Today I spent almost $100 on underwear.

No doubt some women – such as any of The Real Housewives or Kardashian sisters – spend more than that on one tiny pair of panties.  But for this real housewife, that’s a big number to spend on something that will only ever be seen by one man (and two dogs).

This unprecedented purchase was inspired in part by my boss.  Now before you get all weird about that, let me explain that my boss is  (1) a woman about my age;  (2) extremely stylish and well put together; and (3) generous enough to give all of her employees a nice cash bonus for Christmas.

In a small office where every employee is female, style, fashion, and beauty are familiar topics of conversation.  “My mother worked in lingerie at Crowley’s (an upscale department store in the Detroit area) and she convinced me of the importance of good foundation garments,” my boss said during one of these conversations.  She went on to tell us about shopping at Harp’s Lingerie, a classic shop (est. 1947) in downtown Birmingham, Michigan, where women are assigned personal fitters and their measurements kept on file.   “Whenever I’m dressing for a special occasion, I go there,” she said.

Without revealing too much, I confess I’ve always been very utilitarian when it comes to undergarments.  The older I get, the less I care about them.  As long as they provide the three C’s-coverage, comfort, and cleanliness – I’m happy.   I don’t need them to match or even coordinate top to bottom.  But I’ve recently lost about 10 pounds, and my clothes are all fitting more nicely, and it occurred to me that it would be fun to have some new undies to wear with my new, improved shape.

So I took some of my Christmas bonus and went to Macy’s where they were offering a “buy two get one free” sale.  Before long, I had stocked up on enough new “dainties” to provide a clean pairing for every day of the week. There was quite a little line at the sales register, too.  “Looks like everyone’s starting the new year with new underwear!” the sales clerk said.

I have to admit, it’s  fun to wear these stylish pieces underneath my everyday jeans and sweater.  I feel secretly glamorous and -dare I say – even sexy.  A small pleasure, surely, but one I’ve never allowed myself to indulge until now.

Makes me wonder what else I might be missing.





13 thoughts on “Unmentionables

  1. I often joke that I’m in the support stage of life, good shoes and good bras are more important than they used to be. Really, we deserve pretties and they’re probably not much more expensive than the utilitarian versions. Maybe it’s time for a spree here too. Sounds like you had fun and will enjoy your shopping trip for a long time to come.

  2. I wholly agree with Wild Plum Cottage! I go for good shoes and good underwear. They are well worth it. Value for money and also make me feel good.

    However, I gotta mention here, those come after buying , what else, BOOKS!

    Happy New Year to you and your family. And have a great reading year in 2011!

    Hugs! (From Delhi)

    • Happy New Year to you, too Gautami! And I agree – books are always my first choice when it comes to shopping. But it’s nice to have good underwear and shoes to read in!

      • I have this sudden visual of you in your spiky, strappy sandals with the 4″ heels and some lacy undies – and nothing else – reading. Now, the question is – what books would deserve to be read that way? 😉

  3. That’s just awesome. Many years ago, I read a book called, “What Southern Women Know that Every Woman Should” and the author talked about this very thing. I also know that when I was pregnant with my second child, I felt huge and not very sexy–sporting my humpty dumpty 5’3 frame. I had to give a talk at a business conference, and at the last minute, decided to indulge in a cute outfit at a boutique. It seemed ridiculous to pay so much for something I’d only wear a few times. But, like you, it actually made a real difference in how I felt and carried myself. And the fact that the general public can’t see our underwear proves there’s something to it. Good for you, Miss Priss. 🙂

    • It’s really surprising how just a little thing can make you feel a whole lot better! (and for the record, I’m a “little thing” myself – 5’2 with my high heeled boots on 😉

  4. haha the 3 C’s….I go for those as well, I have trouble spending a lot of money on underwear, it’s very expensive!
    But now and then we must take care of ourselves and spoil us a bit.

  5. Too funny. Is there some sort of underwear zeitgeist going on? I have been pondering this very question and had decided it was TIME. Time to just get some real garments, ones that upped the ante beyond the utilitarian Jockey whites. Thank you for the confirmation. I’m going out tomorrow to shop.

  6. I am in such need of new undies – especially bras. Since I lost weight, my old ones just aren’t doing the job. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I looked at a photo my daughter-in-law had taken over the holidays. All I can say is that I need some shortening up and lifting up. FAST!

  7. Jockey undies for me. But I have bad bras. I think I need that fit she talks about. What fits in one spot is either tight or loose in another and every now and then when I see a full body pic I think, “My, you are a saggy girl.” Nice thing to do with the certificate. I can see your “secret” smile!

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