The fabric of your garments plays a key role in skin health and mood, and its significance is crucial when it comes to intimate wear. How your skin reacts to fabric should be a deciding factor to consider while buying intimate wear, especially for women!

Each fabric’s material has a distinct characteristic, toxicity, advantage, and disadvantage. Different fabrics complement different skin types. In this article, we will explore several fabrics and their nuances. To decide which fabric is the best when it comes to boyshorts, hipsters, thongs, G-strings, or any other type of panties.

Types of fabrics used for Lingerie Wear 


Starting simple, cotton is one of the most reliable fabrics for undergarments. It has ample breathability and softness that keeps you comfortable all day long. This is a great option if you are looking for an affordable yet high-quality undie. Its hypoallergenic properties make it suitable for sensitive skin, reducing the risk of infections and allergies. If you like to keep things simple, cotton is your go-to material. 


Modal is one of the most popular fabrics in the undergarment industry. It provides all the benefits of cotton, along with the added advantage of colour retention. Modal fabric tends to retain its colour even after multiple washes. Its silky texture ensures the clothes glide over it without sticking, making it ideal for tight-fitting garments. It has great water retention ability, keeping you dry during physical activities, and effectively absorbing sweat. It is thin and does not retain a lot of heat which makes it preferable during the summer season.  


Silk has an airy charming vibe. Smooth, light, and majestic, are three ideal adjectives to describe silk panties. Silk is made by feeding silkworms mulberry leaves, and then boiling their cocoons to unwind the long silk fibers. Apart from its feel,  it is extremely comfortable with very little friction preventing irritation. It's renewable, biodegradable, and uses less water, chemicals, and energy than many other materials. Silk is generally more expensive than other materials due to its labour-intensive production process. Despite being a premium fabric silk remains a popular choice. 

Merino Wool

Merino wool intimate wear is made from the soft fleece of Merino sheep. It is a game-changer fabric. Merino wool is super fine and soft, unlike traditional wool, making it comfortable enough to wear next to the skin. It naturally regulates body temperature, wicks moisture away, and is odour-resistant, which is perfect for thermal underwear or for wear in colder climates. 


Polyester is made from petroleum using a chemical process and then the polyethene terephthalate (PET) fibre is through the extruder. The fibres are stretched after, treated to produce a stronger yarn, and then into yarn they are spun. The fermentation results in a soft, shrink-less, and quick-dry fabric. When blended with cotton, polyester adds a lot of dimension to the fibre inherently known as fabric or yarn such as their shrink-resistance, durability, and wrinkle-resistance. Polyesters are durable fabrics that can withstand different environmental factors and, hence, can be used for outdoor outfits that might be exposed to various factors for a longer time. 


Bamboo fabric is a rising star in the fashion industry. Bamboo is processed into yarn and then woven or knitted into soft fabric. The fabric is dyed and finished to enhance softness and elasticity. Undies crafted from bamboo fabric are exceptionally durable. They provide phenomenal UV protection and are antibacterial. Bamboo’s odour-proof and moisture-resistance properties make it an exceptional choice during menstrual periods.  Apart from being long-lasting, the fabric is extremely soft— in fact, it is softer than silk, making it an all-around reliable pick. 


Nylon is made by combining adipic acid and hexamethylene diamine which are derived from petroleum to create a durable polymer, which is then melted and spun into fibres. These fibres are used to craft garments. This kind of issue contributes to apparel production. To mention one of the advantages of nylon is that it can be blended with other fabrics like cotton and spandex and this is the reason why nylon is found to be the most used fabric in sports apparel. The Nylon fabric comes with quite a few benefits. It has the unique ability to resist fading, and consequently, last for a long period. Apart from this, there are several drawbacks to nylon.  For starters, the material tends to smell quickly due to it being non-breathable. Nylon production is hard on the environment. It is non-biodegradable and non-eco-friendly. Factories contaminate a great amount of water that turns into the conveyor system in water bodies nearby. Secondly, compared to nylon production, is very energy intensive and gives off nitrous oxide gas, which is 300 times more harmful than CO2. Overall, Nylon makes for a solid contender as a top fabric in terms of popularity but going for a natural option is preferable. 

Fabrics vs Fabrics 


Best Features 

Worst Features 


Cotton is known for its softness and breathability 

Cotton is notorious for holding moisture.


Modal is popular due to its extreme softness. It is often compared to Silk due to its soft features. 

Modal does not offer support like many other fabrics.


Silk is incredibly lightweight and its smooth and soft texture feels smooth against the skin. 

Maintaining silk innerwear is a bit of a hassle due to its delicate and fragile nature. Washing it generally requires dry cleaning or hand washes. 

Merino Wool 

Merino Wool has exceptional moisture-wicking qualities. It offers outstanding insulation making it an ideal undie fabric in cooler climates.

Similar to silk Merino Wool demands a lot of careful maintenance. It often requires hand washing in cold water and air drying to prevent shrinking or felting. 


Polyester is known for its durability retains your body’s shape and preserves the color of the undies. 

Polyester is a synthetic material and does not have the same moisture-wicking properties as natural fibres like cotton or wool. It is not breathable and does not feel comfortable against the skin in hot and humid conditions due to its artificial nature. 


Bamboo fibres are also naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial, making them suitable for sensitive skin. It is a popular choice because of its lightweight and breathable qualities 

Bamboo material can be thin and flimsy lacking the durability of other materials.


It is extremely flexible and stretchy making it suitable for a wide range of applications. 

May feel too lightweight by itself.

Plant-Waste blends 

This is a fantastic option for skin well-being. Plant-based fabric suits all kinds of skin due to its hypoallergenic properties. It is lightweight and breathable making it extremely comfortable.

Plant-based innerwear may be slightly more expensive compared to conventional synthetic fabrics due to the sustainable sourcing and eco-friendly manufacturing processes involved in production. 

Which fabric is suited to women’s bodies? The truth might surprise you!

Through this exploration, we have discovered that plant-based fabrics such as lemon, Yew Tree and corn work wonders. Since all the materials are plant-based these hypoallergenic, gentle on the skin, lightweight, and breathable, additionally, these fabrics are biodegradable and sustainable. Lemon peel fabric utilises citrus waste, Yew Tree waste fabric repurposes bark from yew trees, and corn waste fabric transforms byproducts of corn processing into eco-friendly textiles. These plant-based fabrics are revolutionising the fashion industry and providing women with some incredible innerwear options. So the next time you are looking to buy yourself a new undie consider these plant-based options, your skin will thank you for it! 


It's impossible to recommend a single fabric that suits everyone perfectly, as each person's body and needs are unique. When selecting intimate wear, you should consider all the factors that specifically affect you. Whether your priority is aesthetic appeal, comfort, or affordability, the decision on which fabric works best for you is entirely yours to make.

by Gaurav Parab