Lingerie has come a long way, from being a story that should be kept hidden, to a brazen statement of freedom and progress. And the purchase of lingerie has gone through a sea of change, too. Gone are the days when women were conscious in revealing their body. Today’s women have embraced their feminine power. They want their curves enhanced in such a way that it makes them look more attractive and comfortable at the same time. Our new collection is more colourful and sexy at the same time. Women can add more zing and vibrancy to their attire with this new lingerie collection.”
The lingerie market is witnessing trends in terms of fabric design, finish application, introduction of wider colour choices and fitting. These factors have led to innovation oriented growth in the segment. Women’s lingerie segment is varying vast as it comprises of various product categories like – bras, camisoles, panties, tees, nighties, shorts, etc. Bras and panties contribute 85 per cent of the total women’s lingerie segment. In 2015, this segment was estimated to be worth Rs 14,389 crore and is expected to reach Rs 28,941 crores by 2020.
“With the growing online ecosystem in the country, the prospects for lingerie market are also changing at a rapid pace. Today, a wide range of international and private labels are available on a single platformas lingerie has become an integral part of a woman's attire. It makes a woman look good and provides the oomph factor to her gracious figure and creating confidence in her. Lingerie today has become a staple and has quietly slipped out of the extravagance bracket into becoming a necessity. Some time ago, selling lingerie for Rs 1,000 was a big task whereas now, consumers are ready to accept even Rs, 4500 as a price point. Increasing awareness about right quality and the importance of lingerie along with the western influence and the influx of more and more luxury brands has added to this. In-fact according to Technavio’s report the online lingerie market in India to grow at a CAGR of 42.32% over the period 2014-2019 and new colours, designs and cuts will rule the roost in coming years.”, said Rosmin Kunnathothathil, Co – Founder of The Lingerie Store (tlslingerie.com).
Shopping for lingerie can be very annoying in India, says Vanita Sharma, a 32-year-old Mumbai resident. Besides the lack of good brands, not many standalone shops sell lingerie. The few which do don’t have a wide range. There are very few stores in metros and practically none in smaller towns which cater to this need. This has got more women searching for products online. “There is less inhibition in buying intimate wear online. Women are also becoming aware that the right lingerie makes a dress look great. Not only women, online aggregators are also providing a great help to the men. Most men hesitate to enter a lingerie store, but online, men are emerging as significant buyers of women's undergarments thanks to the anonymity it provides. As per online lingerie platforms, around 25% of its buyers on average are men. The figure touches almost 40% during the November to February period -- the wedding season in many parts of the country, and hence also the wedding anniversary season.
Mr Chandan Sengupta is the author of the book titled“Unforeseen: A Battle for His Daughter’s Life". Mr Sengupta completed his schooling in the steel township of Bhilai in 1979 and subsequently earned a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering in 1983 from Jadavpur University in Kolkata. Mr Sengupta has won numerous accolades, including the 1st prize in creative writing for an article Bahrain and its people that was published in the coffee table book “Best of Bahrain” in 2012. His first book titled “Land of Two Seas” was published in 2015 and is a fictional story woven around about a daring Italian air raid to bomb an oil refinery in Bahrain. “Land of 2 Seas” is set during World War 2 and is very popular in Bahrain.