Lingerie ABC

Lingerie ABC's!!!

Want to become an industry expert, or simply want to learn what a lingerie term means?  Simply click on the first letter of your search word above (e.g. 'U' if you are looking for 'underwire') and the definition for this term will then appear alongside the selected word.

  1. Autosoft Concept

    A new procedure in which very fine micro threads are worked into the edge of the lace, making lingerie invisible under tight-fitting clothes.  Great elasticity adapts to the body's movements ensuring lingerie retains its shape throughout the day and guarantees a perfect fit.

  2. All Over Lace

    A general term for a 'wide' lace in which the pattern covers the full width of the fabric.

  3. Applique

    Lace, embroidery or additional fabric is sewn or bonded onto the base fabric to create a three-dimensional finish.

  1. Bridge/Centre Front

    Holds bra cups together.  The higher the bridge/centre front, the greater the shaping and support.

  2. Brief

    Everybody knows them as underwear, but there are several different shapes with very different names. (e.g. Tanga, string, thong, bikini, tai, maxi, hipster, etc.)

  3. Bra

    Short term for brassiere.

  4. Bodysuit

    One-piece garment that fits like a second skin, creating a smooth look under clothes.

  5. Balconette Bra

    Straps are positioned on the outside edge of the cup, revealing the décolleté.  Perfect for wide necklines.

  6. Bandeau Bra

    A strapless bra with a straight silhouette, sometimes with detachable straps, excellent when wearing no shoulder strap dresses or t-shirts.

  1. Cleavage

    Emphasized bust shape usually created through the use of a push-up bra.  Have a look out our Triumph Comfort Curves range.

  2. Collection

    As well as ongoing collections and best sellers, there are always new styles added each season - Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.  A collection consists of bras and/or panties.

  3. Cup

    The part of the bra that covers and supports the breast.

  4. Cottylene®

    Triumph's registered name for a stretch fabric with cotton content.  Cottylene® combines the postive properties of synthetics and cotton with the cotton generally on the inside of the garment, next to the skin.

  5. Cotton

    Natural fibre from the cotton plant that's easy to wear and care for.  Cotton textiles are soft, cozy, fine and breathable, absorb moisture and don't suffer from "static cling."  Different qualities are dictated by how long and fine the fibre is spun.  The longer and finer, the more valuable cotton becomes.

  6. Charmeuse

    Silky smooth lingerie fabric, different on each side.

  1. Dorlastan

    Registered name for the elastane thread from Bayer.

  2. Dessous

    Dessous is french for "worn underneath", now the fashionable description for ladies' fine underwear.

  1. Elastane

    Generic term for every synthetic stretch fibre, all extremely elastic with great shape retention and a long life.  Triumph uses these properties to maximum effect.

  1. Guipere Embroidery

    Created by covering the base fabric with stitching to form a continuous pattern then, using chemicals, heat treatment and washing, the background fabric is dissolved so that only the embroidery remains.  Very time consuming and labour intensive, is naturally very expensive. 

  1. Jacquard

    Fabric with beautiful woven-in patterns.  Using different yarns the pattern can be 'lifted' for a textured effect, a very time-consuming and labour-intensive process.


  1. Leavers Lace

    The first lace produced on machines, uses a twist or weaving technique resulting in an elegant finish.  These machines are no longer made and those that still exist today work very slowly.  Therefore this makes Leavers Lace very costly to run, and thus this luxurious lace is now very expensive to manufacture.

  2. Lycra®

    An Elastane "stretch" thread.

  1. Multi-way Straps

    Also known as variable straps (see V).

  2. Modal

    Modified cellulose fibre made entirely from plants.  It feels similar to cotton.

  3. Micro Modal

    An extremely fine-spun cellulose fibre approximately 40 times finer than a human hair, so that a 10,000 metre continuous fibre can weigh just one gram!!!

  4. Microfibre

    Threads made from polyester and polyamide, finer than the finest silk thread.  Light, superfine fibres that are particularly soft, pliable and pleasant on the skin, offering maximum comfort.

  5. Meryl®

    Fine fibre technology in polyamide, registered by Nylstar.

  6. Mercerising

    Super combed Maco cotton is treated with a cold caustic soda solution.  The fibres then expand and become tight.  Their profile becomes rounded and the surface smooth.

  1. Nickel

    All components that Triumph uses, such as hooks and eyes, are nickel free.

  1. Seamless

    Innovative circular knitting techniques have allowed seamless production of briefs and tops that fit like a second skin.

  2. Satin

    Smooth fabric, shiny on the outside and with a silky drape, can be stretch or non-stretch.

  3. Silicon

    Used as a 'gripper' band to prevent slippage, especially in strapless bras.

  4. Seamless Cups

    See Moulded.

  5. Sports Bra

    The breast is under extreme stress during sporting activities and as it has no muscles, can easily become stretched.  It is therefore vital to wear a sports bra.  A dedicated sports bra is cut in such a way that the breasts are completely enclosed so that they don't move. Straps won't restrict movement and at the same time won't slip.  Triumph International offers sports bras suitable for three different levels of workout intensity.

  1. Tulle

    A fine open base fabric with a honeycomb structure.  Can be woven or knitted.

  2. TriAction

    Triumph's famous range of sports bras designed specially to keep the bust properly supported during any form of exercise.  The 'Tri' in TriAction acomes from the triple action of each bra, giving support from above, below and each side.

  3. Tanga

    Brief with very narrow fabric, elastic or ribbon side panels.

  4. Tai

    Brief that fits up to the waist.

  5. Tactel

    Fine fibre made from 100% polyamide, extremely kind to the skin, soft and very breathable.

  1. Viscose

    Made from cellulose, usually from beechor pinewood trees, this synthetic fabrics has a particula sheen and soft feel.