When is lingerie underwear? As a mere mortal man, how do I know?
Years ago I used to laugh and say that the only difference was at the till, but that was me being cynical :)
As the years have passed and I have been indoctrinated into the mystical under(wear)world of ladies lingerie, I have come to understand that there is indeed a difference.
When a woman buys an everyday bra to go under her work clothes, she is buying underwear.
A bra, or chemise etc... bought to go under a dress, or for that special night in, is lingerie.
A bra that is purchased for under a wedding dress, teamed up with matching brief, suspender belt and stockings, is bridal lingerie. Lingerie will make her feel special, that's why lingerie makes such a great gift.
It's all linked to functionality, that's why women have sports underwear and not sports lingerie.
Now to clarify; Diki, as shown below, is most definitely lingerie
Kiss Me Deadly, as shown below, is also most definitely lingerie
As our furry little friend on TV says, "simples!"