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Bra & Pant Glossary
Use our bra & pant glossary to inform your intimates shopping experience and get exactly what you want.
Also known as a shelf bra, a balconette has a lower, more revealing cut than a demi-cup and offers dramatic lift.
Essentially a demi-cup bra — only with wider-set shoulder straps. Perfect for tops and dresses with wide and plunging necklines.
A more holistic approach to shaping and lift, bustiers address the whole torso. Built-in bra support and boning throughout. May come with removable straps.
All about convenience and adaptability. Straps can be worn many different ways — racerback, single-shoulder, criss-cross, halter, or strapless — making it easy to transition from one season to the next. Wear with a variety of tops, from strapless to boat-neck to halter.
An alluring, “half-cup” bra with less coverage than a full-cup, but more than a balconette. A great choice for women with petite to average figures who don’t need a lot of support.
A basic, everyday bra offering full coverage and support.
Molded Contour (a.k.a. Molded-Cup):
For shape and full support. Filled with a thin layer of foam, cups mirror women’s natural curves. Molded bras may be either soft cup or underwire.
Located at the sides of some bra styles for a more streamlined fit and added support. Also allow for greater breathability.
Cups are angled to provide more coverage on the side and less in the center, allowing you to avoid a major fashion faux pas — showing your bra at the neckline of a low-cut top. Another benefit: plunge bras amplify your natural assets without the bulk of a push-up.
Different from traditional padded bras, which offer only modest size enhancement, push-ups have a more revealing cut with extra padding lower on the cup to lift and substantially enhance your bustline. Often with underwire support.
A sportier style with straps that join at the center of the back for a no-show fit under racerback tops.
Simply stated: bras without underwire and subsequently less support. Lightly padded or lined.
Specially designed to minimize bounce and provide enhanced support during workouts.
A staple in any bra collection — and a must for many special-occasion pieces. With removable straps or none at all.
Seamless, contoured bras that offer ultimate body-hugging coverage and full support. Invisible, even under the thinnest, form-fitting tops. Generally made of microfiber.
A little more revealing than a full brief but still a lot more coverage than a thong. String bikinis offer slightly less coverage with only a string connecting the front and back. Variations include: low-rise and high-cut.
A more recent borrowed-from-the-boys style that continues to grow in popularity. Full front and back coverage and a lower rise.
A traditional mid- to high-rise pant with conservative front and back coverage.
Long, beautiful…legs! This moderate to full-coverage pant sits higher on the thigh for a nice lengthening effect. High waist.
No peeking…This super-cute style sits low on the waist , the perfect choice for your favorite low-rise pants. Full back coverage and low- to medium-cut legs. More revealing than a boyshort.
Bye, bye panty lines. This popular pant silhouette is defined by a small triangle front and thin, no-show Y-back.
This softer, more form-fitting variety of lace moves with you and won’t bunch.
Specially treated to be softer, stronger and more lustrous than its traditional counterpart.
Amazingly light! Woven of synthetic fibers that weigh less than 1 denier (measurement of linear density). Note: 9,000 meters of 1-denier fiber weighs only 1 gram (453.59 grams = 1 pound).
Natural and/or synthetic fibers that work to keep you cool and comfortable by channeling moisture away from the body.