1940s pinups taught me a valuable lesson. Namely, that sexy can mean something other than rail thin and scantily clad.
Hanky Panky’s Retro Lace Collection is inspired by lingerie popular during Hollywood’s Golden Age. What today might look like a lot of fabric for a panty would, in the 1940s, have been brief indeed, and fit right in.
When I first tried our Retro Thong, what really blew me away was how flattering it was. If I’m honest, I’m happier at 38 than I was at 28, but much less toned (read: no longer have discernible ab muscles). The high band of Retro lace, which sits just below the navel and has more spandex in it than our Signature Lace, gave me a smooth, hourglass shape. Instead of looking in the mirror and seeing the work I needed to do to look good in my clothes, I saw my clothes working for me.
Wearing underwear that flatters me, as I am, not as I wish I would be, looks and feels good. It means self-acceptance, which underlies confidence. And if Betty Grable’s mischievous grin in the most popular pinup of WWII tells us anything, it’s that nothing’s sexier than confidence.
As another famous glam girl said, “strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.”