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Our Lingerie Glossary

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Common terms and definitions about lingerie.

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Babydoll - A short, loose-fitting nightgown or negligee often adorned with lace, bows, and ribbons.


A soft, lightweight bra without underwire or molded cups, often more decorative than supportive.


A form-fitting, sleeveless lingerie dress, typically made of lightweight fabric like silk or satin.


A tight-fitting, structured undergarment designed to shape and support the torso.

Garter Belt

A belt worn around the waist with attached garters to hold up stockings.


A sheer, delicate, and often lacy nightgown or robe worn for lounging or intimate occasions.

Push-up Bra

A bra designed to lift and enhance the cleavage, often featuring padding and underwire.


Hosiery that covers the legs and thighs, typically held up by a garter belt or elasticized band.


A one-piece lingerie garment that combines a camisole or bodice with panties, usually made of lace or silk.


Underwear with a narrow strip of fabric in the back, leaving the buttocks mostly exposed.

The Small Print


  • A Cup Bra:
  • Adhesive Bra: Sticks directly to the skin, offering minimal coverage.
  • B Cup Bra: 
  • Balconette Bra: A bra with a horizontal cut that creates a lifting effect.
  • C Cup Bra
  • Convertible Bra: Features straps that can be rearranged or removed.
  • D-DD+ Bra: Definition here —  DD+ Bras here
  • Demi-Cup Bra: Covers half of the breast, creating a push-up effect.
  • Full-Coverage Bra: Offers complete coverage of the breast.
  • Plunge Bra: Designed with a deep V-neckline for wear with low-cut tops.
  • T-Shirt Bra: Seamless and smooth for invisibility under tight clothing.
  • Underwire Bra: Has a wire under the cup for added support.
  • Wireless Bra: Lacks underwire, offering a more natural and comfortable fit.
  • Sports Bra: Provides support during physical activities.
  • Strapless Bra: Designed without shoulder straps, ideal for bare-shoulder outfits.
  • Nursing Bra: Designed for breastfeeding, with cups that can be opened.
  • No Wire Bra: 
  • Minimizer Bra: Reduces the projection of the wearer’s bust.
  • Racerback Bra: Straps that come together between the shoulders.
  • Maternity Bra: Designed to accommodate growing breasts during pregnancy.
  • Sexy Bras:
  • Side Support Bras:
  • Bridal Bras:


  • Briefs: Traditional, offer full coverage.
  • Cheeky:
  • Hipsters: Sit on the hips with low-cut leg holes.
  • Bikini: Moderate coverage with a lower rise than briefs.
  • G-String: Similar to a thong but with even less rear coverage.
  • High-waisted: Extends above the waist, providing a smooth silhouette.
  • Seamless: Made without seams to be invisible under tight clothing.
  • Sheer Panties: 
  • Mesh Panties


  • Camisole: A loose-fitting sleeveless undergarment that covers the top part of the body.
  • Garter Belt: Worn around the waist to hold up stockings.
  • Stockings: Close-fitting, variously elastic garments covering the leg from the foot up to the knee or part or all of the thigh.
  • Hosiery: General term for tight-fitting garments worn on the legs and/or feet.
  • Robe: A loose-fitting outer garment, typically worn over pajamas or lingerie.
  • Peignoir: A long outer garment for women that is frequently sheer and made of chiffon or another translucent fabric.
  • Basque: A close-fitting bodice that extends to the waist or hips.
  • Tanga: A type of panty featuring full back coverage, but with the waistband reduced to a narrow strip at the sides.
  • Lounge Bra: A bra meant for ultimate comfort, offering light support.
  • Bodice: A form-fitting garment that covers the body from the neck to the waist.
  • Bodysuit: A one-piece form-fitting garment that covers the torso and the crotch.
  • Slip: A garment worn beneath dresses or skirts to help them hang smoothly.