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Lingerie Glossary

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Acyrlic
Any group of synthetic textile fibers made from a polymer containing at least 85 percent acrylonitrile monomer. Acrylic is soft and warm with a wool-like feel. It can be made to imitate other fibers, such as cotton.
 
Ankle Strap
A shoe that has a single strap or multiple straps that wraps around the ankle.

Anklet
A sock that reaches just above the ankle.



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Babydoll
A short, flared nightgown, nightie or negligee that often falls in length between the upper thigh and belly button.

Back-seam
A seam that runs vertically down the back center of the garment.

Balconette
Also known as a shelf bra, this bra is a more revealing version of the demi-bra and offers little to no coverage. The 'balcony shape' creates a dramatic lift and cleavage.

Ballet Flat
A light, round-toed shoe with a very flat heel or no heel at all, with a design similar to that of ballet slippers worn by dancers

Bandeau
A simple, elastic band of material that is worn across the breasts that provide minimal support or shaping and is suitable for small busts

Bodystocking
A sheer, tight-fitting one piece garment that covers the legs, torso and sometimes arms

Boning
The material used in a corset to give it a fitted, rigid structure. Today's corsets are often made with nylon or plastic boning but steel is used for higher quality corsets.

Brazillian Back
Panties that cover more of the cheeks than thongs, but less than traditional briefs. These panties have full coverage on the side and a low-rise fit.

Bustier
A close-fitting, sleeveless garment, resembling a structured bra on top and a corset on the bottom. Bustiers often contain light boning for structuring the waist.

Bustle
A gathering of material at the back of a skirt below the waist



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Camisole
A thin, sleeveless tight-fitting garment that resembles a tank top. Camisoles covers the top part of the body and can be worn with or without a bra.

Capri Pants
Tight-fitting pants with a tapered leg that ends somewhere below the knee and calf

Charmeuse
A lightweight, silky material woven with a satin weave that is lustruous, slinky and delicate.

Chemise
A short, loose-fitting, sleeveless gown that falls somewhere between mid-thigh and knee length.

Chiffon
A sheer, lightweight fabric made of silk, nylon or rayon.

Cotton
A white and fluffy fiber that grows around the seeds of cotton plants. The fiber is usually spun into yarn or threrad and used to make a number of soft, breathable textile products.

Crochet
The process of creating fabric by looping yarn, thread or other materials with a crochet hook..

Crotchless
Lingerie that has no material between the legs.

Cuban Heel
A stocking with a heel sewn into the backseam.



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Demi
A partial-cup bra that covers half to three-quarters of the breast, designed with a slight inward tilt to create an uplifted, cleavage enhancing shape.



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Embroidery
The process of creating ornamental designs upon fabric, cloth or other material with needlwork

Espadrille
A flat shoe with upper part made of canvas or cotton fabric and a sole made of a flexible material, such as rubber or rope

Eyelet
A small hole, usually round and finished along the edge, which is edged with embroidered stitches as part of a design



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Faux
Imitation; artificial; fake

Feather
One of the light, flat growths from the plumage or outercovering of birds consisting of closely arranged parallel barbs. Feathers can be used in apparel decor and trim.

Fishnet
Hoisery with a diamond shaped, open knit

French cut
A high-cut brief, extending a bit higher than normal panties

Fringe
A decorative border consisting of short, straight or twisted thread or cord hanging from a separate strip or a raveled edge



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Garter Belt
A flexible waistband with attached straps to hold up thigh high stockings.

Garter Dress/Slip
An undergarment with attached straps to hold up thigh high stockings.

Gartini
Thin strips of stretch fabric designed to wrap around legs in a wide criss-cross pattern.



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Hipster
A low-rise, mid-coverage panty that is a cross between a bikini and a brief with a waistband around the hips.



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Inseam
The inner seam of a garment that runs from the crotch down to the bottom of the leg in trousers or pants



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Keyhole
A teardrop shaped or rounded cutout that meets at the front or back of the neck, or below the collarbone, forming a "keyhole"

Kimono Sleeve
A wide, sloping sleeve cut in one piece as part of the bodice



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Lace
A netlike, delicate fabric with an open hole pattern made of threads by hand or machine

Latex
Skin-tight, wearable rubber that is used in clothing for its dramatic and shiny second-skin effect.

Lycra
A tyle of elastic, synthetic material used for tight-fitted garments



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Mary Jane
A close-toed, low-heeled shoe made of patent leather with one or more straps that are fastened across the instep.

Metallic
Fabric that possesses a quality associated with metal such as a shiny, reflective or iridescent luster and is made of yarn or fiber.

Microfiber
Extremely fine synthetic fiber that can be woven into textiles with enhanced washability, breathability and water repellancy.

Microkini
An extremely small and skimpy bikini desinged with just enough fabric to cover the genitals.

Micromesh
Material made from a very fine mesh with microscopic spacings.

Moccasin
A heelless shoe made of soft leather, with the sole brought up the sides of the foot and joined with a piece of u-shaped leather on the top of the foot.



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Nylon
A thermoplastic, silk-like material used in mechanical parts, clothing and stockings.



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Olefin
A synthetic fiber dervied from an alkene and is prized for its strength, colourfastness and comfort. Olefin is abrasion, sunlight, fire and stain resistant and is known to be very resilient.

Opaque
Non-transparent or translucent.

Opera hose
Very long stockings that are meant to be worn with short garters. These stockings were commonly worn in the 1950s and 1960s and are not seen as often today, due to the advent of pantyhose.

Organza
A lightweight, sheer fabric created by using nylon, polyester and silk or a blend of the three and is often used in tutus.

Oxford
A sturdy, low-soled shoe with laces.



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Patent Leather
Leather that has been given a high gloss finish.

Peau de soie
A soft, satin weave fabric made of silk or rayon with a dull luster.

Peek-a-boo
Lingerie that reveals more of the breast than the usual, often showing the nipple.

Peep-toe
A shoe with a small opening at the front of the shoe, which exposes a small part of the toes.

PET
Also known as Polyethylene terephtalate, PET is a transparent, opaque and white thermoplastic material. It is semi-crystalline and is known for its strength, stiffness and hardness.

Petticoat
A voluminous underskirt trimmed with ruffles, pleats or laces and is usually shorter than outer clothing.

Plastic
Any wide range of natural organic or synthetic materials that can be molded when first softened and then hardened. Due to their low cost, versatility and ease of manufacture, plastics are used in a variety of products.

Platform
Shoes with extremely thick soles, often made of cork, plastic, rubber or wood, which raises the height of the wearer significantly.

Polyamide
The generic name for all long-chain, fiber-forming polyamides. Also known as nylon, polyamides are formed into fibers, which are used for yarns and a variety of other applications. They are prized for their high heat resistance, toughness and dimensional stability.

Polyester
A synthetic fabric made from petroleum. High durable, chemical resistant and abrasion resistant, polyester is prized for its ease of care and high color retention and is used to make a wide variety of clothing.

Polyurethane
A thermoplastic polymer containing the group NHCOO, used for padding and insulation in clothing and furniture.

Pump
A high-heeled shoe with a closed back and a low-cut front that hits closer to the toes than to the top of the foot. A classic pump does not contain any laces, buckles or straps.

PVC
Also known as Polyvinyl chloride, PVC is a widely used thermoplastic used in clothing and uphosltery. PVC fabric has a sheen to it and is used to simulate leather, latex and rubber.



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Racer-back
Lingerie designed with shoulder straps that form a V-shape or T-shape between the shoulder blades. This lingerie is good for outerwear that would expose the bra straps and are also commonly used in sports bras.

Rayon
A soft, silk-like fabric with a natural draping ability. Rayon is known to be very durable and used in making clothing, thread and other household goods.

Replica
An exact or close copy or reproduction.

Ruffle
A strip of fabric that is closely pleated or gathered along one edge and is used as trimming on clothing.



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Satin
A smooth, glossy and sleek fabric, made of silk or rayon, with a dull back.

Scallop
A series of curved projections or circlular segments cut into material, forming an ornamental edging resembling the edge of a scallop shell.

Seamless
A garment that has no seams.

Sheer
Fine, transparent and thin.

Silicone
Polymers containing alternate silicon and oxygen atoms, that are heat-resistant, water-repellent and rubber-like. Silicone is used in a variety of forms and uses such as adhesives, lubricants, cosmetics, etc.

Sling-back
A shoe that is backless with a strap that wraps around the back of the heel or ankle.

Spandex
A synthetic fiber made from a polyurethane fibre and is known is for its use in stretchy, elastic clothing.

Spandex Mesh
A stretchy mesh fabric which is smooth, elastic and see-through.

Steel-toe
A durable shoe or boot that contains positive reinforment in the toe area which offers extra protection for the foot from falling objects.

Stiletto
A long, thin high heel found on women's shoes which is thinner than a spike heel.

Suede
A type of leather with a napped, fuzzy surface commonly used in apparel, upholstery and accessories.

Sweetheart Neckline
A neckline on women's clothing with a high back and low-cut front that contains two curved edges, resembling the top of a heart-shape.



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Tanga
A type of panty that has a narrower back coverage than a traditional bikini panty but is not as narrow as a thong.

Teddies
A single-piece garment that combines a camisole top and panty and is made out of light, delicate fabrics.

Teddiette
A teddy with garters attached for holding up thigh high stockings.

Torsette
Shapewear that is worn to eliminate backfat spillage when wearing a bra in the upper back and areas below to the shoulder blades. It is worn around the front of the torso below the bust to the hips, also providing control of the midriff and stomach.

T-Strap
A shoe that is fastened with a T-shaped strap with one strap wrapping horizontally around the ankle and the other strap attached in the middle going vertically down the ankle.

Tulle
A fine, lightweight netting material made of various fibres such as silk, nylon or rayon and is often used for veils, dresses or tutus.

Tutu
A short, stiff and voluminous skirt made of several layers of tarlatan or tulle and was typically worn by female ballet dancers.



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U-Plunge Bra
A bra that is designed with angled cups and an open and lowered U-shaped center, allowing for increased and lower cleavage.



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Vinyl
A synthetic resin or plastic containing polyvinyl chloride or a related polymer used to create vinyl fabric.

Viscose
A manufactured cellulose fiber, also known as rayon, utilized in apparel, industrial products and furnishing.



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Waist Cincher
A belt worn around the waist to create the illusion of it appearing smaller.

Wedge
Shoes with a built-in wedge or triangular wedge-like piece, usually made of rubber, which serves as both the sole and heel.

Woven
Cloth formed by weaving or interlacing threads, yards, strips, etc. to form a fabric.


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