The word lingerie comes from the French word ‘linge’ which means ‘linen’. Lingerie today though comes in a variety of fabrics which include satin, lycra, silk and lace. Intimate lingerie is feminine, using lace borders, frills, bows and ruffles. Lingerie is made to catch the eye. So with so many styles to choose from in the intimate lingerie range you can have a different item for everyday, making it something you can never have too much of.
That is where the difference between intimate lingerie and everyday underwear starts, with the types of fabrics and styles used. It even makes you feel different when wearing it. And today you have a wide choice of styles, materials, colours, sizes and prices to choose from.
Intimate lingerie as its name suggests is supposed to be worn in private or intimate situations, in saying that though it can be worn under any clothing in any situation. The materials and styles make it light and easy to wear. It will make you feel sexy all day. But there are also the items that can be worn as outergarments such as the corsets and bustiers, and some chemises.
There is also intimate lingerie for specific occasions such as weddings. This is usually a lace material in white or bone colours. You have leather lingerie for more risqué type moments, the colours this style come in are usually but not only black or red.
There are also fantasy costumes which come under the title of lingerie, you can dress up as anyone, be it a police officer, a fairytale character or a school girl. The costumes are fun yet still very sexy. Most of them can also be worn to fancy dress parties.
Accessories, every woman needs them. With lingerie you have a wide choice of accessories to add to or finish off the look. Accessories are things like gloves, stockings, garters or headwear, but they are also items such as hand cuffs which will add that extra naughtiness to the moment if you want to be more daring.
Women's panties have undergone many changes in the design process and can be found in different styles and cuts with something for any preference. Briefs are designed for comfort but can still be found in colorful patterns or designs. Boy-shorts are a fan of many women since they help minimize panty lines but are fun and comfy at the same time.
Also, in the "everyday" category of lingerie along with bras and panties, are slips and pantyhose. Pantyhose were a miracle in themselves in that they combined stockings and a panty into one garment. Garter belts were no longer needed to hold up stockings, which added to the overall comfort of women's lingerie.
Now lingerie can be delicate, sensual and help spice up your life. Now corsets can be made for appeal rather than tightening and can also come in all colours and designs. A bustier is a strapless bra that has garter straps attached at the waist and can be made of fabrics such as satin or silk.
The teddy, one of the most popular types of women's lingerie, is a short nightgown that falls just above the upper thigh and can be made of a variety of sheer or silky materials. A babydoll is another common piece of lingerie. Or you have a chemise which is usually made of a very light material and has spaghetti straps, it comes down to mid thigh length. A longer gown, reaches to the ankle and often comes with a robe of a similar design.