April 14, 2010

Over and Under the Blazer

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Under every great outfit, a girl needs panties (unless, of course, that girl is Pam Anderson). Since the dawn of the company, Hanky Panky has been the brand of choice for lots of women. Stretchy, comfy and offered in every color or print imaginable, Hanky Panky makes the perfect lace panty. They even come in a variety of cuts and styles, for those who don’t favor the brand’s classic low-rise thong. They’re comfy enough for every day, but sexy enough for a special occasion. Better yet, they come packaged in a cute little roll — meaning it isn’t even awkward to purchase them with a guy around. — $18 each, at Daria on Dryden Of course, Victoria’s Secret caught onto the Hanky Panky craze and decided to attempt to make their own version, the Lacie. While their version also comes in seemingly innumerable colors, and the lace is stretchy enough, it is certainly less durable — after one run through a washing machine, these babies were practically a pile of string. If they lasted through a wash, the lace was almost certainly ripped just by putting them on. While they may have a cheap price tag, these panties are cheap in every way — only useful as toss-away, one-wear panties, which very few girls actually need. — $10 each, at Victoria’s Secret The Verdict: Spend a few dollars on the original, and they’ll be your favorite undergarments for years. In case you haven’t noticed, blazers are one of spring’s best trends. Easy to wear and layer, blazers are perfect with everything from jeans to a dress (just look around campus for some great examples). One of the most wearable and playful versions is a knit cotton blazer. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ version, the Willis knit blazer, is comfortable, versatile and looks much more put together than a sweatshirt — despite being made of the same material. It comes in a bright red, which is hard to match, but also in classic black. — $258 plus $18 shipping at Bloomingdale’s On the other hand, Gap’s version of the knit blazer is perhaps even more versatile. In a more classic cut reminiscent of boyfriend blazers, the Gap version comes in black or a lovely heather gray. It is made in the Gap sweatshirt fabric, so its soft, cozy feel is reminiscent of my elementary school days (remember those ubiquitous Gap sweatshirts? I had about six). The black is perfect for throwing on in lieu of a black cardigan at night, and the gray is perfect with jeans and a casual top. And at the price, you can afford to get one in each color. —$60 at the Gap The Verdict: Don’t buy just one, but two of the Gap version, and get twice as much blazer for half as much money.

Original Author: Leigha Kemmett