It feels like men have been attracted to women in lingerie since the beginning of time. Ask any man if he likes lingerie and his answer will be "yes." But why are men really attracted to lingerie? The answer seems to involve a number of factors, including the desire for simultaneous mystery, exhilaration and allure.
Popular and risque lingerie website Sheer Lingerie and More suggests that the main function of women's lingerie is to "highlight and flatter the sensual areas of a woman's body." Lingerie arouses and intrigues men in ways that everyday feminine clothing does not. As soon as a specific area of a woman's body is accentuated and given attention, the man is "brought to attention" by the excitement of the special image before him.
According to HintofRomance.com, given the choice of seeing a woman naked or a woman in sexy lingerie, men would chose the latter in almost every scenario. The reason for this surprising response is that most men are looking for three things: excitement, mystery and a bit of teasing from the woman. The idea of the naked woman may be exciting, but it holds no mystery. The idea of the woman in sexy lingerie, on the other hand, holds all three components at once.
Sheer Lingerie and More describes the ways in which different kinds of lingerie can accentuate and underscore parts of the female body in different ways. Corsets force the eye towards the chest, Babydolls draw attention to the bust with their V-frames and Teddies have a plunging neckline and high-cut panty slits. Using varying kinds of see-through fabrics can also serve to emphasize different spots on a person's body, which keeps the sense of desired "mystery" alive.
Experts agree that the effects of sexy lingerie are ultimately two-fold. In the inherent act of donning this sexy or erotic lingerie, women gain a sense of confidence, power and attractiveness. Women will naturally feel sensual and physical when revealing something so intimate about themselves. This, in turn, allows the attraction men feel towards women to become stronger, as men are further attracted to women who are confident in their sensuality.
According to KissMeGoodnight.com, a number of types of lingerie have been named “favorites” by men. Certainly men’s tastes vary, but all seem to enjoy seeing the parts of a woman they don’t normally get to see. Bras, g-strings, garters and stockings are all “eye candy” for men, and they love trying to see through the lace. Sheer and silky nightgowns, or “negligee,” are another favorite, as the textures of silk and mesh are enticing. Silk satisfies the “man’s need to touch something soft and supple,” while mesh fabric drapes and contours a woman’s body.
Briana Nadeau has been writing and editing for the last 14 years. Nadeau has assisted well-known screenwriters with various projects and edited a book on Nutrition, "No Excuses." Nadeau has taught English at the high school and college levels. She holds a master's degree in English literature from the University of New Hampshire .