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Tasteful Teddies For Gentlemen

Updated on January 10, 2010

One of my personal favorite pieces of lingerie, the teddy, is often overlooked for more run of the mill lingerie, like bras and panties. One piece lingerie sets seem to have gone the way of the one piece swimsuit, but why?

A teddy, for the uninitiated, is a body suit like item of lingerie that is slid into like a pair of panties and rises up the body to cover the bosom. Some teddies are designed to help shape the body into a lovely female form, others are less restrictive.

If you look at a retailer like, you'll come across a whole range of teddies with bits hacked out of them. Teddies that expose the midriff, the sides of the stomach, the belly button, in other words, teddies that largely defy the purpose of the teddy, which is to present the body in an alluring fashion without giving away all its secrets. I would not advise the average lingerie wearing male to invest in such pieces as they are as unlikely to flatter the figure as they are to feel good when worn. If the point of wearing lingerie is to feel good in it, then why hack the bulk of the garment away? Inquiring minds want to know!

Finding a teddy that has some measure of class about it is becoming increasingly difficult these days, but all hope should not be lost. It is still possible to discover teddies that don't make the wearer look as if they aspire to being a lady of the night. Here are two samples, culled from the depths of the Internet.

The pictured teddy is from Twenga, and I feel that it is a rather charming piece of lingerie. The crochet gives it something of a homely feel, which contrasts nicely with the blue frou frou trim and the overall tone of the garment, which is alluring in the extreme. Who knew that a series of knots could create something so terribly charming?

If crochet isn't your thing, animal print makes for a surprisingly classy teddy, when compared to other garments that are mostly a few strips of ribbon and the equivalent of a female cod piece. Perhaps it's just the model, but I get a very swinging vibe from this teddy, and believe that it could be worn to great effect by a chap with a penchant for the more primal things in life.


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      threesweds 8 years ago

      Ben, your are right about the torso size differences. I have experienced the same problem. I would die to be able to wear a Twenga teddy like the blue trimmed one pictured above. Hope, do you know of manufacturers who make lingerie for tall women that might possibly fit the male torso? The closest I get is with leotards.

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      Ben 8 years ago

      I love teddies, my only problem though is that every teddy I have tried is too short.

      Actually this is my biggest disappointment when it comes to all kinds of lingerie, whether they be teddies, camis or bustiers etc. One piece swim suits too. The fact is that the female torso is generally shorter than the Male torso, and unfortunately lingerie is designed to suit the former. It's just not fair really.

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      kevinnzcd 8 years ago

      That top one is to DIE for. Mind you, so is the girl in it :)

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      ILoveLingerie 8 years ago

      Good points Hope, I like to have some more teddies myself.

      I can rarely find some good ones though and if I do they are still pretty expensive most of the time.

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      lainie_xo 8 years ago

      Hello Hope,

      What is your take on baby doll nighties? These seem to be more of a selection of these than teddies...

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      Pantied boy 8 years ago

      I really like the first one, it looks just amazing. I just wonder if such item would fit on my rather flat chest.

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      bees1717 8 years ago

      Pooh. I want to feel pretty with a high quality Teddy I can wear st least one day of the week!!!

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      beez1717 8 years ago

      oooh cool. I want a cool Teddy I'd feel so cool and be very happy!!!

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      That's what internet shopping is for ;)

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      shalu_vishaka 8 years ago

      You rightly mentioned "Hope is not lost" thank you to continue writing on these topics.

      I love Teddies but unfortunately its not that readily available here in India...