The most common use of the word
chemise refers to a loose-fitting, sleeveless
undergarment or type of lingerie which is unfitted at the waist.
A chemise is generally a woman's garment that vaguely resembles the older shirts
but is typically more delicate, and usually more revealing.
A chemise can also be referenced
as a type of dress or smock. The term chemise can refer to a short,
that hangs straight from the shoulders and fits loosely at the waist. A chemise
typically does not have any buttons or other fasteners and is put on by either
dropping it over the head or stepping into it and lifting it up from the ground.
The term chemise is also sometimes called a
shift and can refer to the classic
In the classical use of the word chemise, it is a simple
garment worn next to the skin to protect clothing from sweat and body oils.
It was the precursor to the modern shirts or blouses.
lingerie, a chemise
is similar to a babydoll, which is also a short, loose-fitting, sleeveless
garment. Babydolls are different because they are looser fitting at the hips.
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