When I got married 5 ½ years ago, I was thrown 2 fabulous showers, an incredibly ridiculous bachelorette weekend, and a beautiful bridesmaid lunch that all lead to the big day when I would become Mrs. Lang. The day before the wedding, I looked around my parent’s house and saw that we had been given all the wonderful china, silver, and kitchen appliances a new husband and wife could ever want or need. As I remarked on the fact that we had no where to put any of these fabulous gifts in our 500 square foot NYC apartment (and I think that might be a generous number), I also realized that I needed to pack for my honeymoon which was happening much sooner than my first dinner party.
And that, ladies, was when I realized that the only lingerie I had for my honeymoon were a few beautiful, but totally not moi, pieces given to me by my mom and aunts. What they called a Trousseau.
Okay, so what the hell, you ask, is a trousseau? Well, if you look it up you will also see the words dowry and hope chest. It’s totally an old fashioned word and those who actually give pieces (aka my mom & aunts) for your trousseau are going to gift you with something long, silky, lacey, and kind of comical. But, I have to tell you, a Trousseau — in reference to the lingerie — is really a wonderful tradition and one that we should bring back in a modern, sophisticated way.
How many showers will you go to this summer? I have at least 4 in my immediate future and let me tell you, I am so sick of sitting at these things watching my dearest friend open yet another bowl. Every bride should have new knickers, chemises, or teddies for her honeymoon and it is your duty, as a shower attendee, to gift something that your bestie will feel fabulous in one night on her big trip.
Let’s bring back the lost art of the trousseau and keep our boredom at bay during a shower? It’s a win, win!
Disclaimer: To those prudes in the group, these lingerie pieces aren’t just about the sex that your friend will be having. Gifting lingerie is about supporting her to feel like the gorgeous wife she has just become after she takes off her wedding gown. If you’re worried about that, just don’t give these!