Lingerie Fabrics Guide
We have bits of information on lingerie fabrics scattered across the posts on lingerie care and tips on choosing right babydoll so it’s about time to gather all those together in one post on lingerie fabrics guide. Fabrics determine the overall look of the lingerie piece, if the fabric drapes badly lingerie looks unflattering. Textures are also up to fabrics, lingerie may be smooth and soft to the touch like silk but lace piece can make you itch.
Cotton. One of the most widespread fabrics it was tested through time and make beautiful light lingerie. However, cotton usually is associated with every day plain designs, traditionally of white color. In fact cotton is comfortable and nice to the touch. It lets your skin breathe and it absorbs moisture easily. Cotton is durable and can easily be machine washed on a delicate cool cycle as it tends to shrink. It is possible to find everyday luxurious lingerie made out of cotton just look into Victoria’s Secret Cotton Lingerie and you will find beautiful and cheeky designs.
Lace. Lightweight, delicate, sexy. Lace lingerie is one of the most delicate things that can make you feel uber-luxurious and sensual. Lace can be made by machine or by hand. Originally lace was made with linen, silk, gold, or silver threads. Today lace is often made with cotton thread or synthetic fiber. Some designers make lace with copper or silver wire instead of thread. There are multiple types of lace defined by the way they were made. Lace lingerie should be treated delicately and hand washed.
Silk. Silk is one of the most luxurious fabrics there are for the lingerie. Soft, shiny and natural. Silk lingerie can be expensive but it worth every penny because of its durability and quality. Some care tips: hand wash your silk lingerie, if spotted a stain wash the whole piece instead of washing just stained area. Do not throw in the dyer or hang in the direct sunlight because of the quick fading. Do not spray perfume on your silk garments.
Satin. Satin is a shiny fabric. Though it shines only on one side while is dull at the back. It happens because of warp-dominated weaving technique. This technique forms a minimum number of interlacings in a fabric. Satin is made with satin weave using filament fibers such as silk, nylon, or polyester. Silk and satin can have problems at seam areas causing unflattering wrinkles. Though they drape perfectly so look for high-quality sewn lingerie or opt for designs that cause silk or satin drape so that the seams won’t show.
Chiffon. Chiffon is lightweight, a bit stretchy, a bit rough to the feel material. It is made from silk, cotton, or synthetic fibers. Any chiffon apart from that made of polyester can be dyed any color. Chiffon is sheer and flowing perfect for babydoll or camisole.
Tulle. Tulle is a soft, fine silk, cotton, or nylon very lightweight material similar to net. It is used for decoration in lingerie, but can also make up a whole piece like babydoll or teddy. Mesh is similar to tulle but made from wire, thread, or plastic. Also used to adorn lingerie pieces.
Spandex, Lycra or Elastane is a synthetic fiber. It is use for making waistbands in lingerie, swimwear and hosiery. It is very durable and stretchy. Lycra is usually blended with nylon, silk, polyester or cotton to make garments fit better and sustain shape. Remember than elastane doesn’t like warmth and heat. To prolong the life of your bras and other lingerie that contains elastane avoid heat and warm water.
Polyester. Polyester is popular due to its strength and quick drying ability. It perfectly keeps shape and better fits when blended with Lycra.
Microfiber. Microfiber is a blend of polyester and polyamide. It is very light and soft against the skin, you barely feel it’s there. It lets your skin breathe and also keeps shape and hugs curves without extra pressure.
Polyamide (Nylon). Nylon is lightweight but strong and retains shape. Polyamide is perfect for lingerie as it’s smooth and flexible. Usually blended with other materials as polyester.
PVC (vinyl) and latex. Both usually used in alternative fashion for leather-like appearance. PVC is a waterproof plastic that contains polyvinyl chloride said to be toxic and a carcinogen so be cautious wearing it next to your skin. Latex natural or synthetic is used in production of clothing and other products. Latex corsets can be very sexy as well as latex stockings. This wear can bring much spice into your bedroom.
All the fabrics can make you feel fabulous if you choose a piece of lingerie that perfectly fits you and is pleasant against the skin. It is best to hand wash all your lingerie in cool water with soap for delicates. Do not twist your silk garments or bras as they may lose shape. Check seam lines, they should be straight without much wrinkling and soft to the touch. Always try on the items you plan to purchase.