Fabulous fabrics for your underthings

A few months ago I put out a survey asking various questions about preferences when it came to your underwear. With an overwhelming 350 responses within three days, I thought it was about time I wrote a blog post with some of the answers and what I have concluded from them.


As you can see from the chart, over 50% of those who filled out the survey, did not have a preference when it came to the material of their undergarments. This did not really surprise me as lots of ladies will just pick up basic underwear or if they like the look of them, they will buy them anyway, regardless of the fabric used to make them. Lots of underwear uses a combination of fabric as well, which is why it is difficult to have a set preference.

Cotton was the most favourable option when choosing knicker material. Again, this did not surprise me as cotton is your most breathable fabric and is actually the healthiest option for women. Cotton is especially good if you suffer from reoccurring yeast infections as the fabric does not hold as much moister as other fabrics do. Despite being the most breathable fabric, it is not recommended that you wear any underwear over night. It is important to get a good circulation to avoid over heating and infection. But if you must wear underwear at night then a high percentage cotton is your best option.

Note: Most underwear is never 100% cotton as elastane is used to allow stretching. You normally find 95% cotton and 5% elastane.

15.5% of those who filled out the survey were fans of lace! Being a lover of pretty underwear, this made me happy. Lace is beautiful and can make you feel sexy, beautiful, or both. Polyamide mix is used to make cheaper lace which does not always last long and you can find yourself with frayed underwear. Silk lace is the finer and higher end choice that might often be a treat for a lot of people. Good quality lace can feel really light and delicate against the skin and can be very comfortable.

Just peachy by figleaves

6.6% chose silk as their preferred choice. Putting on any sort of silk underwear or silk clothing gives you the sort of feeling when you have just shaved your legs and they are smooth and you just want to touch them all the time, you can’t not love it! Silk is one of the most expensive materials making real silk products a luxury item. Silk products can be quite time consuming to look after as most items have to be hand washed but are generally worth the maintenance as they will last a long time. The amount of people who specified silk as the preferred material for their underwear, are in the majority of people who said they often look to buy high end lingerie.

Opulence Knickers by Janay intimates.

Polyester and Nylon are tiny percentages as you can hardly see them in the chart. I believe that these two fabrics would come under the “no preference” category. A lot of high street clothing retailers use these fabrics to make underwear, but they are not luxurious or something people often specifically want in their underwear, they just contain these materials. A lot of my cheaper underwear is made from a high percentage of polyester, mixed with other fabrics. These particular pieces of underwear have not always lasted as long as other materials such as cotton.

Most gussets in underwear are 100% cotton to allow the body to breath. This means that you can have your pretty underwear and have some help breathing as well.

It is important to take care of yourself, and just like wearing the right bra size is important for your health, wearing knickers with the right fabric is also really important for your health. There is no right or wrong fabric, everyone is different, so make sure you are wearing what is right for you.

What is your favourite fabric choice for your underwear? Comment or tweet me to let me know.





  1. Bamboo is an alternative to cotton. It is sustainable, breathable and anti-bacterial, so good for keeping healthy and is very comfortable. Because it’s a relatively new product, especially in comparison to cotton, it is still quite a niche item, with few suppliers using it, but hopefully it will expand


      1. The shorts I wore when climbing Nevis were bamboo – She Wood (they also have a mens range – Got Wood) They are ever so soft, and wash up that way time and time again. I use them for exercising as they are so comfy and are breathable.


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