What is the difference between a camisole and a chemise?
Primarily, the camisole is shorter.
In modern usage a camisole or cami is a
loose-fitting sleeveless woman's undergarment which covers the top part
of the body but is shorter than a chemise. A camisole
normally extends to the waist but is sometimes cropped to expose the
midriff, or extended to cover the entire pelvic region. Camisoles are
manufactured from light materials, commonly cotton, satin or silk, or
stretch fabrics such as lycra, nylon, or spandex. It can also be
produced with blended fibers.
The chemise pictured above is from the Hanro brand sold at Lord &
camisole blog posts here on Apparel Search.
In modern usage, a chemise is generally a woman's garment that
vaguely resembles the older shirts but is typically more delicate, and
usually more revealing. Most commonly the term refers to a
loose-fitting, sleeveless undergarment or type of lingerie which is
unfitted at the waist. It can also refer to a short, sleeveless dress
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.
Chemise pictured above in black is La Perla brand Empire Chemise sold at
Lord & Taylor 2015. The
light blue chemise pictured above is an
Oscar De La Renta which was
referenced as a precious pleats chemise.
As lingerie, a chemise is similar to a
babydoll, which is also a short, loose-fitting, sleeveless garment.
Typically, though, babydolls are looser fitting at the hips.
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