Gift Guides Galore: Masculine Fancy

The turkey’s been and gone, leftovers are packed into the fridge, and the dishwasher is rinsing off the last of the Thanksgiving remnants. I’m pleasantly stuffed with homemade mashed potatoes and cheesecake, and it’s finally finally time to start talking about (a few of) my favorite thing(s!): Christmas. Holiday wishlists have been swirling through the Blogosphere for the last few weeks, and I have been clinging stubbornly to the idea that Thanksgiving deserves it’s own special attention before diving headfirst into mistletoe and holly. However, with less than four weeks until Christmas morning (!!!!!!?!), it’s time to push my blogging fingers into overdrive. With a strong focus on underthings (with occasional other pretties thrown in because I said so), I hope to give you lovely readers a series of Holiday Buying Guides for everyone on your “Nice” (or Naughty 😉 ) list.

Lingerie buying guides tend to be swathed in frills, and while I love both as much as the next femme-bot, I think it’s important to recognize that not every woman wants to be wrapped in satin and eyelash lace. Seriously, if I tried to gift my lady an Agent Provocateur, she’d be both incredibly puzzled and overcome by fits of laughter. In layman’s terms, she isn’t one for girly things. Just because a woman isn’t one for glamour and fancy doesn’t mean that there aren’t suitable, sensible lingerie solutions for their tastes. This edition of Gift Guides Galore is inspired by my beautiful girlfriend and her more masculine fancies:

 

1. Galaxy Print Big Knickers by Knickerocker

Knickerocker is a company that I don’t have any personal experience with but who has been raved about over at Braless In Brasil and The Full Figured Chest. (Both of those ladies know their underthings, so I trust their judgement and opinions implicitly!) While browsing through Etsy’s lingerie section for possible features for this post, I stumbled upon the Knickerocker Galaxy Print Big Knickers. I consulted my lovely lady, who’s own style toes the line between masculine/tomboy and hipster/femme. Her reaction: “Those look cool.”

Knickerrocker Galaxy Print Big Knickers, $24.00 Available in sizes S-XL and custom sizes.

Knickerocker Galaxy Print Big Knickers $24.00.
Available in sizes S-XL and custom made-to-measure sizes.

Hell yeah, they do! Based out of California, Knickerocker undies can be custom-made to your own measurements! They also come in a variety of fun, playful patterns and colors. I favor these galaxy print knickers for the more masculine set, because while they aren’t dappled in dots or bows, they are still cut to fit a woman’s body. The galaxy print fabric is quirky, and handled with care during manufacturing. Each piece is made by hand, and prewashed with detergent that’s ph-balanced for a woman’s most sensitive skin. (Because masculine or feminine, vaginas are vaginas and sometimes they need to be handled with care!) My opinion ain’t enough? Knickerocker has nearly 1,500 5-star reviews on Etsy. Do you think getting 1,500 people to agree on something is an easy task!?

 

2. Black and Red Briefs by RodeoH

Maybe your girlfriend prefers purposeful gifts. Maybe she wants less fashion and more function. Like that adorable little girl in that taco shell commercial, I say “Why not both?!”. Enter the black and red briefs by RodeOH:

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Black and Red Brief by Rode0H $45.00.
Available in waist sizes 23-24 thru 52-55

(Note: Mom! Stop reading now, or the next dinner we have together is gonna be real awkward.)

I know. You’re looking at me skeptically. “Jessica, you self-serving weasle, you. This is a harness!” However, these brilliant designed knickers are not just a strap-on harness (for you lady-loving-ladies out there!), but a soft and breathable set of briefs. And while Rodeoh actually offers a pair of undies that are just undies, I kind of like the idea of being able to *ahem* “suit up” (so to speak) whenever, wherever. Available in a variety of cuts and colors (never again will you have to answer the “boxers or briefs” conundrum), RodeoH also offers it’s fashionable/functional harnesses in sizes ranging from waist sizes 23-24 to 52-55. All ladies rejoice! No need to worry if it’ll fit–it probably will. For my own lovely lady, I’m favoring this red and black version of the brief. (Though I feel like asking Santa to deliver might make for an awkward time.) Need any more convincing?

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Oh my lawd!
image from @lyralopezphoto for RodeoH

RodeoH’s advertising photos are pretty damn sexy. They love it when their fans model their product! And if Autostraddle’s interview with Jennifer Weaver is any indication, their creator is pretty friggin’ cool, too. (Added bonus!)

 

3. Deco Collection by Freya

It’s no secret that I am a slave to the Freya Deco collection. I nearly fell out of my bed when I found out that I had won the entire Spring/Summer 2013 collection in their Deco365 Competition, and thus I wear a different Deco practically every day of the week. So while it may seem a “funny coincidence” that I’ve included the range in my leaning-masculine gift buying guide, hear me out!  Fact is, some boobs are bigger than others. Butches and the like aren’t excluded from the gift of mammary, and those boobs need proper support just like the rest of them. That’s where Deco comes into play:

Freya Deco Plunge 60.00 32-38B-C, 28-38D-G, 32-36GG

Freya Deco Plunge $60.00
32-38B-C, 28-38D-G, 32-36GG

Clean lines, basic colors, and seam-free, Deco offers both simplicity and support. If the bow in the center gore offends that much, simply snip it off. It is sold in both nude and black, and comes in a strapless, a half cup, a plunge, a wireless plunge, AND a strapless, so there’s a style for every occasion. The Deco size range is impressive, and definitely helpful to those of us on the larger-cup end of the size spectrum. I can speak from experience that Deco is (in my humble opinion!) the perfect go-to bra for everyday wear. Retailing for around $60 on a regular basis,  I usually keep an ear to the ground and do my best to snag a deal from Amazon or Nordstrom.

 

4. The Runyon Racer Tank by Sloan&Tate

I first heard of Sloan and Tate when The Lingerie Lesbian posted her awesome series on Lingerie Androgyny. Her post featured some luxuriously soft-looking sleep shorts, that made me want to slip them on and lounge around until the end of eternity. So, it was natural that I take another look at the Sloan and Tate brand while online shopping researching tirelessly for this feature. When I found the Runyon Racer Tank, I was torn. Lingerie? Not quite. But as sleepwear is an important subcategory in the Great Lingerie Divide, I couldn’t resist:

Runyon Racer Tank by Sloan and Tate $86.00 Sizes S/M/L

Runyon Racer Tank by Sloan&Tate $86.00
Sizes S/M/L

Soft and simple! Now, maybe you’re thinking “It’s just a tank top!”. Oh no, it is much more. Made in the USA from fine Supina cotton, it is milled and manufactured right in Los Angeles by independent designers, Sloan & Tate is a company that believes in luxurious, sustainable fashion. If you’re into comfy sleepwear and eco-conscious designers, check out Sloan&Tate for your honey’s stocking stuffers and more.

 

5. Organic Baby Rib Brief by American Apparel

Maybe your lady really likes basics. Maybe you want to pull a “Jessica’s Mom On Christmas”, and want to stuff your sweetie’s stocking with one of those three-packs of Hanes everyday panties (so practical!), but don’t really want to go down that “Target-basic” road. (C’mon, I can’t be the only one, right!?)  If you’re digging the idea of basic and everyday, but want to up the ante a little bit, I would definitely recommend giving the American Apparel Organic Baby Rib Brief a second glance.

American Apparel Organic Baby Rib Brief $14.00

American Apparel Organic Baby Rib Brief $14.00
Available in unisex sizes XS-XL

Available in what can only be adequately described as a “fuck ton” of colors, these briefs are made of breathable 100% organic cotton. They, like most of American Apparel’s products, are unisex in nature and simple in design. At 14.00, these are as much affordable as they are wearable. I can neither confirm nor deny whether or not my own girlfriend (“Ooooh, I like those!”) will be getting a few pairs from “Santa”,as she’s nosy as all hell,  likes to ruin surprises, and will most likely read this as Christmas grows nearer. Think your lady will fancy a pair or two? Check out American Apparel’s selection online.

 

I don’t claim to be an expert on androgynous lingerie or the like. As far as I’m concerned, the more frills there are on a piece of lingerie, the better. Regardless of that, I had a blast putting together this gift guide for the less girly-girl amongst us! How about it, readers? Like my choices? Have any suggestions of your own? Sound off in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

Lingerie Lust List–Autumn Edition

It’s November 20th, and I have been resisting the overwhelming urge to skip right over the autumn season and hop right aboard the Christmas Wishlist train. Practically everyone forgets about the time-for-turkey-and-turtlenecks and jumps head first into gift buying guides, glitter, and Santa-inspired lingerie. (Which, by the way, ew.)

For this edition of the Lingerie Lust List, I’m going to put my fingers in my ears and say “LA LA LA, CAN’T HEAR YOU” to the voice in my head whispering about Christmas Cheer, and I’m going to focus on what deserves a little more attention: fall lingerie.

1. Swiss Dot Stockings by What Katie Did

It’s no secret that I love stockings. Specifically, that I have a pure and true love of What Katie Did’s stockings. So, you can imagine that my salivary glands kicked into overdrive when I was browsing and stumbled upon these little beauties:

Swiss Dot Stockings by WKD

Swiss Dot Stockings by WKD

Swiss dots and back-seams? AND STRETCH? For my ample thighs!? Be still my beating heart, it’s like What Katie Did reached into my brain, rifled through my dearest wishes, and plucked out the best ones. With the daylight hours waning and the air growing crisper, my days of bare-legs and swing dresses are numbered. Of course, I don’t want to put all of my gorgeous frocks on hiatus until the sun comes out again, so you can be sure I’ll be adding a pair of these beauties to my collection. For those of you rolling your eyes because you know these sheers are only 15 denier? I have news for you, chicklets: layering! Maybe a wee bit more complicated, but I like to layer my pretties over a pair of regular old nylon stockings. Gets me by just fine and keeps my legs warm and toasty! Want to pick up your own pair? They’re available in sizes S/M and M/L. Snag some from Kiss Me Deadly, or direct from What Katie Did!

 2.Bronte by Fauve

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Bronte by Fauve

I don’t know much about Fauve lingerie–only that she is the sleeker, sophisticated older sister of one of my favorite brands, Freya. But while browsing the Evenden group’s A/W2013 offerings, I spied the Bronte collection and exclaimed “Holy shit!” aloud. I debated with myself. Should I? Should I include this reminiscent-of-snowflakes, silver and lace set in what is supposed to be my Autumn lingerie collection? Should I save Bronte’s gorgeousness for a Jingle-Bells themed post? No way. Because while the season of glitz and glitter is gaining on us, it doesn’t get to claim sole propriety of crisp and chilly days. Autumn has it’s fair share of blustery days, and Bronte’s sweet silvery hue reminds me of visible puffs of breath in the air– one of the first signs of the season. Unfortunately, when I scrambled for my credit card and searched high-and-low for this set, I couldn’t find it, despite it being slotted under “Latest Collections” and not “Coming Soon”. When I checked the local US stockists, I couldn’t find not a trace of it. Same for the UK. You can give it a go yourself here, but you’ll see that as of right now, Fauve is a dirty liar. If they keep churning out gorgeousness like this, though? I think I can find it in my heart to forgive! 😉

3.Vivenne by Fantasie

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I’m going to be really, really honest with you here, people.This set by Fantasie is red.  It is lacy. And I can wear it with stockings. In laymans terms, that means that it ticks all the boxes on the Things My Girlfriend Thinks Is Sexy list. She isn’t hard to please. She likes red, and I have this theory that I could wear a red Hefty trash bag to bed and it wouldn’t make a bit of difference. But why wrap myself in plastic when I have another option? Meet Vivienne. Fantasie is another Freya sister-brand/Eveden group brand that I am unfamiliar with, but I am very familiar with my unnatural obsession with lace and garter belts. Fantasie’s A/W 2013 option offers me exactly what I’m looking for in “for-the-bedroom” lingerie, as well as confidence that I’d be purchasing a quality product from a trusted source. So yes, I’ll admit it. This is a lust-list item that would actually be purposed first and foremost for ahem lust. (Talk about heating up those chilly autumn nights!) As with the Bronte set, I can’t tell you where to buy. But if you happen to figure it out yourself, please, God, I’m begging you, let me know!

4.Elizabeth Open Bottom Girdle by Secrets In Lace

Each Fall we see the same color pallette replayed by designers: jewel toned reds and greens, and earthy oranges and yellows, all reminiscent of the changing leaves of the season. And while I tend to ignore “current” fashion trends, when I spotted this ruby-red open bottom girdle by Secrets In Lace, I found myself thinking that  just maybe the idea of “seasonal colors” and I could put aside our differences and live in harmony with one another just this once.

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Elizabeth by Secrets In Lace

Meet Elizabeth: Deep red with black lace detailing, Elizabeth is available in sizes S-2X, and features six adjustable metal garter straps and a side hook-and-eye closure for ease of wear. If you dig matching sets, Secrets In Lace offers a range of bras and panties that were designed to match this piece, but heir size range is pretty standard and limited to “core sizes”.  If you fall out of the typical 32-40 A-DD range, but are still teary-eyed over a matching set, I think that this little lovely would pair perfectly with Parfait’s “Charlotte” set! “(What the hell is a Charlotte?”, you ask? Check out this review by the lovely Boosaurus!) As the Autumn days grow colder, I prefer a longline girdle for that extra layer of warmth and support under my wiggle dresses, and the option for stockings to keep my legs just a bit more snuggly is an added bonus. At 69$, Elizabeth will keep me warm without totally breaking my bank, as she is priced similarly to my beloved Rago. Grab your own over at Secrets In Lace.

5. Suspender Tights by Pretty Polly

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Suspender Tights by Pretty Polly

There are just some days when a girl can’t be bothered with a garter belt. Sometime’s I’m just feeling too lazy to fight with suspender clips, and sometimes it’s too damn cold. Regardless of reason, that’s where these Suspender Tights by Pretty Polly make their debut. Because just because I don’t feel like fighting with suspender straps doesn’t mean I don’t love the look, knowwhatImean?  Give me some one-step action any day, because the colder the air gets, the less I feel like dealing with much of anything. These pretties come in both standard and plus size, and have been seen out and about on the legs of celebs such as Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osborne. (Guess us commonfolk aren’t the only one’s who like simplicity!) Unfortunately, this blogger need only look at a pair of tights the wrong way in order to rip them, so the 25$price tag is a bit unrealistic for me. However, I definitely don’t discourage my less-clumsy readership from giving them a go, so that I can live vicariously through your gorgeously dressed legs. They’re available for purchase over at Modcloth, so come Christmas time (AKA Christmas Sale Time), I may be swayed to pick up a pair!

There it is. Somehow, I’ve managed to hold off on the Holiday hype until after my Thanksgiving turkey is digested! (Never mind that my evening was spent wrestling with the branches of our Christmas tree, and never mind that every single one of these items is landing squarely on my holiday wishlist!) These five bits and bobs have been plucked squarely from the Autumn side of the Autumn/Winter collections, and would all prove (mostly) practical during the crisp fall days to come. So tell me, readers: What’s on your Autumn wishlist?