All-in-one
A foundation garment combining bra and girdle.

Bones
Narrow but flexible strips of metal or plastic used to stiffen and shape foundation garments

Camisole Straps
The cups build up to become the strap, thereby creating a smooth shoulder line. Can be adjustable or nonadjustable in the back and are used more frequently on full figure bras.

Corselet
A one-piece foundations garment for all over shaping with boning and power net or elastic side panels and a non-stretchable fabric front that encloses the waist.

Dart
A v-shaped stitched fold made in the process of sewing a garment to aid in shaping flat fabric to the contours of the body.

Foundation garment
Any undergarment, such as bras and girdles, that provides breast support and shaping of the waist and hips.

Girdle
An undergarment used to shape or mold the waist and hips and sometimes the legs. Usually made of elastic fabrics with or without non-stretchable panels, with or without garters.

Long-line
A brat hat extends to the waist or lower; frequently with added boning to control curves.

Minimizer
A bra designed to reduce cup projection. Ideal for full figured women or women who wish to reduce their bust line to achieve a more balanced silhouette, or to compliment a particular outfit.

Power Net
Elasticized fabric used for foundation garments. Made with nylon and spandex filament yarns.

Seamless bra
A bra made of stretch, knitted or molded fabric that lacks seams across the cup area, thus creating a smooth look under clothing.

Soft Cup Bra
Bras designed without an underwire.

Strapless bra
A bra held in place without shoulder straps. They frequently contain underwires, boning, elastic, or combinations of these.

Underwire
A u-shaped plastic or metal strip sewn into a channel under the cup of the bra to add support, shaping features, or rigidity to the garment.