After watching the video on panties over at The Top Drawer blog, and reading pantymaven's comments, I thought I'd touch on the subject of panties and swimsuits and why they are different. If you think of them in a logical manner a bikini and a bra and panty are one in the same. Of course there are some differences, such as the swimsuit is usually much thicker to mask the features underneath, but the basic shape and cut of material is the same.
I think any person, man or woman, would agree that bra and panties is more intimate than a bikini. I bet if a woman walked down the beach in her bra and panties, everyone would be looking, but the same person in a bikini might not get a second glance. Perhaps it's a pavlovian reaction to bra and panties, one ingrained in our societal psyche, after all, the last layers of clothing removed are the bra and panties before most sexual experiences. Maybe it's the materials used in panties that makes them more sensual. Lace, satin, nylon, all smooth and soft to the touch, very delicate in appearance. Swimsuits are built tougher to withstand physical exertion.
I've heard many times how women get a thrill out of wearing sexy lingerie to work. No one will see it, but they themselves knowing they have a secret is somehow empowering and exciting. I don't think I'd be going too far out on a limb here if I guessed that most guys will have a positive reaction to seeing their women in a sexy set of lingerie. Men and women do in fact think very differently however. I remember quite well an incident where I had purchased a sexy set of bra and panties for a girlfriend. We had been together for a while and were intimate physically, and I had expressed verbally many times how sexy I thought she was (this was not a lie either). To my surprise, she was less than thrilled by my gift. I figured it out because she hardly wore them unless I asked. We talked about it, and she told me that she didn't feel sexy wearing it, that the lingerie didn't look right on her. I thought differently, as what I saw was an enhancement of her sexy body, I was totally turned on. Her reaction was a reflection of how deeply personal the selection of intimate apparel is to a woman. This girl wasn't a prude either. She must have suspected my panty fetish, as she would frequently thrill me by buying new panties and modeling them for me.
I think that most people have strong sexual feelings about lingerie. Victoria's Secret wouldn't be doing so well if not! Ladies, if you're reading this, don't be shy about giving a guy you like your panties. I think any hetero guy would at the very least feel complimented by the gesture.