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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Guide to Sexy Types of Lingerie

To spice up your love life, wearing sexy lingerie can make things interesting. Your partner may have their own perceptions of what they find appealing, so you use your best judgment on what you choose for those intimate moments.

Baby Doll

This cute little number is usually a short gown with a built in, bra-like cups with a loose flowing skirt. The baby doll could be made of silk, nylon or a sheer material, depending on your preference.

Garter Belt

Not to be worn with pants!! The garter belt is worn directly on the skin around the waist. Sexy stockings or thigh-highs can be attached to the belt with the 4 to 8 straps that dangle from this exotic item. Complement this exotic, erotic lingerie look, by wearing a sexy matching bra (or not!!).


A teddy is similar to bodysuits or one-piece swimsuits, but are often sold in lace of all colors. They're often very low-cut and sometimes have a thong back. The cups aren't usually lined but sometimes have under wire for support.


A bustier is a sexy strapless bra that goes down to the waist with garter straps attached. It is made with a silk or other kind of shiny material. The look is exotic, and can be worn with or without panties. Depending on the style and fabric, bustiers also make a great sexy top that look fantastic with skirts, pants, shorts, or even jeans.


This is a short top that has a length that goes to the waist. It can be worn like a slip underneath a wool sweater, beneath an open jacket, or just as it is with a pair of matching panties.


One of the most common gowns, it is a straight cut that falls just above the knee. It has thin, spaghetti-like straps that are sometimes adjustable. Most chemise are made with a silky type of material

Thongs and G-String Panties

Thongs are panties that only cover the front and leave your bottom exposed, covered only by a thin strip of material. G-Strings are similar, except there is only a thin, stretchable string covering your backside.


Tight fitting and made of a stiff material, a corset cinches the waist and lifts up breasts. It is held in place by adjustable lacing in the back. Sometimes garter straps are attached to the bottom as an added feature.


A peignoir is a long gown with a length that reaches the ankles. These types of gowns usually come with a matching robe.


Everyday Lingerie


Bras are a woman’s most common piece of lingerie. They give our breasts support and enhance our appearance.

Types of bras are:

Push up Bra

Even the smallest breasts can be enhanced with this bra. They add breast size with added padding inside the cups (which can be removed), giving the appearance of more voluptuous cleavage.

Demi-Cup or Shelf Bras

This supportive bra covers only the bottom portion of the breasts and exposes the nipple. Great for low cut tops.

Under Wire Bra

Especially suitable for larger breasted women, it is a supportive bra with a slim wire sewn into the bottom portion of the cups for added support.

Minimizer Bra

Designed to make breasts look smaller. Suitable for large breasted women to help fit certain types of clothing fit better or create a more professional (less distracting) appearance.


Women’s everyday panties come in different cuts and styles. Depending on your preference and comfort level, there is a selection for everyone.


A type of panty sits on the hip, and fully covers the front and rear.

Briefs (or boy short panties)

Are designed to sit on the waist, and are similar to shorts.

Flutter panties

Sit on the waist and have elastic at the top, but are loose and frilly at the bottom. Sometimes these are called tap pants.


Worn underneath skirts, dresses and blouses to prevent these garments from being see-through, which would result in unwanted attention.



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