[Today’s post is sponsored by Bluestockings Boutique, an online lingerie boutique specifically focused on serving the LGBTQIA+ community.]
I am so excited to partner with Bluestockings Boutique to celebrate their second anniversary! Lingerie retail is hugely challenging at the best of times, but it’s much harder, as founder Jeanna Kadlec has written about in her blog, when you’re trying to work within an industry that can be, to put it mildly, conservative. Some might say old-fashioned and exclusive. Some others might even say heteronormative, homophobic, cis-centric, ageist, and anywhere from racially insensitive to straight-up racist. Bluestockings, on the other hand, aims to honor and centralize the needs of customers who may feel ostracized or ignored as lingerie consumers, while amplifying the voices and talents of the people who actually design and sew the lingerie. Celebrating two years in business is a huge milestone, and I’m honored to have the chance to shine a light on Jeanna’s hard work, as well as the hard work of the independent designers and makers who produce the lingerie, loungewear, and accessories you can find at Bluestockings.
Bluestockings Boutique is also deeply committed to ethical manufacturing and sustainability: every brand they carry (most of them woman-owned) must produce their products under humane conditions where workers are paid for their labor. Very often, ethically manufactured lingerie can come with astronomical price tags, but the pieces at Bluestockings are a perfect mix of price points, designed to be accessible to a range of budgets. I’m thrilled today to present a new editorial shot by Michi Rezin, featuring four of my favorite pieces currently available at Bluestockings Boutique. I specifically wanted to avoid traditional pinup photography when styling this mini-collection, so Michi and I turned to one of her favorite classic futuristic sci-fi films for inspiration. Any guesses on the film?
Enjoy, and check out more information about the garments and the talented creators behind them below!
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Now available at Bluestockings Boutique:
Ostrich-trimmed Babydoll and Robe: Bettie Page Lingerie by Playful Promises. Playful Promises is an independent, women-owned lingerie brand based in the UK. The “ostrich” feathers are synthetic and cruelty-free, and Playful Promises manufactures ethically in China. You can read more about their factory here. This is a lovely, totally glamorous yet totally wearable two-piece set, and I honestly can’t believe it retails for less than $100! I found that the babydoll is cut fairly slim and while the robe is cut more generously; I’m wearing an XXL in both pieces, although I could wear an XL in the robe if I wanted a closer fit.
Bee Charm Choker: Karolina Laskowska. Karolina makes some of the most beautiful luxury lingerie in the world, sewn almost entirely by her own two hands at her studio in the UK. I did not think I was a person who could wear chokers. I was very wrong. I now welcome the choker revival, long may it reign.
Hawa Bodysuit: Dottie’s Delights (from the Metropolis collection). Every piece of Dottie’s Delights lingerie is designed and hand-sewn in the USA by designer Stephanie Kuhr and a small team of seamstresses, drawing on a range of influences from the 1920s classic Metropolis to deliciously cheesecake-y pinup girls to retro fetish photography. I’m wearing a size 1X in these photos, which is the best fit for my bust (and height, as there isn’t a ton of vertical stretch).
Winifred Garters: FYI by Dani Read. Dani Read produces her fetish-inspired lingerie and accessories in the USA, and these garters are made right here in New York City. They made my list of my top lingerie purchases from 2015, and two years later my love remains undimmed. You can read more about Dani and her company (FYI stands for Fuck You Industries, which, yes) in this great interview.
Photos: Michi Rezin, photography wizard.