10 Surprising Facts About Knickers/Panties

10 Surprising Facts About Knickers/Panties

Panties though often hidden under clothes are our most intimate friends. Here are some ten facts you probably didn’t know about these delicate linens who hug us in the most sacred of places.

Origin of the word drawers

Ever wondered why panties are also called drawers? The term was originally derived from the French word 'tirer" which means to pull down. Hence panties are called drawers because we are generally expected at some point to pull them down. How often do you pull down your panties ;)

Lingerie

The word 'lingerie' in France is gender neutral. This implies that both women and men underwear are referred to as lingerie. Imagine buying men's lingerie.

Effect of panties on confidence level

Generally, putting on a fresh and properly fitting panty or knicker bolsters a person's confidence level, whereas not so fitting or repeated underwear could put quite the cloud over a person's mood. So next time your co-worker comes to work looking so confident, he might just have gotten the right fit of fresh undies.

Panties and good luck

Italian women have a long standing tradition of putting on red panties during New Year celebrations. If you are in Italy around New Year, you could make a quick buck by selling creative red underwear as even men are increasingly getting in on the action. However, sexual promiscuities have been known to be at its peak during this period.

Jail time for exposed knickers

Algi T. Howels in 2005 tabled a bill at the Virginia house of delegates which proposed a $50 fine for those whose underwear were exposed from under their pants. Unfortunately for her and fortunately for some of us, her bill got kicked out. Can you imagine being pulled over and taken downtown because of your underwear?

The most expensive underwear

The record for the most expensive knicker is held by a pair of Queen Victoria's underwear. The pair of knickers was sold at auction in Edinburgh for $14,500. The underwear is made of white cream fabric and has the Victoria Regina (VR) insignia on it. What a fortune!

Origin of the word 'commando'

Going commando refers to dressing without a pant or knicker underneath. The word commando is believed to have originated from the military, were trainees and service men seldom wore underwear. This was because during military training exercises which often occurred in wet conditions, putting on knickers or panties could lead to infections around the groin and anal area. After training, some of these servicemen and women were already too use to going without panties that they stuck to it.

Panties and your sex drive

People who feel comfortable in their underwear feel more comfortable engaging in sexual activities that those who do not feel comfortable in their panties. It is also generally held that women who put on G-strings are generally more open to different options in the bedroom.

How often women go commando

A research in America showed that one in ten (10%) American women go without panties at least once in year. Surprising right? You can now come out of the closet.

The underwear industry and extinction

The early manufactures of corsets used the bones of whales to enforce its sturdy shape. This almost led to the extinction of the baleen whale.




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CLOTHING & UNDERWEAR Sizing Body Measurements
Numerical Size 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Alpha Size XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Height (cm) 168 168 168 168 168 168 168
Bust (cm) 77 82 87 92 97 102 107
Waist (cm) 58 63 68 73 78 83 88
Hip (20cm below waist) 83 88 93 98 103 108 113
UNDERWEAR - BRA SIZING BODY MEASUREMENTS
AU US UK EU (JP) FR IT
8AA 30AA 30A 65A 80A 0A
8A 30B 30B 65B 80B 0B
8B 30C 30C 65C 80C 0C
8C 30D 30D 65D 80D 0D
8D 30DD 30DD 65E 80E 0E
8DD 30DDD/E 30E 65F 80F 0F
8E 30F 30F 65G 80G 0G
8F 30G 30G 65H 80H 0H
8G 30H 30H 65I 80I 0I
8H 30I 30I 65J 80J 0J
8I 30J 30J 65K 80K 0K
10AA 32AA 32A 70A 85A 1A
10AA 32A 32A 70A 85A 1A
10A 32B 32B 70B 85B 1B
10B 32C 32C 70C 85C 1C
10C 32D 32D 70D 85D 1D
10D 32DD 32DD 70E 85E 1E
10DD 32DDD/E 32E 70F 85F 1F
10E 32F 32F 70G 85G 1G
10F 32G 32G 70H 85H 1H
10G 32H 32H 70I 85I 1I
10H 32I 32I 70J 85J 1J
10I 32J 32J 70K 85K 1K
12AA 34AA 34A 75A 90A 2A
12AA 34A 34A 75A 90A 2A
12A 34B 34B 75B 90B 2B
12B 34C 34C 75C 90C 2C
12C 34D 34D 75D 90D 2D
12D 34DD 34DD 75E 90E 2E
12DD 34DDD/E 34E 75F 90F 2F
12E 34F 34F 75G 90G 2G
12F 34G 34G 75H 90H 2H
12G 34H 34H 75I 90I 2I
12H 34I 34I 75J 90J 2J
12I 34J 34J 75K 90K 2K
14AA 36AA 36A 80A 95A 3A
14AA 36A 36A 80A 95A 3A
14A 36B 36B 80B 95B 3B
14B 36C 36C 80C 95C 3C
14C 36D 36D 80D 95D 3D
14D 36DD 36DD 80E 95E 3E
14DD 36DDD/E 36E 80F 95F 3F
14E 36F 36F 80G 95G 3G
14F 36G 36G 80H 95H 3H
14G 36H 36H 80I 95I 3I
14H 36I 36I 80J 95J 3J
14I 36J 36J 80K 95K 3K
16AA 38AA 38A 85A 100A 4A
16AA 38A 38A 85A 100A 4A
16A 38B 38B 85B 100B 4B
16B 38C 38C 85C 100C 4C
16C 38D 38D 85D 100D 4D
16D 38DD 38DD 85E 100E 4E
16DD 38DDD/E 38E 85F 100F 4F
16E 38F 38F 85G 100G 4G
16F 38G 38G 85H 100H 4H
16G 38H 38H 85I 100I 4I
16H 38I 38I 85J 100J 4J
16I 38J 38J 85K 100K 4K
18AA 40AA 40A 90A 105A 5A
18AA 40A 40A 90A 105A 5A
18A 40B 40B 90B 105B 5B
18B 40C 40C 90C 105C 5C
18C 40D 40D 90D 105D 5D
18D 40DD 40DD 90E 105E 5E
18DD 40DDD/E 40E 90F 105F 5F
18E 40F 40F 90G 105G 5G
18F 40G 40G 90H 105H 5H
18G 40H 40H 90I 105I 5I
18H 40I 40I 90J 105J 5J
18I 40J 40J 90K 105K 5K
20AA 42AA 42A 95A 110A 6A
20AA 42A 42A 95A 110A 6A
20A 42B 42B 95B 110B 6B
20B 42C 42C 95C 110C 6C
20C 42D 42D 95D 110D 6D
20D 42DD 42DD 95E 110E 6E
20DD 42DDD/E 42E 95F 110F 6F
20E 42F 42F 95G 110G 6G
20F 42G 42G 95H 110H 6H
20G 42H 42H 95I 110I 6I
20H 42I 42I 95J 110J 6J
20I 42J 42J 95K 110K 6K
22AA 44AA 44A 100A 115A 7A
22AA 44A 44A 100A 115A 7A
22A 44B 44B 100B 115B 7B
22B 44C 44C 100C 115C 7C
22C 44D 44D 100D 115D 7D
22D 44DD 44DD 100E 115E 7E
22DD 44DDD/E 44E 100F 115F 7F
22E 44F 44F 100G 115G 7G
22F 44G 44G 100H 115H 7H
22G 44H 44H 100I 115I 7I
22H 44I 44I 100J 115J 7J
22I 44J 44J 100K 115K 7K