“A French woman wears a fifty dollar dress and a fifteen dollar corset. An American woman wears a two hundred dollar dress and a two dollar and a half corset” Amy Ayer, Facts for Ladies (1908)
I haven’t worn particularly fancy underwear since high school, when my ex-fiance, Aaron, used to buy me lots of lingerie from Victoria’s Secret, because he was kind of uncreative (if it wasn’t underwear, it was chocolate). But when I got out on my own and had no money, it was cotton panties from the Jr. section of Wal-Mart, the kind that comes in the six-pack. My underpants had to be comfortable, as I was standing for about 10 hours a day, so no thongs, no sexy v-strings, no lace or nylon. But rest assured, I didn’t have a $200 dress either.
I took this challenge as a way to buy new fancy panties. (That, and my favorite pair got a hole in them.) But it’s been so long since I’ve had to buy any kind of lingerie that I wasn’t even sure what Ian liked. Would he want me to wear bejeweled thongs? Lacy boyshorts that go so high up into my personal area that they ought to buy me dinner?
So I asked him. He thought it over and said. “I want them to be cute. And fun.” His reasoning being that we were cute and fun, and my lingerie should be uncomplicated. Lacy underpants, to him, scream high maintenance.
Victoria’s Secret at the Sangertown Square Mall had a 5 for $26 sale, so I sifted through the bins. The whole place smells of too much perfume and sadness. The sales girls all wear too much makeup and too-tight skirts. The other customers look like they’re going to hang themselves with the leopard-print V-string if they don’t pick up some guy named Brad at tonight’s 50 Shades of Grey themed party.
It should be noted that I hate Victoria’s Secret. I’ve never had a good experience there, and today, dspite my best intentions, was no exception. I picked out my five pairs–striped, polka dots, bikinis and even a thong–and took them to the register. The sales girl tells me that two of my panties don’t qualify, even though they were in the bin. Maybe this isn’t a big deal, but it’s annoying to have to go back, sift through more underwear and stand in line again. She doesn’t even offer me a VS credit card.
But I came out with five pairs of high-end panties, which will hopefully transform me magically into a sex goddess.