Going lingerie shopping? Where do you start?
I often get asked about the difference between types of lingerie. Chemise vs. babydoll? Teddy vs. Bodysuit? Brassiere or Bralette? How do they compare and what’s best for your preferences and body type?
I know it’s confusing at times since the names and silhouettes can sound and look very similar. Below we look at our most popular lingerie items and explain the differences.
Short and flared, this nightgown, nightie or negligee often falls in length between the upper thigh and belly button. Aside from the brassiere, it is one of the most popular styles of lingerie because it suits so many different body types. They are usually made of sheer fabric for that extra touch of sensuality.
A Teddy is a single-piece bodysuit that covers both the torso and crotch and is often made with sheer and delicate material. It can function well as a standalone, sexy garment, whereas the conventional bodysuit is more functional and typically worn as a layering piece. It is a popular style of lingerie as it hides body flaws and accentuates body shape at the same time. A more comfortable version of this garment category is the Romper, usually made of softer materials.
These sleeveless tight-fitting garments are usually made of a lighter, thin material. They almost resemble a sexy tank-top. Camisoles cover the top part of the body and can be worn with or without a bra. They’re great to wear underneath a business blouse or any looser fitting outfit. They’re so attractive that you can sometimes wear them as a top.
A short, loose-fitting sleeveless gown that falls somewhere between mid-thigh and knee length. Typically tighter around the hips than a babydoll, but similar to a babydoll. It ’s actually been in vogue since the middle ages and was worn to protect outer clothing from body oils and sweat.
Intended to give a smooth line from the cinched-in waist to the bust, this garment is worn to help shape the torso to appear smaller, and to create an hourglass shape. Usually “boned” (fitted with stiffeners) to emphasize a woman’s curves.
Similar to a corset in appearance, a bustier serves to push up the bust to create more cleavage. A bustier is less constricting and is usually made from more flexible material. It usually comes with shoulder straps and sometimes garters, which enhance the “sexiness” of the piece. These pieces wear well underneath clothes.
A sheer, tight-fitting one-piece garment that covers the legs, often including the feet, torso and sometimes arms.
More commonly known as a bra, this undergarment provides support for the bust. This is the most specifically fitted garment of all lingerie, accommodating both torso and cup size. This is certainly one of the most essential pieces of women’s lingerie – available in a host of fabrics, styles, and colours…
Still a bra, a Bralette is a bra without wires or molded cups. It is meant more for shape than support. Being softer and wire-free, it is a more easy-going version of the bra. Bralettes are often more popular with women with smaller breasts as they allow the bust definition and shape more freedom. Unlike the traditional, underwired bra, many say that a bralette is comfortable enough for all-day lounging.