Handy Dictionary & Fashion Glossary for Lingerie and Apparel...
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Fashion Terms Defined - Q to Z
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Sheer is used to describe fabrics that are see-thru, such as Chiffon. The opposite of Opaque.
A Shelf Bra has cups (many have Underwires) that support but do not cover the breast...the nipples and the top half of the breasts are exposed. This bra is perfect for plunging necklines, giving you support but leaving lots of bare skin. This style of bra offers great support, while still giving the bra-less look under a sweater or blouse.
The Slide Top is a style of Tri-top or Triangle Top that allows the cups to slide on the bodice string to adjust to personal needs...wider apart or closer together, narrower cups or fuller cups.
Thigh high leg coverings that are available in sheer, fishnet, patterns and opaques. Stockings come with back seams and without, with bows and without. Garters attach to the top to help keep the stockings up.
Stay-up Thigh High Stockings usually have wider bands at the top. Multiple elastic or silicon bands around the inside of the top part of the stocking grip the thigh helping the stockings to stay up without garters.
Strappy garments have many straps as a conspicuous part of the garment style.
The Tap Pant is a panty with a slightly gathered and elasticized waistband with short, loose-fitting legs. Usually teamed up with a Cami Top for a comfortable, flattering lounge set or pajama. Named after the pants female tap dancers used to wear back in the 1930's and 40's.
T-Back or T-Bars
This refers to the amount of "rear" coverage offered by the swimsuit bottom, teddy, panty, etc. Having a coverage area less than a Thong Back, the T-Back offers the least amount coverage.
Similar to a Teddy, a Teddiette comes with garters that are sometimes detachable, and is worn with Stockings.
Similar to a Bodysuit, a Teddy is a one piece garment that acts as a top and bottom. Teddies do not have garters and are usually held up with thin spaghetti shoulder straps.
This refers to the amount of "rear" coverage offered by the swimsuit bottom, teddy, panty, etc. An Thong Back has a coverage area more than a T-Back bottom, but less than a Brazil bottom.
The Tri-Top or Triangle Top is the top part of most bikinis. It consists of two triangles to cover the breasts, a halter tie and bodice strap that hooks or ties around the back or sometimes in front.
Underwires are rigid u-shaped rods arcing underneath the base of some bra cups. Used for support and structure, underwires give the wearer a more pushed-up bust appearance, enhancing cleavage.
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