Lingerie Glossary

Don't know your chemise from your cami? This glossary will help you with some lingerie lingo to help you decide what is most suitable for the woman in your life.   If you need more assistance, please don't hesitate to ask for help instore, or ring your nearest store for advice.

 

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Babydoll
Bandeau
Bikini Panties
Camisole
Chemise
Corset/Bustier
  French Cut Panties
French Knickers
Garterbelt/Suspender Belt
G-String/Thong
Peignoir
Shelf/Balconette Bra
  Stockings & Pantyhose
Teddy
Triangle Bra
Underwire
Waist Cincher

 



Babydoll

Very popular choice of lingerie that is flattering on all body types. A short nightgown style with straps that flares out from under the bust. Often comes with a matching panty.
Babydoll
   

Bandeau

A bandeau is like a tube top. It is a strapless, wide band of fabric that is worn around the bust. They give no support, so are better suited to smaller breasted women.
Bandeau
   




Bikini Panties

One of the most popular panty styles with a waistband that rests below the belly button. The sides vary in thickness from just a string (string bikini as pictured) to a fuller cut. The rear coverage on a bikini is moderate.
Bikini
   

Camisole

A sleeveless short top that is usually worn under the clothes. Some may come with built in bras (as shown in the image below) or may be more like a short, strappy singlet.
Camisole
   




Chemise

A short dress style used as a undergarment. Similiar to a babydoll, except that it is more straight cut and fitting, rather than the more free flowing babydoll.
Chemise
   

Corset & Bustier

English corsets are designed with strong boning to physically constrain and alter the contour of a woman's shape by dramatically pulling in the waist and uplifting the breasts. Fashion corsets/bustiers are more ornamental rather than a body contouring garment.
Corset
   




French Cut Panties

French cut panties are women's briefs with high-cut legs. This gives the appearance of longer, leaner legs.
French Cut Panties
   

 French Knickers

Very flattering, fuller style knickers for an elegant and glamorous look. Suits most body shapes.
French Knickers
   




 Garterbelt

A garterbelt/suspender belt is a lingerie strap worn around the waist underneath the clothing with four clips (two at front and two at back) to hold stockings up.
Garterbelt/Suspender Belt
   

 G-String & Thong

The famous G-string and Thong which has minimal coverage at the back of the pant which eliminates the panty line. G-string's have slightly wider backs than thongs. Women either love them or hate them!
G-string
   




Peignoir

Gown and matching robe set. Very elegant and glamorous and suits most body types.
Peignoir
   

Shelf Bra

Sometimes also called a Balcony or Balconette bra. An underwire bra with only half a cup (front). This bra offers support, but doesn't cover the nipple. (Demi bra is similiar, but does cover the nipple).
Shelf Bra
   




 Stockings & Pantihose

Stockings are two pieces (legs) that need suspenders to stay up - (either from a suspender belt or knickers/top with suspenders attached). Thigh Hi's and Stay Up stockings have an elasticised top and they do not require suspenders. Pantyhose are a one piece that comes to the waist.
Stay Ups
   

 Teddy

Another popular choice of lingerie, these are one piece short bodysuits - a bit like swimsuits. Generally they are quite light and the bra cups may or may not be underwired.
Teddy
   




 Triangle Bra

Made for petite to average breasted figures, these bras have triangle-shaped cups and thin straps. Triangle bras rarely have underwires, so therefore offer no support or shape.
Triangle Bra
   

Underwire

Underwire in the cup area of a bra (or top) is especially suited for larger breasted women or for women wanting to lift their breasts higher. They offer more support and shape than non-underwire bras.
Underwire in cups
   




 Waist Cincher

Waist cinchers are similiar to cropped corsets as they pull in the waist. They do not cover the breasts, and varying styles can be worn as either outer or underwear.
Waist Cincher