Gifting Lingerie: Something Old, New, Borrowed, Used?

Hanky Panky Porcelain Rose Bridal Set for Gifting Lingerie

Something New: Porcelain Rose Bridal Set & Something Borrowed: the Pearls

It’s National Tell a Story Day and we’ve got a good one for you. Are or were you bride-to-be? Have you ever been gifted lingerie? Are you considering gifting lingerie to someone you know? Well, if you can relate to the above questions or just want to hear this entrancing, hilarious tale, then gather around:

 

It’s a spring day with a bit of overcast, but decent weather.  My friends and I are gathered at a bridal shower for our friend, Hannah.  We sit around as the bride-to-be opens her gifts, expressing awe, joy, surprise and gratitude. There’s a dinnerware set, kitchen appliances, honeymoon package and what else, but lingerie. As some of us remark on the intimate nature of such a gift and whether gifting lingerie is appropriate,  Hannah shares that this is not the first lingerie-containing package that she has received…

Her mother-in-law (MIL), who couldn’t make it for the festivities, also bequeathed her with some very special lingerie, as she tells it:

My MIL sent some lingerie that was hers when she got married (decades prior)! But that was super weird and I didn’t hold on to it. She put some note in there, like, ‘since Cindy (her daughter) will never get married, here is this.’ Obviously an emotional move!

I replied,

Ooh, and obviously a burn to Cindy, but maybe Cindy doesn’t want to do that.

Hannah continues,

Yeah!  [laughs] I mean… Cindy doesn’t want to get married–she doesn’t and has made that clear. I think her mother is bitter and upset about it. But it’s her life… So the lingerie got me mixed up in all of that! I think bridal lingerie is a great gift idea, but as long as it isn’t a projection!

And there you have it from the bride herself. Gifting lingerie? YES. Gifting used lingerie out of spite? A big NO. While we are all for recycling those old threads, this is not the way to do it, if that wasn’t obvious.

Hanky Panky Annabelle Garter

Something Blue: Annabelle Garter

Lastly, if you are in the market for some intimate gifts, check out our 2017 Bridal gifts blog post and feel free to peruse our Bridal and Bridal Plus Size boutiques. You are guaranteed to find that something new and maybe a little something blue, just never go the route of intimates that have been used [said with a wink].

Carla, tale-telling

Note: I have recreated events, locales and conversations from my memories of them. In order to maintain anonymity, the names of individuals and identifying characteristics have been changed.

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Where Should Your Hanky Panky Undies Go to Retire?

Hanky Panky Earth Day Textile Recycling

Being an environmentally-minded individual and working at a company that also upholds these beliefs, I have been thinking about new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Sure, I separate my plastics and paper, bring my tote bag to the grocery store and harass my neighbors and coworkers to do so as well (yea, I can get a little pushy, but it’s in the name of Mother Earth). Yet I recently have been asking myself, “what else can I do?” How can I further my efforts?

A New Discovery

I always feel terrible just throwing out old clothes, but is there a way to recycle them? Well, actually, there is. Textile recycling is a thing and most garments are completely recyclable, including—wait for it—your Hanky Panky undies. Gasp! Shocked? Turned off? Then keep reading, this is for you!

Yes, I too have banished my old undergarments to the waste bin never to be thought of again. However, there is no need to be put off by the idea; we all have old underwear as well as old t-shirts, sheets, jeans, and they all need to go somewhere. So instead of going to the garbage, let them go to a good cause. But before we head over, let’s talk about how those old undies will become new goodies.

Textile Recycling: A Brief Explanation

Depending where you take your old garments, the process, according to GrowNYC, is generally that they will be:

“sorted into different grades, with an effort to recover as much usable clothing as possible for distribution to second-hand markets. Material that is not suitable for reuse will go to recycling markets to be used as wiping rags or shredded for low grade fiber products such as insulation.”

So who cares if your insulation is made of an old, stained t-shirt or a pair of underwear that have taken you through funny, memorable moments? It’s no biggie and it’s better than a landfill. Recycling clothes is a great way to reduce greenhouse emissions significantly, create jobs and help non-profits raise funds to keep running.

Textile Waste Infographic from Tantone Industries

Textile Waste Infographic from Tantone Industries

One Man’s Trash…

Now back to the question that started this whole post: where should your Hanky Pankys go in their twilight days? You can find the answer here under the “How You Can Help” section for tips to extend their life and select the link to find a place near you. Also, the Council for Textile Recycling has an international locator for donation sites. Various organizations, businesses, stores, even farmers markets accept textiles for re-purposing. Recycling centers and thrift stores will sell the items that cannot be sold in their stores to industrial buyers and salvage brokers to support their organizations.

The Second Life of Secondhand Council for Textile Recycling

The Second Life of Secondhand

Last but not least, it is always best practice to donate or recycle textiles that are clean and dry. So are we over the stigma now? Textile recycling isn’t so bad, right? Whether you’re getting rid of some old pants or panties, don’t forget to employ the last of those three Rs: RECYCLE.

Happy Earth Day! What new habit/routine will you pick up in the name of Mother Earth? Comment below.

Carla

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Thong Diary: Hanky Panky Stowaways

Thong Diary

It’s time for another entry into the Hanky Panky Thong Diary! Today’s submissions come from two mothers whose undies went on accidental adventures, but (thankfully) made it safely back home.

Nap Time Thong

Nap Time Thong

This photo and note came from Alexis, @thewtfmom on Instagram.

A pair of my pink Hanky Panky undies took a field trip to my 3 year old son’s preschool with his pillow for nap and returned in his Superman lunchbox. Thank god I only wear Hanky Panky low rise thongs or boyshorts…Had they been anything else, this could have been a way more embarrassing situation!

Another mother, Rebecca L., shared a similar experience:

Mortifying parent moment…When you receive a note from your child’s preschool classroom entitled “laundry oops” with a pair of your recently laundered Hanky Panky panties tucked nicely together in a plastic shopping bag that was knotted tightly shut. The note read, “these fell out of his blanket and were found on the floor next to his cot”.
My 4 year old later told me that he found the panties stuck to his nap blanket, picked them off, and threw them on the ground next to his cot in the classroom. His teacher walked past him, saw the panties, and asked him if he knew anything about the panties on the floor. He proudly proclaimed, “those are my mommy’s.”

Luckily, both these stories have a happy ending—the undies made it safely home!

Do you have a Hanky Panky story you’d like to share? Submit it to  thongdiary@hankypanky.com. If it is featured in the diary, we will send you a complimentary gift!

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New Hanky Panky In the Studio & Giveaway

New Hanky Panky In the Studio styles have arrived and they brought some prizes with them too!

Hanky Panky In the Studio Anna Full-back Bodysuit

Anna Full-back Bodysuit

As you may have heard since it was kind of a big deal, Hanky Panky In the Studio is a recently launched collection for the barre-to-brunch crowd and really anyone looking for more versatile and sporty intimates. Check out the inaugural post here.

Now, meet the newest group to our Hanky Panky In the Studio collection, Anna. Anna is made of a moisture-wicking perforated fabric for extra breathability. The line is available in a two-tone hot fuchsia and black mix in our thong, hipster, bralette and bodysuit. The Anna bodysuit is a new silhouette and the bottom features a fullback panty that will do a fine job staying in place as you go through your sun salutations in yoga class. The Anna bralette is a new longline style that provides a little more length than some of our other bralette styles and lands above the waist. If you dare to go bare, the Anna bralette makes for a cute, unlined midriff-length top/cami. All styles in Anna and In the Studio are best-suited for lounging and low-impact exercise.

Hanky Panky Anna Bralette and Hipster

Anna Bralette and Hipster

Additionally, for an update to the Mia collection, check out the new coral/black colorway. Nice and bright for summer.

Hanky Panky Mia Padded Bralette and Thong in Coral/Black

Mia Padded Bralette and Thong in Coral/Black

And if that’s not enough, we have partnered with KORRES, Physique 57 and Sweat Cosmetics for a Break A Sweat Giveaway. Winners will get a prize from all the aformentioned brands including $260 worth of Hanky Panky In the Studio product from us!

Hanky Panky Korres Break A Sweat April Sweepstakes Giveaway

Potential Prizes

Other prizes include product from the KORRES Greek Yoghurt Collection ($278 Value), the Sweat Cosmetics Full Face Collection ($150 Value), and a Physique 57 On-Demand 3 Month Subscription ($90 Value). Click here to enter and get ready to sweat.

Hanky Panky Korres Brand Partnership Giveaway

Enter Contest

Carla, sporting that after-workout glow

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Introducing Signature Lace Everyday

We know how much you love our Signature Lace, like, we know. With us celebrating our 40th Anniversary, we wanted to do something special for all our #SigLaceFans. Thus, we are extending our collection with Signature Lace Everyday™.

If you are Signature Lace everyday, all day and about that life, you are going to love our line of everyday products done in our unique Signature Lace that created the World’s Most Comfortable Thong®. Now you don’t have to conceal your lace and resign it to being worn strictly under your clothes. Proudly show off your signature lace during your next Starbucks’ visit with our coffee cup sleeve! And next Superbowl Sunday, hand out a Signature Lace Everyday™ beer cozy to your guests, so everyone can share in the sig lace glory.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace April Fools'

Signature Lace Cup Sleeve & Cozy

Since our lace has stretch for extra comfort and versatility, you can get our beverage accessories to fit over a multitude of cup, bottle and can sizes! This feature is especially great for our next item: the Signature Lace Everyday™ backpack. Aren’t you tired of struggling to to fit that last piece in, then going back and repacking to make it work? Are you planning a backpacking trip across Europe this spring? Got a lot of books to carry? This backpack will get you there, all day, everyday, as we say.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace April Fools'

Signature Lace Backpack

Also, for the parent who wants the most stylish baby on the playground, try our Signature Lace Everyday™ diaper, available in solid colors and our graphic prints. If you are looking for a mother’s day gift, match mom and baby with one of our coordinating thongs and diapers and make it a special Mother’s Day.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Diaper April Fools'

Signature Lace Diaper

No matter who you are, Signature Lace Everyday™ is for everyone everywhere and dedicated to the #SigLaceFans, who have gotten us to a flirty and fearless 40 and want to take Hanky Panky outside their lingerie drawer. It is for the world traveler, families, at-home entertainers and so many more. Leave a comment and let us know if you have any ideas for product you’d like to see added in our Signature Lace Everyday™ collection. Shop the collection here.

Carla, a #SigLaceFan for life

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There’s Something About Melanie

Hanky Panky Melanie Bra & Low Rise Thong

Meet Melanie

So I don’t want to be a gossip, but can we talk about Melanie for a second? You might be wondering “who is that?”. However, she’s not a “who” but more of a “what” and a pretty big deal for us. Melanie is our new sized, underwire, spacer bra! “Enchante”, we say. For those who want more support and coverage than our wonderful, adorable bralettes can offer, Melanie is your woman.

What’s so great about all these qualities? Our spacer bra provides a more eco-friendly, padding-like experience, with a more natural molded fit that’s great under T-shirts or just about anything. The spacer is made from a lightweight, breathable, 3D fabric as opposed to the foam used in padded bras. Spacer fabrics are knitted all at once, reducing waste and resources necessary to make a typical 3-ply foam cup (outside fabric, foam, liner fabric, all glued together).  Typical laminated polyurethane foam bra cups can contain irritating adhesives and other potentially harmful substances.  Also, the spacer fabric allows air to pass through and keep you cooler, which is ideal for the warm summer days ahead.

Melanie comes decked out in our Signature Lace, so she easily ties back to many styles in our line and the lace makes her just as sexy as she is practical. She is available in black, chai, white and, most recently, tickled pink. The deep plunge neckline makes her a suitable companion for a variety of tops and occasions, and in no time, you and Mel (see, you already have nicknames for each other!) will be BFFs.

Hanky Panky Melanie Bra & Boyshorts

Melanie Bra and Boyshorts

And as if we couldn’t make her sound any better, her underwire is encased in a waffle liner for added comfort. The bra is available in sizes 32B-C, 34A-D, 36A-D, and 38B-C. In the back, there are 4 columns of hooks and eyes versus the standard 3 for more adjustability and a customized feel specific to you. After all, a good fitting bra is really the key to feeling the most comfortable.

Carla, desperately seeking Melanie

Bonus trivia: Melanie hails from the melting pot country: U.S.A!

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Lingerie Care Tips from Hanky Panky

Lace Is Delicate! If You Love Your Hanky Panky Undies, Treat Them Right.

Proper lingerie care is the single most important thing you can do to protect your investment and make your lingerie last a long time.

The ultimate in Lingerie Care: Hanky Panky's gentle but effective fabric wash is specially formulated to extend the life of stretch fabrics and delicates.

Hanky Panky’s gentle but effective lingerie wash is specially formulated to extend the life of stretch fabrics and delicates.

Hand Washing Lingerie is Super Easy!

Fill your sink or a basin with cool water and a small amount of a gentle detergent like our Hanky Panky Lingerie Wash. Detergents formulated for woolens are not suitable for washing lingerie. Soak your lingerie and occasionally gently agitate by hand. Stubborn spots may require additional soaking, or gentle spot cleaning with a washcloth. Drain and rinse until all suds are removed. Squeeze out excess water. Hang or lay flat to dry.

Lingerie Care: Hang your Hanky Panky Undies to Dry

Never, ever machine dry delicate lace lingerie. After washing, hang or lay flat to dry.

We Don’t Recommend, but If You Must Machine Wash, Use a Lingerie Bag!

A lingerie bag will help minimize the stress put on delicate items. Separate your items by color and place in lingerie wash bags. Do not over-fill. Do not include bras with hook and eyes in this wash. Use a mild detergent, free of bleach and damaging optical brighteners. Wash in cold water on the gentle cycle. Then hang or lay flat to dry.

Never, ever, ever, put your lingerie in the dryer! We really mean it!

The high heat and agitation of clothes dryers are deadly to delicate stretch fibers. Heat literally breaks the molecular bonds that hold spandex fibers together, while the agitation of tumble drying speeds the process along. And once the spandex is shot, the structural integrity of the lace is compromised, and your undies will never fit again. :(

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In the Eyelet of the Storm

Hanky Panky Eyelet Off-The-Shoulder Top

With another winter’s blizzard gone and the first day of Spring here, it’s time to look forward and begin building your wardrobe for when the weather turns a new leaf. If you are in the market to freshen up your whites, let our newest eyelet offering be a serious contender.

Eyelet, a classic embroidery fabric, never goes out of style and makes for an easy staple. Our eyelet is made in the U.S., hails from the Garden State and produced by a family-owned business. So that’s a little history on our eyelet, but what’s its future? In your closet, of course! However, if you are on the fence because you aren’t sure of the how and where to wear. I have a few ideas…

The eyelet button-front cami is a sweet and simple wear-outside style that looks great with jeans and a layered sweater. Also, as temperatures rise, you can lose the sweater for a cool and crisp look and show off those bare arms (the ones we’ve been toning all winter long, right? Haha, no).

Hanky Panky Eyelet Button-Front Cami

Eyelet Button-Front Cami

For a more bohemian look that you can take around town on a Sunday afternoon, try the eyelet off-the-shoulder top. Make it a cute, yet bold outfit with a ruffled maxi skirt. If you want to go more casual, pair with denim shorts and your favorite sandals or low top sneakers. You can take it on spring break with you!

Hanky Panky Eyelet Off-The-Shoulder Top

Eyelet Off-The-Shoulder Top

Lastly, the eyelet babydoll or a bralette and bikini combo offers another bridal option for the season that is a little more relaxed with the cotton feel. Bring along for the honeymoon with any other goodies from our bridal collection.

Hanky Panky Eyelet Babydoll, Bralette and Bikini

Eyelet Babydoll with G-String, Bralette and Bikini

Carla

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Hanky Panky x Zkano

Hanky Panky x Zkano Chalk Stripe Thong, Organic Cotton Socks, BraletteYou know what we love? Comfort. After all, we are the people responsible for “The World’s Most Comfortable Thong®.” We also love goods that are organic, ethically and locally sourced, and work hard to create product for our wonderful customers that incorporates our values. Thus, we are very excited to announce our latest collaboration with Zkano Socks: Hanky Panky x Zkano!

Based in Alabama, Zkano has made a name for itself producing American-made, organic cotton socks since 2008. Bringing print and color to her family’s sock mill, Zkano’s founder, Gina Locklear has worked to breathe new life into a once-leading sock manufacturing industry in Fort Payne, Ala. In an era where much textile production has moved overseas and low costs often outweigh quality, Zkano’s story is a unique illustration of putting values before profit and understanding that the two are not mutually exclusive. This is why we are so proud to be a partner and introduce Hanky Panky x Zkano. When our two brands came together aesthetically and philosophically, the stars aligned—or, in this case, the stripes.

Hanky Panky x Zkano Striped Low Rise Thong & Organic Cotton Socks

Hanky Panky x Zkano Striped Low Rise Thong & Organic Cotton Socks

Our Zkano-made socks are a part of our new Chalk Stripe line for Spring 2017. The Chalk Stripe, a graphic asymmetrical stripe print of saturated pastels and black, comes in our classic styles (thongs and hipster) and are made of our signature lace. The collaboration crew socks are packaged in a set with your choice of a low rise or original rise thong. If you want to get matchy-matchy and add on a top, check out the bralette in the same print. So lounge around and get comfy ‘n’ cozy in our newest set, which will soon be your newest set!

Hanky Panky Chalk Stripe Bralette & Cheeky Hipster Panty

Chalk Stripe Bralette & Cheeky Hipster

To find out more about Zkano, read about them here. And shop the Chalk Stripe items in our New Arrivals section.

-Carla

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How Will You Be Bold for International Women’s Day?

internationalwomensday-portrait

As much as we love to celebrate lingerie, we also love to celebrate the women who wear it. With tomorrow being International Women’s Day, we wanted to recognize the day and share ways to partake. Observed on March 8th each year, this day is meant to honor women’s political, social and economic achievement.

Thus, we felt it important to talk about International Women’s Day and how you can get involved. Events are scheduled to take place all around the world and range from marches, rallies and protests to community discussions, film screenings and women’s only brunches. The official webpage has a directory of events available by country with over 50 countries listed! Also, check if any local groups are planning events via discussion boards, official sites or social media groups.

If there isn’t an event scheduled in your area or you can’t attend one nearby, find your own way to honor the day. The theme for this year is #BeBoldForChange, so take a moment to reflect how you can be bold for change in your own way. It may be by:

  • volunteering in your community or a women’s shelter;
  • engaging on social media with the #BeBoldForChange hashtag and selfie cards;
  • and/or donating to a charity focused on the empowerment and advancement for women.
international women's day be bold for change selfie card

Sample Selfie Card

If you are unable to participate in IWD, March is Women’s History Month, so there will be events all month centered on female empowerment, progress and history. At Hanky Panky, we always try to be female positive.

Moreover, as a company dedicated to philanthropy, Hanky Panky and its founders continuously invest in improving the life of women globally. Organizations that we support include the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Girl Effect, FAIR Girls and many others. In 2012, Lida, our CEO, travelled to Rwanda and visited the hospitals that work with the International Organization for Women and Development, which you can read more about here.

Please visit our Philanthropy page to learn about groups and organizations we stand behind. Also, let us know how you will #BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day by tweeting/instagramming us at @hankypankyltd!

-Carla, marching on

 

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