What is mesh Lingerie
Mesh lingerie is made out of an airy, feathery material, which allows for breathability down there. Underwear made for this purpose will often also be made from a moisture-wicking material, to move sweat away from the body rather than towards it.
Mesh lingerie is almost exclusively characterised by its tiny holes, which allow for circulation around the crotch area (sounds like a dream come true, we know!) Typically, mesh lingerie is worn by women who play sports, or during hotter seasons of the year.
For all you new mums out here, this is gonna be good: Mesh has also been recently uncovered as a game changer in postpartum recovery! Their breathability helps prevent the untold horror of postnatal life such as hemorrhoids, infections and all the other nasties we would rather forget about.
Mesh vs Tulle
So you know all about the composition of mesh, but what about it’s holey cousin tulle? We know it can all be confusing, but don’t worry, we’ve got you on this. Remember how we spoke about mesh, and its little holes that allow for breathability? Well tulle has the same sort of tiny holes, except they’re even tinier holes, and their composition has nothing to do with breathability. Tulle is a netted fabric that is used for the crafting of ballerina tutus and bridal veils. It has a much more whimsical, elegant feel when comparing it with mesh, and instead of being used practically, is mainly used to add to the aesthetics of a garment.
4 way vs 2 way stretch mesh
As with most fabrics, there are different subcategories to mesh, including four way stretch mesh. Now it may sound complicated, but when a fabric is described as being ‘4 way stretch’ it means that its elasticity covers both horizontal and vertical directions, while a ‘2 way stretch’ refers to fabrics that stretch either only horizontally (which is more typical) or only vertically. In the case of mesh, which is typically made using either cotton fibers (which are naturally more breathable) or synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester, 4 way stretch is very important. As a material that we see being used largely during sports, maneuverability, which is affected by the stretch of a fabric, is very important. Ladies that grab their mesh by what seems like muscle memory before a game of basketball, or an intense gym sesh, you definitely want to take notes here!
How do I wash it?
Due to its delicate nature (which is part of the reason why it’s so breathable and light), mesh needs a little more TLC in the laundry department than other fabric styles. To get your mesh, especially mesh lingerie smelling and feeling amazing again, you definitely do not want to put it in a machine.
Hand washing is what’s best for your mesh undies. What’s more? Make sure that you’re using cold water, and never rub a mesh item against itself. In fact, mesh underwear needs probably the bare minimum in washing terms, the way to do it is to leave the lingerie to soak in a solution of water and laundry powder for 30 mins, and wash it off. Easy peasy! Right?
How do I Store it?
So after all that TLC, you’re probably wanting to know where on Earth you are supposed to keep these ultra delicate panties. I can tell you one thing, DO NOT just stuff your mesh lingerie into the drawer with the rest of your undies, this can lead to bra hooks undoing the seams of your mesh, and we certainly wouldn’t want that! Make sure that if you’re going to put them in a drawer, it’s an organised one, for mesh panties, you can use our folding system found in ‘How to store lingerie’ to keep them secure.