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Lingerie Terms

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Babydoll: A Spaghetti strapped bra or top that is surrounded by sheer material. The top is usually accompanied by panties.

Body Stocking: A fitted body suit that is made out of nylon.

Boning: The firm inner wire that serves aesthetic purposes or support.

Boy Short: Underwear that reasemble men's underwear or very small shorts.

Bra: a article of clothing that is meant to support the breasts. The bra replaced the corset in the early 1900's.

Bustier: A fitted top that is usually worn with garter belts

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C

Cami: a undergarment for women that can be worn under a suit jacket

Camisole: This is a loose fitting top that covers the top half of the body. It can be worn as a undergarment or as a shirt under a suit jacket.

Chenille: Either can be found in yarn form or fabric but is made out of cotton, silk, rayon, or soft wool. The material itself Is made from the pile that is placed between two core yarns.

Charmeuse: a soft fabric resembling silk.

Chemise: A dress that hangs down from the shoulders which gives the figure a congruent shape.

Chiffon: a light sheer fabric usually made out of silk

Chopper Bar: a piece of lace structured on an outfit.

Cincher: a top that constricts and structures the waist.

Corset: A shirt that is form fitting to mold the body into a desired shape. This was the precursor to the bra.

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D

Demi Bra or Demi Cup: A bra that is cut just above the nipple region. This type of bra is known as a half bra and is made to be worn under low cut shirts.

Denier: the Unit that describes how thick the silk, nylon, or rayon yarn is.

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F

Faux: Not Real, Fake.

Feather: often used for decoration on lingerie

Fishnet: A mesh like fabric usually found in stockings or shirts.

French Net: A meshed material that is knotted together at certain intervals.

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G

G-String: Women's underwear that has a string in the back.

Garterbelt: A belt that goes around the waste that is used to support stockings.

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H

Hosiery: Is the term that refers to stockings that are worn on the legs and feet.

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J

Jacquard: a fabric with integrated varied pattern

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K

Kimono: A long robe traditionally with wide sleeves and worn with a broad sash.

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L

Lame: Various fibers sometimes intertwined with tinsel filing threads.

Lurex: Metallic Yarn or thread that is trademarked.

Lycra: A stretchy synthetic fiber used for making body clinching outfits.

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M

Marabou: A soft feathery material used to trim clothing or undergarments.

Mesh: A material with even spaces.

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N

Netting: A meshed fabric that resembles a net, which is used to encase.

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P

Padded Push-Up: This type of bra is intended to give extra cleavage through the extra padding inside the bra.

Panties: Undergarments that are known as underwear that are usually tight fitting for women.

Patent Leather: A leather material with a glossy finish

Peignoir: A shapeless fitting gown.

Penne Velvet: Heavy silk or rayon satin with a high waxy finish.

Poly: A polymerized plastic which can be integrated into clothing or used in fabrics.

Princess Line Seaming: The inside piece of cloth hemmed inside of a skirt usually designed to be close fitting.

Push Up Bra: This bra is designed to give cleavage by extra padding at the bottom of the cups of the bra.

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R

Regency: Resembling in style to the Period 1811-20 in reference to George IV's Regency to the Prince of Wales.

Ribbed: Vertical lines inside of a garment sometimes filled with boning to give a more structured look.

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S

Sarong: A large piece of fabric used to tie around the waist while wearing a bathing suit.

Satinella: A fabric that is considered faux silk because of its silk-like characteristics.

Shelf Bra: This bra is cut shape wise straight cross and is just covering the nipple. The bra is structured through under wire to give a upward lift to the breasts.

Sling: Straps on each side of the material.

Spandex: Stretchy fabric that is added to clothing to give comfort.

Surplice: Loose fitting

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T

Tap Pants: The female boxer short usually known as pajama shorts.

Teddiette: A strapless body suit worn with garter belt and stockings.

Teddy: A One piece bathing suit garment with no garters.

Thong: Similar to the g-string this type of underwear has band of fabric in the back.

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U

Underwire: A wire that is place underneath the cups of the bra for added support.

Underwire Bra: The underwire is there to create structure and extra needed support.

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