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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Needle Count     The total number of needles used in knitting stockings. The higher the needle counts the closer the stitches.
Negligee A light sheer lingerie robe or a sheer nightdress with lace trim, usually designed to be revealing
Net, Netting See through cloth that is made of very fine threads woven together so that there are small evenly spaced holes between them.
Nightgown, Night Gown A loose garment or any length, worn as sleepwear.
Nightshirt, Night Shirt A long, loose shirt worn as sleepwear.
No Fly No convenience opening in the front of shorts or pants.
Non-Stretch Straps Non-stretch straps, also known as rigid straps, are usually used for sports bras or full-figured bras.
Novelty Underwear Underwear item that has special, often light-hearted or cute, i.e. shiny satin men's thongs or heart-print boxer shorts. Novelty underwear is sometimes associated with Valentine's Day or other holidays and makes a great sexy gift idea.
No-Wire Bra, No Wire Bra Type of bra with no under wires designed for increased comfort. Some No-Wire bras give light to moderate support, for petite to average figures. Other styles may furnish full support.
Nursing Bra A nursing bra is an extra-support bra that comes with removable flaps on the cups, allowing a new mother to nurse her baby without totally removing her bra.


A synthetic fiber that, along with polyester, make underwear fabrics more easily washed and wrinkle-resistant.

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