Posts from April, 2009

Etsy Roundup – girdles & garter belts edition

“Portland” Bra & Garter Belt Set
(Made from a vintage Levi’s shirt!)
Bra: 32-38 A/B; Garter Belt: 24-28″
$100.00

Black & White Suspender Garters
Unstretched: 18″; Fully Stretched: 24.5″
$30.00

“Honolulu Honey” Vintage Style Suspender Girdle
Waist: Unstretched-26″; Stretched-30″
Hips: Unstretched-36″; Stretched 42″
$74.00

“Lily” Garter Belt
100% silk satin
Made to order in your size
$150.00

Toad Lillie “Champagne Dreams” Garter Belt
Made to order in your size
$75.00

DarkLadiesWear Highwaisted Girdle
Made to order up to a 40″ waist
$125.00

Dottie’s Delights Vintage-Inspired 50′s Pin Up Girdle
Made to order
$75.00

Ask the Addict: Hooters Pantyhose, Lingerie Detergent, and Femme Knickers

A few questions that have popped up in my e-mail lately…

Q:Where can I find shiny pantyhose similar to those the waitresses at my favorite sports bar wear?
A: Stocking Showcase. Without a doubt, they have the best selection of shiny pantyhose I’ve seen online, including several items from the ever-popular Peavey brand.

 

Q: I know a boy who sometimes likes to dress as a girl. What kind of lingerie would help him create a girlish figure?
A: Without getting into hardcore body-modification garments (like corsets) I find details like ruching and graduated padding (click on links for examples) help with the illusion of curves. If your friend also likes to wear women’s shoes, Alexis4U recently started carrying Le Dame footwear which is feminine styled footwear with the extra reinforcing for a masculine frame.


Q: What detergent should I use to clean my stockings and other hosiery?
A: Most lingerie is delicate, therefore I recommend investing in a specialty lingerie and/or hosiery cleanser. My personal favorite for all my nylons is Hosiery Mate. However, a very gentle soap, like baby shampoo, is also a good alternative. Remember–always hand wash your stockings, squeeze gently, and hang to dry.

Why Do Lingerie Companies Relabel Products?

I’ve mentioned the issue of lingerie companies claiming that certain hosiery designs are “exclusive” to them or “made” by them or any other adjective which conveys the notion that your company had a much greater hand in creating this particular nylon than it has.

While I understand it’s marketing, I also believe it’s dishonest,deceitful, and takes advantage of your less lingerie savvy clients who may not know, for example, that you just marked up those so-called “exclusive” items by 100% or more.

Case in point, I received an e-mail from a company directing me to the following thigh-high:

 

The description next to the stocking says the following, “The Art Deco Lace Top thigh high has a unique ‘Art Deco’ design in the sheer nylon net. We topped it with our world famous Veronica Lace to create a work of Art.” Notice the use of the word “create” as well as the ownership this particularly company takes of the design, even insinuating that the “world famous” lace is also their own creation.

Now take a look at these next couple of photos from Cervin:

As you can see, neither the lace nor the pattern from the first photo is anything close to an original design from that company.

The kicker? The first company was charging $30.00 for those stockings, when you could get them for half that off the Cervin website.

Am I the only person who thinks that’s not quite right?

Lingerie Reviews! S.P.A.N.K., Twin Syndrome & Cervin

I wear a lot of lingerie, and I don’t always have the time to give every single bra, panty, or pair of stockings a long and detailed review. So I’m going to try something just a little bit different…the mini-review. Hopefully, this will turn into a regular feature where I talk about several different items in the same space I’d normally discuss one. The mini-reviews won’t replace the more thorough discussions; they’ll just supplement them. As always, if you’d like to know more about a particular garment, just get in touch with me and I’ll be overjoyed to give you more details.

I purchased the S.P.A.N.K. Flirt soft bra and brief set at the height of my “buy it because it’s expensive phase.” Made of 100% silk chiffon, the entire set retails for $72.52 USD using the current exchange rate.

After wearing (and washing) this lingerie several times, I have to say I’m less than impressed. While it looks cute on, my major issue is that the silk and elastic do not hold up well to even the most delicate of hand launderings. Both the bra and the panty look a bit “chewed up” now which discourages me buying anything from this label in the future.

The Twin Syndrome High Rise Panties are one of those random Etsy finds I immediately fell in love with . They’re fun, funky, and at only $20.00 a pair affordable on even a modest budget.

These panties quickly became one of my favorite lingerie wardrobe pieces. They not only work independently as a costume piece, but also function well when you need more coverage or extra layering under certain clothing.

My biggest qualm is how unwieldy they can become in the ladies room, but that’s true of almost everything I own. ;-)

Finally (and I’ve saved the best for last), I want to talk about the Cervin Swing Time Stockings. Like the Falke Peacock Pantyhose, these were also one of my first lust items. I’m horrid at resisting temptation so it wasn’t long before I bought these.

Let me tell you, these stockings are worth every single penny. They fit like skin, feel like silk, and look like sex. My favorite part is how they seem like regular (albeit nice) nylons from the front, and then you have the gorgeous surprise of that sinfully fancy heel at the back. Highly recommended.