Lingerie Lingo

Baby-doll: Short flirty night gown or camisole with matching panty. Short and sexy!

Gown: A longer bias cut garment which can be worn to lounge in or worn to bed.  The bias cut hugs the body sensuously and cut on the straight hangs softly and loosely.

Chemise: A short, sweet ‘number for slumber’. Can be cut on the bias or cut on the straight grain of the fabric.  Usually comes above the knee and can be worn under garments as a slip or worn to sleep in.

Pajama: A set, top and bottom often tailored like a man’s shirt but can also be trimmed in lace and appear quite feminine.

Peignoir: Long feminine robe, usually ankle length, made in an elaborate fabric, sheer fabric or silk charmeuse.  Usually describes a set with a matching gown.

Kimono: A robe modeled after a Japanese kimono with slit sleeves. It wraps around the body and is secured with a sash. Often made in a print or solid silk, paired with a chemise or gown.

Teddy: A fun and sexy piece! Combines a tap pant and camisole. Some have elastic waist others are very fitted.  They can be worn as undergarments or to lounge and sleep in.

Full slip: To be worn under sheer dresses to minimize transparency.  Often there is a cup detail with lace and lace on the hem.  It also prevents clinging and provides smoothness.

½ Slip: Same purpose as a full slip but it starts at the waist, like a skirt. The length can range from mid thigh to knee length and have lace slits or lace hem.

Camisole: A camisole is a sleeveless top which may have spaghetti straps or a built up strap for more coverage.  It can be worn as an undergarment, as a top under a suit, or with a tap pant to sleep in.

Tap Pant: Is a short usually paired with a camisole as a set.  This can be worn as an undergarment or to lounge or sleep in.  The tap pant originates from shorts worn by tap dancers in the 1930’s.


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