Never Say Never, indeed!

Hanky Panky Lace Bralette

 

Hanky Panky Lace Bralette

Hanky Panky goes for the gold with this adorable bralette designed in a sweet sheer lace. It’s super comfy, offers light support and is designed to easily slip over the head, so it has no back closure. Pair it with one of Hanky Panky’s famous thongs and you’re set!

My Daily Bra by Samantha Chang

 

 

 

My Daily Bra by Samantha Chang 

This romantic style is signature Samantha Chang: highly feminine yet minimalist in its elegance. Sporting a V-neck plunge that’s sweetly sexy, the bra is wireless and supports with lined cups, adjustable straps and a back hook closure. You’ll feel eminently girly in its soft lace design.

OnGossamer Bump it Up push-up

 

 

 

Bump it Up push-up bra by OnGossamer

The Bump it Up push-up bra is well-named. It’s OnGossamer’s best-selling bra with seamless superfine mesh and a graduated push-up pad to create cleavage that bumps you up one whole cup size. Twist the bra at the center for even more lift!  It has a back hook-and-eye closure and adjustable straps.

You can’t go wrong with any of these great fashion bras for petites. Treat yourself to one or more of these cute bras and go out dressed in holiday style to work what you’ve got, just like the wonderful Kate Hudson.

XOXO,

Margo

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Sitting pretty: Treat yourself to the season’s cutest undies and never, ever get caught wearing granny panties.

Renee Zellweger ponders her prehistoric panties in Bridget Jones’ Diaries.

Remember that scene in the movie version of Bridget Jones’ Diary where Bridget, played by Renée Zellweger, is getting intimate with her playboy boss (Hugh Grant) and he remarks on her huge plain panties, joking that he’s wearing similar ones? It’s a classic scene that’s hysterical to watch (see it here), but not so fun to experience in real life. I, like most women around the world, loved Bridget Jones. I rooted for her and cheered when she and Mark Darcy walked off into the sunset together but, really, there’s no excuse for getting caught in boring underwear. It’s not an issue of size, mind you. The movie played up the tent-like bloomers for comic effect but Bridget and Mark were fine with her curves, including her “wobbly bits.” What I’m talking about is appreciating the role panties play in a woman’s wardrobe and, I’ll venture to say, her overall outlook. I’m not saying a beautiful panty will solve your problems but I feel very strongly that they contribute to a positive frame of mind like any piece of clothing can. Just as color is known to affect one’s mood, a pretty panty with a delicate detail in a new shade you’ve never tried can freshen up your attitude. Witness the cute scene in the movie “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” where Cameron Diaz gleefully shakes her booty clad in Underoo-style bottoms. Her glowing smile as she wiggles in front of the mirror (alone, I might add) is an infectious moment of girly celebration. Her character was happy to be alive and took great pleasure in the simplest of moments. That, my friends, is the power of a cute panty. For this reason, Pink Slip is having a special Panty Week and we’re offering a great deal for you to stock up on fresh styles that will look good, feel good and put a smile on your face. Here are just a few options I’d like to suggest from some of my favorite brands.

Thongs by Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky thongs

No discussion of cute bottoms is complete without mentioning Hanky Panky, the brand known for comfort and flattering every figure. For 25 years, the Hanky Panky thong has been a staple in women’s underwear wardrobes with an amazingly broad range of rises, fabrics, prints and colors to fit any day or mood. The colors alone remind me of delicious sherbert flavors. They all look so good, you can’t own just one.

Cutie thong by Cosabella

Cosabella Cutie thong

One of my favorite Italian brands, Cosabella, makes any woman feel like a Bond girl in their Cutie thong. It’s incredibly comfortable in an ultrasoft, wide stretch lace with a seamless crotch that lays softly on the inside thigh. Molto bella, indeed!

Mary Green boy short

Mary Green boy short

If thongs are not your thing, the boy short is a great alternative. I highly recommend the cotton hip hugger boy short by Mary Green. This elegant silhouette plays nicely with contrast by combining color with scalloped lace for a very artistic and feminine look. Treat yourself to several of the brand’s cute, sexy and fun colors.

Hottie by Cosabella

Cosabella Hottie boy short

Somewhere between a thong and a boy short lies Cosabella’s Hottie, a lowrider boy short in a flirty Brazilian cut. It features scallop edges and reveals a bit more cheek for an extra sexy fit that flatters all body types. What else would you expect from Cosabella?

Eberjey Delirious French Brief

Eberjey Delirious French Brief

If you love romantic sheer underwear you can’t go wrong with the Delirious French Brief by Eberjey. This dainty panty is sweetly sexy in a decorative pointelle mesh with delicate edging at the waist and legs. In a hip hugger silhouette with a “barely there” feel, it’s bound to put a smile on your face.

Don’t forget to check back later this week when I present some of my picks for panties with functional benefits and sexy styling.

XOXO, Margo