French Maid outfits, worn by women, are an occasional
subject of sexual fetishism. They are a form of ladies'
fantasywear that depending
on design details can be classified as
The name derives
from their being worn by stereotypical characters in risque
burlesque dramas of the bedroom farce variety.
A wide variety of costumes are manufactured and marketed
under the "French maid" description today. These
range from comparatively modest
dresses extending well
down the thigh to transparent
nightgowns or outright
lingerie ensembles that cover almost nothing. Some costumes
are marketed to transvestites.
The classic French Maid costume, however, is a very
short and clingy dress (ideally
silk or closely resembling
it) trimmed with white
panties are worn with it,
they are white and
ruffled, and the dress is short enough to display them,
especially when the woman bends over. Black
stockings and black
shoes with high heels complete
the ensemble, with trim typically including a tiny white
apron attached to the dress, and white fringes on the hems
and (revealing) neckline. Common accessories include a frill
worn in her hair, a featherduster, and sometimes white
lace cuffs and collar.
The cuffs are not attached to the dress, if the dress has
sleeves they are short and puffed. A
corset may be worn underneath.
Costumes are sometimes worn to costume parties and sometimes
in BDSM sexual roleplay (whether on brief occasions or as
a routine form of servitude to the woman's lover). They
enjoy a wide popularity and are available from many sources.