Lingerie Glossary

Baffled by basques and babydolls? Spiral into confusion when confronted with a corset? Read our helpful lingerie glossary to unveil those mystery lingerie pieces and discover what they are supposed to do...


We love these glamorous bottom-skimming dresses. Accentuating curves with a little extra coverage, they tease in sheer lace, romantic ruffles and silky sumptuousness - a pulse-quickening essential.

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Backless strapless stick-on bra
Backless strapless bra

Clear wing bras are essential for low back dresses hiding unsightly straps. This backless stick-on style has wide clear adhesive wings that stick to the body resulting in a supportive no-straps look.

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Balconette bra
Balconette bra

One of our favourite bras, balconettes offer fabulous shape that suits most sizes. The cups do not cover the entire bust and create an irresistible open cleavage without compromising on support.

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Bandeau bra
Bandeau bra

This is a soft strapless bra perfect for long lazy days. Usually non-wired and without form or cup shape, it is an easy to wear and comfortable style that we love to lounge around in.

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Lace up basque

A corsetry classic, this killer curves bodice creates hourglass perfection. Contouring the waistline and streamlining the hips - control your look with criss-cross lacing and hook and eye fastenings.

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Bikini-style knickers
Bikini style-knickers

Bikini briefs are stylish classics great for every day. Cut low on the hip, gently scooped at the front and with narrow, feminine sides, this flattering style offers great coverage over the bottom.

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Thong body

These fabulous all-in-ones work wonders for that sexy seamless look, we love them in sultry lace and sheer mesh. The body is the perfect garment when worn alone for a powerful boudoir statement.

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Bra strap converters
Bra converter

Designed to change the shape of your bra straps, handy little bra converters can make a standard bra a racer back or drag your back strap down to reveal a strapless look in low back dresses.

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Bra hook extenders
Bra hook extenders

These bra hook extenders easily hook onto the back fastening of your bra to extend the band. If your bra is feeling the extra pinch, hook extenders will give you that little extra room to breathe.

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Camisole vest

Gorgeous strappy vests that can be worn with shorts to bed, our beautiful silky or cotton styles are glamorous and comfortable. We love lace and embroidered trim details for added style.

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Incredibly chic, our naughty nightdresses come in silky fabrics or crisp cottons to accentuate their seductive look. Sometimes long, sometimes short - they are always flirtatious and super-glamorous.

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Classic women's briefs
Classic briefs

Our classic briefs are a total favourite. Not too high or low, they sit just so on the hip, cover the perfect amount of your bottom and ensure a stylish look which flatters absolutely everybody.

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Cookes / Chicken fillets

Cookies are removable pads that can be slotted in or out of your bra depending on how much cleavage you wish to create. From soft fabric to squishy gel, cookies are great cleavage controllers.

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Suspender flashes

These cheeky little tabs are found on suspender belts, babydolls and briefs to hold up your stockings. Concealed behind luxe ribbons they hook onto your stockings holding everything in place.

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French knickers
French knickers

The fabulously named French knickers set hearts racing. We love this cheeky and flattering style which flutters across your bottom offering seductive coverage with a flirty hint of je ne sais quoi.

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Full support braFull support

DD+ sizes will fit our full support range, crafted to offer additional support for larger busts. Features like padding, wider shoulder straps and triple hook eye closures ensure comfort and support.

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Deliciously retro, girdles are short, hip-hugging skirts. Sitting on the waist and finishing just below the bottom they offer a shape-enhancing look, with suspender flashes for more vintage love.

Laser cut bra
Laser cut fibre dry bra

This laser cut seam-free bra offers incredible support and lift.The fibre dry technology is a niftily designed cooling fabric that pulls moisture away from the skin leaving you cool and comfortable.

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Moulded bra
Moulded bra

Moulded bras offer support with light padding, ensuring comfort for your everyday. A moulded cup lends itself to balconette and plunge shapes, working over your preferred style perfectly.

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Multiway bra
Multi-way bra

The multi-way bra is your lingerie drawer essential. It features changeable and extra straps meaning you can wear it cross back, one shoulder, halter, regular or strapless - the choice is yours.

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Nipple petals

Petals are lingerie essentials when going bra-less. Some dresses just don't lend themselves to a bra no matter how hard you try, so our petals will cover the nipples, and help save your blushes.

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Plunge bra
Plunge bra

Plunge bras create curves by plunging deep at the front revealing perfect cleavage. Sometimes with removable cookies to determine oomph, the plunge bra is a great alternative to the balconette.

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Secret support vest
Secret support

Usually incorporated into a vest or t-shirt, this support panel takes the place of a bra without unsightly straps. It provides secret support and shape where there would usually be none.

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Short-style knickers
Short-style briefs

These classic and fashion-led briefs offer full coverage. Often worn low on the hip and covering most of the bottom they are a comfortable style that look and feel great every day.

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Short, sweet slips glide on as the perfect base under frocks and skirts, making static, clingy fabric a thing of the past. More than a style essential, slips look sultry when worn in the boudoir too.

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Soft non-wired bra
Soft (non-wired) bra

This underwired, non-padded style offers comfort and style for smaller busts. Lightweight and soft it's perfect for lounging, or for those who prefer the unrestricted feel of non-wired bras.

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Strapless bra
Strapless bra

Strapless styles offer the same shape, style and support of a standard bra but without the straps. Sometimes they come with removable multi-way straps, and sometimes with none at all.

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Suspender belt

A seductive suspender belt is worn over your briefs or thong either on the waist or low on the hip. The little suspender flashes off the belt are what attach and hold up your stockings.

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A cute all-in-one, taking a camisole and flirty shorts, teddies are the perfect chemise alternative. Usually in slinky fabrics, we love this vintage-look style that is perfect for boudoir teasing.

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Thong underwear

The thong looks like a brief but is cut away at the back to reveal plenty of bottom. Undoubtedly the cheekiest brief, thongs are a sexy style offering a seamless look under figure-hugging clothes.

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T-shirt bra
T-shirt bra

Our seam free bras are smooth, seamless and perfectly discreet. Great for everyday, they are super-comfortable - sculpted cups mould to your shape and light padding creates a smooth silhouette.

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The U-bra is your secret weapon for plunging necklines. Offering support, lift and comfort, the deep underband and adjustable back and shoulder straps appears invisible from the front.

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Bra underband

Underband is the line around your ribcage underneath your bust. This measurement is the "number" part of your size, e.g. the "36" in 36C. This measurement is taken in cm and then converted.

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Underwired bra
Underwired bra

Underwired bras offer shape and support with a wire under the bust. Designed to define without discomfort, most of our bras come underwired for fabulous shape and support no matter what your size.

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Standing for visible panty line, VPL is the effect of your knickers showing under figure-hugging clothes. Avoid the dreaded four bottom look with a thong or short styles for a smooth silhouette.

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