1956: Baby Doll, the movie propelled blonde nymphet Carroll Baker into sex symbol superstardom. The name baby doll became a widely accepted term. And baby doll, the lingerie garment started its ascending popularity as the garment style of choice for many women.Nowadays, usually spelled in one word babydoll, sometimes in two words baby doll, or hyphenated baby-doll, it refers to a short, loose fitting, flirty, sexy nightgown or neglige for women.
 
Basically, babydolls have underwire cups ( to accentuate cleavage) or gathered cups ( to better define the woman's breasts) to which is attached a loose fitting, short skirt, often ending at upper thigh length.

Babydolls come in a wide variety of exciting styles: some babydolls are sleeveless, some have long sleeves and others come with spaghetti straps or with a halter neckline. Babydolls which open in  front are often accompanied by a matching bikini, thong or g-string.

Because babydolls have become a highly eroticized form of lingerie, designers compete with one another by choosing extremely diverse fabrics but they mostly keep them sheer: light tulles, ethereal chiffons, delicate laces, diaphanous silks help create that loose, airy, floating look typical of babydolls.

Designers also lavish their babydolls with many varied trimmings. Babydolls can be decorated with lace, ribbons, bows, appliqués, ruffles and even fur. Marabou fur used to be a standard adornment for the babydolls of the sixties.

At www.aricielingerie.com, we feature some great styles of babydolls from Italian and French designers:

 
 
 
 
The Giada babydoll is made of opulent guipure lace and the sheerest of chiffons. Its open front is tied together with a satin ribbon placed between the two soft cups. Its spaghetti straps criss cross in the back above a deep V which plunges down to the small of the back. It comes with a dainty g-string which has four straps tied into a knot on each side. Its front is rich guipure lace and its t-back is soft stretch tulle. The Giada babydoll and g-string set is available in black or burgundy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is a super sexy babydoll with a halter neckline and sheer cups of nude tulle with black or red embroideries, suggestive of tattoo on skin. The sheer tulle body is short, flirtatious and open in front. It is shown here with a minimal g-string. The g-string's front is made of the same nude tulle with floral embroideries, either in red or black. Double spaghetti strings tie the embroidered front to the sheer nude t-back which is topped with a satin bow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With a seductively open front, this baby doll is made of an exquisite soft stretch tulle, craftily bordered with stretch satin. Luxurious Leavers lace adorns the gathered soft cups and the bottom of the baby doll.

Echoing the design of the baby doll, the matching g-string is an artful combination of alluring stretch tulle, stretch satin and Leavers lace. The lovely t-back is all soft tulle and the straps are adjustable, a signature detail from Valery designs. This dazzling set is available in three colors: black, aegean blue and terra cotta red.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A stunning babydoll combining outstanding Chantilly lace, fine embroidered stretch tulle and elegant satin, the Impetus is a masterpiece of fine craftsmanship coupled with ultimate seductive flair. Its gathered cups in fine, sheer Chantilly lace are split and bordered with elegant satin bands. An opening right under the cups gives it a suggestive peek a boo effect. In the back, below two satin bands is an open lace up detail going down the length of the chemise for a most sexy effect. At Aricie, we are pairing this Impetus babydoll chemise with the equally racy Fondness bikini.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This stunning babydoll is made of a soft, fine black mesh enhanced by a combination of geometric patterned lace and red floral embroideries. Its halter neckline straps are adjustable and are joined by a golden ring. It has an open back with just a triangle of black tulle and embroidered appliqués in black and red. The front of the babydoll opens on a sheer tanga of black mesh decorated with geometric lace, embroidered lace in black and red and black satin bands. A super sexy combination which can be complemented by a sultry eye mask.
 
 
 
 
 
For more inspiration, please browse our pinterest board: Bellissima Babydolls.