Review: The Pink Pantaloon Co.
[Disclosure: These items were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.]
I wear a lot of pink. Like, a lot. The desk where I'm writing this is pink, my hair is usually a little pink, and yep, most of my lingerie is pink. So naturally, when The Pink Pantaloon Co. introduced themselves, I was all. over. it. An entirely pink lingerie company? Yes, please.
All of their luxury silk knickers and loungewear are made-to-order in their UK studio from a single roll of pink silk. The designs are simple but pretty. Lingerie like this is my favorite because you can wear it as outerwear, as shown in their cheeky lookbooks. The silk is opaque and thick enough that you could wear it under a short dress on a windy day, or under something sheer and lacy just for fun. I am between a medium and large according to their size chart, so they whipped up two surprise pairs for me in size large: the India High Waist Knickers ($188/£130), and the Amelie French Knicker ($115/£80).
Opening the fancy black box, tied up with remnants of their signature pink silk, was super exciting. Their branding is definitely on point. My pieces were all wrapped up in black tissue paper and closed securely with a matching pink wax stamp. There isn't a riveting story behind the color, or why they chose to use only one shade; the design team simply liked the fabric, a pretty dusty-rosy-pink satin with a hint of stretch.
But my thoughts about the branding dissipated when I realized the construction quality is really poor. The waistband elastics aren't properly finished or even pressed correctly, so the thinner elastic waistband of the India knickers flips inside out constantly, whether it's worn or lying flat. The French seams weren't clipped enough or pressed out before finishing, making them bulky. The hems looks like they have been accidentally stretched as they were sewn, given them a slightly ruffled appearance that isn't terrible, but likely wasn't intentional.
Some mistakes are even worse. On both pairs, all points on the hem that cross over another seam or piece of elastic--and some inexplicable points where there isn't a seam to cross over--are not folded over completely. These parts not only look terrible and are a sign of careless sewing, but will fray over time.
Like all of their products, The Pink Pantaloon Co. made these two pieces just for me, so I can't blame this on poor sample sewing--this is poor sewing in general.
The fit is decent for both pairs. I love the super high slits on the sides of the Amelie French Knickers; they're a classic tap pant fit that I'd definitely wear lounging around the house. I like the contrast of the charcoal grey elastic around the waist too, but it's not visible in any of the photos online, so it was a surprise. Plus, the description listed this item as having a "fitted waistband," so I assumed it would have a flat, fitted waistband with some kind of closure. The elastics are average lingerie elastics, and there are so many beautiful elastics in the world that, for the price point, I wish they picked something a little fancier.
I'm not personally a big fan of high-waist boyshort panties (I prefer my narrow hips in panties that are a little smaller, or at least cut a little higher), but the India High Waist Knickers are cute, too. If your hips are at the upper range of their size chart, this style will probably be very snug; my hips are about 40" and despite being smaller than the size chart specifies, the Large fits pretty well.
Both pairs are cute and their branding and packaging are great for the aesthetic they're going for, but the sewing quality is just so poor. If I'm spending upwards of $100 on panties, I expect the quality to match the cost. Compared to the beautiful seams of other classically-styled, UK-made brands like Harlow and Fox or even the less expensive Ayten Gasson, The Pink Pantaloon Co. really can't hold its own. Hopefully in the future, their production manager raises the bar.
What do you think of The Pink Pantaloon Co.? Is good branding more important than quality sewing?