Glamour Puss

1940s pinups taught me a valuable lesson. Namely, that sexy can mean something other than rail thin and scantily clad.

Frank Powolny's famous 1943 picture of Betty Grable.

Frank Powolny’s 1943 picture of Betty Grable became the most popular “pinup” of World War II. Available under a CC-SA 3.0 license.

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.

Nancy Porter in a 1945 "pinup" for Yank Magazine, available under a CC-SA 3.0 license.

Nancy Porter in a 1945 “pinup” for Yank Magazine, available under a CC-SA 3.0 license.

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.

Hanky Panky Retro Lace Silhouettes

Three popular and flattering silhouettes: Retro Thong (available in One Size to fit 2-12 & One Size Plus to fit 14-24), Retro Hot Pant (available in sizes S-XL), and Retro V-kini (available in sizes S-XL and 1X-3X).

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.”


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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