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I want to stay in these Skin undies all day! © instagram/skinworldwide

Comfort Zone

Skin underwear doesn’t make you leave yours. Ever!

Underwear is a sore topic for me. I dislike padded bras for creating an unnatural shape, I’m skeptical about ruffles because they remain visible under t-shirts, silk-blouses and even light sweaters and I’m no fan of super plain white cotton briefs that tend to go out of shape after you’ve washed them a couple of times, either.

The quest for the impossible

What I like is lingerie that’s functional (as in, doesn’t show through your shirts or pants), comfortable (no scratchy lace parts on my skin, thanks very much), a great fit, and sensual enough to make me feel good when I look in the mirror, yet sporty enough so I don’t need to change before yoga class. A couple of years back Calvin Klein used to be the one brand that could deliver on this promise, but not so much anymore. Most of their bras are super-padded and the jersey or silky briefs have logos the size of my butt.

Briefs from soft Supina cotton jersey © PR

Briefs from soft Supina cotton jersey © PR

 
A camisole in melange grey © PR

A camisole in melange grey © PR

Bra from soft Supina cotton jersey with tulle along the sides © PR

Bra from soft Supina cotton jersey with tulle along the sides © PR

Briefs from soft Pima cotton jersey © PR

Briefs from soft Pima cotton jersey © PR

Sensual, comfy and cool: it’s doable!

I can’t help but wonder why most women seem to love the amount of padding and ruffles that’s on offer and makes them look like a gift ready to be unwrapped. Is it just me or does this much more cater to an imaginary unwrapper than the wearer herself? I’m happy to say though, that with Baserange, Skinny and Skin Lingerie there are some brands that meet my taste. Take Skin Lingerie, a New York based brand that focuses on clean lines, uses lots of Supima organic cotton for its panties and bras and takes it easy on lace and ruffles. I have yet to see how these beautifully clean designs do after a couple of laundry sessions but I like the design and feel a lot. Also the brands founder, Susanne Beischel, sounds like my kind of businesswoman. She believes in slow growth and cosindering the impact of each and every step in the production. She’s also a firm believer in making things that last and don’t have a bad impact on the environment, hence the use of organic cotton and going slow in building her brand. Watch this space to find out more about her soon.

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