Friday, June 27, 2008

Tootsie Talks ~ Some People Listen

Tootsie's weekly advice column. She's no expert, although she's not really sure what constitutes "expert". If it involves school, she attended the school of Very Strong Opinions. Questions are welcomed. Answers may borderline ridiculous.


Thank God it's Friday. And it is. I just checked. Monday I thought it was Tuesday. Tuesday I thought it was Wednesday, and Wednesday I thought it was...nope! Not Thursday. Friday. So basically, I'm just lost. Because it's summer vacation and with the kids home I honestly wasn't sure what day of the week it was. And the date? All I can say is you should be glad that I use my debit card for everything and you aren't stuck in line behind me while I'm trying to fill out a check.


Ann from Velvet Lava sent a lovely email seeking my opinion on matching undergarments.

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Hi Tootsie -

Hope all is wonderful and whoopie cushions in your neck of woods, darlin'! I so love visiting your blog every darn day - it brightens my morning. Well, not that it needs much more brightenin' - what with the scorching Phoenix sun over here. Anywho! I have a question for your advice column! Woot! Here ya go:

Okay Toots, I have a friend who insists that all women should wear matching bras and panties every stinkin' solitary day! Who the Farkle has time for that and am I the only one who doesn't DO this? Or is Miss Matchypants in need of medication here? A bitch slap? WHAT?

That is all!

Air kisses,
Ann

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It may rock my readers to their very core to learn, especially after my admission of dashboard adornments and last weeks marital advice; that when it comes to my bras and panties I'm more fashion practical that I am concerned with weather or not they match. For instance, if I'm wearing a white skirt and a black top, I choose my undergarments accordingly (nude undies and a black bra). In my opinion, it is more important that your unmentionables are virtually undetectable to passerby than the aesthetic pleasantness of color and fabric coordination. ALL THAT BEING SAID - It's a personal choice. While I do have time to do all that matching [and I DO make time especially in those situations where I know they'll be seen and in a heap on the floor in about .08 seconds] this becomes a costly practice. And it's not like I walk around looking like a schlub underneath. I keep things cute. Never underestimate the power of Lacy Little Nothings. Wear those and I dare you to ask him the color of your eyes AND your bra. He'll be all, You HAVE eyes? And what's a B-R-A?

I also have a friend that not only adheres to the same belief as your own friend; on special occasions she insists that her mani-pedi also coordinate with her underthings. And I've yet to meet one single male who notices or cares if your nails match your g-string and lace demi-cups. Although, my wedding anniversary is coming up. Perhaps a scientific study is in order. With graphs and copious photo evidence.

I should also note that if it simply makes you feel good to know that you're rockin' the Casbah underneath that business suit, then by all means, rock on.

30 comments:

Karen said...

I'm with you on the practical side of things. I saw a woman yesterday wearing white pants with striped underwear.

And she was mid-60's if she was a day.

Ick.

monica @ transplanting me said...

i haven't been hanging around farkleville long, but i'm beginning to think i was wrong when i assumed you were just joshin' about the dashboard wang.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

You already know what I think of y'all who can wear "lacy little nothings" without catching your boobs in your belt buckle...

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I can't believe I wrote that. I'm really touchy on this subject, I guess.

Madame Queen said...

I do find that when I'm wearing something matchy it does make me feel different -- more confident or something. But in my case matchy usually just means cotton and, occasionally, frayed.

Andrea's Sweet Life said...

It's enough for me to find a boob sling that FITS and WORKS, much less one that has matching undies. I think I'd have to buy 10 of the same pair.

By the way, thanks for stopping by over at Sweet Life!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I suspect that Velvet Lava's friend is actually a Drag Queen.

jenontheedge said...

Practical is important. I'm not going to emulate Pamela Anderson and wear a black bra under a thin white blouse (which is preferable to when she chooses to go without). That said, I tend to wear all black a lot and I think it's fun to sometimes wear something completely unexpected under that black -- red, green, leopard, etc.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Practical and invisible should ALWAYS win out over cute when it comes to me having to see other people's underoos.

Marmarbug said...

I am going to have to agree with you on the dressing with accordance to colors.
There is nothing worse than seeing a chick with white pants and knowing that has on her "tuesday" panties on a Friday.

Ann said...

THANK YOU :)!! I think I err on the side of Practical and Invisible vs. matchy match. Now, if it's a special occasion - and the hubby deserves some sort of hubba HUB HUB, maybe then I'll role out the Sweet Lacey Nothings - but only if he takes me out for Sushi first. I DO have my limits. Loving all these opinions. And you're right - whatever blows your hair back!

JoeinVegas said...

Well, if you would have asked a guy he would suggest the matching outfit of the no bra/no panties look. That way you don't have to worry about the see-through to a different color stuff. Just saying.

katydidnot said...

mani pedi matched to underthings? OCD who?

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

I have like 4 bras and fifteen cajillions pairs of underwear. I have my sexy panties, I have practical panties. I have dont-care-about panties that I save for monthly issues days. I have 6 for $4 panties. Being a size 32D settling for a 34C, when I find a bra that works, I buy it and wear it until it dies.

Matching, schmatching!

KEEP BELIEVING

Jennifer H said...

I agree about making it practical.

And I'm still laughing at Suburban Correspondent's comment. (And crying a little, in agreement.)

Mr. Farklepants said...

It's funny. I feel like I might be the world's foremost authority on this subject, yet I can't compose a straightforward answer.

There could be book written about this...


...an illustrated book.

standing still said...

Glad to be following dear Mr. Farklepants on this one.

Nothing says, "Hi honey ... Yea, up here, these are my eyes" better than

I'm not wearing any panties.

JCK said...

Sage advice. I especially like to rock the casbah on occasion. They stay on so fleetingly then anyway...

http://anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

When I had money to spend I did the matching. Now that i have a kid, I just could care less. As long as people don't publically comment about the VPL, I'm fine with my cotton granny panties.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Ditto what katydidnot said.

Swirl Girl said...

Whatever blows your dress up, I always say . And if the wind actually does blow your dress up- at least your toes with match your britches!

I love fancy undies and bras. Even though I look like hell on the outer layer, I KNOW underneath it all - I am a goddess!

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Okay, I will be brave - I do match (not expensive set matching [all the time] but colors) but only because I a) am indeed OCDish and b) rocking the Casbah under my teacher clothes does feel good. And naughty.

I do not insist on my friends, neighbors, or countrymen following suit, however. That would be crazy.

MommyTime said...

When my husband and I were living in sin before the wedding, we were getting ready for bed one night, and he looked at my powder blue top half and striped bottom half and said, "Um, hell-lo?!? aren't those supposed to match?" We laughed and laughed and laughed. That was about 10 years ago. I think I have two matching sets right now. But my bra sizes have changed more often than Pamela Anderson's what with the pregnancies and nursing that I'm lucky to wear two halves that fit. Match is hardly in my vocabulary at all anymore. Sad, isn't it?

g said...

I am of the non-matching school. Part of its economic. while I don't mind spending money on Lots of lacy bras (props to you Tottosie for inspiring that post)
I can't bring myself to spend the outrageous sums they ask for the matching lacy panties. $40 for a bra? OK. $18 for panties? Nuh uh.

So I always wear plain bikinis in nude, black, pink, or maybe some other solid color.

sometimes I try to keep the same colors going, and I generally try to avoid hideous clashes, but other than that...meh.

g said...

I can't believe I misspelled Tootsie!!!!

Colleen said...

in college? oooohhhh...every damn bra I owned had a matching panty. But that was so before kids and a mortgage and bills and ugh.

So now I'm worried that Marmarbug saw me wearing my Tuesday panties under my white pants earlier today. ;)

BTW, I have a little something for you at my place.

Mr. Farklepants said...

This is almost unbelievable. My wife writes something that results in an endless procession of women showing up to describe their underwear in great detail.

Somehow Tootsie has realized one of my greatest fantasies in blog form.

Thanks Honey!

calicobebop said...

I used to work for Victoria's Secret and fell under the alluring spell of matching undergarments. Many years later I have reached the same conclusion as you - wear what is appropriate for the garment.

Although sometimes, in extremely bad traffic, I worry that maybe my mom was right. What if I was in an accident and a handsome doctor had to cut off my clothes! Why oh why didn't I wear the fancy knickers today!

Eve Grey said...

I don't really like matching things for some reason. They feel to...mannequin-like. My husband notices if I where a thong but otherwise he has both those articles of clothing ripped off (or popped open, or pulled down) at a speed so quick as to be invisible to the human eye. (:

The Girl Next Door said...

I agree with Tootsie - sometimes rockin' it underneath, sometimes practical, always be mindful of what you wear under white.

Double Ditto on katydidnot (she always says it so perfectly in so few words - my friends wish I were more like her).

And I have given much more thought to this since Ex moved out. I spend way more money at VS and do a lot more sexy matching. Does that make any sense considering I am alone now? I think it's the "just for me" thing. OK and Friend now and then...

Glad Mr. Farklepants is enjoying this!