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The Look for Less: Eres vs. Hanky Panky

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You may have noticed it’s been awhile since the last ‘Look for Less‘ article. That’s because one of my more recent Looks for Less articles (featuring Bordelle & Frederick’s of Hollywood), caused quite a stir — and a lot of great discussion — on my Twitter and Facebook pages.

Gaby, from Hopeless Lingerie, wrote a excellent piece on my blog about some of the issues with lingerie knockoffs ,and though I did one more article shortly afterward featuring Agent Provocateur and ASOS, I realized I needed some time to think about Look for Less features, and if I could go about them in a better way.

So welcome to the relaunch of Look for Less.

There were a lot of calls for me to get rid of this feature entirely, but I decided against it because, as a consumer on a budget, I understand that expensive lingerie is out of the reach of many people. And I truly believe that women shouldn’t be sentenced to a lifetime of bland, boring underwear just because they don’t have a luxury budget.

That said, I also understand the difficult position some of my Look for Less features put the industry in, especially independent lingerie designers. I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be to spend months designing the perfect undergarment only to see your efforts oliberated by a multi-million dollar company with designers, factories, and advertising dollars to spare.

So though today marks the return of Look for Less, it also marks the beginning of what I hope is a more ethical version of Look for Less. We’ll be talking less about seam-for-seam knockoffs and more about how you can get the look and feel of designer pieces even if you don’t have a designer budget.

Today’s feature compares Eres’ Pandora lace (pictured left here and in all other photos) range with Hanky Panky’s signature lace range (pictured right here and in all other photos). I first found out about the Pandora range through Frou Frou Fashionista, and I immediately fell in love with the design. Lace is such a classic lingerie material, and it makes even the most basic patterns look luxurious.

Sadly, I was less enamored of Eres’ price tag. With briefs starting at $190 and bras at $355, I’d need to eat an unhealthy amount of Ramen to afford their lingerie.

Fortunately, you can get a similar allover lace look from Hanky Panky for a lot less money. The pieces featured here start at $32, and I can personally attest to their comfort, durability, and yes, sexiness.

What do you think of Eres’ Pandora line and Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace? Purchase… or pass?

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.

7 Comments on this post

  1. […] *Via The Look for Less: Eres vs. Hanky Panky– […]

  2. What can I say? the careful and detailed construction of the Eres pieces, the “engineered” cut of the cups and panties are designed to give real “fit” and some degree of control and support. The lace is clearly more expensive and the amount of work in the final pieces much more labor intensive.
    The “look for less” pieces are made in a very light stretch lace, and best worn by the very young with toned bodies and limited disposable income. A lovely choice but not the same quality or fit.
    While I do appreciate that Eres is not for every woman, there is a vast difference between these two collections and a sophistication and elegance to Eres that can only be achieved by their commitment to excellence. We may not be able to afford luxury brands like Eres or Hermes or Gucci, but we can still appreciate them for the influence they continue to have on the mid market brands.
    As an independent lingerie designer who has been “knocked off” more times than I care to remember by mega brands, I do want to defend the value of original design from brands like Eres. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to comment and Happy 2012!

  3. sexylegsandbody says:

    Very sexy and very stylish.

    Enjoy the weekend.

  4. Dixie Rising says:

    I have to say that I wear hanky panky ALL THE TIME. The most comfortable thong in the universe, I forget I'm wearing them. They are breathable and good for all body types and best of all THEY ARE TRULY SEAMLESS! The first REAL pair of seamless anything I've ever owned that is really affordable and worth it.

  5. Gaby and Jane says:

    I think this is a really great way to address the look for less topic :) Well done :)

    Gaby xoxo

  6. Lisa says:

    Love the look for less. It's stylish and classy with integrity.

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