Nude is Not a Color.

Our Signature Lace panties are available in a spectrum of neutral hues. From top: Chestnut, Cappuccino, Suntan, Taupe, Chai, and Vanilla

From top: Chestnut, Cappuccino, Suntan, Taupe, Chai, and Vanilla

Skin-tone lingerie is often cited as a wardrobe staple. If the color is right, it can blend with the wearer’s skin color and disappear under just about anything they might have on—even the most lightweight or light-colored clothing. But often, the selection offered to shoppers is extremely limited outside of mid-tone beiges. Cora Harrington of The Lingerie Addict has covered this issue extensively.

Hanky Panky’s Head Designer Makeda Scille recently posed this question on her Facebook page, “How much does nude/skin tone lingerie mean to you? Do you buy it, how do you wear?” The question inspired many insightful and passionate responses from women for whom the lingerie industry default beige was anything but an invisible match. Here are a few of the responses:

“Because it can be quite hard to find a nude to match my skin tone, I’ve never ventured into purchasing any. Perhaps if I found a shade that came close I’d give it a try.”
-Jiovannie Adams

“I would like to be able to wear “nude” and achieve the desired look.”
-Renee Moore

“I think lingerie targeted to darker skin could be quite liberating.”
-Karen Hartley

“You know my struggle. I would love nude lingerie…I haven’t purchased any because there isn’t really much out there.”
-Oliveene Whittaker

“I love nude anything. I love skin tones and blacks I either mismatch with black or other colors if I feel like being fun.”
-Designer & Stylist ImanTheBrand

Being a diverse company, we’ve shied away from naming any of our skin-tone colors “nude,” since it’s such a problematic and unhelpful description. Hanky Panky has long recognized that there is no one color that works as “nude” on all skin tones.  In fact, when we launched our Concealers line in the early 2000s, the semi-sheer mesh pieces were available in three general skin tones: Lite, Midtone, and Deep, alongside basic black and white. While limited, this was a step in the right direction.

Our most popular collection, Signature Lace, currently features an expansive range of neutral hues which can blend with almost any skin tone: Vanilla, Chai, Taupe, Suntan, Cappuccino, and Chestnut. All six colors are currently available in our Low Rise Thong, Original Rise Thong, and Boyshort.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Boyshorts in a spectrum of neutral hues. From top: Vanilla, Chai, Taupe, Suntan, Cappuccino, and Chestnut

From top: Vanilla, Chai, Taupe, Suntan, Cappuccino, and Chestnut

Our increasingly popular Retro Lace thong is currently available in four of our best-selling skin tones: Vanilla, Chai, Taupe, and Cappuccino.

Hanky Panky Retro Thongs in a range of neutral hues. From Top: Cappuccino, Taupe, Chai, and Vanilla

From Top: Cappuccino, Taupe, Chai, and Vanilla.

Shortly after launching our BARE collection of smooth and invisible lingerie in 2012, we expanded the offerings to include four skin tones: Vanilla, Taupe, Toffee, and Mahogany.

Hanky Panky BARE Neutral Palette. From Top: Vanilla, Taupe, Toffee, and Mahogany.

From Top: Vanilla, Taupe, Toffee, and Mahogany.

What’s YOUR opinion on skin-tone lingerie? Let us know in the comments!

-Larissa, Senior Designer

 

 

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Get Away From It All.

Days are getting shorter, the weather is getting chillier. Wouldn’t it be lovely to spend a little time in a lush, tropical place? With Hanky Panky’s 2015 Resort collection, you can! (Even if it’s only in your panty drawer.)

This capsule collection consists of 2 vacation-ready prints and five sunny Signature Lace colors. You’ll look charming, whether you spend your time relaxing on your yacht in the Caribbean, or streaming movies in your living room.

Here are a few of our favorite looks from the collection.

Hanky Panky Dots & Spots Cropped Camisole & Brazilian Bikini

Dots & Spots Cropped Camisole & Brazilian Bikini

Signature Lace Boyshorts (from top: True Blue, Marshmallow, Sapphire, Verdant, Lip Gloss.)

Signature Lace Boyshorts (from top: True Blue, Marshmallow, Sapphire, Verdant, Lip Gloss.)

Hanky Panky "Penelope" Camisole & Low Rise Thong

“Penelope” Camisole & Low Rise Thong

So, which resort look is your favorite?

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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BATS BRING TREATS

Dwarf epauletted fruit bat (Micropteropus).

Dwarf epauletted fruit bat (Micropteropus). Image used under license from Shutterstock.com.

“Bats Bring Treats”

This is how Bat Conservation International describes the important work that bats do for our diet through direct and indirect pollination, dispersal of seeds, and pest control. They are fascinating creatures, much misunderstood. Many bat species around the world are threatened with extinction and need our help. Visit batcon.org to learn more and maybe even “Adopt-a-Bat.”

Gale

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Which is the right bra(lette) for me?

Coming in at a modest 32C and favoring a natural (rather than a padded or push-up) look, my bra of choice is Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace Glam Bra, a soft bra that uses stretch lace cups lined with tulle, underwire-style seaming, and other clever details of design and construction to support and shape without underwire.

Signature Lace Glam Bra (style no. 487544). $56 on hankypanky.com.

Signature Lace Glam Bra (style no. 487544). $56 on hankypanky.com.

But even if you require or prefer underwire bras for your everyday, a well-made, comfortable and pretty bralette is a great option for weekend lounging, layering under tops for an “underwear as outwear” look, or simply to make a set with your favorite Hanky Panky thongs and panties.

If you think there’s a spot in your lingerie drawer for a bralette (or two or three), read on to find the right one for you.

Retro Lace Bralette (style no. 9K7406). $54 on hankypanky.com.

Retro Lace Bralette (style no. 9K7406). $54 on hankypanky.com.

Our Retro Lace Bralette is balconette-style, with adjustable straps but no back closure (sizes extra small to large correspond to band sizes 32 to 38). Underwire-style and princess seams provide greater support and cup shaping than our triangle bralettes.

Signature Lace Crossover Bralette (style no. 113). $46 on hankypanky.com.

Signature Lace Crossover Bralette (style no. 113). $46 on hankypanky.com.

Soft, pretty, and available in an array of seasonal colors, the Crossover Bralette is a best seller year after year. Best suited to A and B cups and augmented women, the lace trim provides more coverage than our original triangle bralette. No back closure and sized extra small to medium to correspond to band sizes 32 to 36.

Signature Lace Original Bralette (style no. 112). $38 on hankypanky.com.

Signature Lace Original Bralette (style no. 112). $38 on hankypanky.com.

The original Hanky Panky triangle bralette in our signature stretch lace. Slips on over your head (no back closure).

Signature Lace Removable Pad Bralette (style no. 487004). $58 on hankypanky.com.

Signature Lace Removable Pad Bralette (style no. 487004). $58 on hankypanky.com.

A recent innovation on our original bralette, the Removable Pad Bralette is padded and lined with stretch tulle for greater shaping and support.

Clara

 

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Hanky Panky Supports The Pink Agenda

For the second year running, Hanky Panky is one of the leading corporate donors to The Pink Agenda, a not-for-profit organization that funds breast cancer research and patient care and raises awareness of the disease among young professionals.

Photo by Michael Blanchard, courtesy of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The three women who founded The Pink Agenda in 2007 (left to right): Liana Douillet Guzman, Jaquelyn Scharnick and Marisa Renee Lee. Photo by Michael Blanchard, courtesy of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pink Agenda was founded in 2007 by Liana Douillet Guzman, Jaquelyn Scharnick and Marisa Renee Lee, who have professional backgrounds in finance, government, and legal marketing. The Pink Agenda’s founders understood just how much young professionals have to offer in the fight against breast cancer: the disposable income to be individual donors and, more importantly, the networking and organizational skills for large-scale fundraising.

The Pink Agenda’s focus on young professionals makes them a natural fit for Hanky Panky, which has a loyal (some would say cult) following among professional women of all ages.

The Pink Agenda’s research grants fund clinical and/or translational breast cancer research projects vetted by The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s board of scientific advisors. The Pink Agenda also works with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer, which focuses on the unique needs of young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Click here to purchase tickets to The Pink Agenda’s annual fundraising gala on Friday, October 16th in NYC. We’ll see you there!

Clara

 

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Everything retro is new again

High Waist Silhouettes on the Runway

High Waist Silhouettes on the Runway. From left: Milly a/w 2015, Missoni a/w 2015, Stella McCartney a/w 2015, Jil Sander Navy a/w 2015, Tsumori Chisato a/w 2015. All photographs courtesy of WGSN.

For the last few years, fashionable waistlines have been moving on up to the natural waist. Our retro lace collection is perfect under stylish high-waist trousers, culottes, skirts, and jumpsuits, and has been steadily growing in popularity.

Hanky Panky Retro Lace Bralette and Thong in Electric Purple

Retro Lace Bralette and Thong in Electric Purple

Introduced in 2008, the retro thong was a radical departure from the ultra-low-rise panties widely available at the time. Always a fashion innovator, Hanky Panky co-founder and creative director Gale Epstein knew that “what goes down, must come up,” and had the Retro Thong ready for fashionable women to wear under the changing styles to come. Now that the high-waist silhouette is an established trend, the Retro Thong’s appeal continues to grow, and it is available in a variety of prints and colors, in one size to fit women who wear sizes 0-12, and one size plus to fit women who wear sizes 14-24.

Hanky Panky Retro Lace V-kini in Fig

Retro Lace V-kini in Fig

For women who prefer a little more coverage, the Retro Lace V-kini is ideal. It features full back coverage, stay-put elastic on the legs and the high spandex content of the wide waistband hugs your tummy for light support, without binding or cutting in. Available in sizes S to 3X.

Hanky Panky Retro Lace Hot Pant

Retro Lace Hot Pant

The Retro Lace Hot Pant gives the perfect amount of coverage under skirts and dresses. Available in black or chai, in sizes S to XL.

Hanky Panky Retro Lace Camisole & Thong in Chai

Retro Lace Camisole & Thong in Chai

New for Fall 2015, the Retro Lace Camisole looks great under a sheer top or blazer. Its shorter, 21″ length makes it perfect for pairing with fashionable high-waist trousers or a pencil skirts. Available in black or chai, in sizes S to L.

Hanky Panky Chloe Print Retro Bralette and Retro V-kini

Chloe Print Retro Bralette and Retro V-kini

The Retro Lace Bralette is a versatile and comfortable wire-free bra. Its soft and stretchy lace supports A to C cups best. Available in sizes XS (32A-C), S (34A-C), M (36A-C), and L (38A-C).

What’s your favorite way to wear Retro Lace? Let us know in the comments!

–Larissa, Senior Designer

 

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Fall Trend: Bohemian Beauty

Folk Floral, Hanky Panky's new print for Fall, is inspired by traditional Eastern European embroidery.

Folk Floral, Hanky Panky’s new print for Fall, is inspired by traditional Eastern European embroidery like this work from Hungary. Annto/Shutterstock

Women’s Wear Daily, French Vogue and PopSugar have all called it, so it must be true—folk is now high fashion.

Folk on the runway (from the left): Creatures of the Wind Spring/Summer 2016; Derek Lam Spring/Summer 2016; Valentino Resort 2016. Photographs courtesy of WGSN.

Folk on the runway (from the left): Creatures of the Wind Spring/Summer 2016; Derek Lam Spring/Summer 2016; Valentino Resort 2016. Photographs courtesy of WGSN.

Folk Floral, a new Hanky Panky print for Fall ’15, is “a stripe inspired by traditional Eastern European embroidery,” says Senior Designer Larissa. In this complex print, romantic florals alternate with geometric and scrolling patterns reminiscent of blackwork, an embroidery technique dating back to 13th century Islamic Egypt.

Hanky Panky Folk Floral Basic Cami ($59), Cheeky Hipster ($38), and Thong ($24). Available on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky Folk Floral Basic Cami ($59), Cheeky Hipster ($38), and Thong ($24). Available on hankypanky.com.

Clara

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Coo coo cachoo, Mrs. Robinson

Animal print lingerie is Seduction 101. Take a page out of Mrs. Robinson's book and catch your heart's desire.

Seduction 101: animal print lingerie. Take a page out of Mrs. Robinson’s book and snare your prey.

Why is animal print lingerie synonymous with sex?

When I set out to tackle this profound question, Hanky Panky Senior Designer Larissa suggested I re-watch Mike Nichols’ 1967 film, The Graduate, paying particular attention to Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft)’s clothes.

Turns out Mrs. Robinson wears animal prints in no fewer than six scenes: a tiger print dress to Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman)’s graduation party; a leopard print bra and slip underneath the dress, which Ben helps to unzip; a leopard fur coat to their rendez-vous at a hotel bar; a giraffe print skirt in the hotel room; a zebra skin lounge throw over her legs at home when Ben comes to call on her daughter, Elaine; and a leopard fur-trimmed jacket and pillbox hat to Elaine’s church wedding.

Hanky Panky's Zebra and Leopard Nouveau prints for lace.

Hanky Panky’s Zebra and Leopard Nouveau prints for lace. Available in a multitude of silhouettes and styles, petite to plus and every size in between, on hankypanky.com.

In her hunter and grazer animal prints, Mrs. Robinson is both predator and prey, as trapped as Ben in banal suburbia, even if her own poor choices put her there (a romp in the back of a car with a silly man, an unplanned pregnancy, an abandoned art degree, and alcohol, cigarettes, passionless sex, and beautiful clothes to fill the emptiness). Their affair transforms Ben from an angsty boy to a resourceful man who will stop at nothing to get the woman he wants (Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, alas, not Mrs. Robinson herself). Seduction, it seems, is not enough to bag the game.

Glenn Morris in Tarzan's Revenge (1938), directed by D. Ross Lederman.

Glenn Morris in Tarzan’s Revenge (1938), directed by D. Ross Lederman.

But even without cultural references, nothing says Call of the Wild like animal print lingerie. As we know from PBS’s Nature series, or from taking Fido or Fifi to the dog park, other mammals are happy to do it in the open (on camera even). Does donning animal prints help us check societal inhibitions at the bedroom door? Do we assume the characteristics of a leopard when we wear her spots (most importantly, hand-eye coordination)?

Audrey Hepburn wears a leopard print hat by Givenchy in Charade (1968), directed by Stanley Donen.

The fairest of them all. Audrey Hepburn in a leopard fur Givenchy hat in Stanley Donen’s laugh-out-loud and oh so romantic comedy, Charade (1968). Available under a CC-SA 3.0 license.

All partying aside, the best thing about animal print lingerie may be its visual impact. Could any human-made pattern ever rival what Nature has produced on the coats of leopards, jaguars, tigers, zebras and giraffes? The striking look of animal prints, as much as their sexual connotations, is responsible for their being what one fashion writer called “an oxymoronic ‘trendy classic’.”

Clara

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Hanky Panky Goes Back to School

Lida (Barnard '68) with Esti Herman's daughters, one of whom is Barnard Class of 2018.

Lida Orzeck, Barnard ’68 and co-founder and CEO of Hanky Panky Ltd., with her friend Esti Herman’s daughters, one of whom is Barnard Class of 2018, at The Barnard Store. 

What is Convocation and how does it differ from Commencement? As a first-time Trustee of Barnard College, I agreed to attend Convocation this year and now I know that Convocation formally opens the academic year. Anyone familiar with the English language would assume that’s what Commencement is for, but they would be wrong!

I was quite moved by the event as I sweated in the requisite polyester robe. Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, Barnard alum and CEO of the national YWCA USA, gave a riveting and meaningful keynote address.

With a little bit of time to kill before the start of the 50th anniversary gala of Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center—as an undergraduate at Barnard, I worked with the program’s high school students shortly after DDC, then known as Project Double Discovery, was founded in 1965—I visited The Barnard Store where they sell Hanky Panky thongs and boyshorts in the school colors of blue and white, which we emblazon with “BARNARD” in crystals.

Hanky Panky rolled "BARNARD" boyshorts and thongs at The Barnard Store.

Hanky Panky rolled “BARNARD” boyshorts and thongs at The Barnard Store.

Two alums (Ashley Putnam ’06 and Tracy Rodriguez ’01) and Hanky Panky regulars were at the Hanky Panky display making their selections and squealed with excitement when I identified myself. We were itching to make that instant connection via the Hanky Panky Handshake ™ but, alas, we were all wearing dresses. The revelry continued because, at the same time, Noa Herman (Barnard ’18), daughter of our dear friend, Esti Herman, walked into the store with her sister. Barnard Store employees, Barnard students Ashley and Christina, joined in—everyone wanted a selfie with me!

I don’t remember school being this much fun!

Lida

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Honeymoon Checklist: Paris

Fodor’s recently named Paris, France the #1 destination for Fall honeymoons.

Freedom fries aside, I have to agree that nothing is more romantic than consuming 5,000 calories a day in croissants, steak and wine, walking it off at the 1,700+ dealer flea market in St.-Ouen de Clignancourt, and spending more than one can afford on cut flowers at the marché-aux-fleurs.

Honeymoon Checklist: Paris Food Lover's Guide to Paris by Patricia Wells, Antique Flea Markets of London and Paris by Egle Salvy, English-to-French dictionary, Breton stripe sweater, dark jeans, ballet flats, tisane of orange and rosewater or mint, Hanky Panky 8-Day Thong Pack, Lady Catherine robe, ouvert panties, Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant

Who hasn’t dreamt of romance in Paris? Or shopping in Paris? Thank heavens the two are not mutually exclusive.

If, while in France you want to do as the French do and dress well, from your skivvies to your beret, don’t forget to pack something lacy and racy along with your Michelin map.

Hanky Panky Lady Catherine Collection: Silk chemise ($72), BARE brief ($45), silk robe ($295), leg garter ($27), bralette ($79), cheeky hipster ($59), and low rise thong ($35). Available on hankypanky.com.

The Hanky Panky Lady Catherine Collection. From the left: Silk chemise ($72), BARE brief ($45), silk robe ($295), leg garter ($27), bralette ($79), cheeky hipster ($59), and low rise thong ($35). Available on hankypanky.com.

 

Nothing spices up a honeymoon like Hanky Panky After Midnight. From the left: Signature Lace Peek-a-Boo Bralette ($48), Signature Lace Open Gusset Cheeky Hipster in Leopard Nouveau ($35), and Naughty & Nice ($42), which includes two Signature Lace Open Gusset Low Rise Thongs, one in Black and the other in Leopard Nouveau. Available on hankypanky.com.

Nothing spices up a honeymoon like Hanky Panky After Midnight®. From the left: Signature Lace Peek-a-Boo Bralette ($48), Signature Lace Open Gusset Cheeky Hipster in Leopard Nouveau ($35), and Naughty & Nice pack of one Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Black and one Signature Lace Open Gusset Thong in Leopard Nouveau ($42). Available on hankypanky.com.

Bon voyage lovers!

Clara

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