The Best Fabrics for Lingerie
Your lingerie is an important part of your wardrobe. During the day, your bras and underwear need to give you adequate coverage and need to keep everything in place. When working out, you need proper support. At night or when you’re trying to create some romance, you want fabric that is soft and sexy and very flattering. Choosing lingerie just by price is shortsighted; you want the best fabrics against your skin and the ones that will hold up in the wash.
For everyday lingerie, look for cotton as this material breathes and keeps your skin comfortable. Lace is nice for appearance but chances are you want something more functional than fashionable for your everyday undergarments. Cotton will also give you more support and helps to cover more of your skin. You’ll have fewer embarrassing “nip slips” when you wear cotton bras than any other fabric.
When working out, you want sports bras that give you the most support and that work to keep your breasts in place. You also want comfortable panties that won’t ride up or slip. Cotton is also good for exercise bras and underwear, and a Lycra or spandex blend keeps the fabrics clingy so they keep you in place. Look for items that are form-fitting but cut generously when choosing workout lingerie, and avoid anything that feels scratchy or uncomfortable in any way.
For romance and nighttime, the best fabrics will create the best mood. Lace is very sexy because it’s slightly see-through; lace bras and panties can really set a mood for romance! Sheer nylon is also good because it’s slightly see-through, but look for nylon and silk blends. The nylon on its own may be a bit rough and uncomfortable, but a silk blend will soften it so it feels better against your skin.
Silk itself is also a good material for nightgowns and teddies as it’s soft and clingy. Look for pure silk and avoid a rayon blend. The rayon, like nylon, can be a bit rough but it’s cheaper to manufacture so it’s often blended in fabrics of less expensive clothes. You may notice a distinct difference in the feel of blended materials and pure silk. If you have the budget, opt for the pure silk.
For other romantic pieces, pure cotton can be a great choice. Soft, thin cotton is good for nightgowns that are wispy and old-fashioned. The soft material is also good for lingerie you wear during cooler months. Cotton can also be used with lace pieces to create nightgowns that are thicker and not as sheer but still very sexy. Be selective about the fabrics used in lingerie you select so you have the best and sexiest pieces!