Babydolls (baby doll, babydoll, baby dolls), are short, sometimes sleeveless, loose-fitting nightgown or negligee intended as sleepwear or nightwear for women. It sometimes has formed cups called a bralette for cleavage with an attached, loose-fitting skirt falling in length usually between the upper thigh and the belly button. The garment is often trimmed with lace, ruffles, appliqués, marabou fur, bows and ribbons, optionally with spaghetti straps. Sometimes it is made of sheer or translucent fabric like nylon, chiffon or even silk. The name was popularized by the 1956 movie Baby Doll starring Carroll Baker in the title role as a 19-yr-old nymphet, which essentially marked the beginning of the enduring popularity of the style for adults.
The babydoll is now a highly eroticized item of adult apparel, often classified as a form of lingere. Adult baby dolls are quite different from the infant babydolls; they fully expose the woman’s legs, and some styles emphasize or deliberately expose the breasts as well. The gown is often sold as a set with matching panties or a thong, as a typical baby doll is short enough that underwear is visible if worn. Modern versions often vary considerably from the styles of the 60s and 70s.
Short daywear dresses of a similar style are sometimes called babydoll dresses; the name is also sometimes in two words: baby doll and sometimes hyphenated: baby-doll. Baby dolls are now becoming popular as bridal lingeres as they prove to be a more affordable alternative to a bridal corset and the buyer has a greater choice of designs and colors.
We, at Mystique, are proud to announce the arrival of exquisite and sexy babydolls later this year. Ranging from silk to lace and of all the colors of the spectrum, you will surely find a piece to suit your taste and personality!