Camiknickers were invented in the 1910’s, a time where larger undergarments were still worn. It was similar to a bodysuit, but in modern times is a lot sheerer than its predecessor. The original designs covered the whole torso, crotch and in some cases even the arms and did well to hide any visible underwear lines under the new shorter dresses at the turn of the century.
For the busy ladies of the twentieth century, this garment combined the function of the camisole and knickers whilst many designs featured a fastening for quick trips to the loo. During World War Two the military ladies found camiknickers to be invaluable when swapping their skirts for trousers.
But after the war was over and ladies went back to dresses, now of a more modern nature making use of the familiar bra and knickers combos we wear today, the camiknicker lost its popularity as did many oversized under garments.
Then came the nineties and with them, girl power, the internet, grunge and the teddy! The teddy was a modernised version of the camiknicker but was especially for the realms of the bedroom. The new-look teddies came in many differing styles. Don’t be fooled though, the cutesy connotations conjured by the name of the lingerie doesn’t quite meet up to its modern design!
The fashion top teddy incorporates a bra, fashion top and thong bottoms, they come in varying styles and fabrics, ranging from something you could wear on a daily basis to very delicate negligées. Sleep teddies were a design in contrast to the others as they feature a much looser cut and softer simpler materials. The sleep teddy may still feature the classic teddy fastening area for ease during the night, or, it may offer a simpler back or front fastening.
The ‘teddiette’ or traditional teddies though, are still big in the world of lingerie and are generally used to create a visual appeal as they work together with the aesthetic of the female form. Many different fabrics are used in their design such as lace, silk, chiffon and even PVC. The lace and chiffon versions are more for an aesthetic appeal whereas silk teddies are more for the texture.
If texture is what you’re looking for, why not seek out finer silks than those that are usually sold in the high street stores? Crepe de Chine is a much lighter version of the others on offer and is woven from silk. If you really want to spoil yourself, make sure you go for hand woven fabrics such as French lace.
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