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Under Where? | Manolo for the Big Girl

Under Where?

“You wear lingerie? During the DAY?!? You’re PERFECT!”

That was the exclamation from my British pal P., aka That Sweet Guy Who Doesn’t Believe Me When I Say He’s Never Getting Any No I Mean It Never.

He heard me cussing up a storm over the phone because I’d spilled cranberry pressé all over myself, including this adorable little garter skirt that’s on crazy sale at the Avenue. Garter skirt you ask? Mais bien sur!

I’m all for lingerie for day –I love the secret sauciness of it all– but I also have a deep and meaningful relationship with my beloved burqa-cut microfiber undies. You know, the ones I use to cover the Cadillac when it’s going to hail.

So what’s a girl to do?
Enter the garter skirt.

Avignon Garter Skirt from Avenue

I love these like a bishop loves a hip flask, and I’m not the only one, ifyouknowwhatImeanandIthinkyoudo. And they’re on sale for only ten dollars!

I have five in different manifestations and they are all my new best friends because they allow me to wear my regular full-coverage britches, have a little of hotness, AND let me avoid @#$%^ pantyhose which I hate like the polyknit devil.

Interestingly, for as good as the Avenue lingerie is, I’ve had miserable luck with their hosiery. For opaque tights (my one exception to the no hose rule) I love the increasingly-hard-to-find Lane Bryant opaque tights (not available online) and for stockings I like Torrid, particularly their built-in garter fishnets, which are the wave of the ding dong future and not NEARLY as trashy as they sound.

Word to the wise, if you’re between sizes, go one size down, they run big.

6 Responses to “Under Where?”

  1. Karen November 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    Garters are one bit of femininity that has always mystified me. What kind of garment do you wear over these? Don’t the clips and frills and bow cause rumples in whatever you wear over it all? When you sit, don’t you have little raised lines going up your thighs where the garter straps are? I’d think even a heavyweight skirt would get a little bit of rumplage – but I know people wear things like this with lightweight clothes too. I don’t get it!

  2. teteatete November 6, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Plumcake, I didn’t think you could get any more awesome…but I have been proved wrong. You are so fantabulous it hurts my brain.

  3. La Petite Acadienne November 7, 2008 at 9:50 am #

    I love the idea of the stockings with the built in garter. They’d be a lot smoother (which would address Karen’s concerns), and I wouldn’t have to fiddle around with clasps before I’ve had my coffee.

    That garter skirt is freaking adorable, though!

    And Karen, sometimes yes, the lines of the garters do show a teeny bit through your skirt when you sit down. Personally, I think it’s incredibly sexy, because it’s a very subtle whisper about the fact that you are wearing garters under your skirt. And if a man does notice, he will immediately be driven to distraction by thoughts of what lacy underpinnings might lie under that staid tweed a-line skirt. Yet, it’s not in the least bit inappropriate or trashy — more of an old-school allure than an in-your-face, showing your whale-tail kind of thing.

  4. class-factotum November 7, 2008 at 9:56 am #

    Bra and panties aren’t lingerie?

  5. Omnibus Driver November 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    Speaking of lingerie, I’ve ordered a ton of skirts and dresses recently, and realize I really, really, REALLY need at least one full length slip. Any suggestions?

  6. Annalucia November 7, 2008 at 3:37 pm #

    Allow the Annalucia to recommend http://www.secretsinlace.com for lingerie, up to and including big-girl sizes. She has recently bought the “Allure” garter belt and two pairs of “shimmer” stockings, and she loves them.

    The bullet bras, not so much, but she can never have enough garter stockings.