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Lingerie popularly refers to women's underwear or clothes worn for bed. However, its French root “linge” refers to the underwear of both sexes. Its current usage started in 1922. That is when it began to refer to women's bras and underwear. Lingerie is meant to be comfortable and elegant. Common lingerie materials include lace, silk, satin, and polyester.
Lingerie, as we know it today, was pioneered by Lady Duff-Gordon of Lucile. She envisioned undergarments that were less restrictive than corsets. Back then, women wore bulky underwear out of modesty and hygiene, and the need to alter the shape of their bodies. Lingerie freed them from these expectations, making underwear a way to express themselves through fashion.
There are many forms of lingerie such as bra and panty sets, teddies, babydoll gowns, and more.