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Women’s Lingerie: Bodysuits, Garters & Slips


Intimissimi lingerie offers pieces that are essential in a woman’s wardrobe. Elegant and sensual, our line appreciates the allure of every woman. From the basic line to more individualized designs, treat yourself to Intimissimi lingerie to be romantic and sophisticated always!


Our Italian lingerie is characterized by thorough stylistic research and designs to satisfy the demands of all women. Innovative cuts and reinterpreted shapes united with luxurious materials and trim make our women’s lingerie collection unique and inimitable! Trendy yet traditional, our selection is ageless, perfect for every woman.


Let yourself be won over by our vast assortment of sensual lingerie. Wear our bodysuits exposed or as lingerie, our slips and babydolls as sleepwear or under dresses. Dazzle with Intimissimi garters and garter belts for lingerie that is both elegant and exciting. Intimissimi is with you even on the most special occasions: don’t miss out on all the designs from the bridal collection to enhance your figure on your wedding day!


Intimissimi’s sensual lingerie is characterized by the use of lush materials and fabrics. Choose from our highly prized silk, lace, or tulle intimates, or opt for lingerie in microfiber, modal, or Supima cotton ultra-fresh. The use of quality fabrics guarantees snug fits with a sophistication that can be seen and felt. Our fabrics come in a wide assortment of colors; from the boldest blacks to cherry pink, there is something for everyone. From season to season, have fun combining fabrics, classic and modern hues, and multicolored patterns!


Choosing the right size for you has never been so easy! Intimissimi offers a detailed size guide to help you find the right style that emphasizes your silhouette. Our lingerie will become your new favorite tool to enhancing your assets. With support and security, our products guarantee comfort and freedom of movement. 

10 Body-Inclusive Lingerie Brands You Need To Know

With shopping from home on the rise, it’s become increasingly difficult to find intimates that feel just right, both in terms of fit and style. But for non-straight-sized bodies, this frustration is not new. Even when in-person shopping was possible, searching for a plus size could be a humiliating and exhausting experience, while people with disabilities were lucky if the store was accessible.

Saalt is filling a void of inclusive lingerie brands with their period-free underwear.


With the global market for adaptive clothing predicted to surpass a value of $392 billion by 2026, and the average American woman now a plus size, the lingerie industry is finally waking up. From Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty proudly embracing plus sizes to Aerie’s “Revolution is Inclusion” initiative showcasing Paralympians—major retailers are realizing consumers want to feel empowered by seeing models that look like them and buying lingerie that actually fits. Meanwhile the number of smaller brands filling the void of body inclusive lingerie continues to grow, expanding the options for every shape, size and identity.  

Lingerie brands like Playful Promises promote inclusivity with greater size ranges.

Playful Promises

Celebrating a holiday that is all about pleasure while quarantining at home could not be a better time for a boost of confidence. From side-fastening underwear to bras for reconstructed chests; convenient period-free underwear to supportive plus-size garters, these brands have something sexy and supportive for everyone this Valentine’s Day.

Slick Chicks

Slick Chicks anti-microbial side-fastening underwear comes in a variety of colors and cuts.

Slick Chicks

Witnessing her sister struggle to put on her own underwear after an emergency C-section inspired Helya Mohammadian to create a brand that could restore dignity to women who’ve lost independence in their daily routines. So she created side-fastening underwear that can be easily put on or taken off while sitting, standing or laying down. Available in black, beige and white, in a variety of cuts, all the styles are moisture-wicking, anti-microbial and include a 100% cotton lining, making them breathable and super soft.

Playful Promises

Playful Promises has teamed up with Dita Von Teese for a burlesque-inspired Valentine’s Day … [+] collection.

Playful Promises

Known for collaborating with body-positive crusaders like fashion blogger Gabi Fresh, this UK-based brand is leading the charge in sexy, inclusive intimates with bras ranging from 28DD to 44H and underwear sizes up to U.S. 26. Whether you’re seeking a satin corset, lacy garters or quirky “knickers”, Playful Promises has something sexy for every plus-size. Their recently released collection created with Dita Von Teese delivers vintage burlesque-inspired pieces just in time for Valentine’s Day.


Aerie champions body inclusivity with adaptive underwear, designs for post-surgical support and a … [+] wide range of sizes.


Aerie has been championing body inclusivity in the fashion industry ever since launching their #AerieREAL campaign in 2014, when they defiantly committed to replacing models with real women and ditching the airbrush for good. Now, women of all sizes and abilities are the face of the brand, including empowering role models like Beanie Feldstein and Ali Stroker. But they live out their values too, making their collections more inclusive, with UV-protective fabrics, innovative designs for post-surgical support and Slick Chicks adaptive underwear. Whether looking for comfy loungewear for a friend or a lacy plus-sized bralette, their Valentine’s Day Gift Guide has you covered.”>AnaOno

Anaono offers adaptable bras with removable cups, front-closures and convertible straps for women … [+] with reconstructed chests.


Founded by a breast cancer survivor, this intimates and loungewear brand is a go-to for anyone who struggles to find the right bra. Whether you have a large or flat chest, one breast or none, AnaOno has a bra for every type of chest with features like removable cups and convertible straps. Women who’ve recently undergone breast surgery will appreciate the customizable, front-closing Rora Front Pocket Mastectomy Bra, voted the best post-mastectomy bra by InStyle magazine. While the wireless, wrap-front Susan Sexy Lace Bra is a comfortable-yet-sexy Valentine’s pick for reconstructed chests. 

Fleur du Mal

Fleur du Mal’s recent collaboration with plus-sized model Precious Lee includes their signature Lily . .. [+] embroidery in extended sizing.

Claire Rothstein via Fleur du Mal

With playful touches—think, silk blindfolds and bows—and indulgent fabrics like velvet and fine French Leavers lace, Fleur du Mal is an obvious choice for plus-sized lingerie that makes an impression this Valentine’s Day. The essentiels collection will appeal to those seeking practicality. But for a statement gift, look to their four-piece collection designed in collaboration with plus-sized model Precious Lee, which features embroidered satin and adjustable silk straps in sizes ranging from 36DD to 44G and U.S. 14 to U.S. 24. 


Saalt’s period-free, leakproof underwear is available in soft neutrals like Quartz Blush.


Saalt is challenging the stigma around menstruation and making sustainable period care more accessible with their reusable period underwear. Whether you have a light, medium or heavy flow, you’ll never need a pad or tampon thanks to the moisture-wicking, leakproof material. Designed in Paris with silky smooth fabric and breathable chic mesh, the underwear isn’t just practical, it’s stylish too. Available in a variety of soft neutrals, like Quartz Blush and Glacier Turquoise, they’re the perfect gift for the special someone in your life who cares about convenience, comfort and the planet.


TOMBOYX’s gender-neutral collection includes leakproof, temperature-regulating boxers.


With bras, underwear and apparel ranging from size extra small to 6X, this gender-neutral brand takes inclusivity seriously. From period-free panties to temperature-regulating boxer briefs made from sustainable beechwood, their underwear collection is as diverse as it is planet-friendly. Co-founder Fran Dunaway’s frustration trying to find a bra as a breast cancer survivor inspired The Holdster, designed specifically for women recovering from a mastectomy. But they now make a wide variety of bras with adaptive features like zippers, removable pads and crossover design for comfortable support.

Wings Intimates

Wings Intimates’ lacy side-fastening bikini and thong styles balance convenience with sex-appeal for … [+] Valentine’s Day.

Wings Intimates

Wings side-opening underwear was designed to make dressing in public easy (think, changing without having to take off your shoes in the office bathroom or locker room). While we might be less on-the-go these days, the pop-off design delivers the same liberating convenience even under lockdown. The Monarch and Pearly Eye collections have been popular purchases for women seeking comfort in quarantine, while the lacy Mariposa Bikini and Thong—available in black, pink or red—is a playful pick for Valentine’s Day.

Types Of Lingerie – How To Choose Lingerie For Your Body Type

Lingerie! Sounds familiar? It’s one of those words you often hear and think you know everything about, but you’re not sure. What is lingerie, and how different is it from your regular undergarments? What are the different types of lingerie? Did you know? If you know the answers to these questions, congratulations! You are a lingerie connoisseur. But if you don’t, we’ve got your back. Here’s everything you need to know about lingerie.

What Does Lingerie Mean?

Undergarments are your basics, but lingerie is an indulgence. It is an indulgence every girl deserves — single or not! You’d be surprised to know what a tiny piece of clothing can do, considering that it is not even seen (except to your partner, maybe). It makes you feel good, happy, and confident.

In the early 19th century, delicate fabrics of lace, chiffon, rayon, ruffles, feathers, and all the things that made your intimates sensuous began gaining popularity. Lingerie was just a status symbol initially. Then, women started splurging on it for important events like weddings and anniversaries. Though lingerie still holds a special place in some people’s hearts, it is also a must-have and an investment that needs no reason.

Confused about what kind of lingerie will suit your body type? Scroll down to figure it out!

How To Choose Lingerie For Your Body Type:

1. Lingerie For Hourglass Body Type

If you have a stereotypical “36-24-36” figure, wear lingerie that adds oomph to your already hot bod. With shoulders and hips that are of the same width and a slender waistline, anything sits well on this type of body. However, garter belts, teddies, and corsets are top-notch choices for this body type. You can also go for a high-leg panty or a thong with a lace bra.

2. Lingerie For Triangle Body Type

Big hips are all the rage right now, and the triangle body type is characterized by exactly that. Your hips are wider than your shoulders when you have a triangle body. The idea is to make your body look more balanced and proportionate. A lacy negligee that is taut at the breasts but flows down around the hips is a great option. A bustier is also a great option to draw attention to your breasts. You can also try out a matching set with a ruffled bra and panties or a bandeau bra that levels out your shoulders and hips.

3. Lingerie For Rectangle Body Type

If you have an athletic figure with no defined curves, you have a rectangular body. You need something that cinches at the waist, and corsets are the best option for that. They add curves and look sensuous. If you have a long torso, a garter belt or a teddy will look great on you. You can also accentuate your breasts by going for push-up bras and bustier lingerie.

4. Lingerie For Inverted Triangle Body Type

Broad shoulders define this body type, and what you decide to showcase is a personal preference. Halter necks are your best option here. If you have a flatter bum, go for a teddy to divert attention away from it. A bralette with a matching lace panty or a thong is another sexy option. Matching cami sets are another option if you like a relatively tame look.

5. Lingerie For Round Body Type

If you have a rounded waist and your torso and upper body are much wider than your hips, you have a round body. This means you need lingerie that makes your body look proportionate. A negligee that hides chunks of your waistline and defines your bust line is a good option. A teddy also sits well on this type of body. For newbies, a pair of chemises or satin lingerie gowns are an interesting choice – they are sexy and give you coverage.

Now that you know what kind of lingerie looks great on each body type, here are all the types of lingerie that you can explore.

Different Types of Lingerie

1. Garter Belt

A garter belt looks complicated, but it’s not. It is something you need to try at least once in your life. It comes with a corset or lace bra and a panty with four straps that hold up the stockings. You can wear it under skirts or dresses. The socks sit snugly on your feet. A garter belt is a great starter for anyone just dipping their toes in the world of lingerie.

2. Camisole

Camisoles are practical and functional, but they don’t have to be boring. A fully laced cami with a matching panty takes your intimate game to the next level. Wear it under shirts when you go out or tease your partner with it at night. Either way, it’s a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe.

3. Matching Set

A few good matching sets are an essential in every woman’s wardrobe. There’s something incredibly sensual about matching sets that lifts your mood instantly. They are heavy on the pocket but worth the money.

4. Corset

Corsets reduce the size of your waist and camouflage any unwanted bulges. The lace ties enhance your figure and give it definition. Wear a corset like a regular top or cover it up with a sheer or transparent dress that does not take away the look completely but hides it just enough.

5. Bustier

A bustier is not very different from the corset, except that it focuses on lifting your bust. It works like a push-up bra and makes your breasts look well-rounded. The hook and eye closures sharpen the shape further.

6. Teddy

A teddy looks like a swimsuit. It is a pleasurable fusion of a cami (or a bra) and a panty. You get them in a two-piece design made with fabrics like lace, satin, lycra, and leather. They are (usually) not padded but have enough underwire support.

7. Nightgown

Nightwear needs to be soft and soothing and also sensual. Up your game with gratifying lingerie. A satin gown is incredibly comfortable for sleeping and otherwise too. You can choose to wear short nightgowns or full-length ones with two- or three-piece sets under them. Your choices are endless.

8. Negligee

It stays true to its name and is a total knock-out. If you’re trying to shop for lingerie and not sure what might impress him, a negligee is your answer. It is sexy, feather-light, and sits smoothly on your skin.

Everybody is unique and deserves attention, pampering, and indulgence. Being aware of your body type is a crucial piece in this puzzle. If you have any questions about lingerie, write to us by dropping a message in the comments section below. Until then, love yourself and happy shopping!

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After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can’t, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.

Body Positive Lingerie Brands To Remind You That You’re What Makes Lingerie Look Amazing — PHOTOS

It’s been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but when it comes to feeling lovely and luxurious, there’s nothing quite like finding the perfect piece of lingerie. Finding body positive lingerie brands that cater to more than just one body type used to be a fairly tricky endeavor. Luckily, the undergarment game is evolving, and more brands are embracing the fact that bras and lingerie for “every woman” really need to include every woman. Sure, there are still strides to be made in the lingerie industry when it comes to designing for all body types and style preferences. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to celebrate some of the lovely pieces out there now.

These days, berry, caramel, cafe au lait, and cinnamon are taking center stage over nude and sheer stockings, making shopping for the things by skin tone a much more enjoyable experience. Size charts are slowly making their way to being more inclusive. And models are looking more and more like the women we face in the mirror each day.

The lingerie we can find at body positive brands is a truer extension of what makes many of us feel comfortable and beautiful in the boudoir, as well as under our daily clothes, because these brands are focused on creating lingerie that is inclusive rather than exclusive. Shopping the following brands means exercising your voice as a consumer, and rewarding those companies that take the time to listen to what we’re truly asking for.

1. Nubian Skin

Classic Lace Push-up Bra BERRY, $65,

Founded by Ade Hassan after much frustration regarding the lack of nude lingerie choices for women of color, Nubian Skin is a company dedicated to creating lingerie and hosiery that features “a different kind of nude.” From delightfully embellished lace lingerie to simple classics to undergarment essentials, the brand offers a gorgeous variety of intimates, and ships to the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

2. Hips And Curves

Sweet Romance Molded Cup Chemise, $39.95,

Offering sizes up to a 6XL, Hips And Curves aims to provide “fabulous, sexy plus size lingerie that celebrates the beauty and sensuality of fuller figures.” This customer service oriented company goes far and beyond bras and panties, and is an excellent place to find a wide array of teddies, robes, corsets, hosiery, and boudoir apparel catered specifically to those seeking plus size lingerie options.

3. Impish Lee

Long Slip, $148,

For a truly unique, body positive boutique experience, head on over to Impish Lee. Based in New York, Impish Lee custom makes intimates based off of your design choices. You choose the cut and style, the lining, and the fabrics, then the brand creates your pieces, available in sizes 0 to 24. It also offers a 30 day free remake or return policy, to ensure you’re getting exactly what you hoped for.

4. Naja

Gina Bralette, $65,

While this brand could stand to expand its size range, the style and attitude behind Naja’s intimates is spot on. Not to mention it’s a company founded by women, focused on creating better lives for single mothers and female heads of households. It also aims to empower women in their imagery, creating marketing materials not catered to the male gaze, but instead to the women who make up their customer base.

5. Curvy Kate

Curvy Kate Tease Camisole, $94. 95,

Dreaming of the day you can hop online and find a full bust friendly lingerie site? Curvy might just be the answer you’re looking for. With lingerie and swimwear designed specifically with curves in mind, the site offers a solid variety of traditional and playful looks from various brands.

6. Lonely

Edith Underwire Bra Black, $72.30,

Lonely is an interesting brand. While many of its lookbooks feature a single body type, it offers a variety of sizes, unique styles, and has an interesting project called Lonely Girls, which showcases its happy customers. Lonely Girls is very body positive in its mantras, and highlights images of real people from various walks of life.

7. Neon Moon

non! bamboo soft-cup triangle bra, $71.41,

When it comes to framing size in an entirely body positive light, Neon Moon takes a creative, empowering approach to things. Its website is super conscious of the sensitive nature of measuring oneself when a person has faced body image hurdles, and makes a sincere effort to remind customers that their value is not tied to a number. The brand also features product images containing women with cellulite, scars, a variety of body types, hairstyles, and attitudes, as well as honest reviews — truly making the shopping experience unique and comforting.

Next time you’re looking for the perfect piece of lingerie — either to share with a loved one or to cherish quietly beneath your clothes — check out these body positive brands. Just remember that ultimately, you’re the one who makes your intimates rock.

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Images: Courtesy Brands

Tips for Choosing Sexy Lingerie for Your Body Type

When one thinks of lingerie, it is a piece that should be in your closet for those times that you want to fall into your goddess-ness. Beautiful and sexy lingerie should have that feels-like-butter touch and sultry lace accents. However, there’s more to this undergarment than the fabric and design. 

Lingerie, whether for day or night use, should not compromise your comfort. Wearing the wrong type of lingerie can look awkward underneath clothing as well. However, you don’t have to feel the frustration of not finding the right one for your body.  


The Right Cut 

If you think that you are picking the wrong size, you might want to double-take. It is more likely that you are choosing the wrong type for your body. Remember that women’s bodies are different, even if they have the same cup, band, and bottom size. Our shapes and sizes can be confusing, unless you know yours. Get ready to boost your self-confidence.  

The Hourglass Figure 

The proportionate body type with the equal shoulders-to-hips ratio and a smaller waistline looks good in basically any type of lingerie. Matching sets, corsets, garter belts, and teddies look fantastic on this body type. You can easily emphasize your slender waist. Bodysuits are also a great choice because of the gradual curves that it accentuates. 

The Athletic  

These are the bodies that have a rectangular shape with an almost non-existent waist. Those with the athletic body type will benefit from lingerie that adds curves such as the corset. Underwear with long straps that hang from the waist will give an illusion of one, especially if you have a long torso. Bustier and cleavage-enhancing push-up bras are also an excellent choice to create plumper breasts.  


Ladies with wide-shoulders and narrow hips will look great with halter tops. Baby doll dresses in floaty skirts will balance the lower half to the upper. You can try on teddies with deep plunging necklines to help draw attention to the length of your torso. Tops with soft spaghetti straps will bring the focus away from broad shoulders. Racerback necklines will also accentuate busts instead.   

Round Torsos 

If your body is defined by a rounder bust and hips, you have all the curves that lingerie can enhance. You can create a proportionate look with a negligee that draws attention to the bust and hides the waist and surrounding area. Lingerie gowns and playsuits also help elongate the upper torso to balance the top and the bottom.  


Women with narrow shoulders and small busts and wide hips have this body type. A corset or a push-up bra can add a bit of volume to the breasts to create a look of balance. Deep plunging necklines draw the attention to the chest as well. Bandeaus and matching sets of bra and undies with some ruffles may help create a level between the upper and lower body. 


Petite women are commonly known to have a shorter frame and slim body. Lingerie with deep necklines and high cuts elongates the body and gives the illusion of longer legs. Teddies with this cut will look great on petite shapes.  


Highlight Your Assets 

Women don’t always have to go by their body frames. Sometimes it is better to focus on an area of the body to accentuate or because they may need more support.   


Rounded full chests need all the support with a little bit of fashion. Bandeaus can give leverage to your curves as well as cute bras. Create a balance by wearing high-waisted underwear or ones with thicker bands that hug the waist. It will draw the attention of the chest.  

Thicker Bottom 

There are women, no matter the body frame, have plumper booty, and underwear can be tricky. A G-string or thong can help highlight your curves. Going for more coverage, go for panties with a high waist or boy shorts, no matter the fabric. Your bra will depend on the shape of your breasts. 


When to Wear Your Lingerie 

Now that you have the right pieces to adorn your body, here are some tips on how you can benefit more in wearing them.   

1) If you are out and about, wearing underwear with lace, ribbons, or decorative accessories will show under clingy tops or turtlenecks. If you do not want to appear awkward, choose everyday bras that you can wear daily. 

2) Molded cups will only benefit you if you are wearing one with the right size. Using them to give the appearance of larger busts only leads to failure without round busts.  

3) Sports bras or bras that give full support are best to wear at home as well. Breasts can still stretch out if you are not wearing bras at home.  

4) Thongs are sexy but may irritate the skin. Choose hypoallergenic fabrics like cotton to keep your skin comfortable and lower the risk of bacterial growth. 

5) Hourglass and curvy shapes will benefit from high-rise panties that provide the right comfort and sits well on your body without rolling up. 

In Conclusion  

Solving lingerie mysteries is not about focusing on how it looks, but what will highlight what you already have. Some women focus too much on the designs without the thought if it suits their body types or not. Investing in lingerie and benefiting from it the most means it must sit on your body like it is meant to be there. You’ll gain more confidence that way.  

11 best online lingerie stores for all budgets and body types | indy100 wishlist

Feeling great in your clothes is key to daily confidence, and it’s what you wear underneath that sets the tone for the whole look. Nobody wants to tug at haywire seams all day or feel bound in all the wrong ways, so why not toss every ill-fitting item you’ve been holding onto and set on a journey anew? 

Whether it’s underwear, bras, lingerie, and loungewear that you’re looking to upgrade, we’ve done the research to see which online stores carry a plethora of beautiful, comfortable, and size-inclusive undergarments meant to make you look and feel your best at every budget. Keep reading to discover your new go-to places for all things sexy, sensual, supportive, and comfortable.  

You can trust our independent roundups. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.

The name says it all for this fun company whose chic, modern takes on retro inspired lingerie are fun, flirty, and come in a broad range of sizes so all bodies can get in on the action. Various brands and in-house pieces abound here, from Hustler branded lacy bits to the burlesque glamour of Dita Von Teese’s eponymous line, meaning nearly everyone can find at least one piece on the website that speaks to them on an amorous level. And don’t miss their sales–you’ll barely believe the discounts they’re wont to dole out. 

(Playful Promises)

As CEO and Founder of Snag Brie Read said recently in a press release of Snag:

“At Snag, we are determined to make the fashion industry a more inclusive, affordable and sustainable place. We want everyone to be able to wear clothes that fit and make them feel great, with minimal impact upon the environment.

To reach these goals, Snag offers all of their styles in sizes 4 through 38 and use materials like Ecovero viscose and recycled polymide, as well as ethically sourced New Zealand wool in order to cause less impact on the environment.

In addition to a beautifully curated selection of tights and shorts designed to nip the dreaded “chub rub,” Snag also offers a new line of swimwear designed to flatter tummies of all types and show off curves beautifully.

And the best part of it all is the price: Tights run an average of $12 per pair, while most swim separates hover around the $25 mark.

You may know Adam & Eve as a go-to destination for all your sex toy needs, but they also have an impressive array of lingerie ranging from the ultra-kinky to casual pajama bottoms for her and him. There’s an entire plus size section to accommodate a wide range of body types, and there’s almost always a coupon or promotional code somewhere online that will get you savings up to 50% off the already low ticket prices. It’s the perfect one-stop shop for everything you need to make bedtime a lot more interesting. 

RELATED: We included Adam & Eve in our roundup of best sex toy shops, too. Check out the others to spice things up at home.

Chat with a fit assistant on this all-inclusive, affordable site that carries cup sizes up to KK so even the most difficult-to-shop-for bra wearer is covered. They also offer an endless array of underwear in all styles and coverages from renowned brands like Chantelle, Calvin Klein, Bali, and plenty of others so no matter what your taste, you’re sure to find something. Naturally they offer swimwear, activewear, and hosiery as well, so click through and get lost in the options you’ll find. 

RELATED: Check out our full list of the best places to shop for clothes online.

May Deldari, CEO & Founder of Maylyn & Co, started the company to create a line of gorgeous, organic wearables that felt great against the body while looking beautiful on the wearer. As she says in her mission statement, “It all began with skin sensitivity to synthetic materials used in clothes. The feeling of being stuck in the fabric. The desire to get rid of them every second because of the irritation they caused.”

This ambitious goal was supplemented by the May’s desire for ethical working conditions, long-lasting quality, and a commitment to vegan, cruelty-free products, and the resulting line harbors stunning pieces made from unique fabrics like plant-based silk that is breathable and light as well as looking rich and fashionable. The patterns are glorious, especially our personal favorite seen on this Noirporium Vegan Silk Slip, and echo a conscientious grandeur that will let you relax fully with a clear conscious while soothing textiles dance across the skin. 

(Maylyn & Co. )

Classy, luxurious, and built for flattering comfort, Natori is a go-to for high end lingerie seekers who want to look stunning even when lounging but aren’t wild about complicated straps, bells, and whistles. From neutral bralettes with delicate lace details to decadent satin jacquard PJs, head to Natori to comb through their ladylike offerings and live out your best luxe lingerie fantasies. 

Clearly this is the obvious choice on this list of wear to go when you’re looking for great lingerie at a mid-level price point, but Victoria’s Secret is a classic for a reason! They carry gorgeous lingerie of all types, from silky smooth robes to strappy, decadent sets built for seduction. The company really excels in the push-up bra department and is known for their highly glamorous campaigns throughout the years, so head to the VS website if you’re looking for a dramatic oomph in your undergarment wardrobe. 

You may recognize this band from their viral Medusa bodysuit that every influencer and half your friends probably bought after seeing it become ubiquitous on Instagram, but Thistle and Spire offer up plenty other gorgeous creations that flatter a wide variety of body types with a slightly edgy flair. The brand finds a way to constantly incorporate trendy motifs into their new releases that manage to look fresh and eternal without feeling flashy or tired after a single season. Their “bestsellers” page is stacked with enviable sets and one-piece looks, so check it out to inject some style into your underwear drawer and dare to wear some of the more full coverage pieces with jeans and a blazer if you’re feeling extra spicy. 

(Thistle and Spire)

Cuup keeps things fairly simple by offering just five styles of unlined bra, but their inclusive sizing and body positive, confidence-boosting ethos is designed to make every woman feel her best in even the bare bones basics. This brand is best for the no-frills type who wants to feel supported in luxury, high performance fabrics while still sensual in Cuup’s clean lines and perfect fit. 

RELATED: Check out our favorite plus size clothing stores.

While not known for expert quality or sustainable practices, Shein is a convenient place to snag experimental items you might hesitate to drop loads of cash on without seeing it on your body. They have nearly every style imaginable in their vast catalogue of fast fashion lingerie, and the prices are seriously jaw-dropping considering how decently constructed many of the pieces can be. If you’re feeling unsure about something you spot and want to know if it’s worth the gamble, you can always check the user reviews to see real-life pictures and write ups–they’re brutally honest and will inform you if something is not quite up to snuff for your collection. 

Best known as a plus size retailer, it should be no surprise Torrid also specializes in providing dazzling lingerie for curvy clients who want to shine. Wire-free, plunge, tee shirt, or strapless, there’s a bra for everyone in the intimate section’s basics. We love the more adventurous stuff though, like the Betsey Johnson pink leopard satin bodysuit that frankly should never have to be covered by clothes at all. There’s also plenty of tips and tricks to figure out which size fits correctly so lumps, bumps, and gaps aren’t an issue when ordering online.  

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Classification of women’s underwear

It’s hard to imagine, but most types of lingerie have a very long history. Many items of intimate wardrobe appeared three centuries ago, and in the process of evolution they have reached the look we are accustomed to. Of course, modern designers have tried to increase the variety of models, so the classifiers have up to hundreds of varieties of underwear. In order not to get confused in its functions and purpose, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the basic classification, as well as learn some details from history.


The word “bando” comes from the French word for “stripe”. Indeed, the bandeau is a piece of tissue wrapped tightly around the breast. Most often, the bandeau does not have straps, but is fastened at the back. Although, some models still have a strap that holds them around the neck. Bones are sewn into the sides of the bando to support the chest. Bandos are sewn from a dense, soft, elastic fabric to slightly smooth out the bulges of the chest. This is not strange, because the bando appeared not earlier than a century ago, when “boyish” figures were in fashion.In the process of evolution, the fashion has changed, but the functions of the bando have remained the same – to improve the contours of the body, while maintaining the softness of the chest line.


Bodysuit – a kind of underwear that fits the body. The cut of the bodysuit is similar to a closed swimsuit or tight-fitting jumpsuit. Even its name speaks about it, which in translation means “body”. Today, many bodysuits are sewn in such a way that its upper part cannot be distinguished from a regular shirt or blouse – the so-called bodyshirts. Such models are just a godsend for those who plan to wear them under high-waisted trousers or a skirt, because thanks to convenient fasteners, the body fixes the clothes, does not allow it to slip or crawl out from the belt.In addition, the tight-fitting bodysuit allows you to maintain a smooth waistline.


Grace belongs to the so-called shaping underwear. It helps to correct and smooth out the shape of the body: to tighten the stomach, lift the chest, round the buttocks. Grace differs from a bustier in length: it often resembles a cropped leotard. There are varieties of gracefulness with underpants, shorts and even breeches. Graces are sewn from various materials, which determines the degree of density, for example, cotton, with the addition of lycra or spandex.


A bra is one of the main elements of lingerie, its main function is to support the breast and protect it from sagging. In addition, the bra evenly distributes the weight of the breast around the body.

The bra takes pride of place in the life of women, because the prototype of its contemporary appeared more than a hundred years ago. Today there are many subspecies, for example, a balconette bra designed to lift the breast or a contoured bra with a solid static cup that fits the breast tightly.It is sewn using a special method, minimizing seams and other bulges in the fabric, allowing it to be worn under the finest dresses.


Bustier is a type of lingerie, the main purpose of which is to increase the bust due to the tightened abdomen. Hence the name. In addition, the bustier allows you to create a soft waist line. All this happens due to the bones sewn under the chest and on the sides. The main difference between a bustier and a corset is in its length: it reaches only the waist.


The history of this element of women’s wardrobe begins in France in the 19th century.Today, a bodice is often confused with a corset, but it is not the same thing. The functions of the bodice are exclusively decorative; it does not have the same slimming properties as the corset. For example, the upper part of a dress with underwire with lacing is considered to be a corset, but in fact it is an ordinary bodice.


Corset is used to change the shape of the body, because due to its density and frame, it has tightening properties. The corset is also used in medicine for diseases of the spine. As for the aesthetic part, first of all, the corset narrows the waist, and also raises the chest, draws in the stomach, and helps to keep the back straight. Modern corsets are often sewn with lacing or on hooks from a flexible material such as leather or twill. The main element of the corset is the frame, which is made of plastic or steel, and only then is only sheathed. However, many modern women prefer corsets only for their aesthetic appeal. Many products do not have the aforementioned functions at all, but are only an element of erotic lingerie.

Lower skirt

An underskirt is worn under clothing, for example, under a dress with a well-defined waist. Hundreds of years ago, a petticoat was intended to protect the body from the rigid hoops holding the crinoline. Today, the petticoat is used for insulation, as well as for giving clothes the desired shape, for example, splendor. In addition, the petticoat is often worn under sheer clothing along with a lush wedding outfit.


A kind of device that was placed under the back of a woman’s skirt to give it a special shape.In addition, the bustle could be an overlay, but it performed the same function – it gave the female silhouette a characteristic look, focusing on the convex lower part of the body. Tournures were used until the beginning of the last century.


Tights are often used to correct the shape of the legs. The material from which they are made is very dense, so the tights fit well and fit the body from the waist to the feet. Having appeared no more than 50 years ago, they immediately created competition for stockings, since tights are more comfortable to wear in winter.Very often, tights are made entirely of nylon or with the addition of nylon to the composition, which improves their elasticity. Depending on the density of the fabric, tights hide imperfections in the legs, such as spots, scars or varicose veins, and corrective tights will help slightly reshape the hips, ankles and even tighten the abdomen.


This is another kind of elastic, tight leg garment. Stockings are equipped with a belt, garters or a silicone strip that holds firmly on the leg and does not slip.Very often, stockings are worn for the sake of a fashionable whim, combining them with medium-length skirts, as well as for aesthetic pleasure.

Suspender belt

Underwear to be worn on the waist and hips. Stockings are actually attached to it with elastic bands. From the late Middle Ages to the 20th century, women widely used belts, but about 50 years ago, the belt along with the stockings completely replaced the pantyhose. As before, the suspender and garter belt in the modern woman’s wardrobe is more an aesthetic element than a functional one.However, today you can find on sale a special belt for stockings that corrects the waistline.


Garters are a narrow band of fabric in the form of elastic bands, sometimes a braid, which is used to support stockings. The standard width of the garter is no more than 3 centimeters, it is worn on the middle of the thigh. When the newfangled elastomer stockings appeared, the need for garters disappeared, but many women prefer to wear them because of their aesthetic appeal. Garters are now made from less durable materials such as satin, nylon or spandex.In addition, today garters have acquired an erotic context as a fetish item.

Women’s panties

Another basic piece of women’s wardrobe. It arose no more than 80 years ago, before that women preferred pantaloons. Panties are sewn from all kinds of materials: for the main part – from silk to chiffon, but for the middle part, they must use a soft, absorbent fabric, for example, cotton. Women’s panties have several varieties:

  • Briefs-shorts

    A peculiar long model, the front and side parts of the shorts are of the same length.Shorts cover most of the buttocks. In English, such shorts are called boyshorts, which means “boy’s shorts.” Such underpants are most often sewn from soft, durable materials such as cotton. The elastic materials fit the figure, thereby avoiding the appearance of the contours of the linen through the thin fabric of the garment.

  • Slip

    Slips are the most ordinary, classic panties, the neckline of which reaches the middle of the thigh. The fabric covers the buttocks, and the elastic is most often found on the waist area, although it can go down a little lower.

  • Thong

    A type of panties that resembles a bikini in the front, but then the material is minimized and the back part turns into a thin strip of fabric. The main feature of thongs is that they completely reveal the buttocks. There are different types of thongs, which depend on the degree of openness:

    • G-strings form a small triangle at the back, which is attached to the belt;
    • V-string is similar in cut to G-string, but the triangle is made of transparent fabric;
    • T-strings form three thin stripes on the back of the T-string;
    • C-string – the most revealing model without a belt on the sides.Such thongs are held by their own design.
  • Tanga

    This brief consists of two triangular flaps that are attached to the belt around the waist with a thin strip, string or elastic band. The model came to us from Brazil about 40 years ago.

  • Tong

    Tong panties resemble thongs in shape: in the front they have a triangle of fabric, and at the back there is a narrow elastic band, the difference from thongs is that instead of ribbons, tongs have a wider belt.

  • Pantaloons

    Pantaloons – cropped lower pants to the knees. Pantaloons were originally worn by 19th century women to cover their legs under a fluffy dress. Today, pantaloons are worn only in winter for insulation. Separately, there are corrective pantaloons to give the buttocks the desired shape.


It is interesting that the women borrowed T-shirts from the men’s wardrobe. Their primary purpose was to hide the hair growing on the chest of men.In women’s wardrobe, their purpose is somewhat different – to protect against sweat, body odor, reduce the transparency of outerwear, or protect from the cold in winter. Nowadays, T-shirts are more often used as a separate piece of clothing.


A type of sleeveless body-fitting clothing. Top is a wide strip of fabric that is wrapped around the chest, leaving the belly open, attached to the body with an elastic band. The top can be used as a complete wardrobe item, or as underwear under a dress, shirt or jacket.Tops, as underwear, are sewn from durable and elastic fabrics, which allows you to slightly adjust the chest.


The combination is a sliding, long shirt. It is worn over linen so that the clothes lie smoothly, as well as to avoid rubbing the skin against rough material, for example, wool, or, conversely, to protect light and delicate fabrics from sweat. The combination is held on the shoulders by means of thin straps.

Combinations are divided into two types: full combination and semi-combination.The first variety freely extends from the chest to the bottom, reaches the knee or ankles, but the semi-combination is intercepted by a special elastic belt at the waist. Combinations are sewn from nylon, lavsan, polyester. There is also a type of combination that is worn under trousers, the so-called pettipants.


Translated from French, the name of this type of lingerie means “careless”. Indeed, negligee is light, loose clothing, which is a cross between a nightgown and a dressing gown.French women began to dress it back in the 18th century. Satin and sometimes silk negligee were designed for night time. Modern negligee sews from translucent fabric, decorating with lace. They are used as a home wrap or a light robe.


Initially, the form of the shirt comes from the ancient Greek tunic. Shirts used to be worn by men and women, but the male variety has evolved into a shirt, and the female variety has become underwear. Today, the shirt is used as a robe, nightgown, underwear.Modern shirts most often lack a sleeve, it is replaced by a strap, and they are sewn from thinner materials than before. The shirt looks like a peignoir, but it is looser in the hips and looks more like a youth nightgown.


This is an ankle-length outer garment made of chiffon. The word “peignoir” is translated from French as a comb, and all because they wore it when they planned to comb their hair. Over time, the negligee became a kind of dressing gown, but made of lace and silk, which makes women seductive.Very often, a nightgown made of the appropriate fabric is sold complete with peignoirs.


One of the few types of linen that came to us not from France. The nightgown began to be worn in the Middle Ages in Germany, and the nightgown gained popularity in the 19th century. Today, the nightgown, as a type of sleepwear, has been partially replaced by pajamas, but not completely. Thanks to the free cut, the length below the knees, it does not restrict movement during sleep.


A dressing gown is a type of home clothing, which is most often made from soft absorbent fabrics, for example, microfiber, although there are dressing gowns made of silk, nylon, cotton.The dressing gown has the most loose fit, and at the waist it will be tied with a belt. The robe, as a home dress, has been regularly worn since the 18th century. Therefore, many varieties have come down to us today. Separate bathrobes are worn after bathing. They are sewn from soft terry. The kimono robe is made of silk. In addition, some bathrobes are fitted with hoods. It is convenient to put them on wet hair.

90,000 Materials from which the underwear is made

Today, underwear and sportswear can be made from a wide variety of fabrics.This is an ultra-modern high-tech Modal and cotton familiar to all of us. The choice of material is the first question before buying lingerie, because it will be in contact with our skin all day long, and you don’t need irritation or allergic reactions from poor-quality fabric. The ideal option is natural materials: linen, cotton, wool. Our body “breathes” in them, and you feel comfort around the clock. However, modern synthetics do not at all resemble those “glass” garments that people were forced to wear a couple of decades ago.Today’s synthetic materials are quite suitable for comfortable daily wear, but nevertheless, before buying underwear, read the label carefully – this way you will know in advance how comfortable the underwear will be, how resistant it is or whether it is to wear, how it needs to be washed and whether it will need to be ironed. And therefore, you need to have some knowledge in this area in order to know all the main pros, cons and rules of caring for each fabric. So, what are men’s underwear and sportswear made of today?

Cotton – is the collective name for several fabrics.It can be chintz, calico, satin, bikinis, taffeta, cambric, even denim is also made of cotton. It is difficult to overestimate the advantages of cotton products. They are durable, absorb moisture well, wash and iron perfectly. There are also disadvantages of such materials: shrinkage after washing, strong creasing, long drying time. But all of them are solved by adding synthetic thread to the product, most often polyester or lavsan. Even a small amount of them will significantly improve the properties of the fabric. White cotton linen can be washed at any temperature, colored linen can tolerate washing at 60 degrees, if the linen is also thin – the water temperature should be limited to 40 degrees.Any means for washing cotton linen can be used – from universal and bleaching products for white clothes to gentle and universal ones for colored linen.

The modern modified 100% cellulose fiber MODAL® based on viscose originated in the 1970s and quickly gained popularity among fans of sustainable materials. Modal does not contain harmful impurities, and chlorine-containing substances are not used in its production. The canvas can be painted in any color that remains bright for a long time and does not fade.It is easy to take care of the modal linen – it is enough to wash them in a regular washing powder without the use of softeners – the modal always remains soft and elastic. Modal linen practically does not wrinkle and keeps its shape even after numerous washes. The modal has practically no drawbacks, except that the cost is quite high in comparison with other materials for sewing linen.

Viscose is another man-made cellulose material that has many advantages.It is very for the body, keeps its shape, allows moisture and air to pass through, is extremely attractive – it is a shiny material, the bright colors of which remain bright and fresh for a long time, in viscose underwear it is cool on a hot day. Among the disadvantages of the material is the possibility of the formation of pellets on its surface, which makes the linen somewhat lose its original appearance. Viscose is a fragile fabric, it collapses from an abundance of moisture and high temperature, so viscose linen should be washed at a temperature not exceeding 40 degrees, and after washing, do not twist.

Polyamide – one of the world’s first synthetic fabrics, strong, wear-resistant, thin, easily dyed. It is rarely used when sewing linen in its pure form; rather, it is about adding a polyamide thread to the fabric. The addition of high volume textured yarn is especially popular. The fabric with polyamide turns out to be shiny, tough, squeaky to the touch. Linen made of such a material is wrinkle-free and easy to wash, but it also has drawbacks – it does not allow air and moisture to pass through well, quickly loses its attractive appearance from sweat or direct sunlight, and is well electrified.These fabric flaws can be corrected – it is enough to add special stabilizing additives to their composition. Fabrics with the addition of polyamide threads can have various names: nylon, nylon, amilan and others. They all differ from each other in the amount of polyamide in the total fiber volume.

Taktel is also a polyamide fiber produced by the American company DuPont. It is durable, resistant to wear, elastic, does not form pills and retains its bright color for a long time.The tactel can be either shiny, pearlescent or matte. This property has allowed manufacturers to use the tactel for sewing a variety of products – from underwear to tracksuits.

Meryl and Lillion are two more patented polyamide fibers from Italian manufacturers. These threads are rarely used on their own, they are more often used as an additive in cotton knitwear to make it soft and dull. Linen made of such material is easily washed, dries instantly and does not wrinkle at all.

Polyester is called “indestructible” fabric by many manufacturers. And it’s true: polyester does not corrode solvents, does not kill mold, and does not eat moths. The material does not wrinkle at all, is easy to iron, dries instantly, is resistant to wear and light. A thread of polyester is added to wool, linen, and cotton to make fabrics suitable for anything from fishnet underwear to faux fur rugs. Polyester also has disadvantages – this material is very electrified, hard, and difficult to paint.Fabrics with the addition of polyester can be called lavsan, dacron, terylene, elan, tesil, teteron, tergal.

Elastane looks more like rubber fiber than fabric, resistant to oils, solvents, even acids and alkalis. But the elastane fiber does not tolerate high temperatures – its properties deteriorate significantly. Elastane and sunlight are harmful – from its effects, the fabric turns yellow. The addition of elastane to any fabric increases its elasticity.Clothes made of fabric with elastane do not wrinkle, fit the figure nicely, drape interestingly, do not hinder movements. Clothes made of elastane fabrics are washed at a temperature not exceeding 40 degrees.

90,000 History of lingerie. Types of underwear, how to choose underwear

By Daria Kartohina Read 13 min Updated

Comfortable underwear, which is an obligatory attribute of a modern image, has appeared not so long ago. For thousands of years, people did without panties and bras, and the history of the emergence and development of this type of clothing has only a few tens or hundreds of years.During this time, the original models have changed and improved, they have acquired a comfortable shape and are made of comfortable materials.

The history of the emergence of underwear for women and men

The prototype of women’s panties were pantaloons, which began to be worn by high society ladies in the 18th century. Ordinary women dispensed with panties, wearing only a petticoat under a dress. The first pantaloons consisted of two halves tied at the waist, and only at the end of the 19th century they were sewn into a single piece.

The bra was first presented at the Paris World Exhibition in 1889 by Ermin Cadol. The first patent for this invention was received by Christina Hardt in Germany in 1899. In 1914, an American woman, Mary Phelps, created a new model of a spaghetti strap bra.

Men’s briefs are the result of the evolution of the swimwear, which in its original form completely covered the torso and legs. Swimming trunks were created at the end of the 30s of the twentieth century.

The combination was invented in 1920, after women abandoned corsets and began to wear loose styles of dresses.In those days, the combination was buttoned at the bottom and in fact was combined with panties.

In the 50s, the Pucci combination, which was created by Italian designers, came into vogue. In the 90s, this lingerie is transformed into a sophisticated and elegant slip dress, worn by Princess Diana herself.

The first sports bra was created by designers Miller and Lindahl in 1977 for women running and aerobics. The top called Jogbra was much more comfortable compared to regular bras.

What materials were used to make underwear

Linen is a material of plant origin; for a long time, underwear and underwear were sewn from it. Flax advantages – hygroscopicity, softness; disadvantage – with frequent washing, things wear out quickly.

Batiste – fabric made of cotton fibers, has high hygroscopicity and warming properties, pleasant to the body. Disadvantage – gets dirty quickly, difficult to clean.Shirts, petticoats and pantaloons were sewn from cambric, and they were decorated with lace.

Natural silk was produced from silkworm fibers. Silk underwear had high aesthetic properties, but it was very expensive, only wealthy aristocrats could wear it.

Woolen underpants were introduced in the 19th century in the army, but this trend did not take root. After all, natural wool , in addition to durability and warming properties, has an unpleasant feature – it irritates the body.

Plain chintz – this material was used for sewing underwear by the poor, since cambric was not available to them due to its high cost. Chintz had properties such as practicality and durability.

How the underwear changed

The prototype of women’s panties and bras was the clothes of the Romans of the 4th century, which they wore to sports, they were made of leather. In ordinary life, people wore dresses or loincloths, and underwear did not exist.

In Russia, men’s underwear existed in the form of underpants, which were sewn from linen fabric. A long shirt made of cotton or linen was the underwear of women and men.

The first men’s underpants appeared in Italy, according to the images on medieval frescoes, men wore white underwear, which was somewhat reminiscent of modern family panties. However, many fashion researchers argue that underpants did not exist in those days, and men only wore underpants, which over time transformed into knitted underpants.

Men’s family briefs were created in the 1920s after the type of popular sports shorts. They got their name due to the fact that it was customary to wear them in the family circle.

In 1962, the Australian designer P. Travis proposed a model of cropped men’s underpants that sit on the hips, not at the waist. This idea developed slowly and the modern look of the trunks was acquired in 1972.

High women’s pants of a classic style appeared in the 40s of the twentieth century.In those days, the pin-up style was popular.

Until the end of the 19th century, such an element of women’s wardrobe as a bra did not exist. Women pulled their bodies into a rigid corset made with steel rods or whalebone to maintain their shape. Newly invented bras (early 20th century) flattened women’s breasts. In the 1930s, they began to produce bras with different cup sizes. In the 50s, the stars of the movie screen, including Marilyn Monroe, popularized the lush breasts, then there were tabs in the cups to increase the size.

In the 60s, a balconette-style bra appeared, half tearing off the chest. For support, bones were inserted into it, and the cup was made compacted. In 1994, designers created the famous Wonderbra bra.

How to take care of underwear before

It has been noticed for a long time that if the underwear is worn for a long time, it is much more difficult to remove old stains from sweat and dirt. Therefore, it is customary to wash linen daily, and this technique has survived to this day.Another way to keep things in good condition for longer is not to store them up for washing. This is due to the fact that before all things were made from natural materials. Linen and cotton fibers absorb sweat and do not wash well.

Cotton panties and bras were dried on a rope, and natural silk combinations were laid out on a flat surface so that they would not stretch out. Modern synthetics also need to be laid out to dry to keep the garments in shape.

In Russia, linen, towels and other clothes were first soaked in a vat before washing. Then it was washed in water with the addition of ash obtained from burning sunflower stalks or buckwheat straw, and rinsed in the river.

Myths and prejudices

Even today, there are various myths in society about both women’s and men’s underwear. For example, the statement that thongs have a negative effect on health. In the old days, there were also various prejudices associated with wearing underwear.

Church against cowards

When the prototype of modern women’s cowards first appeared, the Catholic Church strongly opposed it. The linen was called a “devil’s trifle” and a decree was issued prohibiting its manufacture. And the doctors of that time believed that the female genitals must be open for ventilation. This is very similar to the modern ban on selling lace panties.

Underwear makes a person holy

But Mormons, including their modern followers, on the contrary, must constantly: day and night, wear special “temple underwear” – knee-length pantaloons and a T-shirt with sleeves.It is believed that these clothes keep the Mormon from evil, and in essence is an amulet.

Decent white pantaloons

When pantaloons came into fashion, society began to actively discuss what color they should be. We came to the conclusion that only courtesans and dancers wear colored panties. And decent women should wear white pantaloons.

Woman in labor without panties

In the Soviet maternity hospital, women were strictly forbidden to put on panties after childbirth, and to wear any kind of home clothes.In a medical institution, they gave out a government dressing gown and a nightgown, and the woman had to pinch a cotton pad between her legs. Currently, there are various types of special pants for women in labor: with a bandage, mesh or disposable.

The Burnt Bras Myth

This myth was born in the States in 1968, when the Miss America pageant was held. A group of girls decided to prove that a woman should not be judged by her external beauty, and threw their bras, stockings and stiletto heels into the trash can to burn them.They did not succeed, but the myth spread, and that period is called “the time to burn bras.”

The status of underwear in the modern world

Nowadays, when wearing underwear has become a tradition and even part of the dress code, sometimes questions are raised: whether to wear panties under trousers, whether to wear a bra. There are those who say that panties should be worn for moral reasons. Doctors are categorically against thongs, and J. Bramblat, MD from America, claims that there is no reason at all to wear panties.

Stylists have their own view of this problem. They recommend that you start creating your basic wardrobe with lingerie. A high-quality set forms a beautiful breast shape and supports it, and the consciousness that beautiful underwear is on the body raises a woman’s self-esteem.

Types of underwear

A wide variety of types of bras allows every woman to choose comfortable underwear in accordance with her breast shape. Basic types: molded from foam, soft, with foam at the bottom of the cup, bandeau (strapless bra), push-up.The lace bralette serves as a decorative function, but does not support the chest.

The main purpose of a sports bra is to support your breasts during sports. The sports bra has wide straps, a comfortable fastener or no fastener at all, flat seams, and there are no bones.

Modern models of corsets are made of technologically advanced materials, they do not deform the figure and are not hazardous to health. The corset perfectly supports the chest and helps to maintain posture; it is indispensable when you need to put on an open evening dress.

Grace in shape similar to a slip-on corset. It fastens in front or on the back with hooks. Various types of graces are made of dense material with elastane and lace.

Slips are the most common type of women’s panties. This model is very comfortable for daily wear, completely covers the buttocks and has an average fit. The slip-asset is a high-rise panties, the upper part is at the level of the navel.

Corrective shorts are made of special elastic materials capable of well correcting the figure, tightening the abdomen, modeling the shape of the waist and hips.

Men’s slips are considered a classic model, they are worn every day under any clothes, both office and festive, as well as under jeans. They are comfortable because they cover the buttocks and fix the genitals.

Hips are designed for lovers of supportive panties. They do not hinder movement, are made of elastic materials and look very stylish.

Briefs-boxers represent the middle option between the form-fitting model of boxers and slip-ons (classic swimming trunks).

Thermal underwear is a category of men’s and women’s clothing. It is presented in various options: thermal socks, long-sleeved T-shirts, pants.

What underwear is now made of

Polyester is a synthetic fiber, from which most of the bras and lingerie sets on sale are made. These products have properties such as practicality and beauty.

Modern thermal underwear is sewn from microfiber material Coolmax , made using a special technology from polyester fibers.It has properties such as extensibility and hygroscopicity.

Taktel – material for bras, made of polyamide. It is a fiber with properties similar to natural fibers. Products made of polyamide have the following advantages: elastic, retain their shape, do not electrify, dry quickly, beautiful and comfortable to wear.

Silk lingerie is available in limited quantities. This is due to the complexity of its manufacture and the high cost of finished items.For the production of linen silk fibers are blended with polyamide or polyester .

Cotton is a natural material, its main property is high hygroscopicity. Cotton fibers are able to absorb moisture (sweat and secretions), this is their main advantage over synthetics. Panties and T-shirts are sewn from cotton with the addition of elastane and polyester to make them more comfortable and extend their durability.

How to properly wash underwear

Underwear will last longer and retain its appearance if properly cared for.Panties for women and men, T-shirts made of materials with elastane must be washed in an automatic machine on a gentle mode. If you load them into an activator-type washing machine, the elastane threads will stretch, and the linen will soon become unusable, lose its shape and functional qualities. In this case, it is best to wash the laundry by hand.

Sometimes, in order to wash heavily soiled laundry, it is placed in hot water. Because of this, the product loses its shape, so the water temperature should not be higher than 40 degrees.

It is recommended to use mild and hypoallergenic detergents for washing. This will protect against irritation on the skin of the body and keep the laundry in excellent condition for a longer time.

Various accessories for washing bras and lace panties are on sale. They all fall into three categories. The first is laundry bags that are zipped. The other is the containers, which are also closed with a zipper. You can load a set of linen there and send it to the machine, but you must not forget that these things are washed in a gentle mode.

The third device is a plastic ball for bras, but it is not recommended for use by those who have already tried the ball in practice. During washing, it opens and the laundry deteriorates.

A foam bra will dry faster after washing if you gently wrap it in a cotton or linen towel. After half an hour or an hour, when the moisture has been absorbed, take out the laundry and carefully hang it on a rope or lay it out on a drying board.

The corset requires a particularly gentle wash, which is done only by hand and without soaking.To wipe off the dirty area, you can wipe it with a sponge. It is necessary to dry in a flattened form on a horizontal surface.

How to choose the right underwear

For everyday wear, it is better to choose underwear made from natural materials. High-quality cotton underwear with the addition of elastane from well-known manufacturers will be comfortable and will last a long time.

Choosing a set of underwear for tight-fitting clothes made of thin materials and knitwear, it is better to buy seamless panties and a bra with molded cups.They are very comfortable and invisible under clothes.

When buying beautiful panties made of synthetic material, it is imperative to check for the presence of a cotton gusset.

In order to determine your bra size, you need to measure two parameters with a measuring tape: the girth under the bust and the volume of the bust. The table shows the standard sizes that are used to mark women’s underwear.

How to choose a bra by size when trying on? The breast fits completely into the cup of the bra, without the formation of a void or, conversely, bulging at the top or sides.The fit should be tight, but without pressure on the chest. It is better to adjust the length of the straps in advance before trying on.

The size of women’s panties is determined by the girth of the hips. The table shows the sizes: international, European and Russian. In the same table, you can find your size for nightgowns, pajamas, T-shirts and undershirts.

The size of men’s underpants is determined by the circumference of the waist. In the table, several types of sizes are sequentially indicated and in the last column – the corresponding waist circumference.

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Underwear and body representations in Soviet culture Text of a scientific article in the specialty “History and Archeology”


While America and Western Europe were experiencing a sexual revolution, in Soviet Russia, people lived in conditions of scarcity and rigid moral attitudes towards sex, the essence of which was expressed by one of the participants in the 1980s teleconference with the phrase: “We have no sex in the USSR “.

Indeed, different political systems develop different political attitudes in relation to the body, the role of women, and also the material objects produced by the systems differ, since things are the conductor of the ideological norms prevailing in society.

The Bolsheviks redefined the role of women in society compared to the pre-revolutionary traditional role. The main roles of women in society were now defined by the categories of “woman worker” and “woman mother”.Therefore, the dominant type of femininity in the Soviet media from the 1920s to the mid-1930s was the “worker-peasant type”. The woman in photographs in women’s magazines of that time usually belonged to the working class, she was necessarily portrayed in some occupation, doing something useful for society. This image of a woman can be characterized as gender neutral or sexually ambiguous. Traditional beauty, like fashion, is subject to the harshest criticism from the new government, which explains the peculiarities of a woman’s appearance.The typical woman has a broad, unkempt face with large, rough features. A strong figure with a short neck, broad shoulders and broad hips, slightly overweight. The proletarian woman was portrayed in

* Gurova O. Stockings of “increased zebrainess”, underwear and body representations in Soviet culture // Fashion theory – Fashion theory. – M., 2007. – Issue. 5. -C. 285-306.

wide, shapeless and baggy clothes, under which it was barely possible to distinguish between the chest and the waist.On the head, a mandatory kerchief is the most widely replicated symbol of revolutionaries. The underwear matches the clothes: instead of a corset, which in Western countries remained in the wardrobe of women until the war years, there was a simple bra, instead of underskirts – panties, as well as simple day shirts. The Soviet woman was portrayed as a strong woman, ready to work and reproduce.

In the second half of the 1930s, significant changes took place in the types of representation, which were due to the turn towards traditional femininity.But the desire to look good for a working-class woman was interpreted as evidence of improved living conditions, as noted by Stalin in 1935.

The improved living conditions needed visualization, as a result of which, by the mid-1930s, the number of attractive and intelligent faces on the pages of magazines and newspapers increased dramatically. Women began to be portrayed with makeup and jewelry, good haircuts, etc. Clothing on the pages of magazines has also changed – more feminine outfits have appeared, and more feminine underwear is on sale.In addition to the labor process, in which a woman had already participated, the state began to introduce a new ideological structure, according to which women should be involved in other forms of social life, such as consumption.

During this period, the role of underwear increased not only in the construction of gender identity, but also in the formation of the female body. The bra has acquired the function of a figure corrector, and the range of underwear has increased. However, the sexualization of the female body and underwear was very rare and atypical for the Soviet Union, since it did not meet the existing standards of decency: society “1.At the same time, the visualization of the Soviet way of life in the 1950s, during the period of intensive cultural contacts between Russia and the West, has become quite relevant. During this time, the official discourse on fashion and consumption criticized Western consumption patterns,

1 Ilyina M. What is beauty // Worker. – M., 1927. – No. 37. – S. 15-16.

Lingerie and body representations

which were called “bourgeois”, “petty bourgeois”, but at the same time there was a need to legitimize consumer values ​​as Soviet values.The value of Soviet culture in relation to things, including underwear, was expressed in the 1950s in such qualities as beauty, hygiene and durability. At the same time, beauty in the Soviet context is closely associated with utility. Soviet underwear – warm, harsh and hygienic – is not meant to be displayed. In contrast, the value of a non-Soviet thing lies primarily in its external attractiveness. Consumer culture is characterized by the sexualization of the public sphere and body representations.At the same time, in the Soviet context, there was a very ambiguous attitude towards bodily expression. Bodily expression is governed by a set of rules and regulations relating to control over natural bodily manifestations and differing from culture to culture. One of the forms of bodily expression was the appearance of the body in photographs, which at that time was extremely rare in the Soviet Union.

Gradually, however, the aesthetics of the Soviet commodity form begins to include sensuality.The qualities of synthetic underwear that appeared at that time were far from the concept of hygiene. Hygiene is an indicator related to cotton rather than synthetics. But the latter is more emancipated than natural materials, which, as a rule, do not evoke connotations with sensuality, seduction and sexuality.

Sexuality as a discursive concept flourished in the 1990s when the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

Under capitalism, the exchange value of consumer goods prevails over their utility, thereby creating a “commodity aesthetics” and “beauty scab” on things or on the body. In contrast, Soviet things seduced with usefulness, warmth and modesty. The opposition “Soviet – non-Soviet” is associated with the dichotomy “monstrous – beautiful”, “dimensionless – graceful”, “darned – new.” However, categories with a negative connotation and an attempt to distance themselves from domestic underwear suggest that the “scab of beauty” did not repel at all, but, on the contrary, was the object of desire of the Soviet people.

T.A. Fetisova

90,000 Lingerie: how to choose sustainable options

Lingerie is a daily necessity, but it is probably also one of the last things you think about being green. According to statistics, the world produces six billion items of underwear every year, and on average, each of them has a life of one to two years before it ends up in a landfill.Because lingerie is often made of polyester and nylon, our bras and briefs can take hundreds of years to decompose.

Fortunately, there are brands that strive to make their underwear more sustainable, while also making sure we feel and look good in it. Danish brand Underprotection, for example, makes lace underwear made from recycled polyester and nylon, while Los Angeles-based Proclaim offers a timeless base.“Sustainability is a defining factor in everything we do, from fabric to packaging,” says Vogue Shobha Philips, founder of Proclaim.

However, creating underwear that does not litter our planet is still a challenge: it requires an elastic fabric that allows these garments to sit well on the body and, if necessary, support it. This is why almost all lingerie currently on the market contains a certain percentage of elastane or spandex, which are difficult to recycle and usually not biodegradable.“We are facing constraints so far,” says Phoebe Hunter-McIlvin, co-founder of UK label Pico. – For example, we found compostable elastane, but it is not quite suitable for underwear. Our goal is to create fully compostable underpants. ”

When you buy the industry’s first sustainable products, you can be sure not to change your style. Vogue has asked the experts for details.

Choose more environmentally friendly materials

To make a sustainable purchase, first examine the composition of the product you like.Look for certified organic cotton instead of regular (uses more water) or sustainable viscose such as Tencel or Lyocell (regular viscose can destroy ancient or endangered forests). Brands like Alexander Clementine have even started using seaweed in their underwear, as they require significantly less water than regular cotton.

Avoid polyester if possible

Although the vast majority of underwear does contain synthetic materials, it is best to avoid polyester and nylon to reduce your environmental impact.“More brands are now using recycled materials,” says Sunniva Uggerby, co-founder of Underprotection. “The bases and elastane we use in our underwear are made from recycled sources, not pure polyester.”

Back to Basics

When shopping for lingerie, it is very important to keep in mind its durability given the existing recycling problems. “It’s about finding items that are long-lasting and will become an integral part of your wardrobe,” says Phillips.”We create inclusive nude clothes: I think every woman needs nude underwear.”

Beware of Hazardous Chemicals

Given how close your laundry is to your skin, it is important to avoid hazardous chemicals – look for Oeko-Tex certified items and make sure fabrics are dyed in sustainable ways. “As we know, there are many problems with dyes and waste dumping into rivers and oceans,” recalls Isobel Williams-Ellis, co-founder of Pico.”Some of our garments are now manufactured using soap nuts instead of bleach, and others are dyed using a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified dye.”

Be careful with your washing.

Washing your underwear thoroughly is very important for its longevity. Be sure to do this at low temperatures and use protective clothing bags. “We recommend washing at 30 degrees or by hand,” advises Uggerby, noting that you don’t need to wash your bra after every wear if you don’t need to.

Don’t forget to recycle

To keep worn underwear from going to decompose for hundreds of years in a landfill, look for recycling programs. While it is currently difficult to convert old bras and underpants into new ones, recycled material can be used to make things like mattress padding and cleaning rags. “Always try to recycle your underwear, don’t just throw it away,” concludes Uggerby.

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