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GUIDE TO FABRIC

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Fibers

Fibers are the building blocks of your fabric. Some fibers are manmade, while those known as natural fibers are derived from plant and animal sources. We’ll go over some common preferred options for lingerie.

Spandex

Also known by the DuPont brand name Lycra, spandex is a fiber with both high stretch and high recovery.

Advantages

  • Stretchy and flexible
  • Moisture-Wicking
  • Durable
  • Comfortable

Disadvantages

  • Doesn’t let your skin breathe
  • Sensitive to heat

Nylon

A pliable fabric with a silky feel that lends itself to highly intricate designs.

Advantages

  • Waterproof
  • Wind-Resistant
  • Versatile
  • UV Protective
  • Doesn’t shrink
  • Tough and durable

Disadvantages

  • Not very breathable
  • Can be difficult to clean

Cotton

Cotton is a strong fiber with a soft hand and high absorbency. It is often printed, and can be found in a large array of prints in both knit and woven categories. Cotton fabrics often have a simple, casual look to them that works well for everyday lingerie garments.

Advantages

  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Low Maintenance
  • Easy to Decorate
  • Machine-Washable

Disadvantages

  • Does not dry quickly
  • Prone to shrinking

Linen

While linen is not quite as commonly used in lingerie, it can be a great choice in warm weather due to its breathability. Linen is available both in knit and woven forms. Be aware that most linen fabrics are very prone to wrinkling unless blended with another fabric such as polyester. Linen does have the advantage of getting softer with use and washing.

Advantages

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Low Maintenance
  • Machine-Washable

Disadvantages

  • Wrinkles easily
  • Prone to shrinking

Silk

A luxurious fiber made from the cocoons of insects, usually mulberry silkworms. Silk is most known for its lustrous finish, rich colors due to high dye absorption, and incredibly soft feel. Despite its delicacy, silk is a very strong fiber.

Benefits

  • Soft and Smooth
  • Comfortable
  • Strong

Disadvantages

  • Expensive
  • Stains easily
  • Requires special care/ dry cleaning

Bamboo

Bamboo has gained popularity in recent years due to its soft hand, antibacterial properties, and high absorbency. Most bamboo fabrics display great stretch capabilities, but always check the recovery of the fabric after stretching, as some forms of bamboo tend to stretch out over time. While some consider bamboo a highly sustainable choice, this has been up for debate due to processing and transportation.

Benefits

  • Soft and breathable
  • Moisture wicking
  • Anti-bacterial
  • UV protection
  • Sustainably growth

Disadvantages

  • Expensive
  • Shrinkage of the Fabric
  • Prone to Wrinkles and Pilling

Rayon

A semi-synthetic fiber made from cellulose, rayon originally came into fashion as a replacement for silk. It’s a highly versatile fiber that can appear similar to silk, wool, cotton, and other fibers. There are many types of rayon available with different properties, including lyocell (also known by the brand name Tencel), modal, and viscose.

Benefits

  • Breathable
  • Luxurious Appearance
  • Versatility
  • Absorbent
  • Cost

Disadvantages

  • Shrinks easily
  • Lightweight
  • Longevity
  • Harmful manufacturing process

Polyester

A uniquely stain- and wrinkle-resistant synthetic fabric that’s a breeze to wash.

Advantages

  • Flexible
  • Quick-Drying
  • Moisture-Wicking
  • Wrinkle-Resistant
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Machine-Washable

Disadvantages

  • Can stick to sweaty skin
  • Sensitive to high temperatures
  • Not as breathable as cotton
  • Usually not sustainable

Acrylic

Often compared to organic cotton because of its lightweight, gentle texture against the skin.

Benefits

  • Cost-effective
  • Strong and Durable
  • Moisture-Wicking
  • Excellent Colorfastness
  • Wrinkle-Resistant

Disadvantages

  • Potential for Skin Irritation or Allergic Reactions
  • Poor Breathability
  • Not as Warm as Wool
  • Not biodegradable

Conclusion

Whether you prioritize comfort, durability, or sustainability, opting for a hypoallergenic fabric, or even luxurious fabrics for everyday,  there’s a fabric that will meet your needs.

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