Little lingerie dictionary

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What is lingerie?

Lingerie is fine underwear for women. Like so many beautiful things of good taste, the word comes from France. Another word for fine underwear is lingerie, also from French. Americans like to say intimates, sportier underwear is considered Bodywear designated. 

Underwired bra

A beautiful underwired bra provides perfect support and sets curves perfectly in scene with the two integrated underwires, which are mostly made of metal. 

These thin metal brackets have a shaping effect and support the bust. This is especially important for large cup sizes.

Wired bras come in these subcategories:

Unlined or unpadded bras have no pads or cups for a very natural shape with light support from the underwire.

T-shirt bra, a molded bra without seams, so it is invisible even under tight tops.

Padded or cup bra with preformed cups that gently lift the breasts and give them a nice round shape. With its heavy padding, this cup bra is called a push-up or maximizer because it makes the bust size appear significantly larger.

Balconette bra with particularly wide side straps and half cups, making balconette bras look particularly sexy. It's also practical because the bra straps remain invisible, even with tops that have a wide cut-out. Also available as a push-up, then usually called a dirndl bra. 

The sexy balconette variant is called shelf bra with a demi cup or a 1/4 cup. The demi or 1/2 cup extends to about the nipples. In the quarter cup, the bust is exposed and supported and slightly lifted by the cups.

A bustier is perfect for the current trend of wearing lingerie visibly, because a bustier can be combined both as lingerie and as a top. A bustier is longer than a bra and reaches to the rib cage or even to the waist. A bustier without form cups will also do Longline bra/longline bralette called.

A plunge bra has a low center bar and is therefore ideal for plunging necklines - especially when something of the beautiful embroidery or lace is seen or even specially decorated like here at Marlies Dekkers.

Bralettes or triangle bras

They are usually made without underwire and are particularly suitable for smaller breasts. They are very comfortable and yet extremely seductive. There are different models that give different support. bralettes are also available with cups that can be padded differently. Soft bras should be comfortable and have no underwire; but can be upholstered or padded.

A highly fashionable variant of the triangle bra is the HIGH APEX BRA. The triangular triangle cups of a high apex bra reach to the shoulder. This gives the bra more support and the breasts appear fuller. 

Ouvert, peephole and open cup bras

Is the sexy version of lingerie that exists for all types of lingerie, and often as lingerie referred to as. Ouvert comes from French and means "open", English "open" - i.e. panties or bodysuits that are open at the crotch or an open bra that has playful openings in the nipple area. peephole is an ouvert variant and means peephole... By the way, the fishbelly collection is known for beautiful and casual crotchless lingerie with particularly beautiful ones Open cup bras.

The different panty shapes

A classic briefs sits about waist high and covers the buttocks. A fashionable take on the classic brief, it features high-cut legs for an '80s look that's Jane Fonda aerobics.

The bikini briefs is sexier than the classic slip. It has a lower cut, so it has less fabric and shows more skin. In this way, the bikini panties avoid flashing with lower-cut skirts or trousers.

The high waist briefs is a newly discovered panty shape for a retro look. The high-waist briefs reach down to the waist and elegantly conceal one or two extra pounds. Some waist briefs also have a slight shape effect (click here) and are a perfect choice for fitted flowing dresses.

A thong is a pair of panties with a very narrow T-shaped back. Thongs are perfect for tight-fitting clothing as they don't add bulk.

The G-String is a mini thong with only a narrow ribbon on the back. The G-string is celebrating its fashion comeback as an important part of 2000s fashion. In addition, the side ties and the decoration on the back can even be worn visibly for the lingerie look #Whale Tail. Incidentally, there are particularly sophisticated strings from Marlies Dekkers.

With a tanga, the front and back parts are held together with a mostly elastic band. There are Tanga Thongs and Tanga briefs. Thongs can be high or low cut. Extremely high-cut tanga strings are currently very popular. For a particularly beautiful example click here

Hipsters and boy shorts have a more masculine cut with a straight leg and are more covering. Hipsters are often worn under short skirts and dresses in summer or super trendy with a visible waistband under low-cut jeans. Yes, the fashion sin from the 2000s is actually back!

The French knickers is the sexy version of boy shorts. Like men's shorts, the French knicker has a loose-fitting leg opening with no elastic cuffs. We have particularly seductive French Knickers made of black lace e (click here).

Discover here our selection of panties and thongs.


Aubade Paris - Slip ouvert

Psst: Have you ever tried panties from the lingerie section? Sexy lingerie such as pearl panties, open panties and open thongs ? Here our selection for you. And if you want to surprise someone: the panties on the left are from Aubade, a one size open lace thong in a gift box.