Classic Appeal: How Arianne modernized the teddy with functionality and timeless feminine allure.

Sue Ellen reminds J.R. of what he's missing on "Dallas."

Sue Ellen reminds J.R. of what he’s missing on “Dallas.”

When you think about staple items in a woman’s lingerie wardrobe, you can’t avoid the teddy. It’s a classic silhouette that endures as a symbol of femininity. Due to its flattering effect on women of all body types, it’s been stereotyped as a tool of seduction, especially in the popular culture. I was reminded of this recently by the recent passing of actor Larry Hagman, who played the iconic villain J.R. Ewing on the ‘80s series “Dallas.” You may wonder why he makes me think of teddies. Well, anyone who watched the original series remembers that rascally J.R. had a string of mistresses during the show’s long run and they were frequently shown wearing intimates. Hagman’s on-screen wife Linda Gray endured his infidelities as the long-suffering Sue Ellen, who would usually turn to the bottle for consolation. When she fought back, however, her weapon of choice was often a piece of sexy lingerie. A teddy showcased her leggy body perfectly and reminded J.R. why he married her in the first place. In the show’s later years, Sue Ellen took her fondness for intimates a step further and became an intimate apparel retailer, buying Valentine Lingerie and hiring J.R.’s gal pal Mandy Winger as the brand’s spokesmodel to drive a wedge between them. This, my friends, is the power of a teddy! In real life, the stakes may not be as high, but I still think every woman should own a teddy, and not just because they look terrific on us. Today’s teddy is both fashionable and functional. I think it can work well as a foundation for daywear. Arianne, the Canadian design house founded in 1947, is a master at creating gorgeous teddies that provide support and style. Many of them are so well-designed that they double as sportswear pieces that can be layered under a jacket and pencil skirt for a very modern look.  Arianne is a class act that offers top quality in its assortment. The brand designs intimates and loungewear using exquisite fabrics such as sophisticated jacquards, sexy laces, ultrasoft Modal, cottons and viscose, all sourced around the world to create the perfect comfortable look. At Pink Slip, we carry three great teddy styles that hit all the right notes.


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 the scalloped lace. Narrow shoulder straps adjust in back. Thong styling in the rear is sexy and helps avoid panty lines.

The Catherine teddy by Arianne

The Catherine teddy by Arianne


If you’re into floral design, consider the Stacy teddy, which features sheer floral lace at the leg openings. This style offers great support with padded underwire cups. Double spaghetti straps in front become a single adjustable strap in back. Rosette accents on front straps and at the center.

Stacy lace teddy by Arianne

Stacy lace teddy by Arianne


Be ravishing in red with the Jade teddy. This very flattering style features rose and vine jacquard fabric in rich colors with beautiful lace. It’s highly functional with double adjustable straps and underwire cups lined with padding to gently enhance the bustline. Lace trim on leg openings are a stylishly feminine detail.

Arianne Jade Teddy

Arianne Jade Teddy

Opt for a teddy and give the bra and panties a break from time to time. I promise you’ll feel luxuriously feminine all day long and at night, well, look at what it did for Sue Ellen!



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