Admit it, you too have been confused as to what, if any is the difference between a Babydoll and a Chemise ! Even Retailers & designers quite regularly interchange the terms which adds to our confusion!
Is it the terminology used on one side of the pond to the other? is it length or style that determines if it is a babydoll or a chemise?
Well its no supprise that we like the confidence and the beautiful feel that wearing lingerie gives us, but you’ll no doubt be surprised that Men to used to wear chemise type undergarment in middle ages as it seems to have been developed from the Roman Tunica and became popular thoughout Europe in the middle ages as an undergarment.
Although the word Chemise derived from the Latin word ‘shirt’ he English later changed the term to mean ‘frock’ and the 18th Century European ‘chemise’ developed into the early 20th Century as labourers smock and then to todays ordinary plain short sleeved t-shirt.
After giving way to brassieres girdles and bras in the early 20th Century the Chemise fell out of favour until around the 1920s when they became a vital part of the Flapper Generation.
A Chemise is usually made of silk, satin or lace, depending on you budget and sometimes chiffon. Semi fitted ‘A’line shift slip that follows/skims the shape of the body at the bust and hips, slender shoulder straps and can be trimmed with ribbons, bows, lace etc but quite often plain and simple.
The Chemise can be different lengths from just below the hip to full ankle length.
Given the style and material of a Chemise you would not be wrong in thinking that they give the look and feel of sensuality and now with so many chemise with attached and detachable suspenders they emphasizes sexuality!
The Babydoll is a much shorter garment made to accentuate the bust and usually hits just below the booty ‘smile’ and occationally to mid thigh. Sometimes with a bralette (formed cups) for cleavage & support, from which the body of the babydoll falls freely, usually of sheer nylon, chiffon or silk and very often trimmed with bows, ruffles, feathers, fur, applique etc and alot of styles have either the open ‘flyaway’ front or back and comes with a pantie/thong/g-string
The name was popularized by the 1956 movie Babydoll starring Carroll Baker in the title role as a 19 year old Nymphet, which essentially marked the beginning of the enduring popularity of the babydoll nightwear lingerie.
Which do You prefer? Cheeky Babydoll or classic Chemise??