Break From Tradition - Colorful Lingerie
Let's face it, most women wear white, nude or black bras and panties on a daily basis. Bras and underwear are utilitarian pieces of clothing that we blindly pull out of our drawers and slap on our body every day. We just put them on to keep the "girls" in place; and if you're in America we also use our bras to keep the all too scandalous nipple in check from peeping out in any shape through our clothing.
I have to admit I was a black, white and nude bra wearer most of my life. As a native New Yorker I rarely ventured out of our traditional "New Yorker Uniform" of all-black clothes. In fact, I have even been teased at Fashion Week when I didn't wear all black. They said, "That's an interesting shade of black you're wearing today". So it makes sense that our undergarments match our outer garments.
It wasn't until I did a project with Undies.com that I changed my mind. When I received a big box of colorful matching panties and bras I was smitten. Having my hands on so many colorful bra and panty sets made me a bit giddy. I immediately fell in love with a racerback bra in bright magenta. I thought to myself, 'Can I do this? Can I wear this bold brash color?' It seems like a small thing but it was a challenge out of my comfort zone. A leap of faith in the colored undergarment spectrum and I am so glad I did it. I also feel braver wearing bright loud colors knowing that only my boyfriend and I would be seeing it.
Immediately I noticed how fun it made me feel. I am not the best morning person but when it's a cold drab day out it makes me smile in the morning when I pull a loud colorful bra from my drawer and put it on. It makes me feel femine and pretty and makes me smile throughout the day even if I am carrying heavy camera gear and sweating like a pig.
Let's also not forget those chance moments when you want to seduce someone, wouldn't it be better to not be wearing drab cotton grandma briefs? A colorful matching bra and panty set gives the touch of sexy seduction you may need.
Why not break from tradition and make yourself feel sexy and express your inner colors? Try anything from Hanky Panky! All their products are manufactured and made 100% in the USA. Their signature lace thongs are staples in most women's wardrobes. They have an enormous selection of colored bras, bralettes and panties. I fell head over heels in love with their Wink Bralettte ($57) and Wink Brazilian Bikini in Tickled Pink available online here.
We all have bright loud colors that we are attracted to, yet somehow we always gravitate towards the tried and true black, white and nude bras. While they are still great and easy to wear, it can get dull and boring. Bras and panties are one place you can be adventurous, playful and colorful and do no harm. Most of the time you are the only one who sees them. They may be under your clothes, but you can still feel connected to your inner colors and express them in this subtle way.
You can also check out Cosabella's Never Say Never Racie Racerback Bralette $55 and Never Say Never Hottie Lace Hotpant $36.50 in Ardesia Blue available here.
Samantha Chang's All Lace Underwire T-Back Bra in Pacific Green ($80) and All Lace Brief ($45 ) are available online here. For brides, when you want to add something new and something blue check out Samantha Chang's Silk with Leavers Lace Victoria Bralette ($120) and Silk with Leavers Lace Lilly Thong ($75) in Sky available online here.
If you want a little more form and support than the bralettes listed above you have to go to Bradelis. The Japanese brand has stores in Soho and Midtown NYC, and features a gorgeous selection of colored padded underwire bras. Treat yourself to one of their luxurious sets complete with decorative fan shaped embellishments, like the Bradelis Marilyn Bra ($132) and Marilyn Panty ($58) in Wine available here.
I would definitely considering adding more color to your underwear drawer. This is one small way you will bring a little more color and happiness to your life and world!
Photos and Article by Becky Yee
Model Saige Nesbitt
Photography by Becky Yee
Makeup by Julissa Lopez
Hair by James Royster
Production and retouching by Around Digital Media
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