Choosing the material of the clothes you wear on a regular basis is an important factor when it comes to assembling a wardrobe. It’s of paramount importance to find items of clothing that not only look good, but will also feel good all day long, avoiding itchiness, tightness, scratching and any other forms of discomfort. Nowhere is it more important to place an emphasis on comfort than in our underwear, where the material of your lingerie should make sure you stay comfy and clean at all times. To help you decide on the best lingerie for you we’ve looked at the materials most commonly used in the construction of underwear, to see what is best for your body.
Cotton is the most commonly used fabric for underwear and is the most recommended by experts because it ‘has a natural moisture wicking and drying effect‘ says Alexander Chiang, M.D., assistant clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. It’s also a lot cheaper than other materials which is a major bonus if you’re concerned about cost, though it does take a while to dry which means it’s perhaps not best suited for use during workouts. For day to day wear, cotton should be your material of choice.
However, buying cheap cotton isn’t the answer. Cheap cotton options are often treated with formaldehyde, which is an irritant for many people. If you have sensitive skin we’d recommend sticking to better quality makes, especially as these are usually dyed with good quality dyes, rather then the cheaper, irritation causing dyes used on cheaper models.
Silk is a slightly more expensive material option, and it also doesn’t share as many benefits for your body as cotton lingerie does. However, it is comfortable and lightweight, meaning that for hot days it can be a particularly gentle and cooling option. It’s also very comfortable and good for sensitive skin, as its fast drying nature means moisture doesn’t stay on the skin for long, resulting in less chances of obtaining any rashes or chafes. Because it’s more expensive and harder to look after, sometimes needing dry cleaning, we’d recommend this lingerie material for short and infrequent use.
Sharing leading place with cotton, lingerie made from synthetic materials is also highly recommended, and even more so if you’re active. Cotton underwear, though otherwise good for you, will feel wetter after you have worked out. If you know in advance that you’re going to be sweating a lot, then it might be worth investing in synthetic lingerie, which will help to wick away sweat from your body. This means that you stay dry and comfortable throughout the day.
Probably not the top of your list, and most likely a rare sight in your underwear drawer unless you went to a fancy dress party as a superhero or Miley Cyrus, latex underwear is not a good choice in the lingerie market. Though sexy and exciting, latex is only suitable for use over a short period of time as it is air tight and locks moisture in; meaning it’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Try to avoid this underwear option, even if you think it would make the perfect addition to your party outfit! Of course, if you only intend to wear this material for a very short period of time then latex can make the perfect addition to that policewoman outfit you had planned.
What material do you prefer for your lingerie? Let us know in the comments.
Leigh is a writer for Sparkling Strawberry with a penchant for fancy dress and a love of all things lacy.
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