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Understanding Materials for Comfort and Style Part 2

Lingerie Fabrics Decoded Part 2


Silk is truly the epitome of luxury when it comes to lingerie fabric. With a legacy steeped in elegance and refinement, silk has a distinctive smoothness, luster, and sensual feel against the skin. This sensation is unparalleled, making it a favored material for luxury lingerie, including the offerings at Overture. One of silk’s unique properties is its hypoallergenic nature, which renders it gentle on the skin. This makes it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin or those who simply crave the caress of a delicate fabric. Silk’s natural thermo-regulating properties are also noteworthy, as it can keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, adding to the comfort of the wearer.

However, as with most things of beauty, the production of silk is a complex process. Despite being a natural, biodegradable material, the production of silk is labor-intensive and can often involve ethical concerns. The traditional method of silk production often involves the killing of silk worms during the extraction of their silk. This practice has raised concerns about the welfare of these creatures and the overall sustainability of silk production.

Peace Silk

Acknowledging these concerns, the fashion industry has seen the emergence of Peace silk, also known as Ahimsa silk. This ethical alternative allows silk worms to complete their life cycle and naturally vacate their cocoon before the silk is harvested. While Peace silk still retains the luxurious feel and beauty of traditional silk, the process respects the life cycle of the silk worm. This offers a compassionate alternative that aligns better with the principles of sustainable and ethical fashion.

At Overture, we understand the significance of ethical sourcing, especially when it comes to silk. Recognising its profound beauty and the comfort it brings to our customers, we are committed to using only the highest quality silk. More importantly, we ensure that our silk is sourced only from reputable suppliers who adhere to sustainable and ethical practices. We believe in respecting all life forms and promoting a more sustainable fashion industry, one garment at a time. When you choose silk lingerie from Overture, you are not just embracing luxury and comfort; you are also making a choice that respects life and supports ethical fashion.

lingerie fabric for luxury lingerie


Often confused with silk, satin refers to the weave rather than the material. It has a glossy surface that provides a luxurious look and feel, making it a popular lingerie fabric for bras of all sizes, including DD+ bras and other big bust bras.

Satin can be made from various materials, such as silk, polyester, or nylon. This means the sustainability of satin as one of the lingerie fabrics can vary significantly, contingent on its source material. Silk or organic cotton-derived satin can be relatively sustainable, but synthetic versions made from polyester or nylon pose environmental challenges. These materials are petroleum-based, non-biodegradable, and contribute to the escalating issues of plastic pollution and textile waste. Despite these considerations, satin’s desirable attributes should not be overlooked. Its durability, resistance to wrinkles, and sleek, smooth texture provide a flattering silhouette, especially for larger cup sizes. Satin lingerie imparts an air of elegance and sophistication that is hard to surpass.


Lace is quintessential when it comes to decorative touches for lingerie. With its intricate patterns created by an open weave, lace can lend a sense of delicacy or boldness to lingerie pieces. Whether used as a trim or a main fabric, lace adds an element of sophistication and femininity that is hard to match.

However, while traditional lace-making is an art form in its own right and highly labor-intensive, modern manufacturing processes often rely on synthetic materials like polyester or nylon. This is due to the high cost and complexity involved in producing genuine lace, as well as the durability and versatility of synthetic alternatives. Unfortunately, synthetic lace, as with other synthetic lingerie fabrics, is less sustainable due to its petroleum-based origin and non-biodegradability. This contributes to the growing issue of textile waste and microplastic pollution. When synthetic lace lingerie is washed, tiny plastic fibers can shed from the fabric and end up in our waterways and oceans.

Despite these challenges, lace remains a beloved fabric in the world of lingerie. It is deeply ingrained in the aesthetics and design of many pieces, and for many, lingerie wouldn’t be the same without it. The choice of lingerie fabrics is a personal one that depends on numerous factors, including comfort, style, fit, and increasingly, sustainability. As awareness grows about the environmental impact of our fashion choices, more consumers are seeking out eco-friendly options. From exploring alternatives to silk, to choosing satin made from sustainable materials, to considering the impact of lace, every choice we make can contribute to a more sustainable fashion future.

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