This Week’s Lingerie Link Round-Up: Slightly Winded Edition

I don’t have a lot of time to discuss all of these as much as I’d like, so I’m dashing off some notes with the links…

1) Because I hear from a lot of men that the women in their lives don’t wear enough (or the right kind of) lingerie… Because I hear from women who are hurt by their lovers’ “pushing” them into lingerie… Here’s an article about the (ugly) shoe being on the other foot: In Could You Date Someone With Terrible Fashion Sense?, Somer Sherwood discusses the fashion faux pas of her man. How important is fashion or clothing in your relationship? Please discuss.

2) Rediscover Rilsan nylon: the eco-friendly nylon! (Lovely images of vintage lingerie ads!)

3) Pinkie discovers pink & black garters (NWS).

4) At The Lingerie Addict, a discussion about lingerie designer knock-offs. No, we’re not talking about the fraud of misrepresenting lingerie or other garments or using their logos and labels; but we’re talking about cheaper versions of designer pieces. Frankly, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. 

Fashion has had knock-offs since it began. And let’s be honest; there really are few design innovations in fashion because the human form hasn’t really changed. True innovations in textiles and structure are patented and protected. But the look and details can’t be protected, not even the red soles of women’s shoes. And, overall, they shouldn’t be. For, like recipes, you can’t protect something nearly anyone can come up with.  Or can become inspired by, such as vintage looks. (Heaven knows how much of this “inspired by the past” has played a part in fashion design history.)

Don’t mistake this for downplaying the significance of designers or their work. But there are realities to be faced. And that includes, as Coral aka Treacle noted, options for garments and undergarments, including less expensive pieces and a wider spectrum of sizes and fit. Fashion as an industry survives by meeting the needs of all, not a (somewhat literal) slim few.

In some cases, that does mean offering a unique (for the moment) new design or trend. In others, it’s a focus on high quality. And for the majority of labels and brands, it means addressing the others who want to dress and undress with the latest looks, but can only afford just so much to do it. Yes, these labels in the last group are generally second (or third or later) to release the designs, and often with far less quality. But the fact is, not everyone is a size two, 32 B-cup-wearing, woman,with hundred dollar bills and unlimited credit cards stuffed into her designer handbag. Accept it; move on.

Image via Smoke + Mirrors (NWS).

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