The Difference Between Lingerie and Underwear

Do you know the difference between lingerie and underwear? If you’re looking to excite your other half and spice things up between the sheets, you should, because new lingerie is a great place to start. Sexy, flattering and intimate, lingerie can help to boost your confidence and ensure you have a night to remember.

However, while lingerie is a type of underwear, not all underwear can be considered lingerie. So where should you start if you want to surprise your partner and kickstart your night? To help get you started we’ve put this quick guide together.

Style Over Comfort

Unlike the type of underwear you put on every day, lingerie is not designed to be comfortable. In fact, comfort is often the last thing designers are thinking about when they create their teddies, panties, stockings, suspenders and corsets. Rather than being comfortable, lingerie is designed to look sensational. After all, if the lingerie does its job, you won’t be wearing it for long anyway.


Like comfort, practicality generally goes out of the window when it comes to lingerie design. You probably won’t want to wear a sexy lingerie set when you’re out shopping or under your work clothes – unless you want to impress someone in the office that is! Unlike underwear, lingerie should be reserved for the bedroom, adult parties or other occasions when you want to be noticed. Despite the fact wearing lingerie all day won’t be that comfortable, you may also damage the intricate cuts and patterns by over-wearing your new sexy clothes.


Another major difference between lingerie and underwear is the fabric that’s used. Where underwear is often made from soft, supple and breathable materials like cotton, lingerie is made from fabrics that look rather than feel good. You’ll find a lot of lingerie is made from lightweight, sheer and tactile fabrics like lace, silk, satin and chiffon. These materials are often designed to be see-through and to leave little to the imagination.

If you like wet-look underwear, bondage or a bit of kink, you can also find a great range of lingerie in PVC, leather and latex. This type of lingerie can look and feel fantastic. It is also a great way to spice things up in the bedroom. Like other types of lingerie, these pieces are not designed to be worn all day, every day. Instead, change into your new teddy, panties or corset just before you need them.

Underwear Can Be Sexy

While everyday underwear lacks the style and seductive associations of lingerie, there’s no reason it can’t be sexy too. If you want to make your everyday underwear that little bit more attractive, try to invest in well-designed and well-made pieces that contain materials like lace and silk. If you can’t find anything that works for you or your partner here is your answer. Buy standard underwear for the day and invest in something special to wear at night.

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