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Latex VS Lace | A Lingerie Showdown

Updated on October 16, 2009

Lady Gaga illustrates the conundrum...

Recently we have discussed both lace and latex. Many men who wear lingerie have never so much as considered latex, their fascination lies with finer materials, filmier fabrics which can be worn discreetly under everyday clothing. Latex on the other hand, functions more often than not as the main event.

Let's look at them both in a little more depth....


Latex is hard wearing material with a high electrical resistance, high impact resistance high sheen and high sexuality. Latex can be manufactured synthetically, or it can be harvested from plants. Much like lace, Latex has a French connection. In fact, the term Latex was coined by a Frenchman, Charles Marie de La Condamine, which is quite possibly the classiest name ever to be bestowed upon a human being.

Latex is almost uniformly expensive, though it is indisputably dramatic and for those who love it, entirely worth the price. Some become quite addicted to the feel and sensation of latex, which when fitted correctly functions not unlike a second skin. A little latex lingerie can soon turn into the spine tingling embrace of a full body cat suit if one is not careful.

Latex is certainly a love / hate material, lets move onto lace...


Lace is a fancy, regal material woven upon the looms of French aristocrats. Lace has a history stretching back throughout the ages and has always been associated with luxury and pleasure. Where lace was once worn in ruffles about the necks and wrists of men, it now almost exclusively adorns ladies undergarments. Women have been wily enough to near corner the lace market, but there is a not inconsiderable subset of the male population who wish to reclaim lace as a recognized male fabric.

There are a wide range of types of lace available on the market. At the height of lace refinement is needle lace, which is made by wizened old women brandishing needle and thread. Antique needle lace is ridiculously expensive and made of thread which is no longer manufactured. At the other end of the spectrum is machine made lace, lace which is made upon the harsh mechanical looms of the ruling classes. Depending on the thread from which it is made, it can be soft and beautiful, or it can be harsh and scratchy.

It is easy to find undergarments which incorporate lace, or which are made entirely of it. They range in price from a few dollars, to quite a few dollars. Lace is suitable for everyday wear and will not cause rubber rash.

And you, where do you stand? Have your say...


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    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      I actually think I am on the lace side of this debate. I had a pair of pants that didn't breathe well once (and latex isn't known for its breathability,) and wore them out to a club. Those were the most disgusting, sweaty hours of my life...

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      9 years ago from Central Coast NSW Australia

      G'Day Hope

      Lace is a nice material and if it's soft enough, can be comfortable for all day wear. I do have one problem and that is it it can be a little straining on your testicles. A cotton or flat front panel is a little more comforting.

      Latex panties if they are of the moulded variety, are cheaply made and very thin and fragile.

      The sewn latex variety is far better and i have to say, MARVELOUS to wear.

      A little sweaty to wear but very adictive. Your right though Hope, You could easily find yourself in a latex catsuit. But you may need to take out a loan to do so. The alternative is the super soft and wonderful to wear latex that is baggier to wear and at a very reasonable price.

      I do hope you all get an oportunity to try it.



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