A to Z of Lingerie: C is for Charmeuse

I'll bet some of you are reading the title and wondering what on earth charmeuse is.  Am I right?  Well it's a fabric.  It's commonly used in lingerie and today I am going to spend a couple of hundred words educating you on charmeuse.

Charmeuse is a light semilustrous fabric which feels and looks like satin on one side and is dull on the other.  It can be made of silk or polyester or other man-made materials but silk is obviously the best as it's softer and, lets face it, who doesn't prefer silk to something man-made?  It was first used in the early twentieth century and used to be a trademark and the name in French means charmer or seductress.  If that doesn't make you feel sexy wearing it, I don't know what will.

So how is charmeuse different from ordinary satin?  Well, it's softer and lighter.  Some of you probably have charmeuse items in your wardrobe and didn't even know it.  It can be used for lingerie, dresses, blouses, pyjamas, handkerchiefs, ties and in the linings of jackets.  Boys, you may even own a pair of charmeuse boxers.

Be careful when removing charmeuse lingerie.  It tears easily and can catch on fingernails.  I have had a few expensive disasters myself.

Now that you're read this post, do you think you own anything made of charmeuse and didn't realise before?


  1. I came across this term for the first time. I'm not sure but I think I have a night overcoat made of this material. This post was interesting and informational as well.

  2. I definitely learned something here! Apparently I've encountered charmeuse a few times, but I never knew what it was called. I have also had disasters with it, though my most recent disaster involved lace and a garment that I had only bought 3 hours before. That was disappointing.

    Happy A to Z!

  3. I don't even know how to pronounce this. I may have this in my wardrobe...thanks for the info.

  4. Cool topic for the A to Z challenge!

  5. I am with janaki and don't even know how to pronounce it. I doubt it's in my wardrobe only because I love cotton in the summer and wool in the winter. Thank for stopping by.

  6. Silk and satin are wonderful fabrics, so soft and lovely on the skin. Would that I could wear silk all the time...it's one of my favorites. Pretty sure I don't have any charmeuse in my wardrobe though.

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