The babydoll is a short negligee that swirls around the body and ends at the hips or top of the thighs. It has a bodice that often is constructed with formed cups and an underwire. Long a symbol of risque girlishness, babydolls are almost always accompanied by matching thongs or panties. Often the two items are sold as a set, creating the total starlet look.
The panties complementing a babydoll are often thongs in the same fabric and color, usually with matching trim. Some babydoll sets include a g-string, while others may have a bikini-style panty, complete with ruffles and bows. Babydoll sets are often given as gifts by the man in a woman's life or as a bridal shower gift.