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?