My grandmother always credited undershirts as the key to staying healthy in the winter, and Jockey seems to share her sentiments. The company is reinventing their products with a special fabric originally developed to keep NASA astronauts comfortable during temperature fluctuations in space. For spring 2011 Jockey International will launch a new collection called Smart Fabric, making it cool for everyone to wear undershirts. And this isn’t just a winter trend; the undergarments will do double duty by keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The women’s line includes a reversible T-shirt, a tank, a bikini, and a hipster brief, and everything comes in packs (two tops or three undies) costing $21 apiece. Now those childhood dreams of heading to space can come true in at least the sartorial way. [WWD] Keep reading »
Remember days of the week underwear? (We were the girls who could never get it right and were always wearing Tuesday’s panties on a Thursday. So rebellious.) Stella McCartney has famously brought back the cute idea with her beautiful lace knickers of the week that come in a charming chest of drawers package. Problem is, it’ll cost you $195 to keep your butt covered for seven days. The good news is that Ms. McCartney has done a cheaper version of the fun underthings for Gap. The $38 set features colorful cotton instead of silk but still retains the look and style of the originals. Full disclosure: You’ll find them in the Gap Kids section, which we’ve been known to pick from on occasion. Just look for the L or XL sizes! [Journelle.com, Gap] Keep reading »
Shapewear: we used to call them granny panties. And maybe you still do (granny-chic is in now, anyhow), but tummy-tucking undies are no longer for the geriatric set. We’ve seen the signs coming for a while—first with the Spanx explosion (or implosion, if you will), and then with the underwear-as-outerwear trend that began coming down the runways. Now, reports WWD, the shapewear market is experiencing a huge rebirth, citing a growth in retail sales of over 10 percent in the last year. The real reason behind the fad? Celebrity fans (duh), but more specifically, Rihanna with her metallic corset costume, Beyoncé‘s gold bodysuits from her latest tour, and Lady Gaga‘s … well, Lady Gaga’s everything.
So, what about you? Have you been eschewing your lacy thongs for full-coverage knickers? [WWD] Keep reading »
We love Phillip Lim‘s signature 3.1 line, but generally can’t afford too much of it. Lim’s first undergarment collection has just hit boutiques, and we’re a bit ambivalent. On the one hand, the $80-$195 price range makes owning a Lim piece closer within reach; on the other, 100 bones is a lot to drop on a bra. Either way, the designs provide some great lingerie inspiration. Instead of being overtly sexy, Lim goes for the sweet and demure with dainty silk bralets, eyelet-hemmed skirt slips (so retro!), and details like scalloped edges and lace. Suffice it to say, bad girls are allowed to wear these pieces, too. [LaGarconne.com] Keep reading »
We’d love to give our sad drawer full of worn-out granny panties a designer makeover, but that would be fairly expensive. Thank God for online outlet stores, where we can find gorgeous, silk floral briefs that originally cost $130 at a fraction of the price. These aren’t just pretty and comfy-looking; no one would kick them out of bed, that’s for sure.
These “SIMsystem” (stands for Smart Incontinence Management) underpants are awesome in oh so many ways. Developed for use in nursing homes, they send a text message to nurses when a patient has an accident. This means bed wetters will spend more time being dry on average and nurses will waste less precious moments checking their pants, which, we assume can hardly be a pleasant task for anyone involved on either side of the equation. And at the risk of seeming insensitive here (wouldn’t be the first time), does anyone see any interesting implications for the dating world? We see this technology working in a number of ways. Ah, how the imagination reels. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Before his death last month, designer Alexander McQueen was working on a line of men’s underwear or, as we’ll refer to them, manties. We feel the creations deserve a name of their own, not just because their creator was an awesome man, but also because they’re a bit too snazzy to just be referred to as boxers or briefs. If you can’t imagine your boyfriend disrobing to reveal Hanes ever again, fear not. You can scoop up these super-tight beauties for the paltry price of about $53 each! McQueen manties not enough for your man? You’re also mere weeks away from complementary $555 silk pajamas, too. We’ll assume the PJs come with a Vespa. [The Cut] Keep reading »
Comparing a man’s package to a banana is nothing new. But now, this organ is getting linked to bananas for more than its physical shape. AussieBum, an Australian underwear company, has created an eco-friendly line of men’s underwear that is made from 27 percent banana fiber, 64 percent cotton, and nine percent Lycra. (AussieBum uses the bark weave from the banana plant to make the fiber.) The underwear is not only lightweight, but also absorbent. Now wearers won’t have to worry about salty balls in the summer — that sounds like a win-win for them and their lovers. [Reuters, AussieBum] Keep reading »
Whether it’s the mesh thong, bralessness or excessive butt-to-wall friction that’s convinced us is hard to say, but somehow we think that the Jacques
Sports Issue is as much about sports as the Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue is about competitive swimming. That said, given Jacques’
tendency to celebrate all things buxom and nearly naked, the issue may very well provide exercise, umm, inspiration for some. [Copyranter
] Keep reading »
As if thigh-slimming Spanx weren’t embarrassing enough, the company now makes these torso-covering panties. The brief style comes attached to a panel of super-tight elastic material, which goes up so high it sits right under your boobs. Wonder if they’ll start making these with a bicycle-short cut … aw, hell, might as well just make a full-body Spanxsuit in that case. [Nitrolicious] Keep reading »