Definition of loungewear – casual, comfortable clothing suitable for wearing at home.
We spend almost half of our time asleep, so it seems sensible to give bedtime equal attention style-wise. Pajamas are a major player when it comes to loungewear. Yes, you can include silk robes and slinky slips, but the basics are a shirt and pant combo.
Sexy for wandering the home. (Or so dievca thinks…she needs to get Master’s opinion)
These are not pieces to wear in public, unless:
- You are very bold.
- Your Sir or Madame told you to~
Teddy, an undergarment that resembles the shape of a one-piece bathing suit because it is typically sleeveless, and sometimes even strapless.
When wearing a teddy you step into the leg holes and pull the teddy up to cover the torso. They may open at the crotch with snaps or velcro for using the bathroom. As an undergarment, a teddy combines the functions of a camisole and panties, and may help avoid a visible panty line.
A teddy can also be called a camiknicker, the garment covers the torso and crotch in the one piece. Though it is a similar to a one-piece swimsuit or bodysuit, a teddy is typically looser and more sheer.
The one-piece undergarment which joined a camisole and knickers appeared in the 1910s under the name envelope chemise or camiknickers. It was considered an appropriate garment to wear under the shorter dresses which came into fashion in the 1920s. The garment was also worn without an overgarment in the boudoir.
The style gained popularity during the World War II when women who served in military-related duties wore trousers instead of skirts. By the late 1940s, the garment had lost its popularity.
A version reappeared as a lingerie garment in the late 1960s, featuring a bra top and attached slip, to wear under short, shift dresses, and replace halfslips. Often the bra top was a underwire style, and the entire garment was sized by the bra. It was called both a “teddy” or “braslip,” usually in traditional lingerie colors.
Another revival began in the 1980s and 1990s, under the name “teddy” or “bodysuit”, when the garment was made of spandex, featuring brief construction combining features of a bra and panties, or leotard, and brighter colors.
A body briefer is a form-fitting garment which smooths and shapes the wearer’s figure. They typically come in a variety of control levels, achieved by using different materials or thicknesses things of materials in the body areas they are designed to control. Like sleep teddies, body briefers tend to use simpler materials and styles than teddies designed for visual appeal. Body briefers are also commonly called “body shapers” or “women’s shapers”.
A fashion top teddy combines a thong panty, bra and fashion top. Fashion top teddies come in a variety of styles, from simple styles with plain materials to very fancy styles with beads, crystals or sequins. Fashion top teddies can be worn as fancy undergarments or as an outer garment without a top over them.
A sleep teddy is a loose-fitting teddy designed as sleepwear. A sleep teddy is a practical garment which tends to use simpler materials and styles.
A teddiette is a teddy with garters.
As traditional lingerie, the teddy is loose-fitting designed for visual or sex appeal and to show off the wearer’s figure. Using a sheer/partially sheer material or silk/silk-like material and embellished with lace the garment is elegant and sexy.
Ok, that is just wrong…this is better:
If I tell you, YOUR fantasies
will you tell me, MINE?
Look at how elegant it drapes. How thin the fabric is…how permanent the pleats are~
dievca started hunting for a nightgown with knife-pleats and she went into a tailspin of information and found out, it is a type of fabric not used in gowns very often.
First let’s define types of pleats:
Looks like the pleats in the original Nightgown are Accordion pleats:
Apparently accordion pleats hang down without poufing out and give volume via movement, not by the pleat itself. Nylon can be permanently pleated, silk cannot.
Here are the items dievca found so far….
Some from Etsy, already sold. Some without accordion pleats- but floaty, some with pin-tuck pleats, some are dresses not lingerie, some are short and not long….nothing was right.
This may be a QUEST!
The question is….is it worth dievca’s time?
The first known underwear dates back almost 7000 years, when prehistoric man used leather to cover and protect his loins while running prehistoric errands. For several millennia, not much changed. Ancient Egyptian art shows everyone from the pharaohs on down the line decked out in loincloths of their own. The pharaohs even wore a sort of specialized kilt/loincloth called a shendoh, and took extra supplies of the garment into their pyramids for use in the afterlife.
Variations on the loincloth seem to have persisted into the Middle Ages, when loose-fitting trousers called braies came into fashion. These linen “underpants” extended from the waist to around mid-calf, staying-in via the laces around the waist and shins. Braies had the advantage of offering a lot of coverage, so if a laborer got too hot he could strip down to his bottoms while still maintaining a sense of decorum.
All of the lacing made answering nature’s call a bit of a hassle.
Enter the codpiece.
A codpiece opens at the front using buttons, snaps, or laces to enable men to urinate without removing their braies.
Early codpieces were practical, but as hemlines rose, they started to take on a decorative function, too. When Henry VIII began to pad his codpiece in the 16th century, all of his loyal subjects followed suit. Codpiece padding and growth continued throughout the mid-sixteenth century before tailing off around 1590.
“Boxers or briefs?”
Before the 1920’s, this question would have gotten you a blank look. Neither boxers nor briefs had been invented’ yet. From Victorian times until the 1930’s, men mostly wore tight-fitting knee-length flannel “drawers” beneath their pants and donned similarly snug flannel tops as undershirts.
In 1925. Jacob Golomb, the founder of the venerable boxing equipment company Everlast, started to tweak designs for the trunks worn by pugilists. Golomb realized that the leather-belted trunks fighters had worn weren’t totally ideal for movement, so he replaced the leather with more flexible elastic waistbands.
Boxer shorts weren’t an immediate success as underwear, though. They lacked the support that drawers and union suits had offered, so men weren’t crazy about them. It really wasn’t until after World War II that boxer shorts took off to challenge their younger siblings, the briefs.
Underwear drawers changed forever in 1934 when Arthur Kneibler, an executive and designer at the Wisconsin hosiery company Coopers, Inc., received a postcard from a friend who was visiting the French Riviera. The postcard depicted a man in a bikini-style bathing suit and “apparel engineer” Kneibler had an epiphany: why couldn’t this type of swimsuit be converted into underwear?
It was Jan. 19, 1935, that the first briefs were sold, in Chicago. According to Shaun Cole’s The Story of Men’s Underwear, they were a new kind of supportive, elastic underwear that Kneibler and his colleagues dubbed the “Jockey” to conjure images of a jock strap, an athletic undergarment that would have been known to their customers.
Coopers took its first batch of Jockey briefs to Chicago’s landmark department store, Marshall Field and Company, the briefs were displayed along with that season’s new undershirt. And although Chicago was in the grip of a blizzard, the entire load of 600 pairs of Jockey briefs sold out on the first day. The item was an immediate success, as within three months the company sold 30,000 pairs and Cooper’s added the “y-front” fly opening a few months later.
Coopers kept making and marketing its wildly successful underwear and in 1971 the company changed its name to Jockey.
The Secret Service and Joe Boxer…..
Designer underwear became all the rage in the 1970’s and 80’s as labels like Calvin Klein began to transform our drawers from something we hid under our pants into the sort of fashion and lifestyle choice one could flaunt in a bad music video. Cuts became tighter and sexier, and underwear designs became flashy, loud, and often humorous.
One of the main beneficiaries of this new obsession with snappy underwear was Joe Boxer, which started making skivvies in 1984 when it filled an order for Macy’s that included a design with a Velcro-attached removable raccoon tail.
Joe Boxer really jumped into the spotlight in 1985, though, when it made boxers printed with the image of hundred-dollar bills. The Secret Service decided that these duds violated forgery laws and confiscated 1,000 pairs of the offending underwear. Instead of simply hiring lawyers, Joe Boxer turned the seizure into a lighthearted news event and the image of boxers as a playful alternative to stolid briefs grew.
How underwear takes the Nation’s Economic Pulse
Although there haven’t been many huge underwear breakthroughs since the introduction of boxer briefs in the early 1990’s (and even those are sort of a throwback to the union suits favored by pre-1930’s men), boxers and briefs found their way onto the financial pages in early 2008. That’s when former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan revealed that the state of the men’s underwear industry is an important indicator of the economy’s health.
The logic Greenspan outlined regarding underwear was simple and elegant:
Many Men have a drawer full of underwear that they will wear until the elastic is dead and the boxers are riddled with holes. Since coworkers and friends generally don’t see a guy’s underwear, replacing these frayed undergarments often seems like a discretionary purchase for men. As such, when men start fearing the economy is in a downturn and need a place to save a little cash, they simply stop replenishing their underwear drawer with fresh Jockeys.
Sure enough, when the economy started to tail-off in 2008, annual men’s underwear sales dropped by 12%.
If that’s not enough proof that the history of men’s underwear is fascinating, take a look at these 13 vintage photos of skivvies from the pre and post-briefs eras. (click the photos to see the caption)
Thank you to Ethan Trex of Mental Floss and Time Magazine