Originally, in the 16th century, a chemise was a simple garment worn next to the skin to protect clothing from sweat and body oils. "Chemise" is the French term. Italians called it a "Camicia." The English called the same shirt a "Smock." Today, chemises are a staple in lingerie. They offer a fair amount of coverage but still look very delicate and attractive. Nothing says classy like a silk chemise. Silk chemises are a great way to tell the women in your life that they deserve the best.
With all of their similarities, the biggest difference between a babydoll and a chemise has to do with the hemline. A babydoll usually comes down only to the upper thigh. Because of the shortness of this garment, it sometimes is sold with matching panties. A chemise can be any length.