Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Types Of Lingerie

Clothing which falls under Lingerie are:
  • Baby Doll (Negligee)
  • Bras
  • Boy Shorts
  • Bustier
  • Camisole
  • Chemise
  • Garters
  • Garter Belts
  • Teddy

Baby Doll (Negligee)

In 1956, actress Carroll Baker played the role of a ‘19 year old virgin’ in the movie ‘Baby Doll’ in which she wore a loose fitting nightgown. It was from this movie the lingerie got its name ‘baby doll.’ It was also the nightgown worn by the actress that inspired the creation of the modern baby doll lingerie.
Baby Doll Poster


The invention of the bra goes to as far back as the 19th century for this was the period when people were coming up with designs similar to the bra we wear today.

In 1859, Henry S. Lesher from New York introduced ‘a bra like device’ and four years later in 1863 Luman L. Chapman from New Jersey created the ‘corset substitute.’

In 1876, Olivia Flynt, a dress maker presented the ‘true corset’ also known as the ‘Flynt waist.’ But it was France’s Herminie Cadolle who is recognized as the person to create a bra in 1889 similar to the ‘modern bra.’

Backless Brassiere

In 1913, Mary Phelps Jacob living in New York was getting ready to attend a dinner party when she found the whaleback bones of the corset she was wearing could be seen sticking out from her evening gown.

She removed the corset and with the help of her maid stitched a bra using two silk handkerchiefs’, a pink ribbon and a chord to wear under her gown. This led to the creation of the ‘Backless Brassiere’ which the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for on 3rd November 1914.

Boy Shorts

In the late 1990’s a new line of women’s underwear was introduced which were called ‘boy shorts.’ It was similar to the male short and many found it more comfortable to wear when lounging around at home than the bikini styled panty and thongs.

It also became a popular bed time wear during warm nights. Boy shorts can be found in cotton, silk and satin with lace trimmings and cute ‘ribbon bows.’


The ‘bustier’ is a type of lingerie which lifts up the bust to make it look bigger and tightens the waist area to make it look smaller.

When buying a bustier make sure to purchase one which has the same cup size as that of your bra. This ensures the bustier will give a correct and comfortable fit.


A camisole is a loose fitting sleeveless top with ‘spaghetti straps’ which can end at the midriff or at the waist made from cotton, silk or satin.

Camisoles are usually decorated in lace trimmings and ribbons and sometimes comes with a built-in underwire bra.


The word chemise is derived from the French word ‘chemise’ meaning ‘shirt.’
It’s a loose-fitting, sleeveless piece of lingerie which extends to the mid-thigh usually made from silk or satin fabrics with lace trimmings and ribbons.


Garters became a famous clothing accessory for both men and women during the 18th and 19th century as it was ‘tied below the knee’ to keep the stockings in place.

The wedding garter originated in Europe where it was common to find brides wearing it. A popular tradition was for the groom to toss the garter worn by the bride into a crowd of unmarried male guests after the reception.

Today it's still one of the pieces of lingerie donned by most brides as well as an accessory sometimes worn with other pieces of lingerie.

Garter Belts

Garter Belts are suspenders which are attached to stockings to prevent it from slipping.
There are two main types of garter belts. One type is the kind that has to be worn around the waist before it can be attached to the stocking. The other comes attached to the panty.


In the 1910’s a one-piece undergarment was launched for women and it was called ‘camiknickers’ since the top was similar to a camisole and the bottom to knickers.
It was a popular underclothing until 1940 when only a handful of women would occasionally wear it.

50 years later in 1990 the camiknickers showed up again but this time it was called a ‘teddy' and not only was the length shortened but the designs were more elegant and stunning too.

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