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Lingerie of the Week: Michi Medusa Jumpsuit

One of the things I've never shared about these Lingerie of the Week features is that they share a dual purpose. Yes, part of the point is to share what I think is new, cool, exciting, and interesting. But the other part, the other purpose, to these posts is to create a sort of archive, a font of lingerie memories that others can access. So often, I recall a brand or garment that's no longer available, not even in pictures, and then I wish I'd covered them in a lingerie of the week feature or shared their photo in a trend roundup. Particularly when I'm looking back to the early years of this blog, there's so much lingerie history that's disappeared into the aether... all because I just assumed it would always be there. That someone else would find these items noteworthy and memorable and save them. But now I know that's not the case. Most of the lingerie blogs around when I started have gone quiet.

Michi's Medusa Jumpsuit straddles multiple lines: activewear, lingerie, outerwear. To me, it reads like an ultra high-tech catsuit --- the sort of thing a burglar of the future would wear (or perhaps a rebooted Catwoman or Hawkeye). But it's also an intrinsically practical garment, constructed from eight-way stretch, high performance fabrics from Sweden. Yes, it looks cool, and yes, that's deliberate, but this jumpsuit is meant to be incredibly functional as well.

We've covered Michi here on TLA before. Their fashion-forward athletic strikes a chord with me. After seeing that the label's made in Canada, I'm even more interested; lingerie produced in North America has become an increasingly rare specimen. But if I'm perfectly honest, none of those are the reasons I truly like this jumpsuit. I like it because I think it would make feel like a badass, and really, at the end of the metaphorical, that's what I want from all of my lingerie.

michi bionic bodysuit

If catsuits aren't your thing, Michi also produces a long-sleeved "Bionic Bodysuit." Again, this is supposed to be athletic wear (perhaps for dance or yoga?), but it works so well as lingerie. I covet it.

The Medusa Jumpsuit is $395. The Bionic Bodysuit is $325. Size range for both pieces is XS-L fitting a maximum US 10 (though, as a point of comparison, I'm a US 8/10 and outside the size chart for their pieces). Garments are an 88% nylon/12% Lycra blend, and many of their products are made on ShopBop (though not these two specifically).

What do you think of Michi? Would you wear something like this to the gym or dance studio?


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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.

3 Comments on this post

  1. Jo says:

    love the medusa
    Jumpsuit
    I am actually thinking about buying it
    Any suggestions on how to style it for street wear ???

  2. wendybien says:

    I can picture this for cosplay or as edgy athletic-themed streetwear or going-out attire, with casual heels and a jacket or some such, but I’m not sure a lot of people would wear this to work out (?) The brand’s own styling doesn’t seem to push very hard in that direction–for example this heeled faux sneakers, the models aren’t doing anything super athletic, and they definitely do not have an athletic body type. There’s a big contrast with the branding and styling of other trendy, expensive sportswear brands (think the ubiquitous Lululemon–who also does mesh inserts etc. but styled and modeled very differently: http://shop.lululemon.com/products/category/mesh-gear?lnid=ln;women;features;mesh-gear)
    Basically when I look at the Michi products I am not sure that I’m being sold actual activewear, I feel more like they are selling me edgy streetwear layering pieces that are athletic/utilitarian themed, but not ACTUALLY athletic. Does that make any sense? I might feel differently if I encountered them in a store on a hanger, but this is how it comes across online.

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