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A cami or camisole is a woman's undergarment which covers the top part of the body. It is sleeveless and tight fitting in contrast to a loose-fitting babydoll or chemise. The materials of choice in which they are manufactured are satin or silk.
A camisole can be worn over a brassiere or without one. Some camisoles come with a built-in underwire bra which eliminates the need for a bra. In modern times, the camisole has been transformed from simply being a undergarment to outerwear, with the fabric changing more into cotton based materials.
Some wearers shy away from the outerwear Cami because they fear their bra straps will be exposed, though of late several celebrities are indicating that it is fashionable to do so.
In some inpatient psychiatric circles camisole has been the affectionate term for a straight-jacket.
Learn the difference between a camisole and a chemise in our fashion terms section.