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.