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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Waist Cincher 

Originally, a form fitting garment worn around the waist to help control and smooth your mid-section which often included garter straps to hold up stockings.  However, waist cinchers have become a trendy clothing fashion and come in many styles, colors and fabrics.

Waistnipper, Waist Nipper, Waist Shaper 

Originally, waist nippers offer firm control of the waist and stomach. Waist nippers, sometimes called waist cinchers, are boned garments that start under the bust and goes down to the waist or over the hips. It often laces up the back and the front may lace up, zip, buckle, or have a hook and eye closure and it worn under, over, or as clothing. As a foundation garment or shape wear, it is perfect for creating an hourglass figure under tight fitting clothing.
Walking Sheer,
Business Sheer,
Day sheer

All these terms are for stockings knit out of nylon greater than 15 Denier for a more durable wear while maintaining a near ultra sheer appearance. Normally 30-denier nylon thread is used in these stockings.

Welt The top portion of the stocking, were the garter is to be attached. This area is made with a heavier gauge of nylon, doubled over and finished closed.
Wet Look Term used to describe a fabric, usually Lycra or a Lycra blend with a smooth, extremely shiny surface.
Wicking A fabric's ability to pull moisture away from the skin, allowing it to evaporate in order to keep the person cool and dry.
Wide Away, Wide-Away A bra style with widely spaced shoulder straps to accommodate a boat neck or wide squared neckline.
Wings Side panels of a bra typically found in the larger or plus size cups that provide support in the bust area and under the arms.
Wool Fiber or fabric made from the fleece of sheep or lamb. Wool also refers to all animal hair fibers, including the hair of the Cashmere or Angora goat or the specialty hair fibers of the camel, alpaca, llama or vicuna.
Woven Fabric Fabrics composed of two sets of yarns. One set of yarns, the warp, runs along the length of the fabric. The other set of yarns, the fill or weft, is perpendicular to the warp. Weaving the warp and the fill yarns over and under holds woven fabrics together.
Wrap Around Elastic Band

In a bra with a wrap-around elastic band, the frame has an elastic band running completely around the bra, keeping it in place. It's commonly used in sports bras.

Wristlet A decorative, elastic band worn around the wrists.

Contact us at: Please let us know of any lingerie or clothing names, terms, and phrases that we have missed.  We also want any special laundry hints and your tricks for dealing with difficult stains.  We are trying to make this Lingerie Dictionary a complete as possible and your suggestions are always welcome.