The Resurgence of the Tap Pant

Comme Des Garcons Fall 2011

Comme Des Garcons Fall 2011. Image courtesy of WGSN

This season, designers are heavily trending the classic tap pant. This has been a popular silhouette for lingerie design in past decades, and it seems that this Fall, designers are incorporating this cheeky look into their runway collections.

A close relative of the hot pant, the tap pant is a less demanding and more feminine shape. Current designs are offered in lace, silk, satin, cotton and even leather. Sequined tap pants have also been quite popular with ladies who frequent the nightclub scene.  When wearing a tap pant, it is important to wear a top which will flatter your torso and balance the less booty-hugging bottom. I recommend a cropped button-front shirt in a contrasting color. Sheer and flowing tops will work as well. If the wearer of the tap pant is a bit more demure, consider pairing it with black opaque or patterned tights and a sleek heel.

This season’s tap pants are heavily influenced by lingerie, and Hanky Panky has implemented the best inspirations for our Fall 2011 collection. Though I wouldn’t suggest wearing these as outerwear, I’m sure you’ll enjoy wearing them in the boudoir! Our Silky Skin Luxe Collection for Fall 2011 features a Hanky Panky take on the classic tap pant. We’ve created it using a beautiful shade of hot teal Silky Skin fabric and black lace trim. Pair it with our matching Luxe bralette.

Hanky Panky Silky Skin Teddy

Hanky Panky’s Silky Skin Teddy for Fall 2011

If you’re looking for a sexier version of this look, you may like our Silky Skin teddy. This piece is made from the same hot teal Silky Skin material, featuring a sexy lace midsection. Our teddy has a similar aesthetic appeal as the tap pant yet provides full coverage.

No matter your preference, Hanky Panky’s tap pant-inspired fall pieces are sure to make you feel like a sexy vintage starlet.


About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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One Response to The Resurgence of the Tap Pant

  1. Katherine says:

    Tap pants (or french knickers as they call them in England) are so beautiful and also comfortable to wear. They are a throwback to the 1930s when ladies drawers became shorter and more feminine. They were also called “step-ins.” The inspiration came from the French lingerie houses. The most beautiful ones were adorned with lace, ribbons and bows. Before the wider use of elastic, they were held up with small pearl buttons, but, naturally, this required more accurate sizing. The above example is simple by comparison. I prefer the more romantic and feminine styles of the 1930s and 40s. Perhaps some of the current designers could recreate those designs for the modern set.
    Young people of today, […] don’t know what they’re missing, They think less is more, when it’s really the opposite. More is less. For lingerie to be more erotic, it must leave more to the imagination, rather than letting it all hang out. Also, tap panties are more flattering for a wider variety of figure types. They hide those little flaws in wisps of elegance. My husband loves me in classic lingerie, including tap panties, saucy little bloomers, and cuff-leg style nylon briefs.