What Are the Pros and Cons of Buying Designer Underwear?

Rhonda Rivera

Getting a professional cut and high quality materials are some pros of buying designer underwear. These advantages can make wearing underwear more comfortable and hold up better in a clothes washing machine. Some cons of buying fashion underwear are the extra expense and, for people who like to display designer brands, having less chance to show off the logos. This kind of underwear can also be relatively expensive, and the price does not always guarantee that one is buying a high quality, long-lasting undergarment. In addition, underwear is often not a garment publicly displayed, so many people are happy to settle with more affordable, generic brands.

Expensive underwear is no guarantee of quality.
Expensive underwear is no guarantee of quality.

Designer underwear is generally cut better than products with a generic label and affordable price tag. This applies to underwear of both genders but especially to boxers, which have a longer cut than most underwear. The cut follows the contours of the body to give a comfortable but stylish fit. Sometimes designer underwear also has more size options so customers do not have to settle with the closest size that fits.

Getting a professional cut and high quality materials are some pros of buying designer underwear.
Getting a professional cut and high quality materials are some pros of buying designer underwear.

In addition to having a better fit, designer clothing lines often sell underwear for higher prices and can therefore afford to use more comfortable materials. These materials can range from a high quality cotton to luxurious silks. Wool is a less-often used designer underwear fabric, but its price is often on par with silk because of its moisture-wicking and odor-regulating properties. In addition to better fabrics, high quality dyes or ink that do not noticeably fade on the first washes are usually applied to a garment.

A potential downside to designer underwear is how much more expensive it is compared to regular brands. Depending on the brand name, materials used, and how extensive the crafting process is, designer underwear can be anywhere from 10 to 30 times the cost of cheap underwear. In addition, expensive underwear is no guarantee of quality. While designer underwear is likely to be better than average, it is difficult to judge how much of the cost covers materials and tailoring and what percentage of the mark up is only for the brand name.

Another potential disadvantage to buying designer underwear is that there is little chance of showing it off. Many people purchase designer clothing for the sake of proudly displaying the exclusive logo. In fact, the love of brand names and specific logos is often at the heart of thriving black market counterfeit products like handbags and sunglasses. With undergarments, the main pro is getting quality clothing rather than clothing for the sake of status symbols.

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Would something like Victoria's secret be considered designer underwear? Or is it more something that has to carry a name like Dolce & Gabbana or Chanel?

I love the quality of some higher end underwear, and find the cut and feel of them to be fantastic. I really think it's worth it to pay the extra cash for a sexy pair of underwear. Even if no one sees it, having something nice against your skin that you bought just for you can really help you hold your head a little higher.

I don't think designer underwear needs to be worn everyday, but for the occasional outing, why not?


I can honestly say I have never thought much about designer underwear. Like any lady, it is nice to have some stylish pieces in your clothing collection, that you take out for special occasions.

I can't imagine shopping for a brand name pair of knickers though, because really, who would ever check the tag?

As far as quality and cut go, you can get some great underwear at your local boutiques. While they don't carry designer labels, they are often handmade, more expensive, and high quality.

Does anyone think that paying premium for designer underwear is a good idea? Does it give you more confidence?

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