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The Psychology of Lingerie

September 13, 2018

Let’s be honest – we wear lingerie for ourselves, not our partners.  

Looking comfortable and confident on the outside, while feeling feminine and sexy on the inside, is what wearing lingerie is all about. And knowing there’s something beautiful hidden under our clothing can definitely add a spring in our step and some sass to our style. But why is that? Read on to learn more about the truth behind our most intimate garments. 

Psychology of Lingerie

Clothing affects us psychologically. What we wear alters our mood and influences how other people perceive usAccording to scientists, this phenomenon is called “Embodied Cognition which explores the symbolic meaning of clothing and the physical experience of wearing it.1 

In 2012, Adam Galinsky, professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, conducted a study on this subject and found that “We think not just with our brains but with our bodies… Clothing [not only] affects how other people perceive us and how we think about ourselves… it also affects our psychological processes.”2 In other words, wearing beautiful lingerie can literally put us into a different state of mind 

Which is why for those who have experienced injury, loss or change to crucial body parts, such as our breast(s), surgery can leave us feeling emotionally and psychologically depleted. Getting acquainted with our new shape, becoming familiar with limitations and accepting new normals in terms of strength and mobility all take time. It’s essential to be patient as we adjust to our new body and needs. 

Wearing the right kind of lingerie is one of the first steps to self-care. By slipping on something pretty that heightens our mood, or something soft that nurtures our skin and makes us feel comfortable, we are likely to find that our confidence and sense of self will slowly regain. 

"Fashion is about something that comes from within you."- Ralph Lauren