Lingerie Glossary

Ever wonder what a term means when someone is talking about lingerie? See the full list of lingerie terms and definitions to get your questions answered.

Bra Terms


Bra Terms

Balconette Bras (also called Balcony bras):
Balconette Bras are for low cut, sexy looks featuring minimal cups that create a straight line across the bust. Wear balconettes with a square neckline or low round-neckline shirt.
Demi Bras:
Demi bras are bras with smaller-coverage cups, exposing a larger portion of the top of the bust. Demi bras or “Demi cup bras” are ideal for a sexier look because they make breasts look fuller and larger. This is achieved by providing lift from below the bust (ideal for lost breast tissue). Demi Bras offer sexiness without sacrificing comfort; therefore, they can be worn as an everyday bra. Wear a demi cup with your sexy tops or under shirts with low necklines.
Bandeau Bras:
Bandeau (or “bandeaus”) are simple bras made from bands of material around your chest, without wires or cups. Bandeau bras do not have back closures, making them ideal for back-revealing tops. Wear a bandeau bra under sheer tops, backless tops, low cut tops and low side tanks, as colorful accessories or for support under strapless styles. Our Flirtie Bandeau bra has side boning and silicone grips at the edges for extra support and staying power. Bandeau bras with a longer band below the bust are sometimes worn as crop tops, or “Bandeau Tops”. Padded bandeau bras, like our Trenta padded bandeau, give more shape and support for fuller busts.
Strapless Bras:
Strapless bras are underwire bras without straps or with straps that can be removed. Wear a strapless bra underneath a strapless dress or strapless top, or a top that you do not want bra straps to be seen. For maximum support, use a strapless bra with a thicker band below the bust. These are frequently used under sleeveless bridal, prom and evening gowns. Our Marni strapless plunge back bra and Papillon strapless bra are perfect choices for your strapless needs.
Padded Bras:
Padded bras are any bras that have a concealing lining or “padding”. The thickness of the padding varies from lightly padded such as the Never Say Never Soiré Softie Soft Padded Bra, breathable pads such as our Talco wireless bra, and more shaping bras such as our Elise Push Up. Wear a padded bra to conceal erect nipples, or for a comfortable, covered feel undershirts.
Push Up Bras:
Push up bras are underwire bras with push up padding, either in removable pads (cookies) or built in padding, to give a sexy boost to small busts and even larger busts. Some push up bras come with removable cookies for adjustable padding while others have a built-in shelf of support, thicker at the base and thinner toward the tops of the bust line. Wear a push up bra if your breasts need more lift, or if you want to raise your breasts up and produce a prominent “mounding” effect, or to perk up your bust or to add a cup size.
Super Push Up Bras:
Super push up bras are push up bras that add two cup sizes and center the cleavage for an ultra-voluptuous look.
Plunge Bras:
Plunge bras are bras with a plunging “V” neckline for a dramatic sexy look. Most Plunge bras are lightly padded yet very revealing. Wear a plunge bra with your low v neck tops and dresses, including maxi dresses, jumpsuits and deep plunge neckline gowns.
Soft Bras:
Soft Bras, are bras with no underwire. The entire piece is a soft fabric, making them the most comfortable and fastest growing category of bras today. Soft bras typically do not have a back closure and slip on over the head which allow them to be worn as accessories with backless tops and dresses. Wear a soft bra for lounging, sleeping, yoga, or after reconstructive surgeries. For everyday use, soft bras can be worn by women with small busts for pops of color and ultimate comfort. For women with larger busts who still like our soft bra designs and want to show off their detailed laces and colors, try layering over your underwire bra. Because of their comfort and no wires, soft bras are also a great option for post-operation and recovery.
Bralette Bras:
A bralette is a type of soft bra which does not have adjustable straps and typically slips on over your head. Wear a bralette as a fun and colorful accessory under your tank tops, racer back tops, low back tops and low front tops.