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A Retro Review: Rago Powermesh Knickers

Today, I'm reviewing the Rago High Waist Sheer Retro Pantie. Sold online at Dollhouse Bettie, these panties are made from an 81% nylon, 19% spandex blend and are machine washable. Available in sizes S-XXL (fitting waist sizes 26-34"), they only come in one color--black. Retail price is a reasonable $18.80 USD.

The material is a slightly opaque powermesh tulle. While not as soft as the Kiss Me Deadly mesh knickers I reviewed last week, they're not exactly rough either. I'd compare the texture to mid-price stockings. The panties have an elasticated waistband and legholes as well as a cotton crotch. With no lace, bows, frills, or ruffles, the only "decoration" is a single, functional seam along the center rear.

The knickers feel quite nice on. The higher waistband (it comes about an inch above the navel to your "true waist") took a bit of getting used to, but I was able to ignore it after awhile. While the powermesh is firm, these aren't girdle panties. The "peaked" legholes are very comfortable and don't dig into the flesh; I had no bunching or twisting all day. Because the panty ends below the cheeks, visible panty lines aren't an issue either. The only thing you would need to worry about are that these knickers, like any other retro styled panty, would be visible above the waist line of most pants and skirts if your shirt isn't long enough.

The Rago powermesh knickers aren't the most luxurious, but they are certainly practical, comfortable, inexpensive, and kitschy. I'd give 'em a B+.

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.