Evening wear or bedroom wear?
Chemise is a French term (which simply means shirt).
As lingerie, a chemise is similar to a babydoll although babydolls are usually more loose-fitting at the hips.
A chemise is more bedroom wear but you can wear it out in public depending on the material.
I had a customer once buy a very pretty see-through chemise to wear as a dress with a slip underneath. The problem was finding the correct slip but eventually she did.
A chemise typically does not have any buttons or other fasteners, comes in a variety of lovely fabrics and is put on by either dropping it over the head or stepping into it and lifting it up.
I wear a few of my beautiful silk “Mary Green” chemises as dresses on occasion. Even a silk dressing gown worn as a cover up.
You know yesterdays underwear is todays outerwear!
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