Death By Sexy Lingerie?


Sexy Lingerie, the word suggests transparent, fetching apparel. But lingerie came from gentle origins.

The expression “lingerie” is from the French linge, or linen alluding to the fabric from which skivvies was by tradition made. By the end of the nineteenth century, lingerie had become a routine term to describe clothing worn under outerwear that had moved beyond logical functions to be used as a device of for the exhibit of the female body. Lingerie was initially produced for every size- as well as plus sizes.

Lingerie was purported to only be used by women within the scope of a blissfully wedded life in the early years, with strict controls. One female journalist penned in 1902, “Lovely lingerie does not belong only to the fast. . . . dainty briefs are not necessarily a sign of immorality.” As time passed, lingerie’s allure to the general public increased along with decreasing adherence to Conservative morality, and the flourishing social status of women. Lingerie was freedom from the practical and flagrantly straitlaced underpants advocated by the Victorian era.

For example, a doctor of that time period praised wool as the perfect underwear for sanitation and wellbeing.At first, lingerie was a sign of social status, handcrafted and afforded only by the very few. Of observance were those fashioned by the English couturiere known as Lucile (Lady Duff-Gordon), who produced camisoles, peignoirs, and petticoats using lace, chiffon, and crepe de chine, premeditatively appealing to the sense of touch, and evoking a new titillation for the twentieth-century woman. Although constructed fibers such as rayon and nylon were advanced and sold in the 1920s and 1930s as luxury fabrics through the use of the name “artificial silk” their spread led to a democratization of lingerie.

Rayon is a very elastic fiber and has the same comfort properties as natural fibers. It can be like the feel and texture of silk, wool, cotton and linen.

The fibers are certainly dyed in a wide range of colors. Rayon fabrics are soft, smooth, cool, comfortable, and highly porous, and do not insulate body heat, making them ideal for use in hot and humid climates.

The more body-conscious fashions of that decade also led to a new item of sexy lingerie, the teddy, named after its inventor Theodore Baer, who joined chemise with a short slip or attached to intimate things. The camisole, in the beginning derived from an ugly waist-length garment with an embroidered front and shoulder bands that were worn over the corset for warmth and modesty, became an essential piece of lingerie, later transforming into an item of outerwear by the 1970s. Equally the slip, an banner piece of lingerie from the 1950s was used by a number of suit designers as outerwear in the 1990s, most notably John Galliano, Dolce & Gabbana.

Loungewear, based on the loose dungarees worn in parts of Asia, entered women’s wardrobes in the late nineteenth century, but long nightdresses remained popular, even after women’s skirts shortened in the early twentieth century.

By the1920s, straight-cut silk and rayon nightclothes in subtle colors such as orchid, teal and plum were in use, while the mid-century blessed gowns with bosom-hugging bodices above sinuous skirts. Mixtures and superimpositions make lingerie an item of clothing in itself, so that hybrid apparel like chemise jackets and pants-skirts make up an unexpected wardrobe.

During the twentieth century, eye-catching and indulgent sexy lingerie grew ever more accessible and affordable.Today there is a continuation of the sexy lingerie revival started in the 1990s, attracting both male and female consumers. Lingerie’s cachet as an erotic, ardently visible component of a woman’s outfit has contributed to rising sales. It seems that showing off your lingerie has become very much a fashion trend. Today redefined lingerie is an affordable indulgence item with a strong appeal for not just the size zero but fashion-oriented for the plus size sexy lingerie consumer as well.

“Sexy Lingerie” from Dorez Romae

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