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Panty Double Standards

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Yesterday afternoon, I went thrifting with Amanda. It's been a long time since we've found any vintage goodies at thrift stores so we thought we'd try our luck at the Salvation Army.

 In our shopping, we discovered that we are panty hypocrites. We are both freaked out at the idea of buying modern thrift store lingerie but we have no problem buying a 60 year old bra or girdle. What's up with that? It's all the same- someone else's used undies but when it comes to our under-things, we both have double standards.
 For me, I'll buy vintage slips, nightgowns, bras, girdles (including panty girdles in awesome shape), seamed stockings, vintage swimwear and an occasional pair of bloomers or tap pants if they're in really really good shape.
I won't buy any other kind of panties (unless they're in a sealed package) and I don't buy any modern bras or socks at thrift stores. See what I mean? Panty hypocrite! I don't have a reason or logic behind any of my lingerie choices, it's just a matter of what makes me feel comfortable and what feels yucky.
I've heard of many people who absolutely refuse to wear vintage under garments and I can totally see their logic on that. I mean, it -is- someone else's used underwear and no matter how many times you wash it or  boil it in bleach, it doesn't change the fact that someone wore that girdle and did who-know-what in it. I just try to not think about it!
I wonder, are there any other panty hypocrites out there or is it just me?
If you do buy thrift store undies of any kind, do you have a reason behind your panty standards?

23 Responses to “Panty Double Standards”

  1. I'm actually a hypocrite about this to. I don't buy undergarments unless there vintage.After I do I clean them a lot before wearing them.

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  2. I have a couple of estate-sale slips and an estate-sale swimsuit, but the rest of my undies were bought new. For me, it's more an issue of availability and I also like knowing that the elastic isn't already worn out!

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  3. Hmm good question. I have never bought vintage under things and probably wouldn't, more because of convenience factors than anything. My best friend's Grandma gave us a bunch of her vintage lingerie years ago and I wore a lot of that with no question, then again anything from a "Grandma" seems like it would be pretty "safe" even though that's totally not logical. Even if it's a double standard, just do what you're comfortable with

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  4. I'm with you on this, I'm only too happy to purchase girdles, bullet bras etc to wear but when it comes to panties then I prefer new with a tag. Though if it was dead stock with a tag then I'm sure after a good clean I would be only too happy to wear them.

    XX Ms Rosina Lee

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  5. Maybe I could handle a vintage slip or corset, but I don't think I could do thrifted panties or bras.

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  6. I'm on the same page as you and I don't think it makes you hypocritical, it's just your set of standards that you use to edit out second hand goods.
    slips and bras usually never came into contact with body fluids the way panties do and most modern bras aren't designed well-enough to be very useful once they're in the thrift store.

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  7. Well...if something that is 50+ years old is still in 'really, really' good shape at a thrift store...chances are it wasn't ever really worn. And well...its 50+ years old! So whatever might have been in them is long since dead and you know, no one ever did anything risque back then ;)

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  8. I totally understand; I often see bras and panties at thrift stores and think, "Do people really buy them?!". I guess people must, but the very idea frightens me! I would rather go to the dollar store and buy cheapo ones than USED.....eeew! And yet, on the other hand; I have no problem accepting undies and socks for my little boys; as long as it's from someone we know. Makes very little sense, I know!

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  9. LOL! Well, I'm glad I'm not the only odd ball with double standards. Every time I'm in a thrift store, I see some tacky, cheap 80's teddy and think (and sometimes say) "EEEWWWW!!!!!" And then I buy my vintage bras...*hehe*!

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  10. I am the same way. I feel the same as Melina; my logic is that vintage bras and slips didn't come into contact with much bodily fluids. I do buy vintage girdles, but most women probably wore underwear under these. (I like the open bottom types, so I feel I am pretty safe there). Plus, I have a rule for all used clothing: never buy something that looks like it has a nasty big blood stain. I draw the line there. :)

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  11. I am the same.I will buy girdles and bras.But nothing else not in a sealed package.even hose.

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  12. Oh my - never gave this much thought, but then I don't dress vintage so much as trying to dress my home that way - so no need for underthings, unless you mean doilies!

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  13. Interesting, most actresses I work with have the same double standard. Give them a used vintage bra to create the right line for the clothes and it's fine. Try to give them a used bra from Victorias Secret-no way! We do try to get as much new old stock as possible, and of course when it is used we clean it.

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  14. Interesting topic! I have only bought used undergarments once--a used sports bra.

    --Courtney

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  15. I am on board with the no used panties and that goes for my kids too. I was kind of supprised when having a garage sale and ladies would ask me if I had any underwear (for kids) . I wanted to tell them Lady you really do not want my kids undies they have skid marks. Enough said

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  16. ~ * ♥ * ~

    Slips yes; bras maybe, girdles/corsets yes, but I draw the line at the underwear.

    I really couldn't wear used underwear ~ vintage or not. The ick factor is far to high; so I guess it's only repo for me!

    Well, I suppose that leave more lingerie lovelies for you Brittany! : )

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

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  17. I think I feel the same you do... When I see sexy lingerie at the thrift store it makes me want to vomit and I wont touch it. God only knows whats been on it and who would want to buy used sexy lingerie?? hahahaha but if its beautiful vintage nightgowns and slips I love them! ahahaha go figure!

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  18. I'm not big on vintage lingerie at all but not really got I wouldn't, my bra cup size means the likelihood of me finding a vintage bra is pretty rare. I have bought vintage tap pants in the past but I've also made them,they're super easy to make. I have faux vintage underwear for foundation garments but I have at the occasional vintage one.

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  19. Try that site if you already haven't. http://www.secretsinlace.com/category/Bullet_Bras

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  20. I do not do undies but girdles, slips, bed jackets, nightgowns, and robes are fine. However, if something is deadstock, I will buy it. I also love Secrets In Lace, Girdlebound, and What Katie Did! Rago is still in production and I LOVE their panty girdles! What Katie Did is my absolute fave! Their Glamour Merry Widow and Corselette are just AMAZING! I feel like a pin up princess whenever I wear them!

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  21. It makes sense to have those double standards. I mean, there's a huge difference between a bra that only touched someone's boobs and a pair of underwear or a pantygirdle that definitely was all up in someone elses snatch. NO WAY would I wear something like that.

    I don't really even look for vintage undergarments at thrift stores. At my work I have access to amazing lingerie and reproduction undergarments and I am not much a a OMG IT"S NOT VINTAGE snob, so I don't really care. Plus I'd much rather wear undergarments that have only been worn by myself.

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  22. i won't buy second hand or vintage panties or swimsuits just can't get over the ick factor
    but everything else is fairgame

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  23. HA HA HA HA! This is hysterical! I never thought about it but yes I will buy used undergarments dating from the 1960s and before and not think about it but I get grossed out by modern used ones and won't touch them let alone buy them! So funny!

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