Like clothes, women’s underwear should be flattering and above all, comfortable. Not all underwear is created equally, so paying attention to the details is key. Next to design and fit, fabric should be the most important factor when deciding on the best underwear for women. Yet, most women don’t even know the fabric of their underwear or clothing. Cotton, lycra; natural or synthetic...which do you prefer? 

Below, discover the types of fabric available for different non-shaping and shaping bottoms and decide which is the best material for your underwear!

The Classic Underwear Fabric: Cotton 

Cotton is our friend. Lightweight, easy to wash and made of soft, natural fibers, it’s a common ingredient in a lot of clothing – and for good reason. Cotton is moisture-wicking, very breathable and won’t cause irritations, which in turn contributes to designing some of the best underwear for women. If everyday cotton is your cup of tea, opt for our Cotton Seamless Shaping Thong, Shaping Brief, or Shaping Short.

Great for Shapewear: Women’s Underwear Made From Nylon

A very popular fabric for women’s underwear, nylon is man-made and lightweight. It’s particularly useful in shapewear because it won’t lose its shape and is very smooth under other clothing garments. It’s also one of the best materials for seamless underwear. 

When you’re considering how to choose shapewear underwear, start with tried-and-true styles like our Ultralight Seamless Shaping Thong, Brief Girlshort and Short. For days when you don’t want compression, opt for our Non-Shaping Simply Soft Seamless Bikini, Brief and Long Short, all made primarily of nylon with a bit of added Spandex for stretch.

The Best Material for Underwear That Keeps You Cool: Technical Yarns

Ooh, hello fancy nylon! We’re proud of the unique, high tech underwear fabrics we are able to integrate into our products at Yummie, including NILIT® Breeze Nylon, which is found in our Cooling FX® range. This special fabric features cooling technology that moves heat away from the body to keep you cool. It’s basically a dream for hot summer days!

Stretchy and Breathable: Spandex

Known primarily for its super elasticity, Spandex is a synthetic material frequently used in exercise clothing. It’s not the most breathable material, so here at Yummie, we like to blend Spandex with other fabrics to create the best underwear for women that’s the perfect balance of stretch and comfort. For high compression from a Spandex blend, try our Tummie Tamers collection.

Sweat-Wicking Power: French Terry Women’s Underwear

Super soft French Terry is another top choice when it comes to the best material for underwear. It is comprised mainly of Modal, a semi-synthetic that comes from the cellulose of beech trees. Modal does not trap perspiration, which makes it ideal as an underwear fabric. 

Try our Leo Ribbed French Terry Shaping Girlshort or our Shiri Ribbed French Terry Shaping Thong and see for yourself how amazing this women’s underwear material is on the body.

The Best Underwear Fabric for Women Seeking a Touch of Elegance: Lace

If you love frills, then you probably have a few pairs of undies adorned with soft lace. Lace on undergarments is a beautiful detail and can act as a great accent on a nice cotton or nylon base. Our Ultralight Seamless Shaping Brief with Lace Insert is feminine, yet not overdone. 

So, which underwear fabric will you choose? We won’t make the decision too difficult for you: there really isn’t one best material for underwear here at Yummie. All of our undergarments have been designed with your comfort and support in mind, so deciding which to go for is entirely up to your personal style and the occasion.