Classification of Lingerie - What means what? A males Guide to Lingerie
Men wear underwear. We have y fronts, jock straps, male thongs, briefs and maybe a couple of others. But if you've ever walked into a ladies lingerie store, to either shop with your GF, Wife, Fiancé or lover then you'll know that the women’s world of lingerie is an eerie and confusing mess. Finally, we have compiled a list of the basicelingerie pieces so that you'll know what you're getting. And if you're not a male, than this article will certainly serve as a refresher course on the what's what of female lingerie.
The Baby Doll:
A baby doll is essentially a night gown, except short, and it's a piece of lingerie that requires matching panties. Sometimes a baby doll will come with matching panties, other times they will not. But it is an important thing to consider when purchasing a baby doll. Baby dolls are very similar in shape to an empire waist style of shirt or dress, as in they generally won't come much further than the waist. They are a loose fitting fabric that falls between the hips and the belly button and will generally consist of form fitting breast cups. They're perfect if you like a little bit of sensuality and want to showcase a delightful bit of skin at the same time. They're generally trimmed with lace and ruffles, and will sometimes have bows and ribbons on them. They are usually made of a sheer fabric for that extra touch of sensuality.
A body stocking is essentially that. A stocking for your entire body, It is a fitted piece of hosiery that covers your entire body usually from the shoulders to the feet in a very similar way to a leotard or a cat suit. It's a great winter accessory to wear underneath clothes and is usually made of tight fitting sheer material such as nylon, lace or fishnet. It is the perfect accompaniment for any confident women, and it will highlight and showcase all the sensual curves that you need it to highlight.
The bra, most people are familiar with. It is worn to support a woman's breasts and lift. Bras are unique in terms of that they do serve a function purpose and as such are usually the first piece of lingerie that a woman gets. They come in a variety of different sizes, fabrics, styles and colors and are considered to be the most versatile pieces of a woman’s lingerie. There are several different bra styles as well that you will most likely need to be familiar with.
A Demi Bra only covers the lower half of the breast. It’s designed to push them up, but not for cleavage purposes. It's something that goes well with split dresses, and low neckline dresses as well as just a nice piece of lingerie to give you a more natural look.
Push up bra does precisely that - Pushes up to create a lot more cleavage. To further the illusion that an individual has a larger fuller chest.
An underwire bra provides support for larger breasts. It contains metal wires along the lower edges of the bra to give extra needed support for the bust.
Bustier is a bra like dress. To put it simply it's a one piece almost, corset style outfit, that provides additional support and control, as well exudes sex appeal. It usually comes with straps, however it is more closely related to the corset and it is something that wears extremely well underneath clothes. It provides a shapely hourglass figure to the torso which is why it's a great combination to wear with normal clothes. If you're going to go a piece like this, then you're going to need some garters and stockings to pair it up with. They're essential for this type of outfit.
AKA Cami for short, it is a lingerie top with a tight fitting bust and streams down to the waistline. They're great to tag team with normal clothes and are a great item to wear underneath a business shirt, or outfit. They're made from pretty much any material, and as such you can wear them as undergarments, or even in some cases as a top.
If there's a style that a diva would wear, then this is it. It's usually made from a satin finished silk, and is renowned for its sensual draping. It's a loose fitting design, similar to the cami and baby doll. However, it is fragile due to the type of material that they are made from and as such its important to treat it carefully
A chemise is a shirt like under garment that is essentially the same kind of shape as a hanging sleeveless dress. It is a hip hugger style and is most closely related to the baby doll. It actually came about in the Middle Ages and was worn to protect outer clothing from body oils and sweat.
A teddy closely resembles a one piece bathing suit, although it's generally a lot more sensual. It can be made from a variety of different materials and combines the look of a cami and panty in one piece. It is specifically designed to accentuate the body and is a very popular style of lingerie as it both hides’ body flaws, and accentuates the body at the same time.