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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Elaborate Something that is very detailed and decorative as in "an elaborate lace pattern", or the jeans were elaborately decorated with rhinestones and lace. 
Elastane A fabric designed to add stretch to clothing and lingerie.  Elastane is often used as a component in making stretch jeans and other types of clothing that is designed to be stretchy but holds it's shape.
Elastic A band of rubber or latex that has the ability to stretch and then return to it's original size. Often used in the waistbands of pants, underwear, the ends of sleeves.
Elegant Of seemingly effortless beauty or refined and tasteful in appearance, suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

Material that is embellished with a raised pattern created by pressure or embroidery such as "brocaded silk", "embossed satin", "embossed leather", "raised needlework" etc.

Embellished Material or clothing that has been decorated, sometimes quite heavily, with appliqués, rhinestones, buckles, buttons, bows, embroidery, fabric paint or other decorations that have either been bonded to or sewn on to the fabric or clothing.
Embroidery Decorative designs on fabric, made from needlework by hand or by machines.  Hand embroidered items are generally more expensive due to the time spent doing the embroidery.
Epaulet An ornamental strip of fabric on the shoulder.  These can range from a simple piece of fabric to the elaborate fringed epaulets often seen on military uniforms.
Evening Sheer,
Ultra Sheer
A stocking that is very sheer and delicate, normally utilizing 15 or less Denier nylon thread.
Evening Wear, Eveningwear Men's or women's clothing to wear on formal occasions in the evening.  Also called formalwear, evening dress, evening clothes.
Eyelash Lace Lace garment with strands at the edges that resemble eyelashes.
Eyelet Round metal rings used for lacing or decoration.  Although these are used widely for other purposes, think about the metal reinforced holes on your tennis shoes.
Eyelet Lace, Eyelet Trim Eyelet trim is defined as a fabric that has holes punched in it, and stitching (embroidery) is applied to create a design. It is available in several widths, ruffled or flat.  It may be single sided or double sided.  It most often is seen in white, off white, or beige.  Eyelet lace can have either a mono-chromatic, or "one color" look, where the stitching thread is in the same color as the background fabric or in a contrasting, colored thread to make a more decorative pattern.

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