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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Padded Bra

Type of bra with padded fiberfill cups. Padding is designed to add size and definition for a well-proportioned look to smaller bust lines.

Pajama, Pajamas Loose-fitting sleepwear or nightclothes worn for sleeping or lounging.
Panne΄ A fabric similar to velvet that has been flattened to achieve the desired look.
Panne΄ Velvet Velvet that has been flattened in one direction.
Pantliner, Pant Liner A pant liner is any undergarment that begins at the waist and extends down past the mid-calf. A pant liner can be pantaloon-like and worn as a slip for unlined pants, or it can be form fitting to slim and smooth the legs. Can also be called an under liner. Now many pants are constructed with a lining, especially if the pants are made of wool.
Panty Styles, Panty Types

The main panty styles are:

Bikini: Top of the panty is below the waist.

Boy Shorts: Style similar in shape to boy's underwear

Briefs: Top of the panty is at the waist.

French Cut: Leg opening extends higher than normal.

G-String: The rear panel is very small, usually smaller than a thong and may be nothing more that a thing strip of elastic.

String Bikini: A narrow strip of fabric or elastic joints the front and rear panels. Also called “string side”

Tap Pants: Shorts with loose fitting legs, generally rides higher on the sides.

Thong: Minimal coverage on the rear, usually a string or narrow band of material or elastic.

Panty A general term for women's underwear. Panties come in a variety of styles.


Nylon, silk or other material that stretches to fit next to skin and covers legs from hip to toe, or with open foot.
Patent Leather, PVC

Real or synthetic leather with a smooth, shiny surface on one side.

Peek-a-boo cups

Cups with a slit or other opening that partially exposes the breasts or nipples.
Peignoir, Peignoir Set A dressing gown made of very thin, often sheer, material which usually comes with a matching robe.  A negligee or dressing gown.  A peignoir or peignoir set is often associated with lingerie purchased for a bridal trousseau.
Petticoat An underskirt, often with fancy edging, intended to add more visual interest or fullness to a dress, skirt or costume.  May be short, mid-length, or full length.
Petite Figure Bra A petite figure bra is a type of bra designed for women with smaller breasts.  These bras are usually made of lightweight stretchy material.
Pima Cotton A very strong, yet very smooth and soft, high-grade cotton of medium staple developed from selected Egyptian cottons.
Piping A twisted cord covered with a biased-cut fabric that is sewn into seams or garment edges as decoration.
Polka Dot A fabric pattern with evenly spaced dots of a contrasting color spaced throughout. 
Polyester Synthetic, man-made fabric with great ability to stretch and resist wrinkling.

A wrinkle resistant synthetic fabric.

Plunge Bra

A plunge bra is designed to expose more of the breast for a sexier look. Plunge bras create the appearance of increased cleavage because of their deep (plunging) front, angled cups and thin center gore. Plunge bras differ from push-up bras in that they are not heavily padded.

Plunge, Plunging Any type of dress, top or bodice with a deep cut front or back designed specifically to show more cleavage or back.
Plus Size An extra long or "oversize" clothing size.  Plus size clothing generally begins at about size 14 to size 16 and goes up.
Pouch The fabric triangle creating the cup area in a man's thong or g-string.
Princess Line A dress, coat, or blouse made of several pieces contoured to fit the body.

Princess Seams

Visible seams that resemble an hourglass shape for a figure flattering look.
Pull-On Bra, Pull On Bra Type of bra made in a stretchy material and is designed to pull on.  This type of bra does not have of hook and eye closures.
Push-Up Bra, Push Up Bra

A push up bra uses padding and wires to push the breasts up, enhancing the cleavage, making the breasts look larger and fuller.

Push-up Cups, Push Up Cups Push up cups contain padding that is sometimes removable.  These cups are designed to push the breasts up to make the breasts look fuller, larger and to create a more flattering cleavage.




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