Even though lingerie is no longer an item that most consumers are embarrassed to shop for, there are still some buyers who are not certain what a baby doll is or just what a garter belt does. This guide will help those who are too shy to ask exactly what an item is.
Baby Doll – This is my personal favorite type of lingerie. There are so many styles, colors, and materials that can be used on a baby doll. Most of them are cute and flouncy for the playful chic. Most baby dolls are two piece sets that consist of a short, empire waist tops that end at your derrière and undies (thongs, g-strings, full seat panties, etc.).
Bikini – Bikini bottoms provide full coverage on the rear and sexy strings on the side. You can get loose or figure hugging bikinis in many types of material.
Boy Shorts – These are one of the newest fads among the lingerie industry. They are like tap pants only they fit snuggly and shape your derrière in a sexy fashion. They offer full coverage on the sides and full or partial coverage in the rear. For those of us with less than perfect bodies, boy shorts are a must!
Bra Set – A short name for a brassiere which covers, supports, and elevates your breasts. Bras are worn for modesty and often present an aura of femininity. Bras are designed to lift the breast for a more youthful look and often give the wearer more cleavage. Bra set simply means that the bra has matching panties.
Bustier – Most bustiers reach only to the ribs or waist. Its main purpose is to push up the bust by tightening the upper midriff and forcing the breasts upward. The bustier doubles as a push-up bra for inner wear and a camisole for outer wear.
Cami Set – Otherwise known as camisoles. A camisole is more or less an undershirt for a woman. It can be worn under thin dressy blouses or as a sexy addition to a pantsuit. Most camisoles are paired with tap pants and can be used as cute pajamas.
Chemise – Chemises have a longer looked look and are longer than baby dolls. The top usually has thin straps that give your shoulders a slimming, sexy look. The A-line shape of the chemise flatters most every figure out there so you can not go wrong when buying a chemise. Most chemises are one piece but sometimes you'll find matching undies to go along with them, it depends on the manufacturer and style. Chemises range from solids to florals in mostly silky and lacy materials.
Corset – One of the sexiest lingerie articles out there! A corset generally has boning that cinches in your waist and gives you a gorgeous, curvy silhouette. Some corsets are difficult to wear. If this is your first lingerie buying experience, I'd suggest getting one that does not have a lot of boning and hooks in the front rather than the back. A lot of women are now wearing corsets to go clubbing or for a night on the town.
Garter Belt – A garter belt is a piece of fabric that wraps around your hips and usually has four straps – one for the front and back of each leg. These straps help hold up stockings which are used to complete a lingerie outfit. The proper way to put on this ensemble is to attach your stockings first and then put on your undies. The reason for this will be obvious with your first visit to the bathroom.
G-string – There is absolutely no coverage if you choose a g-string. There is hardly any material between the legs and buttocks which gives us the term "string". I would not suggest a g-string if you do not want most of your private areas exposed.
Peignoir – A dressing gown of very thin material. Usually comes with matching robe. Perfect for lounging around in. French translation "garment worn while combing hair".
Teddy – A one piece garment that serves as bra and panty. Usually has high cut lets and a thong back. Often adorned with lace or ribbon. Most are designed to slip off the shoulders, rather than to open at the crotch.
Thong – A thong gives you very little coverage in the front with string sides and a T shape in the rear. There is almost no coverage to your derrière. Thongs are generally worn to combat panty lines. Some women have even taken thongs to the next level by letting the T shape sneak above their low rise jeans. This is definitely sexy if you dare!