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Distinctive Styles and Designs of Lingerie

Women’s Lingerie Types & Designs

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The word lingerie instantly brings to mind sensuality, romance, and lovely bits of women’s clothing. Lingerie can be worn for support as with a brassier, for slimming and shaping as with a corset, or for pleasure as with a gown. When shopping for lingerie, the experience can be overwhelming. There are so many women’s lingerie types and designs to choose from! We understand it can be challenging if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. So we put together this simple guide to the most popular lingerie types for women!


With so many options to choose from, finding the perfect bra can be a daunting experience! When shopping for bras at Bits of Lace, you can rest assured that any item you purchase will be of high quality and design, featuring only items from the world’s top brands. Use this quick bra guide to find the best bra style for you.

  • Relaxed Feel. Although all properly fitted bras should be comfortable, if you are looking for a minimal support bra for a relaxed feel, the following are recommended: a bandeau bra, bralette, breathable bra, soft cup (often called a wireless bra), foam lined cup bra, leisure bra (also known as a sleep bra), a seamless bra (T-shirt bra), or a sports bra. 
  • Cleavage. On the other hand if creating more cleavage is important, the following will prove useful: balconnet bra, demi cup bra, padded bra, or plunge bra.
  • Support. If overall support is what you’re looking for, then you may want to try one of the following: contour bra, darted-seam cup bra, full cup bra, full figure bra, minimizer bra, molded cup bra, or an underwire bra.
  • Versatility. If you are trying to find a bra that won’t take away from your outfit by peeking through with standard straps, then these choices may fit your wardrobe: an adhesive or backless bra, multi-positional bra, racer back bra, standard strapless, or a convertible bra with straps that detach are great choices.
  • Other. There are also specialty bras such as the maternity bra, nursing bra, triangle bra, and the front closure bra.

For a more in-depth look at all of the various bra styles, be sure to check out our Bra Style Guide!


Similar to a corset, a bustier works with your body to accentuate your curves. However, unlike the corset, these one-piece wonders are often made of fabric with more “give” to them and are as easy to put on as a bra. This garment gently creates shape through the waist while lifting the breasts, offering practicality and fashion at the same time. They come in a plethora of lavish colors, patterns, and fabrics to fit your unique style. They may also come with detachable straps to be worn strapless or haltered. A bustier is truly a necessity for any woman’s lingerie wardrobe—whether you want to create a little shape or have an alluring match to a sexy thong.


As often as this type of lingerie is worn under clothes, camisoles can also be worn as an outer layer for a little pizazz. They are usually fitted with thin straps, some of which are adjustable, and are made from a variety of materials. They come in several colors and patterns, and they may have a lightly supporting built-in shelf bra. If worn as an under-shirt, an intricate lace detail may not be desired. On the other hand, if worn with an outfit, then a fun lace pattern across the neckline or along the bottom may be just the outfit accent you’re hoping for!


Chemises are a style of women’s lingerie that is typically a short, sleeveless gown with an A-line silhouette. To help eliminate confusion, sometimes these are referred to as “babydolls”—though wearing one of these flirty pieces will instill the feeling of being all woman! These make a perfect addition to your evening lingerie collection and a fabulous way to show off your legs!


Much like bustieres, corsets come in various colors and materials. The sky is the limit when it comes to this women’s lingerie design. The primary difference between the two is that corsets are sturdier, (featuring boning that is often made of steel), incorporate a reinforced lining such as silk, and have lace up in the back, front, or both. A corset should be properly fitted to your body in order to slim the belly, accentuate the hips, and support the breasts to create a lovely hourglass figure. You can find corsets in underbust styles (cupless waist cinchers) or overbust styles (standard).


Sensual and comfortable, a gown is an excellent addition to any woman’s lingerie collection. Bits of Lace has gowns for summer, fall, winter, and spring—not to mention anniversaries, gifts, or simply to reward yourself! Gowns range from ankle length to knee length and can be long sleeve, three quarter sleeve, or sleeveless. They also come in a variety of colors and luxurious fabrics, so any women can find the perfect piece to meet her sense of style.


Quite possibly the most diverse among women’s lingerie types, panties offer countless styles, colors, and materials to choose from. The four most commonly encountered styles are as follows:

  • Bikini Panties. Offer moderate front and rear coverage with thin hip connectors. Can be found in low or mid-rise styles.
  • Boyshort Panties. Boyshorts are a wide, low rise cut that hugs the body and wraps comfortably around the hips. These will often feature a cheeky cut in the back and can be thought of as a shorter, far sexier version of the male boxer brief.
  • Full Brief. This to the most traditional style of women’s panties that flatters your natural waist and rests on the top of your thighs, providing 360° comfortable coverage.
  • Seamless Panties. Fashioned from specialty fabric, these pieces feature invisible stitching for an incredibly comfortable fit that hugs your curves. You can find seamless panties in bikini, boyshort, brief and high waist styles.


Whether they are made of practical cotton for wearing around the house or fashioned out of sultry silk for the bedroom, robes are a must have item in every women’s lingerie wardrobe.  With a variety of fabrics, fits, and lengths, there’s something for every woman. You can find the perfect full coverage robe for making breakfast with the children, an elegant yet not too revealing robe for relaxing on a spa vacation, or a short sexy kimono for some down-time with your spouse.


Normally associated with work attire, slips can be sexy too! When worn under a dress or skirt, the bra and panty lines are erased instantly. An assortment of slips are available with lengths ranging from the traditional 15”-36” (with or without a side slit) to more modern designs which include the strapless, seamless, and whole body shaping control slips.  With brands like Prima Donna and Hanky Panky, the perfect slip is within reach at Bits of Lace!

Tap Sets

This is a matched top and bottom that functions as flirty, feminine nightwear or lounge wear. This set is usually a camisole top and matching pair of petite shorts or boy shorts that are cute, fun, and incredibly comfortable. Bits of Lace Fine Lingerie carries a variety of colors, prints, and fabrics such as Peruvian Pima cotton, ultra-fine jersey cloth, or Modal fabric.


teddy unique women’s linger design. It is a one piece item that’s created to accentuate your figure. It is best compared to a tap set that has been united into one sexy look. They can be sheer lace or seductive silk depending on your personal preference. With designs by Hanky Panky and Eberjey, you can find your favorite looks at Bits of Lace!


Thongs are the more risqué cousins to panties. Incredibly sexy, these are a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. At Bits of Lace, we’ve organized our expansive thong inventory into five popular styles:

  • Original Thongs. Feature a broad waistband to stay securely around the hips and a wider, more modest back.
  • Seamless Thongs. Constructed out of material to fit comfortably and eliminate any chance of a panty line.
  • Low Rise Thongs. Modern take on the original thong with a low waistband to lie comfortably across the hips—which is perfect for low rise jeans!
  • G-Strings. Light fabric with a very thin waistband for wearing with tricky items such as clingy dresses, white slacks, and skinny jeans.
  • Luxury Thongs. Sophisticated and sultry with full coverage across the front. These often feature embellishments and a classic thong back.
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