Note from Jeanna: I am thrilled to introduce product reviews to the Bluestockings Blog line-up! Y'all have asked for product reviews in droves, but I didn't know how to go about them in an ethical way. I was loath to do reviews on the blog - personally reviewing products I sell as the boutique owner didn't sit well with me, ethically.
But the solution has presented itself: customers have stepped forward to write incredible reviews of their favorite Bluestockings purchases. I hope to publish at least one a month. #ourcustomersrock
Review by Megan O.
I purchased the Play Out “Wired” briefs from Bluestockings Boutique with my own money. All opinions are my own.
I had been on the hunt for some loungeable bottoms to wear around the house on warm days. The goal was more coverage than most panties but not full-on boxers, and I was interested in a less feminine aesthetic as well.
Cue me totally falling in love with the cyberpunk-esque pattern of these trunks and purchasing them pretty much on the opening weekend of Bluestockings. They arrived a few days later in Bluestockings’ eco-friendly and reusable packaging. Jeanna packed my purchase in a resealable plastic bag within the shipping envelope, which I have adopted as snag-proof storage for my more delicate, well, delicates.
These trunks are made out of a very soft micromodal/cotton/spandex blend, with a wide elastic waistband featuring the Play Out logo. I feel like this material is definitely thinner than most of the cotton-blend panties I own. The fabric feels incredibly gentle against my skin, and it has maintained its softness through several wearings and washings. I have both hand-washed and machine-washed these. They show no significant pilling, but the vivid green color has faded a little – not surprising, since in the first hand-wash they turned the water a brilliant emerald.
Megan modeling the boxer briefs (front)
I got these in a size Medium based on the size charts provided on Bluestockings, and they fit true to size. The waistband does not dig in and is even more comfortable than the smaller, standard panty bands that I am used to. They provide the amount of coverage I would expect from a boxer brief, touching the tops of my thighs in the front and providing full coverage in the back. They do tend to creep up on me a little in the back if I’m not wearing them with snug pants.
Megan modeling the briefs (back)
My only real annoyance with these is that the hems on the leg openings tend to curl upwards, possibly because they aren’t very wide and the material isn’t thick enough to hold them more firmly in place. This is more of an aesthetic problem than one of comfort; it just means I sometimes have panty lines in the front, rather than the back, and it can be fixed with a little adjustment and smoothing.
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. Subtly geeky and comfortable bottoms that can work as loungewear and everyday underwear are well worth the money to me. I would be interested to purchase more Play Out briefs if a pattern catches my eye.
Megan is a recovering English major, practicing nerd, and amateur lingerie reviewer. Delving into lingerie has affected her views on everything from bodies to business to ethical consumption. In addition to the Bluestockings Blog, she enjoys The Lingerie Addict and Sweet Nothings.
P.S. Have you bought something at Bluestockings that you would like to review on the blog? (Selfies are optional!) Get in touch with Jeanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.