Babydoll lingerie is short nightgown, often designed with lace, ruffles, bows or ribbons, and most often with narrow straps. Sometimes they are made of sheer cloth like chiffon. It's said the name comes from the 1956 movie "Baby Doll".
A term for how a bra closes. Usually, a back closure bra has two rows of hook and eye closures including three positions for a snugger or easier fit. Full figure and strapless bras usually have three rows and three adjustments.
Used to describe a full body undergarment like a body stocking, they are sexy and visually stunning. The body is the perfect garment when worn by itself, without any other layers.
A bralette is usually less structured than other bras and comes in t-shirt sizing like small, medium and large, rather than bra sizing. Popular for lounging, sleeping or as an underpinning.
BRIEF / PANTIES
A brief is a panty with a waistband resting at or just below the bellybutton. It gives full back and side coverage. Available in hi-cut or low-cut version, which has a leg that sits higher up or lower down the leg area respectively.
A corset-like garment that goes from bust to hip, usually trimmed in lace. Depending on each item, they may have detachable garters, flexible boning, removable shoulder straps, and a lace-up feature or a hook and eye closure. The bustier is a garment to be worn under formal clothes.
This is the equivalent to a loose singlet. Usually made of a silk like fabric I believe these are usually worn beneath sheer blouses or simply to keep warm. Although, these days camisoles almost pass as outerwear depending on the style you purchase.
A full length bodystocking, like the variety worn by Catwoman. Generally long sleeved and made out of stretchy material so it fits snuggly.
The name given to the first type of undergarment ever worn by women. Designed to protect the skin from outer layers, today a chemise may be defined as a flowing gown or slip without sleeves and having an A-line shape. It is most often an underpinning or a sleepwear item.
These briefs sit on the hip, covering an amount between high rise and low rise briefs. They are all around flattering and are the go to for many women.
A woman's support undergarment that is boned for support. It is almost always hooked and laces up at the back. It can begin above or below the bust and extends down to the waist or even below the hips. You can also fine ones with garters attached at the base. A corset supports the breasts from underneath and gives them lift and support.
A light none wired bra that is a cross between a camisole shirt and a bra.
Whilst often used to mean the thickness of fabric, particularly in leg wear like tights, it is technically the weight of the fabric. Although this often translates to thickness, such as a 10 denier pair of tights being lightweight and see through whilst a 100 denier pair being woolly, it is not always the case. Thick of a sample square of cotton vs a square of denim. Although each is as thick as one another, the cotton is light and the denim is much heavier.
Elastane is another name for Spandex. Elastane/spandex trade names include Lycra and Dorlastan.
Fishnet is a type of hosiery which is made up of a small diamond shape knit.
A full cup bra covers most of the breast, offering both more coverage and support than a demi cup or half cup. A full cup bra won't cause a crease along the top of the breast.
FULLY ADJUSTABLE STRAP
This strap has no o-rings or such between the slider and the front strap's bottom. Thus, this strap style can fully adjust to become very short. A great choice for women who are petite.
Similar to a thong, a g-string leaves your bottom exposed, with a g-string is more revealing. It has no small triangle of fabric on the back. Instead, the back has a simple string coming off a thin waistband. Worn to stop panty lines under tight-fitting garments.
A Garter is a band worn around the top of the leg, common in bridal lingerie.
A belt worn around the waist with several to keep stockings in place. Also called a suspender belt.
A hook-and-eye or snap closure in the gusset. Usually seen on bodystockings.
Another name for a demi cup bra. A half cup means a contoured and underwired design with a portion of the upper half having been cut away to expose the upper part of the breasts. The shoulder straps are often set wider apart. Best worn when the top of a garment is cut lower, wider or in a square. Men find this style bra very attractive on women. This style has many names but shouldn't be confused with a balconette or shelf bra.
A bra style with straps that fasten on the back of the neck. This bra is ideal for backless dresses with a similar strap. This style is often convertible so you can wear it with a traditional shoulder strap.
Hold Ups are stockings that stay up without a suspender belt. Hold ups have silicone in the leg, which many women are allergic to, but they are more convenient than stockings.
This design feature creates an arched opening in the centre of the back or the front of a garment.
SOFT CUP BRA
A bra without any underwiring. It is called a soft cup or wire-free bra. Soft cup bras also great support, but are less restrictive. A soft cup bra is a great solution for a woman who cannot find a comfortable underwire bra she likes. When fitting yourself in a soft cup bra, the centre front may not completely sit flat on your sternum, but they will still fit well.
A synthetic material made from polyurethane. It's light, elastic, durable and non-absorbent to both water and oils. A great choice for people allergic to spandex. In Europe, spandex is called elastane.
Stockings are the traditional type of leg wear that are put on individually and attached to a suspender belt at the top. These can come in plain top or lace top, but shouldn't be confused with hold ups, which stay up by themselves with silicone.
A suspender belt is worn over your briefs either on the waist or on the hip. The suspender clips of the belt are what attaches and keeps up your stockings.
A camisole and panty in one piece. It can be fitted close to the body or loose. Is worn either under other clothing or as standalone sleepwear. A cute all-in-one, teddies are the perfect alternative to a chemise. Usually in silk or nylon it is also very suggestive.
A panty with a slender strip of fabric at the reverse that begins as a "v" shape at the waistband and then tapers to a narrow strip by further down. The cheeks of your bottom are entirely uncovered. This style of panties is great if you want no visible panty lines for semi sheer clothes.