Lingerie brand Secrets In Lace turns back the clock to a time when lingerie was beautifully made to last. The brand is the world’s largest seller of 100% nylon stockings, which are manufactured on the same machines once used to make the high-quality stockings of the 1950′s. Secrets In Lace also sells garter belts, bullet bras, and countless other vintage-inspired pieces (including designs inspired by Bettie Page and Dita von Teese) that are made with functionality in mind – just like they were in the 50′s and 60′s. I love the idea of spending my days toiling through the modern world in a modern dress with a classic garter belt underneath that nobody knows about but me. It’s definitely a refreshing trade-up from today’s trendy, poorly made tights that I so frequently fall victim to at the mall. The company’s first store opened in Virginia 1984 and expanded to a mail order operation in 1995, which launched it into a worldwide legend. There is something so undeniably elegant about this type of lingerie and it’s amazing to see such an important a piece of sartorial history preserved in a world that tends to favor the next big (and cheaply made) thing. Daniel Whitsett, president and co-founder of Secrets In Lace, answered a few of our burning questions about the brand’s curvy models, what makes nylons stockings so special, and how to choose quality lingerie. Keep reading »
Brrrrrrr, it’s cold in here! If you haven’t bought a winter coat, don’t shed a tear. I found 50 awesomely affordable pieces of outerwear! From faux fur and hooded to puffy and sleek, your chances of staying warm this season don’t have to be bleak. So click through this gallery and break out your credit card, but warning: choosing which coat to buy is bound to be hard…
I spend a significant portion of the winter months talking about how cold I am, how much I hate the cold, how I can’t wait for it to be summer, how the cold makes me want to die, how it seems like winter lasts twice as long as the good seasons, and, again, how much I hate the goddamn cold. Winter’s only saving grace is that it’s actually, you know, necessary to go shopping for warm clothes, because it’s not like it would be wise to freeze to death. Really, a winter wardrobe should be government subsidized. If it was, I would totally buy all of these super cute and cuddly sweaters. Maybe I would ever take the complaining down a notch.
Thanksgiving is upon us, which means it’s almost time to eat our body weight in stuffing, turkey and mashed potatoes! And even though some of us won’t have the luxury of enjoying the holiday in our sweatpants, we’ve found 12 comfy, casual dresses that are presentable enough for company, but loose enough that you can have some extra turkey without worry. One more thing to be thankful for this year: being able to conceal your food baby in style.
I don’t know what it is about a cape that looks so sophisticated, but every time I put one on I feel like some classy winter minx who wears leather gloves and saunters around the Met every weekend. Freezing in winter weather doesn’t have to be all miserable, right? Capes make outerwear a bit more fun — and maybe even make you feel like you can fly like some tweed-covered superhero.
I am a big gigantic proponent of only owning a simple, minimalistic set of high-quality shirts, pants, and dresses. It saves money in the long run, it’s versatile, it’s good for the environment, and it takes a lot of the guesswork, time, and agony out of getting dressed in the morning. My day-to-day wardrobe consists mostly of two pairs of black leggings, two pairs of jeans, and multiples of tank tops, T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts that I bought in a few neutral colors. Everything fits right, and everything matches everything. Voilà.
However, I’m also sensitive to the fact that women both are expected to adorn ourselves more prettily than that, and that many of us like to. I like to! I just don’t want to do it through my clothes anymore. The solution I’ve come up with is to buy interesting jewelry that’s bold enough to change the whole look of my outfit, making it appear as if I own more than basically four or five outfits. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to spend much money on it, and if you ever feel like getting rid of a piece, you can trade a friend for a different piece of jewelry. Frugality! Check out these inexpensive bracelets, necklaces, and body chains for inspiration.
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