Donna Karan did not invent the bodysuit, but she did teach a generation of American women that a good bodysuit is the foundation of elegant and easy dressing.
Karan’s first collection as an independent designer, in 1985, wowed the fashion industry and consumers alike. Karan’s idea was that, with “seven easy pieces,” all of which worked together interchangeably to create multiple outfits, professional women could dress without stress in outfits that worked equally well in the office and at the theater. As the New York Times’ renowned fashion writer, Carrie Donovan, said at the time, “It is a soigne way of dressing.” The bodysuit was the foundation of Karan’s collection. When she showed her first line to industry mavens and department store buyers in May 1985, Karan dressed the models in bodysuits and heels:
Inspired by an interactive exhibit by Jonathan Borofsky at the Whitney Museum, I had all the models lounging on different platforms in nothing but bodysuits. When everyone was seated, the girls started getting dressed, adding layer upon layer. The clothes came alive right in front of the audience. —Donna Karan, My Journey
The tricky thing about bodysuits, in my experience, is that they are rarely comfortable below the belt. When I was 14 years old, I “borrowed” a Donna Karan bodysuit from my mother’s wardrobe, ready to take the 8th grade by storm. Unfortunately, I spent the day picking my wedgie, ruining my attempt at adult sophistication.
Who better to solve this dilemma than Hanky Panky, makers of The World’s Most Comfortable Thong®? This year, we introduced two new bodysuits to the line—the Classic Bodysuit in Signature Lace and the BARE Bodysuit—both of which have low leg openings to ensure they stay put (read: no wedgie). Senior Designer Larissa notes that these bodysuits also avoid panty lines and protect the wearer’s modesty under both short skirts and low rise pants. And all Hanky Panky bodysuits have Supima® cotton gusset linings, making them healthy, as well as comfortable, to wear without underwear.