THE AGENT PROVOCATEUR LINGERIE GLOSSARY

I’ll show you my knickers... if you buy them for me
Don't get your knickers in a twist; gen up on all the lingo you need to know here...

Full Cup SHOP FULL CUP

A full cup bra is designed to cover the entire breast. But don't be fooled in to thinking this style has to be prim - sheer fabrics and asset enhancing fits ensure our full cups are utterly desirable.

Demi Cup SHOP DEMI CUP

A demi cup or a half cup bra is cut low, revealing plenty of sexy décolletage.

Quarter Cup SHOP QUARTER CUP

A quarter cup bra reveals more than it conceals - exposing the nipples - but still manages to offer light support and uplift. Wear a quarter cup bra with pasties for a little showgirl theatre.

Soft Cup SHOP SOFT CUP

A soft cup bra has no underwire and an unstructured cup, revealing the natural shape of breasts. This style best suits those with a smaller cup size.

Open Bra

Underwired and cup-less, an open bra is a naughty take on the traditional undergarment that reveals the entire breast.

Briefs SHOP BRIEFS

A classic brief is a close-fitting knicker that offers full coverage, though the side seam depth and shape can vary. Make no mistake, our briefs are as sexy as any skimpier style - simply offering a little more of the luxe lace, satin or tulle you love.

Full/Suspender Brief

A full brief or suspender brief is a retro shape that offers greater coverage, as well as a flattering and tummy-sculpting shape. This style is sometimes referred to as a high-waisted brief or big brief and often comes with suspender straps.

Ouvert SHOP OUVERT

French for 'open', our ouvert briefs have subtle openings in the gusset, usually framed with contrast stitching. Also known as crotchless.

French Brief/Thong

This can be in the shape of knickers or a thong, and typically features a flirty lace skirt running along the hips, to add a playful touch.

French Knicker

A French knicker is a silky short, often trimmed with lace and slightly high-waisted. A cute retro style that can be worn under clothes or as nightwear, with a camisole.

Tie-Sides

A brief or thong with ribbon ties on both hips. These come in 'one size', so make a great gift purchase.

Thong SHOP THONGS

A thong typically has narrower straps around the hips and reveals the more of the bottom than a brief - though cuts do vary offering greater or lesser coverage. A thong is a great choice if you are looking to avoid a VPL under tight clothing.

String/Trixie SHOP G-STRINGS

The skimpiest of bottoms, a string or Trixie features super-thin straps around the hips and between the cheeks and a small triangle of fabric providing minimal coverage at the front.

Slip SHOP SLIPS

A Slip is a sexy nightdress with thin spaghetti straps, which offers light support to the breasts.

Babydoll SHOP BABYDOLLS

A babydoll is a loose-fitting, playful nightdress which falls from the bust to the hips, often featuring bows, ribbons, ruffles, marabou or lace trim.

Corselette

A corselette is a tight, sculpting garment, which offers great support and shape to the body - equally good under clothing or in the bedroom.

Kimono SHOP KIMONOS

A kimono is a short, wide-sleeved gown tied with a belt, inspired by the traditional Japanese garment - an Agent Provocateur boudoir must!

Dressing Gown SHOP DRESSING GOWN

A dressing gown is a loose gown - often made from soft, silky fabric - that ties with a soft belt around the waist. Great for slinking around the house in.

Camisole SHOP CAMISOLE

A sleeveless vest top with thin spaghetti straps, usually made from silk or satin and edged. Can be worn as nightwear or layered up in a ready-to-wear look.

Vest

A vest is a sleeveless top, usually made from jersey.

Playsuit SHOP PLAYSUITS

A playsuit is a daring all in one garment, often featuring criss-cross detailing or cut out straps, exposing tantalising flashes of skin.

Corset

A corset is a classic boned undergarment that has been used for decades to create a beautiful hourglass silhouette. A corset is strapless and extends from the bust to the hips with adjustable

Waspie SHOP WASPIES

A smaller version of the corset, the waspie is also known as a French cinch or a waist-cincher and is worn around the waist to create an hourglass shape. A waspie often features suspender straps.

Basque SHOP BASQUES

A basque is a type of bodice or a longer version of a corset, which extends over the waist and usually has suspender straps attached. Basques are structured but slightly looser fitting than a corset.

Suspender SHOP SUSPENDERS

We use a suspender to hold up our stockings but they fulfil so much more than this practical purpose - fantasies abound. A suspender is worn around the waist and fastens at the back. It has four clips that hang down to clip your stockings to and often features flattering drop curves.

Roll On

A very deep suspender - a roll on 'rolls' down and overs the bottom. It fastens at the back and has suspender clips to hold up your stockings.

Body SHOP BODIES

A body is lingerie's equivalent of a one-piece swimsuit. It is usually quite form-fitting and covers the upper body and knickers.

Stockings SHOP STOCKINGS

A true AP girl is never fully dressed without stockings. Stockings are a style of hosiery that reach to the upper part of thighs and are held up by a suspender - or a brief, corset or waspie that features suspender straps.

Hold Ups SHOP HOLD UPS

Hold ups are like stockings but they are cleverly designed to stay up on the thigh without the need to wear a suspender.

Pasties SHOP PASTIES

A disc of fabric (usually leather) embellished with tassels, sequins, bows, studs or lace designed to decorate the nipples.