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What Are the Pros and Cons of Silk Underwear?

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Silk comes from the cocoon of the silkworm.
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Silk underwear is often thought of as very luxurious. It is comfortable and lightweight, and it absorbs moisture well. Unlike some other types of underwear, it is very cool to wear on hot days, and it does not bunch up on the skin. On the other hand, it is not warm in the winter, and it is a little harder to take care of. Silk underwear is also much more expensive than other types of underwear.

Silk is made from the very fine fibers of the silk worm's cocoon. These fibers are spun before they are woven into a fabric. Garments made from this fabric are considered very luxurious, and silk underwear is no exception.

Underwear made of silk is very comfortable to wear. This is one of its biggest advantages. The finely woven fabric is very soft, and it glides across most people's skin.

Unlike many synthetic underwear, like spandex, underwear made of silk is a very breathable underwear. Moisture in this area is quickly absorbed, and it also evaporates very quickly. Since moisture does not stay on the skin for prolonged periods of time, resulting in less rashes, chaffing, and possible infection. Since it is very breathable, this underwear is typically very cool in the summer.

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Underwear made from silk, however, may not be very warm in cold climates. One exception to this is thermal silk underwear. This type of underwear is thick and designed to keep the wearer warm.

Some other types of underwear can bunch on the skin and against the fabric of pants,which can be quite uncomfortable. Underwear made of silk, on the other hand, usually does not do this. This not only results in more comfortable underwear, but it also prevents bumps and bulges in clothing.

Caring for this type of underwear is typically a little time consuming, if not difficult. In most cases, a person should dry clean any type of silk. If it is washed, the colors could run or bleed out. Water can also stain some silk underwear, resulting in obvious water spots.

Silk is a very fine fabric, and it is very easily damaged. With some force, this underwear could get ripped much easier than regular cotton underwear. As the fabric gets older, it is even more prone to becoming damaged.

Another major disadvantage of silk underwear is the cost. Silk is more expensive than other types of fabrics, and silk underwear is usually more expensive than other underwear. Cotton underwear is often the more economical choice when choosing underwear.

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anon307003
Post 2

I'm a guy and I love silk string bikini panties. They feel great and hold the package just fine. Feels so good against my skin. Love them.

chivebasil
Post 1

I have worn silk underwear once and only once in my life. I got a pair for Christmas one year and was pretty excited about them because I had never worn them before.

One night I got out of the shower and slipped on the silk underwear before I got into bed. I noticed the problem immediately. Silk underwear are so smooth and slippery that you end up sliding all over the bed. It is really distracting.

That was my one and only experience. Now I stick to cotton boxers only. I really don't get how anyone can wear silk.

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