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The Chivalrous Couple

The Chivalrous Couple

In early 2013, I was asked if I’d be interested in writing a column on lingerie from a man’s perspective. Apparently, they didn’t know who they were talking to! After accepting the assignment for one column, it quickly turned into a three part editorial titled, Lingerie: A Way of Life. After talking with women who had read the columns, I realized something. A lot of men aren’t familiar with traditional dating etiquette and chivalry, and the women are none the wiser. Due to the great response to my lingerie editorials, I decided to start The Chivalrous Life; offering a unique and refreshing perspective on romance, chivalry and lingerie through the eyes of a man.

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Lingerie Spotlight – Rhonda Shear Intimates

Last summer, we raved about a fantastic lingerie concept delivered (literally), right to your doorstep; a monthly panty-by-mail subscription service for the curvy and plus-sized beauties called Volupties, and the non-plus/curvy counterpart, Splendies. One thing that has The Chivalrous Life singing praises about our Volupties subscription is that frequently, the service introduces us to new lines. In July, it was announced that they’d be bringing Rhonda Shear Intimates back to both Splendies and Volupties packages beginning with the August delivery. Being unfamiliar with the line, we were intrigued and decided to reach out to Rhonda Shear ourselves for a feature in The Chivalrous Life’s Lingerie Spotlight.

Husband and Wife Team Rhonda Shear and Van Fagan

Husband and Wife Team Rhonda Shear and Van Fagan

Former actress and comedienne, Rhonda Shear, and husband, Van Fagan, started their line of intimate apparel in 2003.  Since then, the power couple have grown the business exponentially from their early days of selling lingerie out of their Los Angeles apartment. Drawing inspiration from her own body as well as feedback from clients, Rhonda’s emphasis on her designs has always been comfort, sex appeal and fun. Shear pushes women to embrace their curves and insist on more from their lingerie routine. She says of her figure: “I’m a good girl trapped in a bad girl’s body!” Sounds pretty perfect to me, Rhonda!

Rhonda Shear Intimates graciously sent us their Chanteuse Lace – Front Closure Racerback Bra, with matching Chanteuse Lace Thong, in black and tangerine. This set is absolutely gorgeous and just screams burlesque! The black ‘eyelash’ detail made of thin, short fringe adorning each piece gives both the bra and panty a flirty and seductive accent. Made of a 90/10 nylon/poly blend beneath the elegant lace trim, the tangerine (which appears more of a lipstick-red to me) and satin black colors simply ooze sex appeal.

So we’ve established that the Chanteuse set is visually stunning, but how about fit and functionality? The Chivalrous Wife has been in need of a good racerback bra for sometime now and when we spotted this one in the catalog, it was a done deal. The Chanteuse Racerback is offered in XS to 2X, rather

Rhonda Shear Intimates Well Represented on the Runway at Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2014

Rhonda Shear Intimates Well Represented on the Runway at Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2014

than traditional band/cup sizes, and has a magnetic front closure. Being a naturally well-endowed woman, my bride had some concerns about the sizing in this design. After discussing measurements with my contact at Rhonda Shear, she advised us to try a Large as it would be comparable to a 40D. When my sweetie tried the bra on, she was impressed with the super-strong magnetic front closure. She and I agree that this feature is a brilliant idea. As for fit, we can say that although they don’t use standard bra sizing, they definitely know what they are talking about at Rhonda Shear. The Large fit exactly like a 40D, just as we were told it would.  The one issue that my lady ran into was support. Granted the design does include a slightly firm piece in the underside of each cup, it does not offer the support required of a natural 40D woman. In my lovely lady’s words, “This one is going to have to be just for play.” *Editor’s note: I am totally OK with that!

Let’s talk about the matching thong. It’s no secret to The Chivalrous Life readers, or anyone for that matter, that my wife excites me to no end! Heck, that’s the whole reason I started this website; but I digress. The Chanteuse Lace thong is a real treat on the eyes. It’s got a unique cut with a wide band wrapping around the body, resting on the widest part of the hips, giving the appearance of a low-rise hipster from the front. With the width of the top portion continuing around the back, the panty looks as if you split the difference between a tanga and a thong cut.

The thong fits perfectly and is both a comfortable and hot addition to Mrs. Zapp’s lingerie repertoire. In a nutshell, this panty was made for women bestowed with God given curves and let me tell ya, it looks absolutely phenomenal on mine!

Rhonda Shear Intimates is responsible for a vast collection of bras, panties, sleepwear and shapewear for all body types. They have also recently added a collection of formal evening wear and an apparel line consisting of shrugs, wraps, skirts, tanks and many other attractive pieces to complete a great date night or casual outfit. The grassroots efforts of Rhonda Shear and her partner in crime, Van Fagan, have paid off in dividends for them, and us. Rhonda Shear Intimates are available in brick and mortar retailers worldwide, as well as online.

Cheers~

 

xo

Johnny

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