There’s a difference between women’s underwear and sexy panties. Underwear is functional. It is worn for sanitary purposes. Sexy panties are about femininity, self-expression, and style. Sexy panties are perhaps the only item of clothing that can influence the mood of both women and men.
While panties may have evolved over the years as the embodiment of female sexuality, they did not start out that way. Their original purpose was to cover-up and minimize a woman’s feminine features.
The first “panties” were the brainchild of Elizabeth Miller, but Amelia Bloomer revised them during the 1850’s. They were essentially long, baggy pants ending at the ankles (a.k.a. “bloomers”). In the late 18th century bloomers got two other nametags – knickers and knickerbockers Evenriver Women High Waist B074P3PW1F.
When the roaring 20s arrived, signaling the end of World War I, young women began wearing shorter skirts for greater comfort while dancing. With all of the high leg kicking that was taking place, undergarments went from being a private article of clothing, to potentially being a public display of intimate fashion apparel.
As a result the first pastel panties were designed and the word “lingerie” first appeared in public. The term lingerie derives from the French word ‘lin’ which means linen. During the beginning of the 20th century it was still being called underwear and was worn mainly for hygienic purposes. It was at this time that bloomers began to shrink in size.
FREDERICK’S Of HOLLYWOOD
In the 1940s, Frederick’s of Hollywood opened shop in Hollywood. They began turning out prettier undergarments, lingerie, and corsets. Many viewed these more fashionable undergarments as “hooker” attire. After all, why would a respectable woman need raunchy panties?