is a woman
which covers the top part of the body. It is sleeveless and tight fitting in contrast to a loose-fitting chemise
. A camisole is sometimes worn cropped allowing midriff
exposure, but often covers the entire torso
. Camisoles are manufactured from satin
, or stretch materials such as lycra
, or spandex
, though cotton
based materials are more common.
A camisole can be worn over a brassiere or without one. Some camisoles come with a built-in underwire bra or other support which eliminates the need for a bra among those who prefer one. Recently, camisoles have been known to be used as outerwear.
Camisole is also a clinical term for a straitjacket.