Lingerie Glossary



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2-Part Cup
A 2-part cup is where the cup is made with 2 panels of fabric that are sewn together. Bra cups with seams such as this are always more supportive than bra cups without seams.



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3-Part Cup
A 3-part cup is a where the cup of a bra is made with 3 panels of fabric sewn together with seams. This style of bra cup is the most supportive.



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4-Part Cup
A 4-part cup is made up of 4 panels of fabric sewn together with seams. This is also called a cut & sew bra. Many times, one of the panels will be along the outer sides of the cup to help center and contain the breast tissue. 4-part cups are found more often in the larger cup sizes because they can provide additional cup depth, support and shaping.



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Activewear
Activewear is clothing that is designed to allow you to move more freely in a variety of physically demanding activities. The fit and materials chosen for this clothing can be designed specifically for one form of exercise, like a high impact sports bra, or it can be used under any circumstances for the highest level of comfort during exertion. Activewear is designed to make your workouts the most effective and comfortable as possible. It is commonly equipped with performance technology like moisture wicking, quick drying, 4-way stretch, or compression. View HerRoom's selection of activewear.

Adhesive Bra
A bra with an adhesive inside to stick to your body. These bras provide a solution to wear underneath backless or plunging styles. They provide lift or support without the need of sides or back. Designed for short term wear. View HerRoom's selection of Adhesive Bras.

Applique
Embellishment on a garment where decoration is made by cutting pieces of one fabric and applying them to the surface of another.

Arched Center Panel
An arched center panel connects a bra’s cups together while arching upward at the bottom. Arched center panels give a sleeker look as there is less bulk at the front of the bra. They are very comfortable for women whose tummy sits high as it gives the top of the tummy space. Women with short torsos will also like the arched center panel as it will give more room to their midsection while increasing support.

Athleisure
Athleisure combines athleticwear with loungewear for a casual, sporty look worn during leisure. It is designed to take you farther than the gym, with sportswear-inspired looks that are appropriate for brunch, running errands, or even lounging around the house. Athleisure styles encompass everything from comfy sports bras to graphic tees to cute leggings. View HerRoom's selection of athleisure.



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Babydoll
A babydoll is a woman’s short nightgown that is sleeveless with a loose-fitting skirt that is cinched below the bust. Due to their short skirt and often revealing neckline, babydolls will often be worn by women wanting to feel sexy. It is said the name comes from the 1956 movie "Baby Doll" starring Carroll Baker in the title role. View HerRoom's selection of Babydolls.

Babylock Stitch
A narrow stitch that encloses the raw edge of the fabric in thin thread loops. Essentially a very narrow overlock stitch. Commonly used to hem lightweight fabrics as it is a very fine finish.

Back Closure
This term is used when describing how a bra closes. Traditionally, a back closure bra has two rows of hook and eye closures and three adjustments. Full figure and strapless bras usually have three rows of hook and eye closures as well as three adjustments.

Back Fat
A term given to the look of flesh bulging out around the band and straps when wearing a bra. This symptom can be caused by your bra's band size being too small, but it is also an unfortunate reality for women with soft tissue on their back. This lumpiness can sometimes be eliminated with the right size and style of bra. For example, several manufacturers claim a leotard back styled bra reduces back fat. A taller bra back along with wide straps can also help reduce the severity of the lumpiness. Shapewear camisoles worn over a bra are also a solution.

Back Wings
Another name for bra sides. The fabric strips that start at the outer edge of the bra cups, go under the arms and then attach in the back.

Backless
A bra designed with a low cut adjustable back band. View HerRoom's selection of backless bras.

Balconette Bra
Another name for a demi cup bra. A balconette bra has a more open neckline with a horizontal line going across the top of the bustline. A large portion of the upper cup is cut away to reveal more cleavage, with the neckline edge extending just past the nipple. The straps are wide set and the center panel is low for a more open neckline. Its revealing neckline makes a balconette bra one of the sexiest bra styles. View HerRoom's selection of balconette bras.

Balcony Bra
A balcony bra will have a more revealing neckline than a full coverage style but will have more coverage than a balconette style. The straps are wide-set, and the center is typically taller and wider like a balconette, but balcony cups will typically have a rounder shape than a balconette, much like a sweetheart neckline. It works well under low neckline styles and is suitable for most breast types. Shop HerRoom's selection of balcony bras.

Bandeau Bra
A strapless bra style. It refers to a wide knit band that wraps around the bust, generally made with stretch material in a style that pulls over the head without a back closure. Because knit bandeau bras do not typically have a lot of support, they are best worn by those with self-supporting or semi-supported breasts.View HerRoom's selection of bandeau bras.

Bar Tack
Sewing reinforcement at the end of a slit with short stitching rows perpendicular to the seam.

Bartack Stitch
A special type of stitch that reinforces areas of stretch with high-density stitches. Appears like a very tight zigzag stitch. A bartack stitch is commonly used in lingerie to seal underwire casings, raw elastic edges, or boning channels as it is one of the most secure stitches possible. Must be performed using a specialized machine and tends to be more expensive and time-consuming.

Basque
A longline cupped bra extending to the hips with garter hooks attached along the lower edge. A Merry Widow is a form of basque. Although they are often confused with bustiers or corsets, a basque is not designed to cinch in the waist or shape the midsection.

Bed Jacket
A short waisted jacket meant to be worn in bed to keep one's shoulders warm and for modesty if receiving visitors while sitting in bed. Shop HerRoom's selection of bed jackets.

Bikini
A panty modeled after the original bikini swimsuit style. A bikini panty has a waistband that rests below the navel on the hips. They typically provide medium bottom coverage and have slightly higher cut sides. Think of a bikini as a happy medium between a brief and a thong, with a cut that looks flattering on almost any body type. View HerRoom's selection of bikini panties.

Boarding
The process applied to hosiery to improve the final presentation. When the hosiery is still damp from dying it is pulled over a metal form and subject to pressure and heat. This sets the garment to its familiar leg and foot profile (used only with non-stretch or polyamide products).

Body Briefer
A shapewear style that fit like a bodysuit and shapes the tummy. A body briefer generally has a gusset closure that can be opened for easy use and dressing. Bodysuits can be designed with a tank style neckline, an open bust to allow for you to wear your own bra, or they can have built in cups, sometimes with a supportive, bra-style construction. View HerRoom's selection of body briefers.

Boning
Boning is usually incorporated into a vertical seam line in order to give more support, structure and body contouring to a garment. Boning can be made out of steel, metal spirals (mini springs) and various types of plastic. The name comes from the fact that actual bones were originally used in undergarments to give support.

Boy Leg Brief
A type of fitted panty with legs that come to the top of the thigh. The waist sits low on the hips, and the back has full coverage. It is usually seamed in the center front and back for definition. Boy leg briefs can be designed to shape the tummy, butt, and thighs under tight-fitting bottoms to give a smooth line from waist to hip. Also called slip shorts. View HerRoom's selection of boy leg briefs.

Boyshort
A panty that resembles a short with a fitted silhouette. This modern style offers better coverage than a bikini or a thong, with a lower leg cut and an inseam that is usually around 1/2" to 1" long. Boyshorts have wide sides that provide extra hip coverage, making them a great choice for comfortable coverage under skirts or dresses. Many women claim this panty style eliminates panty lines under tight-fitting clothing. Sometimes called a culotte, shorty, or hot pant. View HerRoom's selection of boyshorts.

Bralet
This is an alternate spelling for a bralette. A bralette is generally a less structured bra that comes in T-Shirt sizing (S, M, L, etc.) rather than bra sizing. Popular for lounging, sleeping or as an underpinning. View HerRoom's selection of bralettes.

Bralette
A bralette is a less structured bra that generally comes in T-Shirt sizing (S, M, L, etc.) rather than bra sizing. Bralettes are usually made without wires, padding, or boning, which can make them a more comfortable, laid-back alternative to your daily underwire bras. They are popular for casual wear, lounging, leisure, or sleep. Bralettes are often trimmed with cute details for an adorable look when peeking out from under a T-Shirt. View HerRoom's selection of bralettes.

Brazilian Panty
A Brazilian panty covers more in back than a thong but less than a full panty. A Brazilian panty has a full crotch, but the back is cut back to follow the apex of your cheeks in a V-shape. View HerRoom's selection of Brazilian panties.

Brief
A panty with a classic cut that offers fuller coverage that a bikini or thong. Women’s briefs typically provide full to moderate bottom coverage and have a higher rise in front to cover more of the tummy. A brief is one of the most modest type of panties and is flattering on any body type. View HerRoom's selection of briefs.

Bullet-Proof
HerRoom uses the term "bullet-proof" to describe a bra that has enough padding in the cups to prevent the nipples from showing through.

Bump Pad
A type of bra padding that is built into the bottom of the cup to push the breast up and out to create more cleavage.

Busk
A thin strip of wood, whalebone or steel used for stiffening corsets.

Bustier
A corset-style garment that combines a bra and a waist-cincher, designed with a longline band that extends down the torso and supportive cups that “boost” the breasts. Additional features may include trimmings of lavish lace, flexible boning, detachable garters, optional shoulder straps, or a lace-up closure. A bustier is considered very flattering to the figure as it combines support with a shapely silhouette, so a woman will often wear a bustier when she wants to feel sexy. Bustiers are similar to corsets, but they lift the bust instead of flattening it. View HerRoom's selection of sexy bustiers.

Butted Seam
A flat seam finish where the garment panels are cut and joined with a stitch that goes over both panels. Perfect for stiff or thick materials, like foam bra padding, as the two edges are placed together without overlap for less bulk. In lingerie, this type of seam is typically finished and taped over for a clean look.

Butterfly Slide Closure
A butterfly slide closure has two pieces that slide together and snap into place, to close a swimsuit or bra.



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Cami Bra
A type of bralette that is great for sleep and leisure. Designed with a longer band for more coverage and typically has wireless, unpadded cups. Perfect for gentle support at times where you don't want or need a lot of structure or support. View HerRoom's selection of cami bras.

Camisole
A sleeveless top that has straps and pullover styling. Camisoles may be worn as a solo piece or layered under sheer tops for modesty. The necklines of camisoles vary, and some may be seamless while others are decorated with lace. Some camisoles have built-in underwire or padding to support the chest without requiring a bra. Shapewear camisoles smooth the midsection for a trim, toned look. View HerRoom's selection of camisoles.

Catsuit
A full-body stocking. Generally long sleeved and made out of stretchy material. Was made popular in the 1960's Avengers television series by actress Diana Rigg.

Center Gore
Another name for a bra’s center panel. The center gore connects the two cups of a bra together. It may also be called the bridge, center connector, or centerpiece.

Center Panel
The piece of fabric at the center of a bra that connects the two cups together. The size and structure of this center piece helps to determine a bra’s support. A narrow center panel where the underwires touch at the middle will be most comfortable for those with touching breasts. A wide set center panel is perfect for women with splayed or wide set breasts. An arched center panel is great for those with a high tummy or a short torso because it gives more space between the cups. A low center panel will work best with plunging necklines, while a taller center panel will be more supportive. The material will also be important in the level of support, as a flexible center panel of mesh of lace will allow for a stretch fit, but a non-stretch center panel will increase stability.

Chemise
The name given to the first undergarments ever worn by women. Designed originally to protect the skin from outer garments, today a chemise may be defined as a short or long flowing gown/slip without sleeves and with a loose-fitting silhouette. It is most often an underpinning or a sleepwear item. View HerRoom's selection of chemises.

Circular Knit
Process in which modern seamless hosiery is made, which results in a tapered tube, which is then sewn closed at the toe.

Cleavage
Cleavage is the vertical line created between a woman's breasts - not the bulging breast tissue caused by a push-up bra. Cleavage comes from the word "cleave" to separate or divide in two.

Comfort Straps
Comfort bra straps have a wider than normal strap and usually have additional padding in the straps. They help to more evenly distribute the weight of the breast on the shoulder, and thus increase the comfort of the wearer. Comfort straps give helpful relief to a woman who experiences shoulder pain caused by her bra straps.

Compression
The act of compaction or flattening. Garments with compression fit tightly to the body and actively press in upon it. They can be used for sports, support, or to improve circulation.

Compression Bra
A sports bra constructed with compression in the cups to limit or reduce the motion of the breasts during exercise. The cup is constructed to fit tightly to the body and actively press in against it for a tight, secure fit. A compression bra will reduce bounce during athletic activity. View HerRoom's selection of Compression Bras.

Compression Garment
A garment that fits tightly and actively presses in the body. It is form-fitting and made with a high amount of spandex. Compression redistributes soft tissue to evenly press against the body, limiting motion. It is commonly used in athleticwear for extra support, reduced bounce, and improved posture. Many athletes use compression garments in hopes of reducing their recovery time and soreness after activity. View HerRoom's selection of Compression Athleticwear.

Contour
The term “contour” refers to bra cups that are molded and shaped with foam. Contour cups hold their shape even when not being worn. They will give lift and support to the breast and sculpt the silhouette. A contour bra can also add definition to the breast, a smooth shape, and elimination of nipple show-through. Contour bras are a good choice for in-between bra sizes, or women with uneven breasts. A contour cup with a smooth exterior will also be called a T-Shirt cup. View HerRoom's selection of contour bras.

Contour Bra
A contour bra is another name for a T-Shirt bra. It has seamless cups that have been padded and shaped with foam. The padded cups will give lift and shape to the silhouette. They also will eliminate nipple show through, create a smooth shape, and add definition to the breast. Contour bras are a great choice for those with uneven breasts or those in between bra sizes. View HerRoom's selection of contour bras.

Control Brief
A shapewear panty that smooths and flattens the tummy while providing a smooth silhouette under clothing. Control briefs typically have a higher rise to offer more tummy control and coverage. View HerRoom's selection of control briefs.

Control Top
Pantyhose or tights produced with the body section composed of a heavier spandex content and weight to act as a light control garment. View HerRoom's selection of control top hosiery

Convertible Bra
A convertible bra has detachable straps that can be placed in different configurations to work under different necklines. A fully convertible bra has straps that can be removed entirely. It can be worn as a strapless, a conventional strap style, a crossback, off the shoulder, one shoulder, or halter style with just a few adjustments to the straps. Some convertible straps are sewn to the cups and detach in back, allowing for only a standard or crossback style. View HerRoom's selection of convertible bras.

Cookie
Another name for removable padding. A cookie is a padded insert in the cup of a bra. It is generally made of fiberfill or foam, but it can also be made with water, oil, or gel. Cookies help to change the shape of the breast by pushing it up from beneath. A cookie can also be used when one breast is smaller than the other, or in the case of evening out the chest after a single mastectomy. Placing a cookie in the cup of the smaller breast will give a more even look. View HerRoom's selection of removable padding.

Cookies
The padded inserts in the cup of a bra are known as cookies. Though usually made of fiberfill, they can also be made with water, oil or a gel. Cookies help to change the shape of the breast. They also help when one breast is smaller than the other. Placing a cookie in the bra cup of the smaller breast will give you a more even look. View HerRoom's selection of breast pads and cookies.

Corded Center Panel
A corded center panel is when a bra is attached at the center with a narrow band or strip of fabric. It creates a sleek look by using a minimal amount of fabric to attach the cups together.

Corselet
Also spelled corselette, it is a woman's support undergarment that combines a girdle with a bra.

Corset
A type of support garment that combines a bra with a waist-cincher. A corset shapes the midsection and supports the breasts. It typically fits closely to the body. Vertical boning, which can be flexible or rigid, is typically placed at the front, sides, and back of the mid-section for extra support and to smooth and emphasize your figure. Corsets usually close at the back with a tall hook-and-eye panel or an adjustable lace closure. Modern corsets can be designed to support the bust and shape the waist. They can be worn as a shaping garment or to create a sexy, alluring look. View HerRoom's selection of corsets.

Coverlock
Another name for a coverstitch. Allows for a garment to stretch and can prevent fraying. Appears to have two parallel rows of stitching on the outside with a looped appearance on the inside.

Coverstitch
Another name for a coverlock. Appears like a twin needle lockstitch on the exterior and like an overlock stitch on the interior. Lets a fabric stretch without breaking the stitches.

Crop Top/Cami
A lightly-constructed no-wire bra that is a cross between a camisole and a bra.

Crossover
A bra with a diagonally crossed neckline to give the look of it being wrapped. The crossing panels in the front will usually create a deep V-Shape.

Cuban Heel
A rectangular designed reinforced heel, usually with a reinforced foot and backseam. Most Cuban heel stockings are also “Full Fashioned."

Culotte
A wide-leg version of a boyshort. Also called a tap pant.

Cut & Sew Bra
A bra with seams in the cups is a cut & sew bra. It will have seams where panels of fabric are sewn together. The seams ensure the best shape and superior support. Cut and sew bras are also able to take advantage of beautiful materials, like lace and silk. Also called a seamed cup bra or a multi-part bra. View HerRoom's selection of seamed cup bras.

Cut and Sew Bra
Another named for a seamed cup bra or a multi-part bra. A cut and sew bra has multiple panels of fabric sewn together. The seams offer superior support, depth, and shaping. The more seams a bra has in the cups, the greater the support. View HerRoom's selection of seamed cup bras.



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Décolleté
A bra style with a very low-cut front panel to create a dramatic cleavage-enhancing look. "Decollete" is also used as a noun to describe a woman's chest area just above her bustline. As an adjective, it describes the low-cut neckline in a garment.

Demi Cup
A demi cup style bra has a low, squared neckline with wide set straps. The cups have a curved shape at the top so that they cover just above the nipple for a sexy look that exposes the upper part of the breasts. The cup will often be padded or seamed for structure to push the upper part of the breast up and create more cleavage. Demi cup bras are worn best with low, wide or square necklines. View HerRoom's selection of demi cup bras.

Denier
Denier usually means the thickness or weight of the yarn that is used when the hosiery is made. Normally, the higher the denier the thicker the fabric, and the lower the denier the finer and more sheer the appearance. Hosiery is sheer at 15 to 20 denier and opaque at 80 to 100 denier. Numerically, a denier is the equivalent to the weight in grams of 9,000 meters of continuous filament fiber.



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Elastane
Elastane is just another name for spandex. The word "elastane" is used in Europe while "spandex" is used in the United States. Lycra and Dorlastan are trade names for elastane.

Embroidery
An embellishment of a fabric or garment in which colored threads are sewn on to the fabric to create a design. Embroidery may be done either by hand or machine.

Encapsulation
This word is primarily used in defining the construction of a sports bra. If a sports bra has encapsulation design, the bra cup construction surrounds the breast for support while giving the breast a shape and no uni-boob look. View HerRoom's selection of Encapsulation Bras.

European Heel
Hosiery with a European heel has a reinforced heel with a pointed design. It is also known as the French heel, or simply the pointed heel.

Eyelet
A type of fabric with patterned cut-out designs, around which stitching or embroidery is applied in order to prevent the fabric from raveling.



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Fashion Tights
Fashion tights consist of a design or knit pattern and are designed to add a fashionable element to an outfit. They usually have a heavier denier and come in a vast array of designs, texture, and colors. Also called fancy tights or fashion pantyhose. View HerRoom's selection of fashion tights.

Fiberfill
Lightweight, synthetic fiber that can be used to line bra cups.

Finishing Hole
The small opening in the back of fully fashioned stockings where the stocking was folded over and sewn together. This detail allows the top welt to stretch for a more comfortable fit on the thigh, and is the unmistakable mark of the true fully fashioned stocking.

Fishnet
Fishnet fabric has an open mesh with a diamond-shaped knit that reveals the skin and resembles a fisherman’s net. Fishnet tights are a common fashion piece and were very popular in ‘90s style. Currently, fishnets are considered very sexy and thus are commonly paired with lingerie. They are also common with performers as the coarse net does not look too glossy on stage. View HerRoom's selection of fishnet tights.

Flatlock Seam
A type of seaming made by sewing the raw edges of two fabric panels directly together for a seam with almost no bulk. A flatlock seam is butted together so there is no overlap between the two fabric layers. They sit smoothly against the skin and are less likely to chafe or irritate. Flatlock seams are common in intimate and athleticwear because they feel very comfortable against the body.

Foam Cup
Padding and shaping in a bra cup are generally created with foam. Foam cups are less likely to bunch during washing and give a smooth look to the cup. Foam padded cups are often called contour cups.

Foam Lined Cup
A foam lined bra cup gives the wearer modesty by preventing nipple show-through. Foam lining is always thinner than a padded bra and usually does not add much size. Rather, foam lining creates a natural and youthful silhouette.

Foundations
Foundations is a “pre-war” term for shapewear. They create the foundation for a smooth silhouette. Today's shapewear fits and feels like a second skin, coaxing your curves into their smoothest, sleekest, most naturally perfect state.

French Cut
Another name for a high-cut brief. This type of panty is cut high for less coverage on the leg and the sides but offering fuller coverage in the back. View HerRoom's selection of French cut panties.

French Heel
Original name for the pointed heel on seamed stockings, as opposed to the rectangular style of the Cuban Heel stocking. These have also become referred to as the European Heel or Pointed Heel.

French Knicker
Another name for tap pant, French knicker is a common European term used to define a loose-fitting panty that looks like a short.

French Seam
A method of finishing where the raw edge of the fabric is enclosed within its own channel and stitched shut. Most often found in high-end lingerie as it requires more time and greater accuracy to create.

Front Closure Bra
A bra that closes at the center front between the cups. They usually close with a barrel clasp closure or a hook-and-eye panel. Many women find that a front close bra is easier to put on that a traditional back closure bra. This type of bra is especially convenient for those with limited arm mobility or who cannot easily reach behind their back. View HerRoom's selection of front close bras.

Full Busted
Refers to anyone with larger breasts but a smaller band size, such as a 34DD. Anyone with a cup size larger than a D cup is technically considered full busted. Bras made specifically for full busted women may have additional support features, like seamed cups or sturdier underbands.

Full Cup Bra
Describes a bra with full coverage, covering most of the breast. A full cup bra typically offers more support than a bra without full coverage, although this will vary across styles based on construction. A full cup bra may be a great choice for those looking for a more modest bra. A true full cup bra will not cause a crease or indentation along the top of the breast and will limit the likelihood of cup spillage.

Full Figure
Women who wear bras sizes 32-36DD and 38-42C-DD and larger are classified as full figure women. Bras made in these sizes are usually designed to give additional support. Common features include padding, wider shoulder straps, and triple hook and eye closures. View HerRoom's selection of full figure bras.

Fully Adjustable Strap
This bra strap style has no O-Rings or other hardware between the slider and the front strap base. Thus, this strap style can fully adjust to a very short strap length. The full adjustability makes this strap style perfect for those wanting a custom fit. A great choice for women who are petite or have a short torso. View HerRoom's selection of bras with fully adjustable straps.

Fully Fashioned Stockings
These are vintage style stockings of the 40’s and 50’s, made on the original flat knit machines, where the stocking is knitted flat and sewn together in the back. These stockings are usually knitted of 15 denier 100% nylon yarn, although some of the original vintage styles came on heavier 20 or 30 denier called “service weight” for everyday use. Authentic Fully-Fashioned stockings always have a top welt made by doubling over the top fabric and sewing it back unto itself. A “finishing hole” is always left in the seam in the middle of the top welt, which allows the stocking to fit better on the thigh. The design can be either of the “Cuban heel” or pointed "French" or "European” style. If they are not flat knitted and sewn together with a finishing hole on the back, they are not authentic Full-Fashioned stockings, but modern reproductions called Full Fashion or Full Fashioned style.



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G-String
A type of skimpy thong. The front of a G-String looks like a thong, but the back band is narrower with just a simple string coming off a thin waistband. G-String panties prevent lines under tight-fitting garments. Their minimal rear coverage makes them very sexy, so G-Strings are commonly worn as lingerie. View HerRoom's selection of G-String panties.

Garter
A strap hanging from a garter belt, bustier, or panty that attaches to and holds up stockings. Modern garters typically have rubber and metal hosiery clips at the base to easily connect to thigh highs. Garters are commonly incorporated in sexy lingerie sets to complete the sultry look. View HerRoom's selection of garters.

Garter Belt
A belt worn around the waist with four clips or garters that attach to stockings and keep them in place. A garter belt can come as part of a sexy lingerie set or be bought separately. Common lingerie fashion etiquette dictates that the color and design of the garter belt match the stocking and panties for a complete look. Also called suspenders or suspender belts. View HerRoom's selection of garter belts.

Garter Hose
A garter hose is a single garment where a waistband, garter straps, and stocking legs are permanently attached in one piece. This will simulate the look of a garter belt and stocking, but it is actually just a single garment.

Garter Panty
A panty usually made of stretch fabric which contains garter straps or garter clips to hold up stockings without need for a garter belt, girdle or corset.

Girdle
The name given to any undergarment that is close fitting, often boned and usually elasticized, that extends from the waist to below the hips. With the new fabrics and construction techniques available, this word has become somewhat obsolete and has been replaced with the word shaper or shapewear. View HerRoom's collection of girdles.

Girdlette
A garment that is larger than a garter belt and smaller than a girdle.

Gore
A triangular or diamond shape piece of fabric inserted into the seams of a garment to offer more shaping.

Gusset
A piece of fabric, either in a diamond or triangle shape, inserted in a garment to allow for more space and greater movement. Gussets typically appear under the arms of sleeves, along the inseam of underwear, and the sides of men's shirttails. In panty construction, the gusset is typically lined with cotton for comfort, breathability, and hygiene.

Gusset Closure
The name given to a hook-and-eye or snap crotch closure. Usually seen on shapewear like body briefers or body suits as they allow the wearer to dress easily and use the restroom without totally undressing.



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Half Cup
A half cup refers to a type of bra cup style where a large portion of the upper half of the cup is cut away to expose the upper part of the breasts. A half cup bra extends just past the nipple, and thus looks like half of a full coverage cup. Such bras are often referred to as being decollete‚ and are worn when the top of a garment is cut low, wide or square. Also called a demi cup or a demi bra. View HerRoom's selection of demi cup bras.

Halter
A halter is a strap that goes around the neck, usually leaving the shoulders and back bare. A halter style bra is perfect for backless dresses. Some convertible style bras can be turned into a halter style neckline, while some halter bras have fixed straps. View HerRoom's selection of halter bras.

Halterkini
A two-piece swimsuit top where the straps go around the neck or fasten behind the neck. This style leaves the shoulders and back bare. Some swimsuits have convertible straps that can be turned into a halter style. View HerRoom's selection of halterkinis.

Hi-Cut
A type of panty with a higher cut legline that exposes more of the leg in front. Hi-cut panties elongate the legs. They tend to have larger leg openings, which makes them very comfortable for those with a fuller bottom or thighs. View HerRoom's selection of hi-cut panties.

Hi-Cut Brief
A variation of the brief panty style with a higher cut legline. They have larger leg openings than a traditional brief silhouette that will not dig into the bottom or thighs. A hi-cut brief is the perfect style for a woman with a full bottom or thighs as the larger opening fits nicely over the top of the thigh and elongates the leg. View HerRoom's selection of hi-cut briefs.

Hi-Cut Rio
A panty style similar to the string bikini, but with moderate back coverage that looks more like a "v" instead of the "u" which is found in full coverage backs. Many times, the waistband in the high-cut Rio is nothing more than a 1" to 2" piece of elastic.

Hi-Waisted Brief
Shapewear with a brief panty and a high waist to give shaping and support to the waistline. View HerRoom's selection of hi-waist brief.

Hidden Underwire
A bra construction technique in which the bra’s bottom edge does not have an underwire casing, creating the illusion that there is no underwire. The underwires are wrapped, then sandwiched between two layers of fabric. This construction is also called the “floating wire.”

High Impact Sports Bra
A type of sports bra designed to support the breasts during very high levels of exertion. They should be worn for any exercise with a jolting motion, like running, basketball, volleyball, tennis, boxing, or dance, as they do the most to limit breast bounce. High impact sports bras generally use a combination of encapsulation and compression styling to keep the breasts in place. They typically have a higher level of coverage to contain the breasts and have wider straps that are less likely to dig into the shoulder during movement. They are commonly designed from breathable materials that have been equipped with moisture wicking or anti-odor tech to keep you the most comfortable while you work out. View HerRoom's selection of high impact sports bras.

High Waist
A term given to any garment with a rise above 7” from crotch to top. A high waisted panty gives more tummy coverage and creates an hourglass shape by nipping your figure in near your natural waist.

High-Rise
A high-rise garment is any item with a rise that extends 7” or longer from the gusset to the waistband. High-rise panties are considered very flattering as they accentuate your waist and offer plenty of belly coverage.

Hipster
A mid-coverage panty that rests on the hips. They tend to have a shorter rise, wider sides, and moderate to cheeky bottom coverage. View HerRoom's selection of hipster panties.

Hold-Ups
Stockings that stay up without the need for garters. True hold-ups usually consist of a decorative stretch lace top, with a silicone band inside of the lace to help grip the leg.

Hosiery
General term meaning leg covering, such as stockings, pantyhose, tights, or socks. View HerRoom's selection of hosiery.



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Inner Sling
Another name for side support panels. An inner sling is a curved strip of fabric at the interior that follows the natural curve of the bra, similar to an underwire, except soft. Inner slings can be incorporated into the bra cup design with seams, or they can be an additional panel of fabric attached only partially. Inner slings can be made of a flexible knit to add shaping to a bra cup, or they can be rigid to fully center the breast in the cup. An inner sling can also go around the entire breast circumference, or just be the panels on the sides of the breast.

Inseam
A seam that runs from the crotch to the hem. Leg length is measured based on the inseam.

Interlining
A padding, or stiffening fabric, either sewn to the wrong side of the lining or the inner side of the outer shell fabric. The interlining is used primarily to provide warmth.

Interlock
A variation on a rib knit. Interlock has two rows of stitches, with one directly behind the other. This can create the illusion that the fabric is made of two layers, which is why it is sometimes called a double-knit fabric. Interlock stitch fabrics are thicker, heavier, and more stable than single knit constructions.



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J-Hook
A convertible feature found on the back of bra straps. It can either be a separate set of hardware or part of the adjustable hardware. The J-shaped hook is attached to one strap and hooks together with the O-ring hardware on the opposite strap. This brings the back of both straps together for racerback wear and can be unhooked so that the straps can be worn straight again. View HerRoom's selection of bras with a J-Hook.

Jacquard
Any fabric that has a pattern woven into the fabric rather than printed on it. The name comes from Joseph Marie Jacquard who designed a loom attachment capable of weaving patterns into fabric. This attachment provides versatility in designs and permits individual control of each of the warp yarns. Thus, fabrics of almost any type or complexity can be made. Brocade and damask are types of jacquard woven fabrics.

Jersey
A generic term for a plain knit fabric without a distinct rib. Originally made of wool, jersey fabric was first manufactured on the island of Jersey.



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Keyhole
This is a design feature that creates an arched opening in the center back or center front panel of a garment.

Kimono
A wide-sleeved robe with a belt. Inspired by traditional Japanese costume. View HerRoom's selection of Kimonos.



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Lacetop Stockings
A high stocking with a lace band at the top. Traditionally, lacetop stockings need to be held up with garters. More modern versions have a band of elastic or silicone gripper elastic inside the cuff to help hold them in place. View HerRoom's selection of lacetop stockings.

Ladder Resistant Toe
In hosiery, a ladder resistant toe is a soft seam construction that keeps the toe seam in place and reduces tears or runs.

Laser Cut
A method of cutting in which a laser is applied to the edge of a fabric. Used only on synthetic fabric as natural fabrics would be at risk of catching on fire. A laser cut edge is very clean and smooth. The advantages of laser cutting include no raveling and a flat seamless edge.

Leavers Lace
The name "Leavers" derives from the loom used to create this lace. The Leavers machine introduced the production of intricate lace patterns similar to those created by hand. Leavers looms are the only machines capable of working with a high number of threads, reproducing the intricate work of hand made lace. The lace created is distinguished by high definition design. The length, width and the thinness may vary depending on the machine used.

Leotard Back
The leotard back is a rather new design addition to bras. Rather than a rectangle shape in back like that of a camisole, the leotard back gives a round look on the back - similar to the look of a leotard. It has fast become the most commonly found strap attachment technique in today's ready-to-wear offerings. Besides looking visually different, the leotard back style almost always includes some elastic to achieve the rounded shape. Consequently, this elastic gives the wearer flexibility to raise her arms or bend over without having to adjust her bra afterwards. There are a few challenges to a leotard back, though. The straps attach to the back at a bit of an angle to keep the arch styling. If the "U" shape is too wide, the straps can fall off the wearer's shoulders. The number of back fasteners is also limited with this back design.

Lined Cup
A bra with a lining in the cup. This lining gives additional support and added opaqueness to the cup. It also helps to reduce nipple show-through. View HerRoom's selection of lined cup bras.

Link Ups
This is a name trademarked by Pretty Polly of England, for their new stocking system that attaches them directly to a matching panty or thong, thus eliminating the need for garters. This is similar to the one-piece hose, but much better as the stocking legs can be interchanged separately.

Long Leg
Long leg shapewear has a fitted top and fitted legs that give support and control down the thighs. Usually a “leg gripper” of elastic or silicone gripper elastic is attached along the leg openings to keep them from curling or rolling up. View HerRoom's selection of long leg shapewear.

Longline
A bra with a longer band along the bottom that extends down the midriff. Longline bands can be used for aesthetic purposes to add a pretty touch to a bra, or they can provide shaping similar to a corset. View HerRoom's selection of longline bras.

Low Rise
A term given to any garment with a rise below 5” from the crotch to the top. Low rise panties sit very low on the hips and expose more of the pelvis. They are less likely to show under low-rise bottoms.

Lycra
A trademark of DuPont, Lycra is the spandex fiber produced by DuPont. It is lightweight and soft, but stronger and more durable than rubber. Lycra can be stretched over 500% without breaking, and can be stretched repeatedly and still recover to its original length. It provides lightweight freedom of movement in foundation garments. It is quick to dry and accepts dyes very well. Garments with lycra do not pill or hold static.

Lyocell
Lyocell is a cellulose fabric obtained by an organic solvent spinning process. This fabric is a sub-category of rayon. Tencel is the trademark name for lyocell.



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M Frame
A sports bra construction consisting of side support panels to restrict horizontal movement of breast tissue. M Frame sports bras generally have a center front panel that extends along the neckline and sometimes into the strap to restrict vertical movement of breast tissue. They have a V-Neckline with cups that come to a point at the top and center pull straps.

Maternity Bra
A bra designed for women who are pregnant. A maternity bra will offer more support with wider sides and an underbust band. Non-elastic straps reduce bounce. Designed with more breast coverage and breathability to prevent breast tissue irritation. View HerRoom's selection of maternity bras.

Memory Foam
A common type of bra padding. Memory foam is the same type of foam used in mattresses for comfort. When used in bras, memory foam gives a custom fit and comfortable lift. It will shape to your body, then return to its original shape when taken off. This advantage means that your bra cups will not develop creases that are hard or impossible to remove. Their shape will pop back if crushed, making them very easy to store.

Mercerized Cotton
This is a cotton that has been through a wet finishing process, which swells the yarns of the fabric to give it a round, smooth surface and stop the cotton from further shrinkage. This process results in a stronger and more lustrous yarn that is more easily dyed, producing brighter, deeper colors.

Merino Wool
A type of wool coming specifically from the Merino sheep. Merino wool is thinner and softer than regular wool, which makes it very easy to wear next to the skin. The fibers naturally help to regulate body temperature, wick away sweat, and neutralize odors.

Merrywidow
A type of corset. It combines a bra with a short girdle and is typically strapless. It ends at or above the hips and often comes to a point in the center front to elongate the figure. It can also come with detachable garters to wear with stockings. The name comes from Franz Lehar’s 1905 operetta "The Merry Widow."

Mesh
An open-weave knitted or woven fabric that produces a net or sheer-like effect.

Microfiber
Fabric made with microfiber means that the fabric’s filaments are extremely fine – much finer than silk. Microfiber fabrics are thus lightweight, and look and feel luxurious. Because microfiber filaments are packed so closely, they can prevent moisture from passing though, yet allow air flow. Usually a blend of polyester or polyamide (nylon) fibers, microfiber fabric is known for being very light, smooth, soft, hard wearing and breathable.

Minimizer Bra
A minimizer bra gives the appearance of reducing the projection of the wearer’s breasts. This allows the woman to more easily wear front-button shirts and blouses without gaping. The minimizer cup distributes the breast flesh more toward the underarm and the center front to reduce your breast protrusion. A minimizer only shifts the mass in areas other than directly in front. No bra can actually reduce breast size. View HerRoom's selection of minimizer bras.

Modal
Modal is made with cellulose from beech trees and is essentially a variety of rayon. It is about 50% more water-absorbent than cotton. Modal fabric has softness, good drape and is said to breathe even better than cotton. Garments made in modal have anti-crease properties and are relatively easy care.

Moisture Wicking
Fabrics that have the moisture wicking feature are able to draw moisture away from the body and put it on the surface of the fabric for quick evaporation. Many sports bras and tops are made with moisture wicking fabrics.

Molded Bras
Molded bras have cups which are machine molded from a single piece of fabric into a shape the manufacturer feels mirrors the preferred natural breast shape without any seams. Molded bras are usually unlined and may be either soft cup or underwire. They are seamless to create a smooth silhouette, unless overlaid with lace. A molded bra with thin foam or fiberfill lining that causes the cup shape to stand alone is known as a contour or T-shirt bra. View HerRoom's selection of molded bras.

Muffin Top
Describes the roll of flesh that protrudes over the top of pants that are too tight. Wearing the proper size pants or selecting high waist shapewear can eliminate this look.

Multi-Tab
A multi-tab bra is a type of convertible bra with multiple fabric loops for attaching the straps in different positions. These multiple tabs allow for extra adjustability. Extra tabs in the back will allow for options of a wider or a narrower set back, while extra tabs in the front will allow for you to switch the straps from a center pull to a wider set neckline. HerRoom will always show multiple images of different strap placements to make your selection easier.

Multiway
Another name for a convertible bra. A multiway bra has detachable straps that can be placed in different positions for versatile styling. View HerRoom's selection of multiway bras.



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Neathage
The name given to exposure of the underside of a breast without the nipple being exposed. This would occur if wearing a very short cropped T-shirt with no bra. The word comes from combining "underneath" with "cleavage." Another name for “neathage” is “underboob.”

Negligee
A French expression to identify a woman's beautiful nightgown; especially one that is lace-trimmed. View HerRoom's selection of negligee.

Nightgown
A loose dress worn for sleeping or lounge. Also called a night-dress or a nightie. View HerRoom's selection of nightgowns.

Nightshirt
A sleepwear silhouette that looks like a long or over-sized shirt. It is usually short and can be baggy or tailored. View HerRoom's selection of nightshirts.

Nipple Cover
A modesty garment used to conceal the nipples under tricky necklines by preventing the nipple from being seen through one’s clothes. A nipple cover hides the shape of the nipple by adhering to the skin. They have adhesive on one side and can be disposable or designed to wash and reuse. Generally worn with strapless or backless styles where it is best to go braless. Also called nipple petals, nipple concealers, gel petals, or comfy cups. Decorative nipple covers are called pasties. View HerRoom's selection of nipple covers.

No-Wire (Soft-Cup) Bra
A term for any bra without underwire. Especially comfortable for everyday wear. Can be padded or lined. Also called wirefree or wireless bras. View HerRoom's selection of soft-cup bras.

Nursing Bra
A nursing bra is designed for women who are breastfeeding. It generally has clasp openings at the top of the cup that can be opened with one hand to allow for ease of nursing. They are designed to accommodate a woman’s changing body after childbirth, with full coverage cups and breathable fabrics for the most comfortable wear. They are constructed to be supportive and comfortable at a time when breasts are sensitive and heavy. View HerRoom's selection of nursing bras.

Nylons
A traditional term often used to describe the high gossamer stockings in the 50’s and 60’s, when stockings were all made of 100% non-stretch ultra-sheer nylon.



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Opaque
When used in the lingerie industry, opaque means the body can not be seen through the garment.

Opera Hose
This item was very popular in the 50’s and 60’s but is not seen very often today. They are very long stockings, meant to be gartered, cut without the usual welt on the top. The garters are attached to a small band at the top of the stocking, giving a long un-interrupted look to the leg. These stockings require very short garters.

Overlock Stitch
A type of stitch that “finishes” the edge of a garment by enclosing a raw edge in thread loops. A quick and cost-effective way to finish a garment.

Overlocked Seam
A simple seam that is one of the most common in lingerie construction. A needle sews a seam while a knife blade trims off the excess fabric and looper threads wrap around to seal the raw edge. They allow the fabric to stretch without the risk of breaking the threads. It is perfect for joining multiple layers of fabric as cutting off the excess fabric will reduce bulk.



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Padded Bra
A bra with padding in the cups. The cups are molded and shaped with foam. The padding helps to lift and define the bust while giving a smooth shape. It also prevents nipple show through under thin tops. The padding is often made from fiberfill, polyurethane, memory foam, or spacer foam. Padded bras are also called contour bras or T-Shirt bras. View HerRoom's selection of padded bras.

Padded Straps
Unlike traditional bra straps, padded straps mean the part of the strap that rests on the top of the shoulder has padding for additional comfort. A padded bra strap is also usually wider for added comfort.

Pajamas
Loose-fitting nightclothes comprised of a jacket or top and trousers. View HerRoom's selection of pajamas.

Pantliner
A pantliner is any undergarment that begins at the waist and extends down past the mid-calf. A pantliner can be pantaloon-like and worn as a slip for unlined pants, or it can be formfitting to slim and smooth the legs. Can also be called an underliner. View HerRoom's selection of pantliners.

Pantyhose
A one piece hosiery garment consisting of two sheer legs connected to a panty and waistband. Pantyhose are usually of a 15 or 20 denier yarn and transparent, as opposed to tights, which are usually constructed of 30 denier yarn and are usually more opaque to solid in color than pantyhose. View HerRoom's selection of pantyhose.

Peignoir
A very feminine robe in sheer and/or embellished fabric. The name is French and derived from "to comb" because this was the dressing robe women would wear while they combed their hair at night. A peignoir set would include the robe and a matching nightgown.

Picot
A small, embroidered loop forming an ornamental edging on a ribbon or lace.

Plunge Bra
A bra with a very low center panel that reveals more of the breast for a sexier look. Plunge bras create the appearance of increased cleavage because of their plunging front silhouette, angled cups and low center panel. They give you subtle coverage that works well for low cut tops without sacrificing lift, support and shape. The shape of the cups is designed push the breasts together and up to create natural-looking cleavage. The difference between a plunge bra and a push-up bra is that a push-up bra achieves lift through heavier padding in the bottom of the cup, while a plunge bra has cups cut to reveal more of the breast and show off natural cleavage. View HerRoom's selection of plunge bras.

Pointed Heel
A pointed reinforcement on the back of seamed hosiery which is also known as a “French" or "European” heel.

Push-Up Bra
A bra with additional padding at the bottom portion of the cup to lift the breasts in order to give the illusion of a greater breast size. Now, push-up bras are designed to both push up and in to create more cleavage for lower necklines. View HerRoom's selection of push-up bras.

Pyramid Heel
A heel similar to a pointed heel, but which reaches the point in a series of steps like a pyramid.



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Racer Back
A design feature that anchors the back straps toward the center of the back and allows for a wider range of arm movement by not restricting the shoulder blades. This design is also used for sleeveless garments when traditional bra straps would be visible.

Racerback Bra
A bra with V-shaped straps in the back that meet between the shoulder blades. It helps prevents the straps from slipping off the shoulder. Racerback bras are an excellent solution for sleeveless tops under which traditional bra straps might be visible. This design can take many shapes. Some may take the form of a panel that covers the center of your back, and others can be as simple as straps that connect at the center of the back of the bra. J-hooks are an easy way to achieve this same effect by bringing the straps together at the back, while still giving you the option to wear them apart as traditional straps. View HerRoom's selection of racerback bras.

Reinforced
The sections of a garment that have been strengthened by double knitting to provide additional durability. This usually resulted in a darkening of the area, which is then considered a design feature. High stress areas are often reinforced to prevent the garment tearing. Hosiery commonly has reinforced toes and heels to prevent runs.

Restricted Stretch
Restricted stretch elastic will stretch and contract back into place. A bra strap made with restricted stretch elastic will not curl and give just a little stretch to be comfortable. These types of bra straps are perfect for a custom fit as they have some give without losing their shape and elasticity. A rigid strap would have no stretch. View HerRoom's selection of bras with restricted stretch straps.

RHT
Reinforced Heel and Toe stockings (as they are properly called) became popular in the 1960's, right after the advent of the circular knit machines. This allowed the manufacture of seamless stockings for the first time. These stockings have a darker reinforcement on the toe and the reciprocal heel to prevent runs. They have become a nostalgic retro item throughout the years, much like the Fully-Fashioned stockings of the 40’s and 50’s.

Rigid Straps
Bra straps that do not stretch and are not made with elastic. Full figure bra sizes many times have rigid straps because they give more support than elastic straps. A rigid strap is typically adjustable. Sometimes a manufacturer will have a rigid front on a bra strap and then have a piece of adjusting elastic down the back.

Rise
The rise is the measurement between the top and the first horizontal crotch seam of a garment. The higher the rise, the higher the garment will land on the body. The length of rise will determine the amount of coverage provided. The average panty has a 6” rise. Any panty with a rise below 5” is considered low rise. Mid rise panties will measure between a 5” and a 7” rise. Anything higher than 7” is considered to be a high rise panty.



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Sandalfoot
A style of toe finish on hosiery where the seam runs along the tips of the toes. Its position makes it less visible from the front, so sandalfoot toe seams cannot be seen with open toe or sandal style shoes. Sandalfoot toe seams can give the appearance of a nude foot. Hosiery with a sandalfoot toe seam will have seamless legs made with a circular knit and will be sewn closed at the toe.

Satin
A woven type of fabric with the characteristic of being highly lustrous on one side, and matte on the other. Can be made in a variety of fibers. Typical examples of satin weave fabrics include: slipper satin, crepe-back satin, faille satin, bridal satin, moleskin, and antique satin.

Seamed Bra
Any bra that has seams running through the cup. Seams provide the “load bearing” support in a bra’s construction. The bra will have seams where different panels of fabric are sewn together. The seams offer increased cup depth, superior support, and shaping. Seams also allow for the construction to take advantage of beautiful materials by having different sections made from different fabrics. Also called multi-part bras or cut and sew bras. View HerRoom's selection of seamed bras.

Seamless Bra
A bra with cups that have been molded into a permanent shape and fit. This bra gives a smooth and almost transparent look under clothing. They are particularly suitable under revealing and tight-fitting tops. View HerRoom's selection of seamless bras.

Shadow Toe
A shadow toe is a type of seam finish in hosiery where the seam is slightly reinforced. It is barely visible, offering the protection of a reinforced toe without noticeable darkening of the fabric.

Shape Enhancer
A shapewear garment that controls the tummy while shaping the waist and sides. Shape enhancers are designed to reduce inches around your waist for a toned, trim look. It commonly has hook and eyes at the waist, and usually has boning to keep the waist from rolling. Can also be called a waistnipper or a waist cincher. View HerRoom's selection of shape enhancers.

Sheer
A term used to describe garments that are transparent and allow the body to be seen.

Shelf Bra
A built-in bra with an additional panel of fabric for support and an elastic underband for a secure fit. Frequently found in swimwear, sleepwear, and camisoles, the shelf bra provides light support without needing a bra. They may have underwire or padding incorporated for extra lift.

Shelf Bra Lingerie
A bra with open or partially open cups that expose most of the breast for a sexy look. Shelf bras have the frame of a bra with revealing open cups that expose much or all of the nipples. They typically have a bra band that wraps around the underbust and underwire to offer some support even without the cups. They’re available in a variety of levels of cup coverage depending on how much skin you want to show off and nipple you want to leave exposed. View HerRoom's selection of sexy shelf bras.

Side Sling
A side sling is a curved vertical panel in a bra cup that helps center and contain the breast tissue. A side sling can be incorporated into the bra cup with seams, or it can be an additional vertical piece of fabric sewn inside the outer edge of a cup to perform the same function.

Silicone Gripper Elastic
A strip of silicone attached to the inside of a garment to help keep it from slipping down or out of place. Silicone is similar to rubber; it clings to the skin and it will hold fabric securely. Silicone gripper elastic is commonly used along the sides of strapless bras to keep them from slipping, or at the inside cuff of thigh high stockings.

Soft Cup Bra
A bra without an underwire. There are many different types of soft cup bras, but they all have a wireless construction in common. Many soft cup bras will use features padding, engineered knit zones, powernet, or wider straps to provide great support without the need of wires. Because they are free of any rigid underwire, they are generally very comfortable and are often preferred for sleep and leisure activities. When fitting yourself in a soft cup bra, the center front may not completely sit flat on your sternum, but it should still separate your breasts. Also called wireless or wirefree bra. View HerRoom's selection of soft cup bras.

Soutache
Soutache consists of loops similar to a ribbon, made of silk or other material, primarily attached by hand on fabric in an intricate pattern. Soutache is both used in lingerie and swimwear and represents one of the most sophisticated types of workmanships used by lingerie designers.

Spacer Foam
Spacer foam is a type of padding used in contour bras for lift and support. It is designed with a knit top and bottom layer and filaments in between, similar to a corrugated box. This creates air pockets within the padding. Spacer foam will feel springy and will spring back into place after it is pressed against. Its air pockets make it easier for air to pass through, so spacer foam will be very light and breathable. It also will not yellow, so white spacer foam bras will stay white over time. Contour bras with spacer foam will be lighter weight than traditional or memory foam padding.

Sports Bra
A type of bra worn during athletic activities that limits breast bounce. They are designed to support the breasts for the most effective and comfortable workouts. All sports bras have a sports level rating based on the level of activity from High Impact to Low Impact. High Impact sports bras will provide the most amount of support, making them perfect for running, while Low Impact bras will offer light support that is best for activities like yoga or walking. Most sports bras will use encapsulation styling or compression to keep the breasts in place. They are commonly wireless, although some styles may use underwire for better support and separation. Many sports bras will also take advantage of performance technology, like anti-odor tech, breathable fabrics, moisture wicking, or quick drying. Women should really have a variety of sports bras in different impact levels if they do more than one sports activity. View HerRoom's selection of sports bras.

Stabilizer
A rigid fabric interlining that restricts the stretch of selected areas of the garment to allow for better support.

Stabilizers
A rigid fabric interlining that restricts the stretch of selected areas of the garment to allow for better support.

Stay-Ups
Stockings that stay up without the need for garters. True stay-ups usually consist of a decorative stretch lace top with a silicone band inside the lace to help grip the leg.

Stockings
Although the popular use of this word has come to be anything worn on the legs (i.e. pantyhose, hold-ups or tights), we will stick with the more traditional definition. HerRoom refers to stockings as traditional style hosiery that cover the foot and most of the leg, usually up to the thigh. They are put onto each leg individually and are not attached at the top. They typically must be connected to a garter at top to keep them from slipping down the leg. These can come in plain top, satin top, or lace top, but should not be confused with hold-ups, which stay up by themselves. View HerRoom's selection of stocking .

Strapless Bra
A bra constructed so it stays in place without straps over the shoulder. This bra style is mostly worn with strapless tops, evening gowns, or tops where the traditional style bra straps would show. A strapless bra may be constructed in many different ways; the commonality between styles is the lack of straps. They may have padded cups or underwire for additional support. Strapless bras typically have wider sides to help them stay up without needing straps. Many styles will have silicone gripper elastic adhered to the upper edges to better hold the bra in place. Some strapless bras now come with removable straps that can be attached in traditional, crossback, or even asymmetrical styles to work underneath whatever neckline of top you choose. To have the right fit, a strapless bra must be sized correctly. Too loose, and you have no support; too tight, and it will work its way down your torso. View HerRoom's selection of strapless bras.

Stretch
The ability to extend longer or wider without tearing or breaking. Lingerie with stretch is typically made with a percentage of spandex fabric, which allows for freedom in movement, comfort, and fit.

String Bikini
A type of cut for a swimsuit or panty with a higher cut legline and thin string sides that connect the front and back panels. View HerRoom's selection of string bikini panties.

Support Panel
Another name for an inner sling sewn inside a bra’s cups. An inner sling is a curved strip of fabric that follows the natural curve of the bra. A support panel may be an additionally panel of fabric attached at the edges of the cup, or it may be directly incorporated into the cup design with seams. It may be made of a flexible knit to add shape to the cup, or it can be rigid fabric to better center the breast in the cup. It may go around the entire breast circumference, or it may just be a panel at the sides and bottom of the cup.

Surplice
Surplice is the name for a diagonally crossed neckline and/or bodice to give the look of it being wrapped. This style can also be called a "faux wrap" and creates a deep V-shaped neckline.



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T-Shirt Bra
Another name for a contour cup. The cups are seamless and molded with a thin layer of foam for shape and modesty. They are designed for a smooth look even under a tight T-Shirt, hence the name T-Shirt bras. T-Shirt bras are always seamless with padded cups and have no lace or ornamentation. View HerRoom's selection of T-Shirt Bra's.

Tall Center Panel
Connects the cups with a panel of material that is 3” or taller. Taller center panels can increase support or offer more coverage at the neckline.

Tanga
A tanga panty has back coverage in between that of a bikini and a thong. It has narrower back than a traditional panty, but not as narrow as a thong. They create a very “cheeky” look. Tangas are a more common silhouette in Europe. They are also a very comfortable transition from a bikini before attempting a thong. View HerRoom's selection of tanga panties.

Tap Pant
A panty styled like short shorts with a small flair at the hem. Frequently sold with coordinating bra or camisole. May be worn as a slip for shorter skirt styles.

Taped Seam
A type of finishing where a seam is covered over with a narrow strip of fabric or "tape." Some tapes can be used to create an enclosed channel for boning or underwire. Stretch tape can create an elasticized edge that will improve the fit and security of a garment. Other types of tape may simply be used for decoration.

Teddy
A one-piece lingerie garment that combines a camisole and a panty. They are typically worn as sexy attire and thus are often sheer, see through, or low cut. A teddy is typically fitted to the body but can be loose if desired. View HerRoom's selection of teddies.

Thong
A panty with a narrow strip of fabric in the back that begins as a "V" shape at the waistband and then tapers to a thin strip by the time it reaches the crotch. The cheeks of your bottom are thus exposed. This style panty is great if you want no visible panty lines and a smooth appearance. View HerRoom's selection of thongs.

Three Point Zigzag Stitch
A type of zigzag stitch where each individual stitch is split into three. Has a saw-toothed appearance with three points in each line. Can be applied wider than a standard zigzag as the individual stitches make it more secure with less risk of breaking. Often used in lingerie to apply elastic tapes.

Tights
A fitted hosiery garment made of knitted yarns that covers the legs, hips, and bottom. Tights are like pantyhose but are made of a heavier denier in opaque or semi-opaque yarns. They can come in a wide array of patterns and colors. Many tights have an elastic or double-layer waistband for a secure fit. They tend to be sporty and more durable than pantyhose. View HerRoom's selection of tights.

Torsette
A type of shapewear style that does not cover the bust area, with a deep, scooped topline that goes under the bust. Torsette shapewear allows you to wear your own bra, which gives you the shaping benefits without compressing your breasts or limiting support. Some torsettes have additional panels at the outer sides under the bra to give more lift to the breasts. Torsettes may come in many different styles, like camisoles, body briefers, or bodysuits. They typically target the tummy, back, and waist, but may come in longer styles to target the thighs and rear as well. View HerRoom's selection of torsettes.

Torsolette
A decorative type of undergarment that covers the midsection typically worn as part of a lingerie look for special occasions. It can be constructed with boning to give the mid-section a more idealized shape that helps to visually slim you. Without boning it can offer additional coverage to flatter your shape. It can be constructed with cups to function as a bra and may come with attached or detachable garters to function as a garter belt. Torsolettes have a vintage pedigree and are often worn with other lingerie pieces to create a more unified look.

Transversal Seam
A type of seam in the cup of the bra that runs in an arc shape near the top. A transversal seam gives shape to the cup and gives the breast a rounded, forward projection.

Triangle Bra
A triangle bra has triangle shaped cups, which offer the perfect amount of coverage/support for petite to average figures. Triangle bras may be padded or lined but generally do not have underwires. Most have thin straps. The bottom of the bra is, many times, gathered along a drawstring-like base. View HerRoom's selection of triangle bras.

Trousseau
A modern trousseau refers to the possessions gathered by a bride for her wedding and honeymoon. It typically contains lingerie for a bride’s wedding and honeymoon, and it may include the bridal bra and panties, hosiery, or special occasion lingerie. A traditional trousseau refers to a hope chest that served to hold the items a bride gathered before her marriage, including lingerie, toiletries, and bed linens. View HerRoom's trousseau selection.

Tummy Shaper
Another name for a control brief. It is a shapewear panty that is designed to smooth and flatten the belly to achieve a sleeker silhouette under clothing. Tummy shapers often have a high rise to offer more coverage and to shape more of the midsection. View HerRoom's selection of tummy shapers.

Twin Needle Lockstitch
A common type of stitch that creates two parallel rows of straight stitches. Performed on a sewing machine with two needles and two bobbins. Often used to apply non-stretch tapes and casings, like for underwire or boning, as there is a space between the two rows of stitching.



U
Ultra Sheer
A term referring to hosiery with a very light denier, giving them very light transparency and a high sheen. Ultra-sheer hosiery usually has denier of 10 or below.

Underband
A band of elastic along the bottom front of a bra that holds the fit close to the body. An underband will increase support and ensure that the fit stays in place.

Underboob
A slang term for when the underside of the breast becomes exposed at the bottom of a bra without the nipple being exposed. This commonly occurs when a person is wearing a bra in the wrong size as the breast spills out from beneath the underwire. This problem can be fixed by finding the right sized bra. Another name for “underboob” is “neathage.”

Underliner
Another name for a pantliner. An underliner refers to any undergarment extending from the waist past the mid-calf. It may be fitted or loose. It can be like a loose pantaloon worn as a slip under unlined pants, or it may be formfitting to shape and smooth the legs. View HerRoom's selection of underliners.

Underwire Bras
Bras with sewn-in molded wiring that runs underneath the breast in each bra cup. This support feature helps to lift, separate and shore up the bustline for better shape and extra support- especially for full-figured women. There are many different types of materials used in underwire bras today. The underwire can now be a flexible wire, a plastic coated piece of metal, or a molded plastic shape. View HerRoom's selection of underwire bras.



W
Waist Cincher
A type of shapewear undergarment that shapes the waist and tummy. It generally extends from below the bust down to the waist and sometimes over the hips. It typically uses boning for additional shaping and may close in front with a hook-and-eye panel. A waist cincher shapes the waist without flattening the chest or the hips, which makes it perfect for those seeking to create an hourglass shape. Also called a waist nipper. View HerRoom's selection of waist cinchers.

Waist Nipper
Another word for a waist cincher, a waist nipper is a shapewear undergarment that shapes the midsection. It typically starts beneath the bust and goes down to the waist or over the hips. It generally has boning for additional shaping, and open closes in the front with a hook-and-eye panel. A waist nipper is the perfect item for a person seeking to create an hourglass shape as it will nip in the waist without flattening the curves of the bust or hips. View HerRoom's selection of waist nippers.

Waist Trainer
A type of shapewear undergarment designed to target the waist. It is usually made of highly elastic, compressive material with boning for extra support. Many manufacturers of waist trainers claim that if worn over time, they will “train” your waist into a more sculpted shape. However, there is little scientific backing to these claims.

Wide Triangle Center Panel
A wide triangle center panel is when there is a wide, triangle-shaped panel between the cups of a bra attaching them together. Wide triangle centers are comfortable for those with wide set or splayed breasts who would like to accommodate the space between their breasts.

Wide-Away
A bra style with widely-spaced shoulder straps to accommodate a boatneck or wide squared neckline.

Wing
Another name for the side and back panel of a bra. The wings counterbalance the front of the bra to allow for better uplift and support.



Z
Zigzag Stitch
A back-and-forth stitch that is saw-toothed in appearance and allows for a garment to stretch.





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