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

Treasure Chest: Three fashionable lingerie brands whose beautiful bra styles for full-busted women are as good as gold.

Empreinte Ophelia Corset

Exploring the topic of bras for large-breasted women is very personal for me. Not only did I sell high-quality bras in large cup sizes for years at my store in Grand Central Station, but I wear them every day so anything I say about the subject is near to my heart, quite literally!  Bras are some of the most technical garments in a woman’s wardrobe. They have many components that work together to support women so when you’re buying one, think of all its parts as a team collaborating to achieve one goal: your comfort. No single component should be doing the lion’s share of the work, mind you, so the best bras for full-busted women are the ones that strike the perfect balance between features so that functionality and comfort are achieved. A sense of style doesn’t hurt, either. Support is crucial, of course, to avoid strain on your back and shoulders so it’s important that the straps are set wide and the fabric on the sides should fit comfortably to keep the bra in place in the back so it doesn’t ride up. However, you don’t want the bra to fit too tightly, so be sure to examine yourself in the rear to conduct a dig test. If your bra leaves red marks on your back then you’re not wearing the right size for you or perhaps you should be trying a different brand. I’ve sold – and worn — some great brands that performed beautifully for me over the years, giving me great support and a long wear life. Two of my most dependable brands, Empreinte and Simone Perele, happen to be French. The lingerie trade in France really understands the needs of the full-busted woman and they support her in very sexy style. The third brand is a hot newcomer that I’m very excited about: Claudette. That said, here are my picks from their beautiful wares that support and flatter women with an ample chest.

Maud Demi Cup Bra by Empreinte

Empreinte Maud Demi Bra 

Empreinte has a rich history of serving the full-busted women with stunning designs and luxurious quality. The brand is the epitome of an investment piece, giving women lasting wear. The Maud Demi Bra is a beautiful molded underwire demi 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. Designed with three-part cups, a low neckline and wide-set shoulder straps. The brand’s cups tend to run larger than most, so I recommend buying a size down if you are in between sizes.  If you like corsets, I urge you to try their Ophelia lace style.

Simone Perele Romance Demi Cup Bra

Simone Perele Romance Demi Cup Bra 

I love the elegance of Simone Perele. The Romance Demi Cup Bra is a classic French demi with embroidered floral and lace accents.  It’s sheer and flirty, with microfiber on the sides and back for a comfortable and flattering fit. Romance features elegant double shoulder straps with floral accents and embroidered band. Available in cup sizes up to E, it’s both supportive and pretty.

Dessous Sucre bra by Claudette

Dessous Sucre-Leopard bra by Claudette 

For a lush, pin-up girl look, Claudette is hard to beat. The brand has lots of fun with color and patterns and offers cups up to size G. The Dessous Sucre-Leopard bra is wonderfully girly and retro and provides great coverage and support. The pink trim and center bow are a perfect finishing touch.  You might say it’s spot-on.

These bras so pretty and supportive, I hope you’ll invest in one or more to wear under your holiday party outfits. I promise you’ll feel like a goddess no matter which one you pick.

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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The Merrier Derriere: Spice up your date night wardrobe this holiday season in sexy panty styles with a cheeky attitude.

Jennifer Lopez works her assets in her “Dance Again” video.

Blame it on Jennifer Lopez. Ever since this stunning Latina conquered the worlds of music and films with her leonine beauty and hourglass figure, a shapely derriere has emerged as a coveted new standard of feminine allure. There is no resisting JLo’s mesmerizing curves. She enthralled Ben Affleck, married crooner Marc Anthony and then charmed millions of “American Idol” fans. While JLo is genetically blessed, some of us have to work harder to accentuate the junk in our trunk. Women inspired by bodacious celebrities like Beyonce, Sports Illustrated supermodel Kate Upton and “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks are flocking to do squats and take kickboxing classes. Although I applaud the pursuit of personal fitness, I’m happy to note that there are other ways to flatter your fanny even if you don’t have a beauty of a booty. Many of the hottest lingerie brands in the world have created provocative panty styles for women of all shapes and sizes to highlight their best assets with whimsical details perfect to wear under holiday party fashions. From flirtatious boy shorts to imaginative thongs, designers are lavishing women with pretty laces, cute bows and daring keyhole accents to freshen up their intimates wardrobe.

Hanky Panky crotchless cheeky hipster

Hanky Panky Open Crotch Cheeky Hipster

Peek-a-boo! Our friends at Hanky Panky take the sexy up several notches with the Open Crotch Cheeky Hipster.  It’s designed in Hanky Panky’s signature lace and features an oversized back keyhole and bow for an additional surprise!

Colette lace boy thong by Eberjey

Colette boy thong by Eberjey

Eberjey takes the romantic route to sexy with the Colette boy thong, which is designed in stretch-to-flatter sheer honeycomb lace. It’s cut like a hipster brief in the front, but the thong back gives you a no-panty-line look. I love its flirtatious feel.

Mimi Holliday Confetti Bomb Bow Thong

Mimi Holliday Confetti Bomb thong

The Mimi Holliday brand is from Damaris, the United Kingdom-based company that created “bottom cleavage” with its infamous bow peep-hole knickers.  The Confetti Bomb Bow Back Thong is appropriately named, exploding in fabulous femininity with polka dots, silk satin, bows and lace. The flattering back bow can be re-tied and adjusted whenever necessary, giving your significant other something very special to unwrap!

Oh La La Cheri crotchless boy short

Oh La La Cheri crotchless boy short

If you prefer date night undies that combine elements of naughty and nice, I highly recommend the crotchless lace boy short by sexy underwear specialist Oh La La Cheri. This gorgeous short has a sweet vintage appeal in a stunning floral lace design yet adds a provocative touch with a corset-inspired tie back that is most definitely sexy.

I hope you’ve been inspired by this tour of fun and innovative styles that can add sizzle to your panty drawer. Free yourself to try something new and experiment with sexy undies that let you bare as much as you dare!

XOXO,

Margo

Take it Easy: Ditch the sweats and look more stylish at home in Eberjey’s irresistible loungewear.

Giovanna by Eberjey

As the pace of life quickens, we ladies tend to slow down when it comes to looking our best in the home. We work hard to juggle a lot of things in our hectic lives: work, family, love life (if we’re lucky) and an ever-shrinking pocket of free time. While we’re spinning so many plates in the air, it’s inevitable that eventually something falls between the cracks. In many cases, that thing is maintaining a sense of style while we’re lounging around the house. A woman might feel compelled to lower her fashion standards when she’s chilling in her abode after a long day of putting out fires at work or tending to the little ones but I’m of the mind that there’s a fine line between going casual and not making an effort, even if nobody’s looking. This is especially important if you’ve got a significant other. To me, a big part of feeling good comes from looking good and treating yourself to comfortable at-home wear that reminds you, and your loved ones, that you are a beautiful woman. A special one who deserves the best. When it comes to the best in loungewear, one of my favorites is Eberjey. This fabulous brand was created in 1996 by Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito with a philosophy that the layer worn next to a woman’s heart should express happiness, love and confidence. Years later, the ladies continue to design world-renowned intimates and loungewear that delivers on this mission in a big way. Join me for a little tour of just a few of the options in the Eberjey loungewear collection.

Giovanna
With a romantic name like Giovanna, you would expect glamour and elegance of design and Eberjey doesn’t disappoint. This top and pant ensemble, notable for its pretty lace and scalloped edging, is made in a jersey that feels oh-so-good against your skin. Available in a rich burgundy, which is so hot this season, it’s a look you deserve to treat yourself to.

Gisele

Gisele
This adorable camisole and pant are pure perfection, striking the perfect balance between cute, cuddly and downright sexy in its minimalist flair. How could gray sweat pants compare?

Gisele Sleep Shirt

Gisele Sleep Shirt
There’s something very sexy about tossing on your guy’s PJ shirt but Eberjey gives us our own boy-inspired shirt without letting our man forget we’re every inch a woman. The Gisele Sleep Shirt is a great option if you want more coverage than a nightie would provide yet want to forgo a full set of PJs. Styled as a button down with a chest pocket, it’s inspired by a man, but shaped for a woman.

Gisele Tunic

Gisele Tunic
By now you’ve probably guessed that the Gisele collection is one of Pink Slip’s faves. But really, how could we resist? Eberjey offers so many different silhouettes that let a woman relax in style and the Gisele Tunic is a case in point. Slightly exotic and most definitely comfortable, it’s a wonderfully glamorous piece with a pretty lace trim at the neckline, sleeves and hem. Made of Modal and spandex jersey, it’s heaven to get your beauty sleep in.

Lady Godiva Robe

Lady Godiva Robe
If we can’t get you out of your favorite tee, at least glam things up by slipping into Eberjey’s Lady Godiva robe. The super soft Modal/spandex jersey fabric will make you feel cozy and the romantic lace trim on the hem brings nice attention to your legs. As for the tee, we dare you to try one of Eberjey’s camis. You might never lounge in t-shirts again!

Don’t think we have anything against sweatpants, mind you. We just think they’re better left to those times when you’re working up a sweat at the gym. When you’re curling up with a good book, however, treat yourself to loungewear that enhances your literary adventure with comfort and style.

XOXO,
Margo