Lingerie Science | Bodysuits and Teddies For Men

Victoria's Secret Bodysuit

You know what I haven't talked about before? Bodysuits! Teddies! (Well, at least as far as I can remember, which is generally not all that far, but I'm pretty sure we haven't discussed bodysuits and or teddies in quite some time and I think that it is time to remedy that.)

Before we start, lets define our premise, like scientists. Because nothing is more awesome than science.

Teddies are items of lingerie that look and function much like a one piece swimsuit.

Bodysuits are items of lingerie that look and function much like a one piece swimsuit but with arms and legs, so really, more like a leotard.

Bodysuits are differentiated from body stockings by the fact that they are not made out of stocking material. Lingerie enthusiasts should also be aware that some manufacturers and purveyors will use the terms 'bodysuit' and 'teddy' interchangeably with all the wild abandon of the sort of people who never understood the Dewey Decimal System. (Do young people even know what the Dewey Decimal System is? Getting old is hard.)

To make matters even more complicated, a bodysuit isn't even always an item of lingerie. Just look what Victoria's Secret have done with the concept of the bodysuit, turning it into some kind of corporate swimsuit.

This is Leg Avenue's idea of a bodysuit. It's opaque (another word for ooo kind of see through,) and lacks the arms and legs I was talking about earlier. Still not a bad demonstration of what a bodysuit could be, under an authoritarian regime.

This teddy from Cameo Lingerie is more what we're talking about however. It's a naughty little lace number with built in garters, meaning that there is absolutely no excuse not to wear a nice pair of stockings. How cute is that outfit? Seriously. How cute. I just want to pinch its cheeks.

Leg Avenue just likes to mess with our minds. Why? Because this is described as a long sleeved teddy. The long sleeves make it a bodysuit, unlike their previous offering which was more of a plain teddy than anything. Regardless of that fact, its quite nice in a trashy kind of way.

As you can see, classifying bodysuits and teddies is not for the faint of heart, but I believe in you. You can do it. I trust that there is sufficient data here for you all to begin to compile the tree of the genus 'Bodysuit' and genus 'Teddy'. I expect your reports on my desk by next Monday.


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Cantsay 7 years ago

They are the best, I have about 20 different bodysuits. Victoria Secret also make some nice ones. I always get excited when I see your new posts alert email coming in - love them - thank you so much Hope!


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Hope Alexander 7 years ago Author

As always, you're welcome :)


Stormy 7 years ago

I love the teddies and bodysuits, regardless of style, and however the terms may overlap..however, there is one problem that I must put up with - my torso is generally too long for them to fit properly...but I buy them anyway!


Cyndie_D 7 years ago

Great post. I also have several teddies, my favorite is an Olga with lace similar to that on the Olga panties. Sadly, Olga no long sales them. I have to shop the Ebay vintage lingerie sections.


GoneNylon 7 years ago

Hope,

The real demarcation between "bodysuit" and "teddy" lies in the form vs. function category. Bodysuits are designed to be seen by the general public in an everyday dressing sense. It is the neatness of their lines with a skirt or slacks that makes them so popular.

The line between "bodysuit" and "leotard" usually runs through the crotch, or gusset, as it's often called. A bodysuit will have a snap crotch for access during daylong wearing, where a leotard is pull-up garment has no snaps, given that they are usually worn in circumstances where snaps in the crotch would present functional difficulties.

Wolford makes a range of incredibly expensive bodysuits that are the acme of the genre. Donna Karan also popluarized them starting in the 1980s. The single best place to find bodysuits these days is at www.bodysuit.com, an American retailer providing a huuuuuuge selection of styles for both men and women at reasonable prices for garments actually made in the USA (for Americans these days a darned good excuse to wear them if for no other reason).

There are a number of reasons for wearing an outerwear bodysuit. In cool weather, they make the perfect underlayer. In warm weather, they give a neat, tidy look not susceptible to coming "un-tucked" from underneath the waistband of a skirt or pants when one would be less likely to wear a jsuit acket or sportcoat.

Bodysuits may be worn with or without panties (or some sort of smallish brief for unenlightened guys), although I admit a preference for the "with panties" option. It goes without saying that they simply do not work with boxers. Trust me.

I'm not trying to plug www.bodysuit.com here, but they do deserve significant credit and praise for designing bodysuits specifically for men and with male anatomy in mind. The next step would be a range of dress-shirt styled bodysuits for men that would literally revolutionize men's business attire, complete with french or button cuffs, a variety of collar styles and a number of colors.

Thanks, Hope, for touching on this topic. A bodysuit may well be the most likely "crossover" garment in today's fashion universe.


Ally 7 years ago

I had an Italian girlfriend once who had a body suit. As a CD I tried it on but found it uncomfortable. Those teddies look great though!


Tweeti 7 years ago

It took me almost thirty years of searching, but I finally found the perfect garment to don. The short sleeve leotard. It gives me a more defined fit, nice and tight without being confining and is comfortable enough to wear under clothes. The teddiesand bodysuits/rompers don't give me the support to hold everything in place, kinda like a nice fitting panty, and they add warmth in the cold winter months.

The tank type leotards that I have, give the arms more freedom of movement, which is great for doing the housework type stuff I need to do, but they don't cover the shoulders to give me that fully enclosed feeling.

If anyone is interested, I got my leotards at - http://www.dancewearsolutions.com and purchased the "Balera" brand in XL as they have a longer body cut and they also make an XXL in the tank type.

Thank you Hope for continuing to broaden the eyes of those not intiated, both women and men into the art of men in women's lingerie and clothing.

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