Like so many modern words in the English language, the term “lingerie” sports a French origin, giving an automatic impression of elegance, luxury, and refinement. Whereas the original French term, though grammatically feminine, is unisex in that it refers broadly to all items of clothing that are worn by both men and women, lingerie nowadays almost universally and exclusively refers to women’s underwear, particularly that which is lacy or seductive in design. While it can simply be worn as an everyday item, it can also be used, and very often and understandably is, in erotic and intimate contexts, where it may encompass multiple related items like negligees, teddies, bras, and panties or knickers, which altogether can create sexy outfits with an alluring impression. This combined with the fact the fabrics are usually of soft, sensuous and high quality materials like silk, satin and lace provide a tactical pleasure for both the wearer and the beholder apart from the visible splendor, triggering both individuals’ senses in a thrilling and magical way.
Many sexy costumes also exist that may appeal to the beholder’s sexual fantasies, such as that of a submissive French maid aptly clad in garments of none other than a French etymological origin. Furthermore, in today’s era of increasing sexual freedom and recognition and acceptance of gender fluidity and alternate and innovative sexuality, this hitherto exclusively feminine erotic attire has crossed the thin and lacy lines of sex and gender in recent years, and new brands have tapped into a new market and released lingerie geared towards male audiences, often creating matching outfits and costumes for both them and their partners, thus staying true to the broader gender flexibility of the original French term. In any case, lingerie, though intimate, is everywhere, and will surely please for a long time.