How to purchase underwear from China

Type Other names Information Varieties
Worn by both sexes
Whole body
Long Underwear Long johns, long handles A two-piece undergarment worn during cold weather consisting of a shirt with sleeves extending to the wrists and leggings/pants/trousers with pant legs reaching down to the ankles. Thermal underwear – made from two-ply fabric.
Upper body
Sleeveless shirt Tank top, wife beater (slang), singlet, muscle shirt, athletic shirt, A-shirt A sleeveless garment similar to a T-shirt. A-shirt (guinea tee, muscle shirt, singlet, wifebeater; UK: vest) – tight-fitting with large armholes and a neckline that can extend as far as mid-chest.
T-shirt Tee A garment covering a person’s torso which is usually made without buttons, pockets, or a collar, and can have short or long sleeves. It is worn by pulling it over the head. It is often worn as an outer garment, especially in informal situations. Round-neck T-shirt V-neck T-shirt
Lower body
Bikini underwear Bikini briefs Usually worn with the waistband lower than the wearer’s waist, and often at the hips, with the leg bands ending at the groin. Men’s bikini briefs normally have no fly. High-sided bikini underwear Low-sided bikini underwear String bikini – consists of two triangular pieces connected at the groin but not at the sides, with a thin “string” around the waist connecting the pieces.
G-string Gee-string, G string A type of thong consisting of a narrow piece of material that covers or holds the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a string around the hips. The smallest of the underpants.
Cee-string, C string A type of thong which is as narrow as a G-string, but without the supporting “string” around the wearer’s hips/panty line, leaving just a sideways C shaped piece between the legs.
Maebari A type of strapless Japanese loincloth used as a female underwear garment that covers the genitals
Tanga Cheeky A type of thong which is wider than a G-string and fairly wide in the front, more like the wide V of a traditional brief. Fit tends to be more comfortable than that of a plain thong or G-string and is often more embellished.

Has a narrow strip of material along the centre of the garment’s rear which sits between the wearer’s buttocks and connects the front or pouch to the waistband behind the wearer. Thongs are sometimes worn to reduce “panty lines” when wearing tightly fitting trousers.
Worn by women
Upper body
Brassiere Bra, sports bra Usually consists of two cups for the breasts, a centre panel (gore), a band running around the torso under the bust, and a shoulder strap for each side. Balconette bra Demi bra Padded bra Push-up bra Sports bra Strapless bra T-shirt bra Wonderbra
Lower body
Boy shorts Booty shorts, boyleg briefs, boy short panties, boys’ cut shorts, boyshorts, hipsters, shorties A type of panties with sides that extend lower down the hips, similar to men’s briefs.
Tap pants Side-cut shorts, dance shorts, French knickers A form of lingerie that covers the pelvic area and the upper part of the upper legs.
UK: Knickers                                  US: briefs These usually have an elastic waistband, a crotch to cover the genital area which is usually lined with absorbent material such as cotton, and a pair of leg openings which are often also elasticized. They either have very short or no leg sections. Control panties – usually made of stretchable material such as Spandex and extending above the waist, these are designed to provide support and create a slimmer appearance.                                  High cut (French cut) panties.                                         Hipster – worn lower with the waistband around the hips.
Worn by men
Lower body
Boxer briefs These are similar in style to boxer shorts, but are generally shorter and form-fitting like briefs. Athletic-style boxer briefs – similar to bike shorts, these are skin-tight and usually have no fly.                                    Pouch boxer briefs – these have a pouch for the genitals instead of a fly.
Trunk briefs trunks, short leg boxer briefs These are similar in style to boxer briefs, but shorter in the inseam.
Midway briefs long leg boxer briefs, boxerjocks These are similar in style to boxer briefs, which are longer in the legs from the waist to the knees and tighter-fitting, like briefs. Gym midway briefs – skin-tight and usually have no fly.Pouch midway briefs – these have a pouch for the genitals.
Boxer shorts Boxers These have an elasticized waistband that is at or near the wearer’s waist, while the leg sections are fairly loose and extend to the mid-thigh. There is usually a fly, either with or without buttons. The waistbands of boxer shorts are usually wider than those of briefs, and often bear the brand name of the manufacturer.                                      Boxer shorts with colourful patterns, pictures of cartoon characters, sports team logos, and slogans are readily available. Knit boxers                                    Woven boxers
Briefs UK: Y-fronts                                US: tighty-whiteys (slang), jockey shorts, jockeys These have an elasticized waistband at or near the wearer’s waist, and leg sections that end at or near the groin. Traditional briefs – these have a Y-shaped fly.                          Diagonal-flap briefs.                       Double-seat or double-back briefs.                                            Low-cut or low-rise briefs                 Pouch briefs.
Jockstrap Athletic supporter, jock, nut cup, strap, supporter Consists of an elastic waistband with a support pouch for the genitalia and two elastic straps affixed to the base of the pouch and to the left and right sides of the waistband at the hip. In some varieties, the pouch may be fitted with a pocket to hold an impact-resistant cup to protect the genitals from injury. A jockstrap is different from a dance belt that a male dancer wears. Strapless pouch – consists of a support pouch for the genitals and a waistband, with no securing straps.
Religious Under Clothing
Whole body
Temple garments This kind of underwear is worn by Mormons.
Upper body
Tallit katan
Lower body


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