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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Racer-Back Bra, Racer Back Bra Style of bra named after racing swimsuits that also have straps meeting in a V shape on the back between the shoulder blades. This bra style is worn with sleeveless tops, and also prevents straps from slipping off the shoulders.
Racerback, Racer Back Style of clothing named after racing swimsuits that have straps meeting in a V shape on the back between the shoulder blades.
Rayon A synthetic, silk-like fabric, but less expensive than silk. This fabric does not trap heat against the body, and absorbs moisture. It is a comfortable fabric against skin, making it popular for lingerie.
Regal Lace An elegant pattern of lace that simply a particular pattern of lace that was given the name "Regal" by the fabric manufacturer.
Reinforced The stress areas such as the toe or panty portion which have been strengthened with yarns of heavier denier.
Reinforced Heel

Hosiery with extra or heavier fabric in the heel to enhance durability.


Reinforced Toe Hosiery with extra or heavier fabric in the toe.  Hosiery with a reinforced toe is more resistant to runs starting in the toe area than is hosiery without a reinforced toe.
Removable Garters Elastic straps on corsets or other lingerie that attaches to stockings to hold them up, but which can be removed if stockings won't be used.  This is a useful feature if you want to wear your corset as a sexy top.
Removable Pads Bra padding that can be removed from the bra cups.



Simulated diamonds, fake diamonds or gemstones.  May be made of plastic, acrylic or cut glass/crystal.  Cut glass or crystal is considered superior in brilliance and appearance than acrylic or plastic.  Quality rhinestones made of cut glass and crystal are usually called "Austrian Crystal".  While "Austrian Crystal" usually does come from Austria, only rhinestones actually made by Swarovski can use the name "Swarovski Crystal" or "Swarovski Austrian Crystal".
Ribbed Fabric that has raised vertical lines woven into the knit
Rib Knit Type of elasticized knit with raised ridges Ribbed knits can be used for complete underwear pieces, such as briefs, boxer briefs, tees and tanks, and is also used for trim on clothing such as leg bands, cuffs, neck bands, etc.


Stiff or does not stretch
Rings and Slides Rings and slides are used to adjust the length of straps and may be placed in the front or in the back of the bra, depending on how smooth a look is desired. (We always wondered what those things were called that adjusted bra straps)
Rise The rise is the measurement between the waistband and the first horizontal seam of a panty. The average brief or panty has a 9" rise.  A low rise is when the rise measurement is 7 or less.
Rivets A flat, round-headed metal fastener that goes through the fabric and is flattened out to form another head.
Robe A long, loose-flowing outer garment worn as a dressing gown or bathrobe over swimwear, lingerie, costumes, or dancewear.

Contact us at: Please let us know of any lingerie or clothing names, terms, and phrases that we have missed.  We also want any special laundry hints and your tricks for dealing with difficult stains.  We are trying to make this Lingerie Dictionary a complete as possible and your suggestions are always welcome.