Drop ‘yer Drawers (lingerie)

A drawing of cancan dancers among the crowd at the MOULIN ROUGE music-hall in Paris in the late XIXth century. Was the Gentleman peering through an opening in the drawers?

Drawers, or Pantalettes,  are a pant-like garment worn during the 19th century for modesty and warmth. They could be one-piece or two separate garments, one for each leg, attached at the waist with buttons or laces. The crotch was left open for hygiene reasons. They were most often of white linen fabric and could be decorated with tucks, lace, cutwork or broderie anglaise.


The split in the crotch of the drawers is convenient for going to the bathroom when you cannot take the drawers down under the heavy layers of skirt or a hoop. But like wearing Spanx tights or shapers — using the opening….it seems…messy.

Did the split in drawers make the Moulin Rouge shows more risqué than dievca ever knew? That high kick could be unintentionally revealing.

BTW – Spanx makes a modern version of drawers:

And, again, dievca has always wondered how you go to the bathroom without soaking the Spanx. In asking the question, she ran into a solution offered by the DailyMail.

Yes, for those of you who are very precise – there is a second definition of “Drawers” as in the furniture sense, Lingerie Drawers:

A semainier is a chest of drawers, usually tall and thin, intended for storing linen and lingerie. … Originating in 18th-century France, semainier has come to mean any seven-drawer chest these days but the term is sometimes erroneously applied to tall thin lingerie chests with only six drawers.


It suits your body: Bodysuits (lingerie)

David Vasiljevic shoots Kasia Struss for the September 2010 issue of Numéro Tokyo.

David Vasiljevic shoots Kasia Struss for the September 2010 issue of Numéro Tokyo.

BODYSUIT, a leotard-like (see Leotard definition below) undergarment, usually skintight or formfitting. Can be another form of shapewear.

A bodysuit  is a one-piece form-fitting garment that covers the torso and the crotch. The style of a basic bodysuit is similar to a one-piece swimsuit and a leotard, though the materials may vary. A bodysuit, unlike a swimsuit or leotard, has snaps, hooks or velcro at the crotch.

teal-crushed-velvet-bodysuit-1990sA bodysuit may have sleeves and varying shoulder strap and collar styles. Bodysuits can be made from a number of fabrics; cotton, lace, nylon, etc. In general, textile bodysuits include expandable fiber such as spandex for a better fit to the shape of the body.

A bodysuit is normally worn with trousers or a skirt. The top, torso part may act as a top for the smooth line it gives or because it cannot become untucked from trousers or skirt. They may also be worn generally by women as underwear, activewear, or foundation garments. Unlike a leotard, a bodysuit is not usually considered a form of athletic wear.  The purpose of the opening at the crotch is entry into the piece and for a visit to the toilet.

NOTE:
There are also bodyshirts, loose-fitting garments that cover the torso, with sleeves in short to long lengths and crotch snaps. The difference is that they look like a shirt on the top part of the garment, and may have a different stretch fabric in the waist to the crotch area to make them fit better. (instead of using a “fight strap”? 😁)

HISTORY:
The bodysuit was a progression from the leotard. It was presented in the United States after 1950 by fashion designer Claire McCardell. The first recognized bodysuit was worn by Bettie Page in the 1950s, and was a trademark attire of the Playboy Bunnies from the 1960s, as well as of Wonder Woman in the animated series Super Friends plus, Lynda Carter, in the television series.

Azzedine Alaia and Donna Karan helped make the bodysuit a fashion item for both men and women in the 1980s. After a slowdown, it was resurrected as shaping underwear or lingerie, and in the 2010s it reappeared as a blouse bodysuit and classic turtleneck bodysuit – moving into full usage TODAY!

Check out the current Lingerie / Innerwear as Outerwear options from
Fleur du Mal:

 

LEOTARD:
A leotard is a unisex skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso but leaves the legs exposed. The garment was first made famous by the French acrobatic performer Jules Léotard (1838–1870). There are sleeveless, short-sleeved and long-sleeved leotards.
Leotards are worn by acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, figure skaters, athletes, actors, and circus performers both as practice garments and performance costumes. They are often worn together with ballet skirts on top and tights or sometimes bike shorts as underwear. As a casual garment, a leotard can be worn with a belt; it can also be worn under overalls or short skirts.
Leotards are entered through the neck (in contrast to bodysuits which have snaps at the crotch, allowing the garment to be pulled on over the head). Scoop-necked leotards have wide neck openings and are held in place by the elasticity of the garment. Others are crew necked or polo necked and close at the back of the neck with a zipper or snaps.

Rollerskating Leotards

Rollerskating in Leotards


BodystockingS (lingerie)

A Bodystocking, is a unitard (one-piece) which is worn over the torso and legs. The tops can have sleeves or no sleeves.  The fabric tends to be a stretchy  stocking-like material (opaque, sheer, fishnet, mesh, lace, cut-outs, etc.) As lingerie, they often have openings between the legs and they are sometimes used by women to appear slimmer.


For the brave and well-built (G-String lingerie)

The G-string thong is a type of underwear bottoms, characterized by a narrow piece of cloth (string) that passes between the buttocks and is attached to a band around the hips via a triangle of fabric at the top. The front is covered in a variety of fabric shapes.

A G-string may be worn as a swimsuit bottom, or as underwear by both men and women.

Photo by Jocelen Janon of Leda Petit : Pasties and a G-string

Are you a G-String acolyte?
Does your Sir/Madame/Partner prefer to see your A** in its glory?


The Size of Their Fruit

“Well, that’s why you’re having so much trouble. The fruit method is what we use when we have men who don’t know their girlfriend’s bra size. It’s simple. You ask them to compare their girlfriend’s boobs to either a lemon, an apple, an orange or a grapefruit, and from that, you can get a rough estimate of their bra size.”

“You’re kidding, right?” I said in disbelief.

“No,” she said, shaking her head. “A lemon is a 34A, an apple is a 34B, an orange is a 34C and a grapefruit is a 36C/34D.”

From Christopher Pilny, click here

Simone Perele Eden Lingerie in Orange

According to Christopher, dievca is an orange and she bought a little lingerie in Europe to celebrate that fact.
What size are you?
and what would your Sir or Madam think with a peep of that color?

Or does this chart fit you better?


What is a Petticoat? (cosplay – lolita, goth)

Petticoat = an underskirt.

Petticoats were prominent throughout the 16th to 20th centuries.

Today, petticoats are typically worn to add fullness to skirts in the Gothic and Lolita subcultures.

The History:

18th Century with Panniers

18th Century with Bustle

Late 19th Century with Dust Ruffle

1950s net petticoat, handmade by Ryley & Flynn Vintage. Deluxe 4 layer satin trimmed.

CANDY ANTHONY – 50’s Tea Length Yellow Petticoat & Silk Sash

Cosplay: Lolita Net Mesh

Goth: Penoze Naughty black red petticoat

Goth: cage petticoat

Goth: Collezione Parah Autunno Inverno 2015-2016 petticoat

Goth: Collezione Parah Autunno Inverno 2015-2016 petticoat models

And if you were wondering what the difference is between a crinoline and a petticoat:

crinoline /krɪn.əl.ɪn/ is a stiffened or structured petticoat designed to hold out a woman’s skirt, popular at various times since the mid-19th century. Originally,crinoline described a stiff fabric made of horsehair (“crin”) and cotton or linen which was used to make underskirts and as a dress lining.

 


What is a Kimono?

The kimono (着物, きもの)is a traditional Japanese garment. The word “kimono”, which actually means a “thing to wear” (ki “wear” and mono “thing”), has come to denote these full-length robes.

Kimono, is a T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves.

In lingerie terms, Kimonos are robes with the T-shape and wide arms. They can be long or short, wrap around the body and are sometimes tied with a sash or hang loose.

Master’s favorite Kimono for dievca:

H&M green w/black beading Kimono

Kimonos can be considered intimate or as external clothing items, as well. You could multi-purpose the following pieces for day and for Night:

Alberta Ferretti Embroidered Chiffon Kimono (on sale: click photo to purchase)

Anthropologie Peyton Kimono

(click this photo to purchase)

Kimchi Blue Isabel Longline Kimono UO (click photo to purchase)