Women’s Underwear Guide
Women’s Underwear 101
Types of Women’s Underwear
Women’s Underwear Buying Tips:
• Consider your wardrobe and outfits when buying underwear to get the coverage you need
• Buy underwear in different cuts and styles to suit different moods and occasions
• Replace your underwear when it loses its shape and the elastic has worn out
Women’s Underwear Features
Cotton is the most frequently used fabric for panties because it’s breathable and soft for dry, comfortable all-day wear. Seamless underwear is made from blended fabrics that contain some spandex or other stretchy microfibre for a snug, secure fit. Skimpier styles of underwear and lingerie are often made from specialty fabrics like lace and silk to help you look and feel sexy. The type of fabric you buy should suit your outfit and the occasion, while also helping you feel comfortable and confident.
French-cut underwear has high-cut leg holes and less side coverage, so your briefs aren’t visible when you’re wearing short skirts or shorts. You may also prefer French-cut underwear for the lighter coverage they provide. Regular-cut panties offer more leg and hip coverage. A thong or g-string has a cut that reveals your buttocks to avoid a panty line under your clothes, or for use as lingerie.
High-rise underwear comes up to about an inch below your belly button to provide more font and back coverage and tummy support. Low-rise panties sit below the natural waistline for wear with matching low-rise pants, or if you prefer the feeling of less coverage.
Seam vs. Seamless +
All women’s underwear has seams, but some are made without visible seams so your underwear line doesn’t show. This underwear feature is particularly helpful when you’re wearing light colours or fitted bottoms like tights and leggings. Seamless underwear also provides a sleek look with no bulges for light and comfortable wear.
Gym Underwear +
Some underwear is made specifically for use when exercising. This material has anti-bacterial properties and wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and avoid sweat stains.
Sleep Underwear +
If you overheat when you sleep or find that full-bottom pajamas get tangled in your sheets, sleep underwear may be the solution. This style of underwear helps you stay cool, comfortable and covered as you doze.
Matching Sets +
When buying underwear like lingerie for special occasions, it can make sense to buy matching sets for a complete look. Matching sets are also an option if you simply like to coordinate your undergarments.
Padded Underwear +
Some women’s underwear comes with padding in the hips or rear to enhance these areas and add more curves to your shape. Padded underwear can also help make your clothes fit better if they’re sagging or too big in certain sections. This underwear is often full coverage because of the padding, and can also have leg openings that extended to the upper thigh to ensure a smooth form with no bunches.
Maternity Underwear +
As your belly grows with your pregnancy, you may need to purchase maternity underwear to get the right coverage, size and fit. Maternity underwear comes in different styles, so you can still wear the underwear that makes you feel the most comfortable. Maternity underwear can also be worn post birth to help make the healing process more comfortable.
Panty Liner +
All styles of women’s underwear have an extra piece of fabric in the crotch area to act as a liner and provide an additional barrier between your body and your clothes. The panty liner is built in to the underwear to prevent moisture from reaching your clothes. In addition, disposable panty liners can be worn inside your underwear for another layer of coverage on a temporary basis.
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Underwear Laundry Tips:
• Wash separately from other clothes
• Use a gentle detergent
• Wash in warm water
• Dry on low heat, or hang-dry delicates
• Iron as needed
• Do not dry clean unless the label instructs otherwise
• Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for care and cleaning