The difference between a teddy and a babydoll is a subtle one. In essence, they are sister garments, both performing similar roles and both equally as sexy. The distinction lies in the fact that teddies tend to be an all-in-one camisole and pant that slips on and off in one and which can be worn as nightwear or even in some cases swimwear. Whereas a babydoll (also spelled baby doll) covers the bust, much like a teddy, and has a long, flowing skirt running from the bust to the upper thigh, but does not include a pant. This lends a sense of flow and movement and makes for an incredibly attractive item.
Babydolls also tend to be adorned with sexy, frilly embellishment, such as lace, bows, apllique or ruffles, across the bust. This adds an extra sense of luxury to the garment as is the perfect accompaniment to other lingerie, especially frilled or laced pants.
The lower part of babydolls are made of a soft, usually sheer, gossamer fabric, such as chiffon, nylon, or with the slightly higher-end products and brands, silk. The loose fit and movement inherent in the babydoll's cut makes it both comfortable to wear and captivating to look at - not an easy combination with lingerie design.
Badydoll Lingerie Straps
The entire structure is usually held on the body with thin spaghetti straps over the shoulders or, as in the case of the somewhat sexier brands, with light straps under the arms, giving an inviting over-the-shoulder effect to the garment. The babydoll is always sleeveless and most often drapes down over the torso, finishing somewhere between the upper thigh and belly button.
Babydolls derive their name from the 1956 film Baby Doll, in which Carroll Baker starred as the coquettish Baby Doll Meighan, daughter of a prominent cotton magnate. She was and is the object of desire not only for a rival industrialist in the film, but also for a cult audience in the 1950s right up to today, as she dons the most elegant of nightwear garments which we now know as the babydoll.
Whilst the babydoll is certainly easy to wear and one of the more unrestrictive garments in any lingerie range, it is also certainly one of the most alluring, perhaps because it flows so much. Sexy and youthful, the babydoll is surely an essential for anybody's boudoir.