What is a Camisole?

We spoke about tap pants (french knickers), two weeks ago — something that is often worn with taps pants is a Camisole.

Camisoles are tops with thin, adjustable spaghetti straps. A camisole is similar to a chemise, but shorter in length. It may be tight fitting or loose, but is more fitted than a “Babydoll”.Ā  The length of a camisole can range from exposing the midriff to falling below the pelvic area.

The camisole evolved from a garment called a corset cover, and it retains a feminine look not seen in similar garments like tank tops.

A camisole is known as a cami for short.

Most camisoles are made from light fabrics such as nylon, satin, silk, cotton, spandex, or lycra. Many are trimmed in lace which helps enhance their aesthetic appeal and make them seem more modest when worn underneath low-cut blouses and dresses.

Traditional camisoles offer little support for the bust. Some women, especially those with large breasts, may prefer to wear a camisole over top of a brassiere. However, they can also be worn without this extra piece of lingerie. Camis developed in the late 1980’s had built-in underwire bras or other structures for added support. Camisoles which have shaping features for the bust, torso, or waist are known as “control” camisoles.

While originally designed as an undergarment, some women now choose to wear camisoles as part of their outfits. As a top with jeans, pants, shorts, a skirt – or under a suitcoat, etc.


7 Comments on “What is a Camisole?”

  1. They can make for a very sexy piece of lingerie !

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  2. I love camisoles, but they are lingerie only, in my mind. It’s rare for me to see one worn otherwise without thinking, “She’s in her undies!”

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    • dievca says:

      I like them and have worn them at the first pass of the look (in the 90’s), but my bosom has gotten larger, so the “braless” look in public is only at M’s request…

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