The Clothing, Lingerie and Apparel Dictionary

Clothing: a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Lingerie: women's underwear, nightclothes, and intimate apparel

Apparel: Clothing, especially outer garments or attire

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Décolletage A low neckline on a woman's garment.  This term is also used interchangeably with “cleavage”.
Décolleté A bra style with a very low-cut front panel to create a dramatic cleavage-enhancing look.  See Demi Cup Bra.
Demi Bra, Demi Cup Bra Low-cut bra designed to enhance the cleavage. A demi cup (or demi) style bra means a contoured bra with under wire design that has a large portion of the upper half of the cup removed to expose the upper part of the breasts. The shoulder straps are also set farther apart or wide –set to expose as much of the chest and upper breasts without exposing the nipple. Such bras are often referred to as being décolleté‚ and are usually worn with low cut clothing or if the bodice is cut low, wide or square. Many find this style bra very attractive.  Demi Bras are also called balconette or a shelf bra.
Demi Cups The fabric triangle of the bra that covers the breast, designed as a half cup, the demi cup usually runs straight across the breast just above the nipple and has a low center front.  Also called "half cup".
Demi Cup Bra A bra that reveals the upper portion of the breasts and may also expose the nipple while giving good support. Also known as Shelf Cups.
Demi Toe The toe of a piece of hosiery is reinforced using a heavier gauge (number of rows of thread/area) of nylon, creating a more durable area.
Denier This is the thickness of one thread of nylon used in making hosiery. The lower the number in denier, the lighter and finer the yarn, and thus the sheerer the stocking. 15-denier fabric is very thin and transparent.  A hair from the average human head is about 50 Denier.
Dot Net, Dotted Mesh Sheer net fabric decorated with evenly spaced opaque dots.
Dot Swiss, Dotted Swiss Evenly spaced raised dots on fabric, may or may not be a sheer material.
Drawstring Waist A waistband designed with a fabric cord that can be pulled to adjust to an individual's own waist size.

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