Taking care of the Goods. (lingerie)

You owned it, looked amazing and it got a little messy.  You know how to clean up the toys well, but are you ready to treat your lingerie well, too?  Proper washing technique helps with lingerie longevity.

Handwashing Your Lingerie and Underwear

As a general rule, always check your underwear for tags and specific special care instructions first.

However, hand washing your lingerie and underwear will always be your safest bet, especially for more expensive or fragile garments! Here are some easy tips for how to wash women’s (and men’s) underwear by hand:

– Use a mild detergent. There are specially designed detergents for cleaning lingerie without damaging your delicate items. Some of the detergents are even specifically designed for hand-washing.
– Do not soak lingerie. The colors will bleed, and the quality of your items could fade.
– Do not twist, stretch, or wring out your underwear. Instead, wash your garments gently between your fingers or hands.
– Pat and air dry. After washing, gently press your underwear on a flat surface between two towels to soak up excess water. Then hang to dry.

 

When Using a Washing Machine…

Some of your lingerie items and underwear may be suitable for the washing machine. Be sure to always read your labels. For best results, use a delicate or gentle cycle with cool to warm water and follow these tips:

– Use mild detergents and follow the instructions for how much to use. Detergents are often concentrated.
– Do not use bleach unless you are washing white, all-cotton blends.
– To protect your lingerie, use a mesh bag. There are lingerie bags that will help to prevent your items from snagging or catching onto other clothing.
– Hook the backs of your bras to keep them from getting tangled or snagging on other clothes.
– Separate colors to prevent bleeding or dulling.

Drying Lingerie and Underwear

Now you know how to wash lingerie—but how do you get it dry? For best results, flat dry or hang dry. Be aware that some items such as tights may stretch, so it may be best to loop the garment loosely around the hanger or drying rack.

Never put fine lingerie in the dryer. This can ruin the shape, fade the color, shrink your garment, break down the fibers, and/or shorten its overall lifespan.

Low heat or tumble dry settings may be suitable for some garments. Just be careful. Some fabrics will shrink or even melt in the dryer.

For specific fabric care tips, check out the chart below:

Lingerie Fabric Care Tips

Material Qualities Care

Cotton
Elastic, absorbent, warm
and soft.

Comfortable to wear.

Can be machine washed.

Can withstand high temperatures. However, cold or warm water is usually best.

Washing may lead to shrinkage between 3% and 5%.

Wrinkles and commonly requires ironing.


Silk
Extreme softness and shine.

Fine and delicate fabric with
unmatched beauty and fit.

Thermo protective.

Very gentle care required.

May be dry clean only.

Hand wash washable silks in cold water with a mild soap

Wash each garment separately.

DO NOT soak silk or dry with heat.

Heat sensitive and subject to fading and bleeding colors.

Dry flat. Fabric tends to crease.

Low heat iron can be used. Use a towel between silk and iron so no heat damage occurs.


Wool
Warm, soft material.

“Spongy” effect.

Very sensitive to heat and cannot be machine washed.

Handwash only. Use mild soaps.

Do not use dryer. Hang dry or flat dry.


Rayon

Viscose

Modal

Softness and shine.

Supple, fluid fabrics.

Initially manufactured in the 1940s as “artificial silk.”

Very Heat Sensitive. Wash with cold water, preferably by hand.
Use mild soap.

Washing may lead to shrinkage between 4% and 7%.

Creases easily. Cool Iron.


Tactel

Lycra

Dacron

Polyesters

Polyamides

Elastane

Stable.

Consistent quality.

Very easy care.

Can add strength to blends.

Very heat sensitive!

These fabrics will melt.

Machine washable at medium temperature.

Does not crease easily. No ironing.

Now you are ready to show-off your clean and fabulous lingerie, again!


Love a Man in Björn Borg

Björn Borg AB is a Swedish apparel fashion brand named after the former professional tennis player of the same name. The company was formerly named World Brand Management (WBM), and has stores in seven European countries, with Sweden and the Netherlands being the most important ones.  Germany and the United Kingdom are newer markets.

The biggest Björn Borg product is underclothes. Men’s underclothes, in particular.

Master has a few pair that dievca bought him. They fit him well
and he favors the black:

 

dievca did buy some colors, but they didn’t get worn – except for one pair.  The Los Angeles Pair:

But, if you or your Sir is interested — they come in fun colors and patterns:

 


“As women, we all have certain weaknesses…..” Edith Head (repost)

As women, we all have certain weaknesses.
I know one who can’t resist pretty shoes but has nothing suitable to wear with them.
Others adore frilly lingerie but never have any money to buy outer clothing.
Edith Head

Penelope-and-Monica-Cruz-design-LAgent-FW13-shop-it-at-Nordstrom

Monica and Penelope Cruz FW 2013, designing for L’Agent

Charlotte Olympia Flower Heels

Charlotte Olympia Flower Pump

Where do you spend your money and what is your weakness?

dievca’s weaknesses: Shoes and Lingerie

“Luck favors the prepared, Darling.” – Edna “E” Mode


Love in an Elevator~or at least lingerie

(Click the photo)

“Second Floor. Hardware, Children’s Wear, Ladies’ Lingerie.”


Borrowing from the Boys = Flashback lingerie

Remember the 1990’s?  dievca was out of college and trying to get it together in her first job – 16 hours from home, with her first apartment and her first car payment (Jeep Cherokee).

Listening to ‘HFS and working on the Severn River and NRL/NIH in the Summer. (now you know where dievca was located out of college 😉)

It was all about Calvin Klein underwear.

Urban Outfitters and Calvin Klein has brought it back and dievca couldn’t resist purchasing some pieces.  she hasn’t worn them for Master. We all know that Master loves diversity, but dievca suspects that Calvin Klein cotton isn’t His type of lingerie for His dievca (corsets and stockings).

dievca is curious to know if other Ladies and Gentlemen find the pieces sexy. Let her know.

 


location, location, location

Show inner wear as outerwear
Wandering the Parisian Night
Walking the streets in silk garters
Exhibitionist’s delight

Do you wear your lingerie out in the real World?
Tell dievca about it.
she wants to know your lingerie fantasies~

photo: Cervin Lingerie advertisement

Basque, Guêpière, Bodice, Corset = Clarification

Sometimes the words seem to describe the same types of lingerie, let’s clarify these four pieces:

A basque refers to a fitted garment, with a cup, extending down to the waist line or just above. It is usually made of lace, or stretch lace and has plastic boning to support the shape of the body. It has suspender straps for holding stockings in place, which are sometimes removable.

A gureêpiè is fitted garment, with a cup, extending down to over the hips with suspender straps attached. Like the basque, it is usually made of lace, or stretch lace and has plastic boning to support the shape of the body. The basque, guêpière are loosely the same thing apart from the length of the garment. These days basque is the more common term, so you might even find a longline basque that extends over the hips, so I would usually follow the naming convention of the brand to describe the garment.

A bodice tends to be a less structured garment, something that laces up and goes over another article of clothing.

A corset should not be confused with the three garments above. A corset is a structured garment with steel or plastic boning that can be tightened to manipulate the shape of the waist. This is the only garment that will physically change the shape of the body and can do so permanently if you are corset training.