Camisole is a loose-fitting sleeveless woman’s undergarment which covers the top part of the body but is shorter than a chemise. Sometimes camisole is also called cami. It normally extends to the waist but is sometimes cropped to expose the midriff, or extended to cover the entire pelvic region. It is sleeveless and tight fitting in contrast to a loose-fitting babydoll or chemise. Camisoles are manufactured from light- weight materials, commonly, satin or silk, cotton, or stretch fabrics such as lycra, nylon, or spandex. It can also be produced with blended fibers.
A camisole can be worn over a bra or without one. Some camisoles come with underwire bra which eliminates the need for a bra. In modern times, the camisole has been transformed from simply being lingerie to outerwear, with the fabric changing more into cotton based materials.
Some wearers shy away from the outerwear Cami because they fear their bra straps will be exposed, though of late several celebrities are indicating that it is fashionable to do so.
A Chemise is similar to a babydoll, which is also a short, loose-fitting, sleeveless garment. Characteristically, though, babydolls are looser fitting at the hips. In the classical use chemise is a simple garment worn next to the skin to protect clothing from sweat and body oils, the ancestor to the modern shirts commonly worn in Western nations.
In modern usage, a chemise is generally a woman’s garment that vaguely resembles the older shirts but is more delicate and usually more revealing. Most commonly the term refers to a sleeveless, loose-fitting, undergarment or type of lingerie which is unfitted at the waist. It can also refer to a short, sleeveless dress that hangs straight from the shoulders and fits loosely at the waist. A chemise typically does not have any buttons or other fasteners and is put on by either slipping it over the head or stepping into it and lifting it up.