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

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

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