the glossary

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Balconette Bra Another version of the Demi Cup Bra, the Balconette features a specific horizontal cut across the bust with cups that are seamed to give a corseted look.

Bamboo Made from rayon, this lightweight bamboo has a dryer hand than our other fabrics and the feel of the softest, coziest cotton delivering light support, a hint of stretch, and breathable texture.

Bandeau Bra Often made from a single wide band of fabric, this strapless knit is a comfortable and versatile option for those who don’t need much structure or support.

Bikini The original classic comes with an enduring cut and lie-flat fabric that sits right at the natural waist.

Body Stocking True to its name, this fitted hosiery provides sheer coverage from the toes to the bust.

Boy Brief Borrowed from the boys, this cut sits lower on the hips with other classic elements from his favorite pairs.

Bralette Generally less structured, a Bralette is like a bra’s little sister, coming in t-shirt sizing, rather than standard cup sizes.

Brief A cut of underwear with a waistband that sits at or just below the navel to provide full back and side coverage.

C-String Designed to be invisible, the adhesive C-String provides minimal coverage with no strings, straps, or VPL.

CONTOUR BRA Also known as a T-Shirt Bra, the Contour has cups that hold their shape, even when not being worn. The cups are seamless, molded, and shaped with foam to prevent nipple show-through, offering significant coverage and control.

Center Panel Also known as a Bridge or Center Connector, the small piece of fabric that connects the two cups of a bra in the center front.

Classic Cut Easy, collectible, and designed with every body in mind, this cut’s medium coverage is about as classic as it gets.

Contour Our most secure compression fabric, this nylon and spandex blend provides super-smooth, high-performance shaping. Due to the nature of the fabric, our heavyweight undergarments may run tighter than our standard fits. We recommend sizing up.

Control Top A panel made of a heavier fabric content is included in some undergarments to provide extra support and smoother lines where needed.

Convertible Bra Designed to be worn in many different ways, the straps on a Convertible Bra beg for creative configuration.

Cookies Inserts added to the cup of a bra to help change the appearance or shape of the breast, or to fill the cup further.

DC Double Cheek An unfortunate optical illusion that happens when you’re wearing the wrong undergarment and it gets caught, twisted, and outlines each cheek. Avoid doubling up with a boyshort or full coverage undergarment option.

Demi Cup The half “demi” cup is designed with a portion of the upper half of the cup cut away, leaving the upper part of the breast exposed. Demi Bras also generally feature wider-set straps.

Foam Lined Cup A bit more modest, foamed lined cups prevent nipple show-through. Thinner than a padded bra, foam lining helps create a natural silhouette without adding size.

Foundations A “pre-war” term for undergarments, the word was used because of its similarities to concrete. Today’s undergarments, thankfully, have come a long way, fitting now like a second skin, allowing women to exist in their natural state.

French Cut A standard brief with a little more flash, the French Cut’s cut to hit all the right angles.

Full Coverage Brief Designed with your curves in mind, full coverage means things stay covered while your figure gets flattered.

Girl Short A tight short that sits high up on the thigh, the Girl Short gives a bit more coverage, but still feels flirty.

Gusset Closure Adjustable rows of hook and eye closures that can be used on the back of a bra or the closure of a bodysuit.

Halter Bra With straps that fasten behind the neck, this bra is often the choice for backless dresses.

Heavyweight Our most secure compression fabric, this nylon and spandex blend provides super-smooth, high-performance shaping.

High Rise Designed to elongate the legs, high-rise fits provide more coverage in the back and reveal more leg around the sides.

High-Waist Brief Supportive high-waist underwear that gives you shape by tucking it all in when you don’t want to have to suck it all in.

Hosiery Developed to slim and smooth with room to breathe, this sheer nylon and jersey blend has a weightless feel of a second skin.

LIGHT SUPPORT Cutaway wings and minimal banding under the cups offers lighter support for smaller breasts.

Lightweight An elastane, nylon, and spandex blend that provides optimal stretch and comfortable shaping with a weightless feel.

Lined Cup Lining in the cup of a bra, which lends another layer of support and helps limit nipple visibility.

MOLDED BRA Designed to mirror the natural shape of breasts, a Molded Bra uses cups that are machine molded using a single piece of fabric that doesn’t require seams.

Microfiber Extremely fine fabric filaments woven together to create a texture even finer than silk. Microfiber fabrics are lightweight and so tightly packed they can prevent moisture from passing through.

NST Nipple Show Through When you free the nipple and they become visible through your top. This can be remedied by wearing molded bras with lined or padded cups.

Nipple Cover Adhesive lightweight pasties designed to cover just the nipple. Intended to be worn when no other undergarments are required or desired, so there’s no fear of nipple show-through.

PADDED BRA When you want to enhance your assets, padded styles lift, shape, and flatter what you’ve got.

PLUNGE BRA Designed with a low cut for when you want to show off your girls, the deep front silhouette and angled cups give off the appearance of increased cleavage.

Seamed Bra Structured with seams running through the bra, a Seamed Bra provides more support since seams are typically stitched to the exact cup size and measurements of the bra.

Seamless Bra Designed to give a smooth and transparent look under clothing, a Seamless Bra has cups that have been molded into a permanent shape and fit.

Sports Bra For when you’re on the move, the sports bra is all about performance. Its scooped neck and elastic banding are fit for every workout.

Stabilizers A more rigid piece of fabric that limits the stretch of certain parts of the undergarment to allow for better support.

Strapless Bra An underwire bra with wide sides, no (or removable) straps, and a hook closure. Oftentimes silicone is stitched into the upper and lower bands of a Strapless Bra to prevent it from slipping during wear.

T-SHIRT BRA Another name for a Contour Bra, the T-Shirt Bra features molded, seamless cups with a thin layer of foam to add shape and modesty to prevent nipple show-through.

TRIANGLE BRA Weightless enough so you may even forget you’re wearing it, triangle shaped cuts offer the perfect amount of coverage for those that don’t need full support.

Tank Bra With a higher neckline, the tank feels fashion while still serving function. No pushing and no padding keep this style easy but still supportive, with an elastic band for fit.

Tap Short Like short shorts, the barely-there style was designed for the shortest hems and breeziest days. Sometimes they’re even worn as a makeshift slip with shorter skirts.

Thong Designed with just a narrow strip of fabric in the front, exposing your cheeks in the rear, the thong’s minimal coverage means no VPL for a smooth overall appearance.

UNDERWIRE BRA Providing you the shape you need to build the strong foundation you’re looking for, an actual “wire” runs under the cups of the bra.

VPL Visible Panty Line What happens when the outline of your underwear show right through what you’re wearing. Opt for a thong to eliminate any evidence of VPL.