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

Heart to Heart: The mother-daughter team of Helena and Kaya Stuart keep the Only Hearts brand a successful labor of love.

Kaya and Helena Stuart

Kaya and Helena Stuart

I love Only Hearts. As a New York-based retailer, I deeply admire what founder Helena Stuart has accomplished with the innovative shop she founded more than 30 years ago, growing the Only Hearts brand into a unique lifestyle statement. That’s why I just added a range of wonderful pieces from the 2013 collection to the brand assortment available at ThePinkSlip.com. Only Hearts, which Helena describes as inner-outerwear™, is a full range of classifications including intimates, sleepwear, dresses and more, all proudly made in New York City’s garment district. The line is fabulously girly with clean lines, soft colors and cozy fabrics figuring prominently throughout. The girly energy doubled 11 years ago when Helena’s talented daughter Kaya joined the firm and the company officially became a family affair. I recently chatted with Helena about her inspirations, the evolution of the intimates market and the joys of working with family.

Margo Andros: Helena, what inspires your approach to designs?

Helena Stuart: I think most designers would agree to having an inner drive to see the world in their own way. This is the core of what motivates me; I just start from the inside out.

Margo: How have you seen the intimates market change over the years since you founded Only Hearts?

Helena: When I trademarked inner-outerwear in 1980 there was no contemporary lingerie market. A camisole was strictly an underpinning, not to be worn on its own as a top. So things have changed a lot! It’s been wonderful to be a part of this evolution, to see a full circle acceptance and appreciation of showing a little bit of what’s underneath.

Margo: How has the Only Hearts brand evolved over time?

Helena: It’s hard to summarize, briefly, almost 34 years in business, especially manufacturing in New York City’s Garment District! When I started, I was using only black and white, mostly cotton. Currently we use a rainbow’s range of colors, textures, and fabrics from all over the world. Also, the original Only Hearts customer was in her twenties, my age when I founded the business. Over the years we’ve grown together, and her daughter is now another core part of our customer base.

Margo: What key trends is Only Hearts offering for 2013?

Helena: Only Hearts is not really a ‘trendy’ brand. We’re doing a lot of color blocking and patchwork ideas, which haven’t looked fresh to me in a while. Also, a big interest in burlesque / erotica inspired lingerie.

Margo: What’s it like to collaborate with your daughter Kaya?

Helena: It’s a gift!  I consider myself to be very lucky not only to see her most days, but to get to know her as a creative thinker and problem solver outside the roles within our (large, traditional, ITALIAN) family.

Margo: You’re indeed very lucky to have her. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with my followers, Helena.

Helena: You’re welcome. It was a pleasure!

Now that we know the inspiration, here’s a look at some of my faves from the Only Hearts assortment at ThePinkSlip.com.

Delicious Chemise

This chemise, in delicious microfiber, fits closely to your body while feeling incredibly soft next to your skin. Delicate lace accentuates the neckline and hem of the chemise, creating sleepwear that looks as good as it feels.

Delicious Chemise by Only Hearts

Delicious Chemise by Only Hearts

 

Organic Cotton Skinny Tank

Only Hearts’ signature skinny tank in 100% organic Supima cotton has an easy fit and a wonderful feel. The straps are wide enough to conceal your bra straps, which is perfect for everyday wear. Great for sleeping, playing, wearing out, anyway you wear it it. It’s the perfect closet essential.

Organic cotton Skinny Tank by Only Hearts

Organic cotton Skinny Tank by Only Hearts

Silk Mini Slip

Our favorite Only Hearts mini-slip combines the lusciousness of silk accentuated with beautiful lace detailing for ultimate sexiness. It’s a beautiful layering piece, in an easy-to-wear, under-it-all slip.

Silk Mini Slip by Only Hearts

Silk Mini Slip by Only Hearts

Second Skin Strapless Convertible Bra

This strapless bra gives you full coverage with just the right amount of lift and support. Part of Only Hearts’ Second Skin collection, this underwire bra truly feels as soft and as natural as your own skin! It comes complete with a convertible strap, from strapless to one-shoulder to halter-style.

Strapless Convertible Bra by Only Hearts

Strapless Convertible Bra by Only Hearts

I hope you enjoyed our special peek at the new offerings from Only Hearts. It’s literally a brand with a lot of heart!

XOXO,

Margo

Net Gains: Mesh fabric is a hot lingerie trend that flatters you with a revealing moment.

Lola Haze Signature Camisole - CopyWhen people think of mesh, they typically think sexy. As a design accent it has certainly been used to add an erotic charge to fashion, especially in intimate apparel. When it comes to high-end lingerie, it’s hard to name a brand that doesn’t incorporate some measure of mesh in their collections. However, mesh has benefits beyond looking provocative. It’s a very comfortable fabric to wear in panties since it’s breathable and lightweight. Still, there’s no denying the visual appeal of mesh. Its earliest applications date back to the 1700s when the French started making a hexagonal fabric in the city of Tulle, giving birth to tulle fabric, which was first linked to wedding dresses in 1840 when it was featured in Queen Victoria’s bridal gown. Nylon mesh, which has a functional benefit used in sports apparel, was invented by a director who worked for DuPont and was patented in 1935. Nearly 80 years later, mesh remains a popular trend for lingerie brands using it creatively in all categories of intimates. Here are some of my favorites that we offer on ThePinkSlip.com.

Catherine Teddy by Arianne

Light, sheer, stretch mesh fabric gently hugs your curves in the Catherine Teddy with intricate scalloped eyelet lace trim. Underwire cups offer support and shape, and are trimmed with same scalloped lace. Narrow shoulder straps adjust in back. Thong styling offers minimal coverage in rear.

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

Lola Haze Signature Cami

Lola Haze’s most popular and versatile camisole is sleek and sophisticated with a touch of fun shimmer. Layer it under another tank or dress for a sexy peek-a-boo. For full-on sexy, comfy, and cool, wear it as a set with the Signature Cross Hipster.

Lola Haze Signature Camisole

Lola Haze Signature Camisole

Meet me at Midnight Corset Chemise by Samantha Chang

Meet Me at Midnight is a collection of modern undergarments with ultra-feminine lace detailing. This sexy and elegant chemise features wide rose lace imported from Japan, corset seaming and a fitted body with self-lined cups.

Samantha Chang Meet me at Midnight Mesh Slip

Samantha Chang Meet me at Midnight Mesh Slip

Delirious French brief by Eberjey

The Delirious French Brief is sexy-cute in a low-rise designed in sheer decorative mesh with delicate edging at the waist and legs. It’s extremely comfortable with a “barely there” feeling, making it a great “no panty lines” option for those that want a thong alternative or for someone who likes full back coverage.

Eberjey Delirious French Brief

Eberjey Delirious French Brief

OnGossamer’s signature hip boyshort

OnGossamer is a well-named brand, offering lighter-than-air undies like the Signature Hip Boyshort. It’s constructed in a seamless superfine sheer mesh trimmed with their signature delicate double edge. It’s delectably comfortable to wear.

OnGossamer hip boy short

OnGossamer hip boy short

From camisoles to panties, mesh is a sexy and comfortable look you can enjoy in degrees that suit your personal taste. It all depends on how much you dare to bare!

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

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.

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

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

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

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