Friday, July 28, 2006

Proper care of lingerie

Today's panty of the day pic. These are Vanity Fair nylon full back bikinis, style number 18-002. I got these back in the 90's and oddly, the elastic didn't last long in them. I say oddly, because I consider Vanity Fair to be a quality manufacturer. I actually bought these in three colors, black, ivory/bone (featured here), and white. All three suffered the same elastic waistband failure around the same time, which I think was 4 or 5 years after purchase. Also strange is that I would consider these to fall under the "Classic" category and therefore be available forever (like the lollipop style), but I have been unable to locate them at any stores, so I suspect they are no longer made. Despite the waistband failure, I would still recommend these for purchase to the avid panty collector. The reason is that the nylon is very light, smooth and has a nice level of sheerness to it. I love the lace detailing on the front of the waist area, very sexy. As you can see, they have a cotton liner. If anyone knows if these are still made please do let us know here at the bad side.

On the subject of panty waistband failure, I'd love to hear from fellow collectors about their care, maintenance and storage methods. Since I don't really wear these, they don't get washed much, but when they do I tend to machine wash my panties on the delicate cycle, cold water, slow in those mesh laundry bags and dry them on low heat also in the delicates cycle on the dryer. The panties are stored in a drawer pretty much piled up on one another (actually stuffed like sardines), but it's cool and dry there. Also, I don't recall any of my other panties having this waistband failure, but I'm expecting that as time marches on I will be finding more and more panties with this problem. Any experts on lingerie care out there? I'm sure there's lots of us who'd like help with this. Be back soon, until then enjoy your panties and have a great weekend!

9 comments:

ross said...

I used to have a pair just like these in size 5, and they were fantastic. They didn't survive The Last Great Purge (an upcoming column for the Top Drawer). Terribly sad. I think I may have a pair in champagne color in my drawer, but I'll have to compare the picture. re the waistband failure, it sounds like they were defective. Elastic definitely degrades over time, but I have some in my drawer that must be 40 years old, I guess and are fine. I think machine washing is fine. The dryer tends to be tough on them. I have one of those lingerie bags for the dryer, but I don't think it does much. I still use the dryer most times, unless the panties are really old and delicate because I like the way they come out of the dryer.

ross said...

By the way, mine were pink. And use Woolite. Not so harsh.

Pantymaven said...

I know I'm late with this... (was away for the weekend)... but agree with Ross on the Woolite. Elastic degradation is caused by any number of factors but the two biggest are chlorine and heat. I've never used a dryer. That said, I've had new panties that were properly stored (room temperature) that the elastic went bad on without ever being worn. It was a shame because they were a quality made (Greenco) panty. I've had others that the elastic went bad after a period of time (washed many times and then stored) and, like Ross, others that are over 40 years old and the elastic is still stretchy.

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badside said...

Woolite huh guys? I'll try that next washing, Thanks.

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