Lingerie Material Guide

Lingerie Fabrics

Whether you’re looking for something special for your significant other this year or just not brave or crazy enough to hit the mall, we’ve got a sexy gift suggestion to brighten your holiday and keep you smiling for many nights to come! Lingerie is made from many different types of natural and synthetic fibers, each with their own attributes.

Your choice of fibers may depend on the feel of the fabric, the fabric durability or the how easy it is to care for. Lingerie is made from many different types of natural and synthetic fibers, each with their own attributes. Your choice of fibers may depend on the feel of the fabric, the fabric durability or the how easy it is to care for.

Commonly Used Lingerie Fabrics

  • • Cotton - is a natural fiber that allows the skin to breathe and comes in great colors. Cotton washes well and is pretty durable but beware of possible shrinkage.
  • • Silk – also a natural fiber that is popular lingerie material that feels sexy against the skin and has beautiful movement. The care of silk lingerie is more labor intensive and sometimes requires dry cleaning
  • • Faux Leather - is a man-made material often used in edgier lingerie, faux leather can have many different looks ranging from patent leather to plastic (also referred to as PVC). Faux leather is usually easy to clean, tend to be more durable and sometimes have a lining.
  • • Lycra - another synthetic is a lightweight material that is soft, extremely elastic and durable. Lycra is always blended with other fibers and therefore washing should be based on what the primary fiber is.
  • • Nylon – most commonly remembered for nylon stockings or “nylons”, nylon is used in many easy to care for garments. It is elastic, wrinkle resistant and super easy to care for. Nylon is a synthetic material also.
  • • Polyester – It’s not just for old ladies. This man made material is designed to stretch, resist wrinkling and is durable, qualities that make it popular for blending with other fibers. It too is easy to care for.
  • • Rayon – a less expensive and more durable substitute for silk, rayon is often blended with other fibers. It is comfortable and drapes well but based on whether it’s blended or not may require more effort in the care department. Also a synthetic material.
  • • Micro fiber – A man made blend of polyester and polyamide, frabics made with microfibers are exceptionally soft and hold their shape well. These fibers have an excellent moisture removal or wicking quality and are easy to care for.

Lingerie Fabric Types

While you would think that fabric and material are the same they are, in fact, not. Fabrics are any woven textile and fabrics are made of different materials. Fabrics exampels are satin, mesh and chiffon. These fabrics are often have lace, embroidery and other decorative elements on them to enhance the piece of lingere. It does sound somewhat confusing but don't worry, Adam and Eve will think about the differences, you just pick what you think is pretty.

Lingerie Fabrics

  • • Charmeuse – A lightweight fabric, the front is glossy whereas the back is dull.
  • • Chiffon – Sheer, lightweight, thin fabric made of nylon, rayon or silk.
  • • Jacquard – Fabric that is woven to create and effect of a pattern or print.
  • • Mesh – Is full of small openings and can be sheer to semi-sheer.
  • • Opaque – A fabric in which the body cannot be seen through the garment.
  • • Satin – A soft, smooth fabric with a glossy face and dull back – very similar to Charmeuse.
  • • Sheer – Is full of small openings and can be sheer to semi-sheer.

Lingerie Finishing and Decorations

  • • Chantilly Lace – Delicate fabric made from an open, six-sided mesh with floral designs.
  • • Cire – Pronounced seer-ray, this fabric has a highly glazed, glossy finish.
  • • Eyelash lace – Lace garment with very short strands at the edges that look like eyelashes.
  • • Embroidery – Designs sewn in to a fabric by machine or hand.
  • • Lace – Delicate fabric made of yarn.
  • • Lining – Material that is sewn into the inside of a garment.
  • • Shimmer – A fabric that shines and reflects light.
  • • Studs – Small metal ornament that is raised off the fabric.

Hopefully this guide will help you understand what your favorite pieces of lingerie are made of and help you select more pieces like them.

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