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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Faux Fur, Fake Fur, Fun Fur Man made fur.  This is not taken from animals so it is animal friendly and vegan friendly. This fabric can exactly imitate true animal fur or come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures.  Also called “fake fur” and “fun fur”.  Quality faux fur can be hard to distinguish from the real thing and offers an animal friendly fur alternative.
Faux Leather Man made imitation leather.  This is not taken from animals so it is animal friendly and vegan friendly. Quality faux leather can be hard to distinguish from the real thing and offers an animal friendly leather alternative, however, inexpensive faux leather can look like plastic.  Also referred to as PU, short for polyurethane.
Faux Pearls Man made imitation pearls
Fence Net A large, thin open net fabric often used in hosiery, bodysuits, and bodystockings.  The size of the openings in the net can range from fairly small to quite large.  Think "chain link fence".
Fingerless Gloves, Glovettes Gloves that have no fingers, but instead usually have a loop through which a finger is inserted to hold the gloves in place.
Fishnet An open mesh fabric that has the appearance of netting and is often used to make stockings, hosiery, bodysuits, body stockings and other clothing.
Fit and Flair A dress style characterized by a form-fitting bodice with a skirt which flairs out towards the hemline, often with pleats or folds.
Foam Cup, Foam Cup Bra The padding in the cup of the bra is made of sturdy foam.  Foam padding does not bunch during washing and will give a smooth look to the cup.
Foundations, Foundation Garment An old term for shape wear, this term refers to a woman's supporting undergarment, such as a corset or girdle worn to give shape to the contours of the body.  Restrictive and uncomfortable in the past, today's shape wear fits and feels like a second skin and smoothing and creating curves or helping hide figure flaws.
Flat Lock Seams Seams that are sewn flat for less bulk and less abrasion against the skin.
Flocked Design or pattern on fabric that is not actually part of the fabric but bonded to the surface
Flocking Fabric decoration made from very short velvety fiber.  See Flocked
Flutter A panty that has elastic at the waist and is loose on the bottom and legs.

An opening in the front of shorts or pants that can be closed with a zipper, buttons or Velcro.  Sometimes it might just be an overlapping flap.

Fly Front An opening in the front of underwear, pants, and shorts that can be closed with a zipper, buttons or Velcro. A mock fly front looks like it has real a fly front but is actually closed.
Foot Socks, Footies Hosiery with a top that does not rise above the ankle. Also known as "footies".
Frame The frame of a bra holds the cups and sides together, and runs from the center of the bra, around the cups, and around to the sides.
French Cut Pantyhose Pantyhose with a decorative panty sewn in.
French Cut Panties Women's underpants, cut higher on the outer thigh
French Heel Stockings, French Heeled Stockings Back-seamed stockings with a reinforced heel section that reaches to the toes. This reinforced portion is generally made of a contrasting color or fabric and is thought to appeal to many foot fetishists. The difference between these stockings and Cuban heeled stockings is that the French heeled portion tapers off to a point at the top (where it meets the back seam).
French Net Very coarse, six sided open mesh fabric.
Fringe A decoration or decorative trim consisting of a row of hanging threads or strips usually at the hemline or bodice.
Frog Closure A type of closure, often seen in oriental designs, consisting of a fancy knot that is inserted into a closed loop.
Front Close, Front Close Bra, Front Closure A type of bra closure that is usually hook, barrel or clasp that rests between the breasts in the center front. A bra that closes in the center front with either a plastic barrel closure or a hook and eye closure. This bra is a good style for plunging or v-necklines.
Full Brief A panty style with a waistband that rests at the natural waist and has full bottom coverage with a low cut leg line.
Full Cup Coverage Bra A bra with the fabric cup covering the entire breast. A full cup bra completely covers most of the breast, giving more coverage and more support. A full cup bra will not cause a crease or indentation along the top of the breast.
Full Fashion Stocking material is knitted flat in sheets, cut to the correct size and a seam up the back connects the two sides.  As a result of decreasing stitches over the calf to make the hose narrower in the ankle, small "fashion markings" or loops are visible running parallel to either side of the seam.
Full-Figure, Full Figure Women who wear bras sizes 32-36DD and 38-42C-DD and larger are classified as full figure women. Bras made in these sizes are usually designed to give additional support. Common features include padding, wider shoulder straps and triple hook and eye closures
Full-Figured Bra, Full Figure Bra

Womens bra designed for bra sizes 32-42C, D, DD, or larger and covers a larger area than average bras. A heavier fabric is used to provide additional support; the straps are wider and sometimes padded for extra comfort.

Full-Support Bra, Full Support Bra Type of bra that usually has an under wire or plastic boning holding them up. They can be worn by women of any breast size, and are specially suited for those with larger cup sizes. These bras offer a shapely cut and are built more like bikini tops than underwear. These also come in padded or unpadded version and are flattering on any figure type
Fully-Padded Bra, Padded Bra A fully padded bra is designed to give a smooth, seamless look and uses fiberfill or foam to enhance the size of small breasts by up to a full size.




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