Fit, function, comfort and appearance matter most every
time a woman selects her most intimate piece of clothing - her undergarments.
Perfect underwear, tops or bottoms can accentuate a good-looking outfit or work
against it. Women's undergarments or
underwear play an unfathomable role in making her body appear svelte secretly
hush- hushing blemishes, if any.
Mesmerizing range of women's undergarments, woman hosiery
in varied styles and designs, sizes and shapes, including the plus size are
available. The undergarment industry have thrown open a variety of choices.
Special underwear for the gym, for work place, party wear, sexy underwear to
boost love life and those designed to meet woman's health related issues. The
key to successful undergarment shopping
depends on striking a smart balance between need and the wallet. Online or mall
shopping, here is what you ought to know before shopping for undergarments.
Women's undergarments collectively are referred to as
lingerie. Women's underwear serves various purposes - warmth, comfort and
hygiene. Worn next to the skin, soft fabric undergarments lend a soothing
feeling. Also from inside it keeps perspiration and various possible body stain
from soiling the clothes. It also supports body parts and provides added
protection. During cold weather, underwear provides extra warmth to the body.
Comfort and design of the outfit determine selection of
appropriate undergarment style. Certain
women's underwear are designed to serve particular purposes such as to provide
body support, to accentuate best body features, enhance outfit look by
providing cushioning and work as a body outline or play it down by covering
lumpy midriffs, imperfect waists, flabby tummies or the wobbly thighs. Wearing
appropriate fitting undergarments does contribute to boost confidence levels.
Women's undergarments types
It is pertinent to know certain terms related to women's
underwear. Here is a description of those terms and common types of women's
undergarments. The specific functions and purposes it serves are also provided.
Bra: Though to wear or not to wear bra is entirely
a woman's choice, many women prefer wearing in order to conform to modern
society's dress code. Bra isn't any more simple underwear that extends strong
support for women's breasts, keeping at bay problems like sagging breasts and
backaches. Today, bras have turned out to be fashion statement on any given
occasion. Gone are times when a single bra in a woman's wardrobe fitted her
choice of garments. There are close to 20 different styles of bra to fit
specific needs of a woman. The functional aspect and outer garment precisely
Training bra: The first bra worn by girls at a
stage when her breasts are still developing.
The right time to wear is entirely dependent on breast size; it could be
seven or eight years or even during pre-teen years. During a girl's initial
days of breast development, she may not feel the need. Yet, with a training bra
she can feel absolutely confident during exercises and feel the comfort it
provides as an extra layer between outer garments and the breasts. The
under-wire most common in other bra types is missing, as only minimal support
Padded Bra: Teenage girls adore it and
small-breasted women widely use it. Padding provided between the cups adds
volume and makes breasts appear fuller.
T-shirt Bra: The bra is built right into the
T-shirt with special seamless cups and invisible under-wires for support and
soft pads. Most sought by smaller breasted women, T-shirt bras are figure
hugging and bring out the best curvy figure.
Sports Bra: Most appropriate while engaging in
physical exercises, sports bra are studier than regular bras. It holds the breasts
in place while in motion and provides ample support to breasts.
Underwire Bra: Women who
look for extra support and those with large breasts prefer buying bras with
underwire. The design is such that a wire made of plastic or metal is built
into the underside of the cup so as to provide a lift and therefore prevent
sagging. Also the wire is intended to separate, shape and provide extra support
for the breasts.
Full cup bra: Little more
coverage and support than usual bras, full cup bras are most suitable for women
with heavier breasts. It comes with under-wired cups and covers maximum breast
Demi cup bra: As it
provides less breast coverage 1"
above the nipple point, demi cup bra is most appropriate for clothes
with plunging necklines.
Strapless bra: With or
without under-wires, strapless bras are worn under strapless tops, lined
evening gowns with see-through tops or any garment that demand baring
Convertible bra: With
adjustable and interchangeable straps, convertible straps provide the wearer
the option of using it with one strap, both straps and no straps. Also, comes
with or without underwire. It is worn under strapless tops and dresses,
cross-back styles, halters or the traditional t-shirts minus the built in bras.
Minimizer bra: Most
appropriate for pluz size women, the purpose is to make breast size appear
reduced, say one-cup size less. With or without under wires, seamless,
cushioned shoulders straps, embroidered cups are additional features of
Maximizer push-up bra: It
is intended to provide instant lift and enhance breast appearance. The unique
structure and extra padding makes flaunting a deeper cleavage easier.
Shelf bra: Mostly favored
during sexy situations, the nipples and upper part of breast get exposed but
underneath part of breasts are provided ample support and coverage.
Peephole bra: It features
holes around the nipples, sideways or otherwise. The functional aspect is
absent as it may or may not have cups.
Maternity bra: Designed to
cope with changing breast size during pregnancy period, maternity bras provide
support and safeguard sagging of breast.
Nursing bra: Proper
support to the breasts and convenient for feeding baby, nursing bra can cope
with expansion of breasts during nursing period.
Mastectomy bra: Women who
have had one or both breasts removed for breast cancer treatments use
mastectomy bra. It simulates existence of breasts. It is available in all sizes
including women who need plus size bras.
Panties: The result of wearing
inappropriate panties can be devastating. Wearing right panty style can
accentuate the area as much as create or accentuate bumps and bulges. For a
smooth and comfortable foundation, choose the correct size and right panty
Boy shorts and hipsters:
Compared to other panty types, boy shorts and hipsters are new underwear
option. Preferred alike by women across different age groups, hipster boy
shorts are tight and extremely short shorts. Women have the option to choose
full coverage of the rear part or the partial coverage. Most suitable for low
cut pants, hipster boy shorts work well to smoothen lumps and bumps on the hip
and upper thigh area.
Briefs: A low-squared off
leg line, a waistband and full front and back coverage is the way a woman's
brief can be best described. With slight variations, the styles differ.
Boxers/girls shorts: Having women's boxer shorts can serve twin
purposes, a lounge wear and/or body shaper. The shape and style varies.
Thongs: It does the job
but with minimal fabric. A small triangle of fabric at the front, a waistband
connected to the rear is the design of thongs. Women, who detest full coverage
panties, especially while wearing tight white outer garment feel absolutely
comfortable in thongs. G-strings, V-strings, T-backs, Rios and tangas are
various styles of thongs.
Camisole: For most women,
camisole serves to be a great layering piece. Referred to as cami, camisole is
a loose-fitting sleeveless woman's underwear that covers the top part of the
body. It has thin spaghetti straps. String-strap t-shirts, shells, shifts and
demi-slips fall under this category of women's undergarments.
Depending on a woman's comfort
level, she can wear it over a brassiere or without it. Camisoles with built-in
under-wire bra, serve a two-in-one purpose.
They are made of cotton, satin, silk or stretch fabrics such as Lycra,
nylon or spandex. Various designs include those that extend to the waist or
those that expose the midriff and the ones that extend to cover the pelvic
region. A great collection of plus size camisoles for women who use plus size
undergarments come in various styles, prints, and colors and can accommodate a
bra under them.
It is trendy to wear camisole as
an outerwear with a pair of jeans. Yet, women have the option to use camisoles
as layering piece when wearing a wrap dress or wrap top. Sheer camisole under
an ordinary blouse or a sweatshirt promises a seductive sexy appeal.
Shapers: Shapers as undergarments are actually shape
wears. Slim women use it to accentuate natural slim looks and for plus size
women, it is a comfortable and easy way to look few inches thinner. With
shapers, it is easier to conceal and cover the bulges on the waist, flabby arms
and legs and that firm less bottoms. Yes, it can shape any part of the body. Women
can happily wear any favorite garment, concealing problem areas with body
It can make her look few inches
thinner and contributes to maintaining good body posture too. Women, who love
to flaunt a smooth silhouette while wearing lighter colors or thinner fabrics,
depend on body shapers. Body shapers are available in all sizes including the
plus size. The length varies from Capri to
A combination of materials is
used in the making of body shapers. It could be polyester and spandex or
polyester and nylon or even silicone. These are materials that can compress
problem areas, provide grip and at the same time are body friendly. Laced body
shapers are definitely sexier than functional ones. Waist clinchers, padded
push-up, thong shapers, tummy trimmer body suit, bustier shapers are different
types of body shapers.
Woman hosiery has evolved to be considered as a basic
foundation garment. Socks, stockings and pantyhose/tights, the popular woman
hosiery types share a common factor. All the three are worn directly on the
feet and legs. Why use hosiery as underwear? To make fashion statements, to
complement an outfit, or to just to warm legs in wintertime? Reasons apart,
woman hosiery items are fast becoming wardrobe essential.
Woman hosiery facilitates camouflaging
imperfections- a tanned look, dry skin, slight stubble, varicose veins, spider
veins and dry heels.
Panty hose and stockings contribute to legs
looking slimmer and beautiful.
Versatile cover for those bare legs especially
during a formal event.
Worn under skirts and pants, hosiery adds an
element of firmness to the hip area and the thighs.
Heavier materials hosiery made of spandex extend
firm support to body and even enhance blood circulation by applying even
Desire to outline leg shape, try dark colored
Thigh-high stockings when worn with garters are
a sexier alternative for traditional pantyhose.