Knickers are one of those fashion terms that could
potentially get a bit confusing because the word is used differently in
different countries. Also, there is an entirely different clothing item
called Knickerbockers. Some people could possibly mistake knickers as
being an abbreviation for knickerbockers.
In British English
underwear worn by women. It often refers to any type of panty.
However, in some cases the term is used to describe women’s
underwear that is similar in appearance to a pair of shorts. This type of
underwear maybe a fine example of
In some places they are referred to as “French knickers".
In the USA, there is a similar garment called “tap pants".
are a type of women's underwear or lingerie. The term is predominantly used in
the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia to describe a style of underpant that is
similar in look to a pair of shorts. French knickers are worn from the hip,
concealing some of the upper thigh and all of the buttocks. The garment features
an "open leg" style (a loose fitting leg opening without elastic cuffs) that
allows for a more comfortable fit and the straight-cut leg cuffs can be designed
with or without trimming. The fabric is often bias cut. Sounds rather
similar to a
French knickers are
not to be confused
with other underpant styles such as hipsters,
boyshorts, all of which feature elasticated
leg openings and fit snug to the body.
In the United States, French
knickers are called tap pants.
According to the USA definition of the word, “tap
pants are a form of lingerie designed for
women, also known as side-cut shorts
or dance shorts,
and are similar to French knickers in appearance". As the name implies, they
are a type of shorts, in that they cover the pelvic area and the upper part of
the upper legs. Tap pants look much like
track shorts (running
which allow freedom of movement, and can be worn as an outer garment over other
types of underwear. However, wearers may also wear them as innerwear or
leisurewear with nothing underneath.
The French knicker style evolved
the baggy long-legged underwear of the Victorian era, and may have derived its
name from the frilly underwear worn by Parisienne Can-Can dancers, existent from
the late-1800s to the early-1900s. During the 1920s and 1930s, French knickers
were very popular, but by the 1940s and 1950s. After that time briefs
which are more fitted undergarments became more popular. Yes, over the
years underwear became tighter and used less fabric. The word has become
less modest to say the least.
The nostalgia of knickers comes
in and out of style from time to time. However, modern women typically
prefer underwear such as briefs, thongs, and g-strings. Knickers can
possible found in
stores, but do you really want to wear old & possibly used underwear? If
you really want to wear a pair of vintage knickers, you may want to consider new
reproduction versions instead of true vintage or antique garments.
Similar name but not the same:
Knickerbockers are not women’s
are a form of men's or boys' baggy-kneed trousers
particularly popular in the early 20th century United States. Golfers' plus twos
and plus fours were breeches of this type. Before World War II, skiers often
wore knickerbockers too, usually ankle-length. Until after World War I, in
many English-speaking countries, boys customarily wore short pants in summer and
knickerbockers ("knickers" or "knee pants") in winter. Baseball players wear a
stylized form of knickerbockers, although the pants have become less baggy in
recent decades and some modern ballplayers opt to pull the trousers close to the
ankles. The white trousers worn by American football officials are
knickerbockers, and while they have become less baggy, they are still worn
ending shortly below the knee. In recent years, the NFL has equipped its
officials with long trousers rather than knickers in cold weather.
What are undergarments?
are generally of two types, those that are worn to cover the torso and those
that are worn to cover the waist and legs, although there are also garments
which cover both. Different styles of undergarments are generally worn by
females and males. Undergarments commonly worn by females today include bras and
panties (known in the United Kingdom as
knickers), while males often wear briefs, boxer
briefs or boxer shorts. Items commonly worn by both sexes include T-shirts,
sleeveless shirts (also called singlets or tank tops), bikini underwear,
thongs, and G-strings.
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more about different
styles of underwear.
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