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Who wants to walk around in stiff, itchy and uncomfortable underwear? There's a reason why bras aren't made out of wool. The stuff that sits right on your skin needs to feel soft. Of course, what one person thinks is the softest fabric in the world may feel less inviting to someone else, so your personal definition of the softest of the soft may vary. Still, there are a few fabrics out there that most would agree feel pretty darn luxurious.
If you want super soft undergarments, slide into the reigning queen of fabric: silk. There's a reason people use phrases like "smooth as silk" -- this stuff is seriously soft and luxurious. This decadent fabric is made by tiny silkworms, who spin silk filaments into tiny cocoons that are then made into silk thread. These threads feel absolutely delicate and lightweight, but that doesn't mean you can't move around when wearing silk undergarments. Though silkworms are tiny, the fabric they create is also incredibly strong.
Since silk is fit for a queen, it's often priced for a queen as well. If the real thing doesn't fit into your budget, try a synthetic silk alternative. Yes, silkworms create some lovely and soft fabric, but fabric manufacturers have a few tricks up their sleeve, too. Man-made fabrics like nylon, polyester and microfiber will also feel smooth against your skin, and these synthetic fabrics often cost less than pure silk undergarments.
Good Old Cotton
Have you ever held a freshly picked clump of cotton in your hands? That stuff is the definition of soft. Humans have used cotton to make fabric for thousands of years, and even ancient Egyptians may have used this tried-and-true fabric. It's also a natural and renewable fabric that's more environmentally friendly than synthetic fabrics and needs less land to produce than silk. That means cotton doesn't just feel good on your skin, it'll also make your conscience feel good.
No matter what kind of soft stuff you choose to put against your skin, make sure your epidermis agrees with your decision. Some people have allergies and skin sensitivities that can lead to irritation when wearing certain fabrics, like synthetic blends or even dyed fabrics. If your skin doesn't like it, take it off. Also, keep in mind that wearing panties made of silk or synthetic fabrics can restrict airflow and lead to irritation and potential yeast infections. If you're prone to irritation in your lady parts, stick to cotton, or at least wear cotton crotch panties to protect your most delicate areas.