The Clothing, Lingerie and Apparel Dictionary

Clothing: a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Lingerie: women's underwear, nightclothes, and intimate apparel

Apparel: Clothing, especially outer garments or attire

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Garter A piece of elastic with metal or plastic clasps at the end worn which attaches to the top of a stocking to prevent it from slipping down. May or may not be removable - something to keep in mind if stockings won't be used. Think garter belt.  A garter can also be an elastic band worn around the top of a stocking and leg to keep it from slipping down.  Think wedding garter.
Garter Belt An article of lingerie that consists of adjustable waistband and garter straps; used to hold up stockings.  Occasionally there will be styles with more than four garters.  Garter belts are made in a variety of styles and colors. Lingerie fashion etiquette dictates that the color and design of the garter belt match the stockings and panties or G String
Garter Straps Elastic straps that are usually adjustable in length, which attach by a rubber and metal or plastic clip to the tops of stockings.  These are sometimes simply referred to as garters.
Gartini A combination garter belt with a built in panty.
Gauge The number of threads per 1 ˝” in a single knitted row. 51 gauge means 51 threads per 1-˝ inches. The more threads per area the higher the gauge. Increasing the gauge makes a stocking more like silk and adds to its durability. To manufacture a higher gauge stocking increases the cost.
Gauze A loosely woven, lightweight, sheer fabric.
Georgette Sheer crepe fabric with a dull pebbly surface.
Girdle Any undergarment that is close fitting, often boned and usually elasticized, that extends from the waist to below the hips. With the new fabrics and designs available, the term girdle is rarely used and has become replaced with the word “shaper” or “shapewear”
Gown A long dress or sleepwear item, like a chemise, but can vary in length from thigh to ankle length. This word is used for lingerie and sleepwear as well as formalwear.
Gripper Elastic Elastic designed to gently grip the skin to hold a garment in place. This type of elastic is often seen on strapless bras or thigh-high stockings.
G-String, G String A panty, similar to a thong, with a small front area connected with thin, elastic string in back and around the waist leaving the buttocks exposed. Many womens wear these under pants, shorts, or other clothing to avoid having a panty line.
G-String Back, G String Back Lingerie, often a teddy or teddiette, with a thin piece of elastic used in the back and sometimes around the waist, exposing all of the buttocks.
Gusset The triangular or rectangular lining in the crotch area of the panty or shape wear. A gusset is usually made of cotton.
Gusset Closure This is a hook and eye or snap crotch closure

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