Lingerie is a fashionable term used for women's undergarments. The word was initially derived from the French word 'linge', meaning washables. This was further referred to 'lin', corresponding to washable linen, which was the fabric from which European garments were made, before the introduction of cotton. The concept of appealing lingerie was developed in late nineteenth century. In 1960s, lingerie was further modified to give it a sexual appeal. Though bridal lingerie has always occupied a special place in the wedding preparations for a bride, its demand is increasing as per the modern day improvements done to it.
Bridal lingerie is given special importance as it is supposed to enhance the beauty of the bride to make her look more appealing. In effect, a bride pays equal attention to her lingerie as she pays to her bridal dress. With the modern day advancements, there are a number of options for a bride to choose from. There are different types of lingerie available in the markets, which the bride can pick as per her own body type. However, it should be kept in mind that apart from looking sensuous, the lingerie should be comfortable, fitting perfectly to enhance her body curves and contours.
Bridal Lingerie for Upper Body
- Babydoll - It is a short, sleeveless, lose nightgown or negligee, which consists of formed cups with an attached loose fitting skirt. It comes adorned with lace, appliqués, ruffles, fur, bows and ribbons along with spaghetti straps. It is usually teamed with a matching panty. It is a highly eroticized nightwear and is often termed as a shortie nightgown.
- Bustiers - It is a short fitting innerwear, which resembles Basque. It extends only up to the ribs or waist, pushing the breasts up and shaping the waist. It is ideal to be worn under a low back dress.
- Camisole - It is sleeveless and tight fitting innerwear and usually covers the entire torso. They are available in different materials such as satin, silk, lycra, nylon, cotton, etc. They can be worn with or without brassieres.
- Negligee - A negligee is a form of nightgown, which was introduced in France in the 18th century. A modern negligee is loose, made of sheer translucent fabric.
Lower Part of the Body
- Panties - Though panty is the commonunderwear for women, it does offer wide variety for the newly weds. The bride can choose from normal briefs to high cut briefs, from boyshorts to control panties, from hipsters to bikinis as per her comfort.
- Thongs - A thong is an undergarment, which consists of a narrow strip connecting the waist strip. The thin strip just fits between the buttock cheeks of the wearer. They are available in varied sizes, shapes and materials. They are known as 'tanga' in Brazil.
- G String - A G-string is avariation of thongs. Instead of a thin strip, it just contains a string of fabric, connecting the front pouch with the waist band at the rear.