The word lingerie derives from the French word linge, meaning 'linen'. In French the word lingerie applies to all undergarments for either gender.
In English it means women's underwear or nightclothes. Informal usage suggests visually appealing or even erotic clothing.
Although most lingerie is designed to be worn by women some men also known as "crossdressers" do in fact wear lingerie.
The concept of lingerie as a visually appealing undergarment was developed during the late nineteenth century.
Lingerie undergarments use flexible, stretchy, sheer, or decorative materials like Lycra, nylon (nylon tricot), polyester, satin, lace, silk and sheer fabric.
Certain cotton or synthetic undergarments are also lingerie.
A babydoll is a short, sometimes sleeveless, loose-fitting nightgown or negligee intended as nightwear for women.
It sometimes has formed cups called a bralette for cleavage with an attached, loose-fitting skirt falling in length usually between the upper thigh and the belly button.
The garment is often trimmed with lace, ruffles, appliques, marabou fur, bows, and ribbons, optionally with spaghetti straps.
Sometimes it is made of sheer or translucent fabric such as nylon or chiffon or silk.
It is now an eroticized item of adult apparel, often classified as a form of lingerie.
Adult babydolls are quite different from the infant babydolls; they fully expose the woman's legs, and some styles emphasize or deliberately expose the breasts as well.
The gown is often sold as a set with matching panties, as a typical babydoll is short enough that underwear is visible if worn.
Styles of the same general length but not intended to emphasize sex appeal are sometimes called shortie nightgowns.
In modern usage, a chemise is generally a woman's garment that vaguely resembles the older shirts but is typically more delicate, and usually more revealing.
Most commonly the term refers to a loose-fitting, sleeveless undergarment or type of lingerie which is unfitted at the waist.
It can also refer to a short, sleeveless dress that hangs straight from the shoulders and fits loosely at the waist.
A chemise typically does not have any buttons or other fasteners and is put on by either dropping it over the head or stepping into it and lifting it up.
As lingerie, a chemise is similar to a babydoll, which is also a short, loose-fitting, sleeveless garment.
Typically, though, babydolls are looser fitting at the hips.
A bodystocking is a one-piece skin-tight garment that covers the torso, legs and sometimes the arms of the wearer.
It is a foundation garment or an article of lingerie usually made from a sheer fabric similar to that used for stockings
or pantyhose, or from fishnet, lace or an opaque material, or a variation of these materials. A bodystocking differs
from a unitard, which is worn as an outfit or article of clothing, and a leotard, which is used as a practice garment or
performance costume for acrobats, gymnasts and other similar performers. Designed to be revealed, but not to be too revealing,
bodystockings may be worn as undergarments by performers such as belly dancers and exotic dancers.
A teddy, also called a camiknicker, is a garment which covers the torso and crotch in the one garment.
It is a similar style of garment to a one-piece swimsuit or bodysuit, but is typically looser and more sheer.
The garment is put on by stepping into the leg holes and pulling the garment up to cover the torso.
It may cover the whole of the torso or partially and may also cover the arms.
They may open at the crotch for visits to the toilet, without the need to remove all clothing.
As an undergarment, it combines the functions of a camisole and panties, and may be preferred to avoid a visible panty line.
It is also found as lingerie. Most modern teddies are either designed for visual or sex appeal, or as practical clothing. Common teddy styles today include: Bareback teddy
A bareback teddy is one with an open back, often designed with built-in bust support. Body briefer teddy
A body briefer is a form-fitting garment which smooths and shapes the wearer's figure.
They typically come in a variety of control levels, achieved by using different materials or thicknesses things of materials in
the body areas they are designed to control. Like sleep teddies, body briefers tend to use simpler materials and styles than teddies
designed for visual appeal. Body briefers are also commonly referred to as "body shapers" or "women's shapers". Fashion top teddy
A fashion top teddy combines a thong panty, bra and fashion top. Fashion top teddies come in a wide variety of styles,
from simple styles with plain materials to very fancy styles with beads, crystals or sequins. Fashion top teddies can
be worn as fancy undergarments or as an outer garment without a top over them. Sleep teddy
A sleep teddy is a loose-fitting teddy designed as sleepwear. A sleep teddy is a practical garment which tends to use simpler materials and styles. Teddiette
Teddiettes have detachable garters.
A teddiette is a teddy with detachable garters. Traditional teddy
A traditional teddy is a loose-fitting teddy designed for visual or sex appeal and to show off the wearer's figure.
Traditional teddies often use sheer or partially sheer material.