Spring Must-Try Trend: Crop Tops and Bandeaux

Jil Sander, Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN

Jil Sander, Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN

The midriff is having a moment this season.  I’ll admit—as a woman who is over 30 and will never be mistaken for a fitness model, watching this trend gain momentum filled me with abject terror.

However, there are ways of making this look work beyond the catwalk for those of us without supermodel bodies (or limitless confidence).

These styles are easiest to wear with high-waist skirts, shorts, or trousers. Pencil skirts and cropped, pleated pegged trousers are especially good with midriff-baring styles. Keep it contemporary by showing a flash of midriff, rather than your entire belly.

Method 1: Layering Underneath

Les Copains Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN

Les Copains Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN

The safest way to rock a crop is by layering it. Try a cropped sweater or tee over a longer lace or jersey camisole. That way you get the waist-defining silhouette with none of the exposure. 

Method 2:  Wear It Under a Low Neckline

Trussardi Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Trussardi Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Control your exposure by layering a bandeau under a plunging tank or dress. Experiment with different color combinations and necklines.

Method 3: Wear it with a Jacket on Top

Chanel Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Wear a jacket or cardigan over your cropped top. This gives a decent amount of coverage, and gives you the freedom to button up, if you start to feel overexposed.

Method 4: Layer it Under Something Sheer

Lindsay of That Je Ne Sais Quoi in a Hanky Panky Bandeau with Sheer Top and Pencil Skirt

Lindsay of That Je Ne Sais Quoi in a Hanky Panky Bandeau with Sheer Top and Pencil Skirt

Wearing a bandeau, longline or cropped top under a sheer top or blouse is another great way to get the cropped look without actually exposing your midriff at all.

Get the look from Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky Audrey Lace Crop Top

Hanky Panky Audrey Lace Crop Top

Our banded lace crop top looks great on its own or layered. The wide, ballerina neckline can be worn on top of or off the shoulder. Available in Black and Teaberry.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Bandeau

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Bandeau

Our Signature Lace lined bandeaux are great layered under a sheer top, plunging neckline, or jacket.  A soft mesh lining gives you coverage. Smaller-busted and augmented women can wear it on its own, while fuller-busted girls may prefer to wear it layered over a more utilitarian strapless bra.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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New Styles and Colors Added to Hanky Panky’s Plus Size Collection for Spring 2014!

Classic Camisole and Boyshort in Peach Fizz

Classic Camisole and Boyshort in Peach Fizz

We’re happy to announce even more new styles and colors have been added to Hanky Panky’s Spring 2014 Plus Size Collection!

New Styles for Spring 2014

Plus Size Signature Lace V-kini

Plus Size Signature Lace V-kini

The biggest news is the addition of our best-selling Signature Lace V-kini panty in plus sizes! Available in Black, Marhsmallow, Chai, Chambray and Passion Fruit, this midrise panty features Hanky Panky’s signature v-front, v-back waistband and has full coverage in the back. It’s the perfect choice for under skirts and dresses.

Hanky Panky Plus Size Lace V-Kini

Plus Size Signature Lace V-Kini Panty

Hanky Panky Cotton with a Conscience French Brief

Cotton with a Conscience French Brief

 We’re also very excited to introduce our organically-grown Supima® Cotton With A Conscience® French Brief panty in plus sizes.  This super-soft, premium cotton-spandex jersey fabric is a Hanky Panky favorite, while the high-cut silhouette is comfortable as well as flattering. Available in Black, White, and Chai.

Cotton With A Conscience® French Brief

Cotton With A Conscience® French Brief

8-Day Pack of Plus Size Original Rise Thongs

This 8-pack of our best-selling Plus Size Original Rise Thongs comes complete with a cute roll-up travel case. Includes an array of must-have colors: White, Bliss Pink, Red, Powder Blue, Navy, Granite, Java, and Taupe.

 New Colors for Spring 2014

Plus Size Original Rise Thong in Purple Jewel and Peach Fizz

Plus Size Original Rise Thongs in Purple Jewel and Peach Fizz

Hanky Panky Plus Size Retro Thong in Taupe and Pistachio Ice

Hanky Panky Plus Size Retro Thong in Taupe and Pistachio Ice

Plus Size Retro V-kini in Pistachio Ice

Plus Size Retro V-kini in Pistachio Ice

Hanky Panky Plus Size V-Neck Chemise in Passion Fruit

Plus Size V-Neck Chemise in Passion Fruit

-Larissa, Senior Designer

 

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Pick of the Week: Art Moderne Print Collection

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Styles Highlighted: Art Moderne Print Collection

Hanky Panky Art Moderne Print Bralette & Cheeky Hipster

Art Moderne Print Bralette & Cheeky Hipster

Collection: Spring 2014

Why we love it: Go graphic in this trendy, Deco-inspired print! The Art Moderne Print Collection is offered in our Originial Rise Thong, Bralette, Cheeky Hipster, and Low Rise Thong! 

Want it? Buy it now.

-Hillary Byers @hankypankyhb

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Pick of the Week: Millefleur

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Hanky Panky Millefleur Chemise

Hanky Panky Millefleur Chemise

Styles Highlighted: Millefleur Print

Collection: Spring 2014, New Arrivals

Why we love it: French for a thousand blooms, our Millefleur print screams Spring. Cure your midwinter blues with this bright and colorful print. Available in original rise thong, low rise thong, petite low rise thong, retro thong, v-kini, boyshort, camisole, and chemise.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Hanky Panky Spring 2014 Palette: Cinematic Colors

Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Color Palette

With hyper-saturated Technicolor hues and prints that play with scale and proportion, our Spring 2014 collection takes you on a trip through a celluloid wonderland. Seasonal Signature Lace colors include Chambray, Purple Jewel, Malachite, Key Lime Pie, Bali Blue, Passion Fruit, Peach Fizz and Pretty in Pink. Shimmer Lace palette includes Iridescent Bliss Pink Shimmer and Iridescent White Shimmer. New Hanky Panky BARE colors are Pacific Blue and Marshmallow.

-Larissa, Senior Designer 

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Sustainability & Fashion at Hanky Panky

Production cutting at Hanky Panky's warehouse in Hollis, Queens.

Production cutting at Hanky Panky’s warehouse in Hollis, Queens. Photograph ©Brian Goldman

Following are excerpts from a career-related speech that Elizabeth de Luna, Class of ’14, gave in her Public Speaking class at Barnard College.

The fashion industry is a vicious cycle of excess and spending, desire and immediate gratification. It’s no wonder that telling people I want to pursue a career in “environmentally sustainable fashion” sounds like I am putting my faith in some sort of oxymoron. Sustainability is the efficient and effective utilization of natural resources for the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature that fulfills the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Traditional fashion, by comparison, often exploits natural resources, including the people who create the clothing that keeps the industry running.

The tension between these inherently dissonant entities—sustainability and fashion—was one of the first points of discussion brought up by Lida Orzeck, CEO of Hanky Panky and my interviewee for this speech. Lida is a Barnard graduate and she and her best friend Gale Epstein, Creative Director of the company, have led Hanky Panky since its inception in 1977. I have a great respect for Lida that stems from my observation of her unabated dedication to Barnard. She is a wonderful role model for young women like me. Furthermore, she is a joy to speak with and a wealth of knowledge because Hanky Panky has been implementing sustainable practices since before the word “sustainable” was even in vogue.

In fact, Lida says that the simple event that started the company in 1977 was itself a sustainable act. Gale fashioned a lingerie set out of cotton handkerchiefs and presented the set to Lida as a gift. This was Hanky Panky’s first act of sustainability—the repurposing of one piece of clothing into another—and thanks to that fateful pair of panties, Hanky Panky was born. Today, Hanky Panky is a multi million dollar entity and its products are worn by the likes of Beyoncé and Kate Winslet. On the cover of her new single, Lady Gaga wears a Hanky Panky thong panty (and nothing else)! The company has a devout following among their non-famous clientele as well, who often pass along their love of the brand to their sisters and daughters.

Lady Gaga in Hanky Panky

Lady Gaga in Hanky Panky

Since the very inception of Hanky Panky in 1977, Lida and Gale have implemented many sustainable practices, many of which also happen to be cornerstones of good business. Where a product is made and how a product is made have recently become the most visible components of fashion production due to the widespread coverage of building collapses in Bangladesh. These accidents killed thousands of garment workers and sparked worldwide interest in the working conditions of garment laborers. Hanky Panky’s cutting is done in a factory in Queens and sewing is done by local independent contractors who have worked with Hanky Panky for years. The proximity of the factory cuts down on carbon emissions that would otherwise result from transport to and from an overseas production facility, and allows the Hanky Panky teams to oversee production and have a firm hand in the way that labor operations occur. Local production costs more than offshore production, but it results in consistency of product quality and in better labor conditions for workers. In an industry that exports its labor and production to other countries, Hanky Panky is quite unique in their decision to keep production local.

Lida and Gale do their best to make sure that they buy materials that are sourced domestically and of highest quality. A Hanky Panky panty is made of lace and American Pima cotton, some of which is organically-grown. Sourcing quality material not only ensures that those responsible for the material were treated correctly, it ensures that the environment was treated well, too. And Hanky Panky’s earth-friendly outlook doesn’t stop in their production facilities; the company works to integrate sustainable policies on waste into company culture. For example, Hanky Panky donates scraps from their production to charity so they can be used in arts and crafts projects for children. Years before the city instituted mandatory recycling, Hanky Panky instructed employees to be mindful of waste and have worked to raise staff awareness.

At the close of our conversation, I asked Lida if Hanky Panky’s success had ever made her consider expanding the business beyond their Queens factory. For Lida and Gale, the goal is quality over quantity—bigger is not necessarily better, in their estimation. What I find most impressive about Lida, and Gale is their willingness to continue to learn, grow and be the best they can be. As more clothing companies make the move to sustainable practices, it is clear that Hanky Panky has been a trendsetter from the start with over 30 years of eco-friendly and humane fashion.

-Elizabeth de Luna

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Hanky Panky CEO Donates Collection of 20th Century Propaganda Posters to Barnard College

Art in Service of a Cause. Copyright All rights reserved by Barnard College

Hanky Panky co-founder and CEO Lida Orzeck recently donated a collection of 52 World War I and World War II propaganda posters to her Alma Mater, Barnard College. The collection was amassed by her late father, Dr. David Orzeck.

A selection of 7 of the posters in now on view at Barnard, in Milbank Hall, outside the president’s office.

Read more about the donation and see a selection of the posters in the article “Art in Service of a Cause,” which appeared in the Fall issue of Barnard Magazine.

 

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Ring in the New Year in Hanky Panky

With the Holiday’s consuming 99.9% of your thoughts this season, have you even had a moment to think about what you are wearing to ring in the New Year? We will leave the bedazzled dresses up to you and give you a few ideas on what to wear as underpinnings this season…

What’s your New Year’s wish? With this set of 3 lucky panties, you don’t have to choose! Great for gift-giving (or treating yourself). This set of three thongs includes White for peace, Passionate Pink for love, and True Blue for good health.

Have you chosen your outfit for the biggest New Year’s bash but need a thong that you can barely see under your super sassy and super tight dress? We have the perfect style. Our 3 Pack of BARE “Eve” Natural Rise Thongs are perfect for any outfit, day or night!

Feeling sassy this New Year’s? Try any one of our sizzling Hanky Panky After Midnight™ collection features sexy crotchless panties, sensual peek-a-boo bralettes, daring teddies and babydolls in our soft laces and stretch tulles.

 -Hillary

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Perfect Stocking Stuffers!

Hanky Panky Holiday Packaging
All your major shopping is taken care of, now it’s time for all those fun little extras.

If you wish to order from HankyPanky.com, please keep in mind the following ordering deadlines for delivery by Tuesday, 12/24:

2-Day Shipping: Thursday, December 19, 1pm EST
Overnight Shipping: Friday, December 20, 1pm EST

Hanky Panky’s Holiday Glitter Houndstooth boxes make super-luxe stocking stuffers! Available in boxes of 1, 3 or 5 thongs, and in Low Rise, Petite, and Plus size, there’s a sparkly box for everyone.

Low Rise Thong in Glitter Houndstooth Box

Single Thong in Glitter Houndstooth Box

3 Pack Thongs in Glitter Houndstooth Box

3 Pack Thongs in Glitter Houndstooth Box

5 Pack of Thongs in a Glitter Houndstooth Box

5 Pack of Thongs in a Glitter Houndstooth Box

For the ladies, who want a change from lace, we also offer multi-packs of our best-selling Organic Cotton With a Conscience® thongs and totally smooth and invisible Hanky Panky BARE microfiber thongs.

Cotton With A Conscience Three-Pack.

Cotton With a Conscience® Three-Pack.

Hanky Panky BARE Three-Pack

Hanky Panky BARE Three-Pack

Happy Gifting!

-Larissa, Senior Designer 

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Pick of the Week: Roses & Pearls

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Styles Highlighted: Roses & Pearls Print Collection

Hanky Panky Roses & Pearls Cigarette Girl Chemise

Roses & Pearls Cigarette Girl Chemise

Collection:  Holiday 2013 and New Arrivals

Why we love it: Roses are red, pearls are white, and our newest print is sheer delight! This 1980s-inspired floral and polka dot print is available in our universally-flattering cigarette girl chemise, crossover bralette, boyshort, v-kini, and both low rise and original rise thongs.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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