to wonder why we, and our mums, used to wear the silly garments...

(116 Posts)
KatrineEM Mon 20-May-13 20:25:06


I don't remember what age my sisters and I stopped having to wear petticoats (thin, little dresses under clothing), but I've never even thought of dressing my DD in one.

Mums used to wear underskirts, with elasticated waistbands, didn't they? I wonder why?

AIBU to think petticoats are/were a silly garment?

gordyslovesheep Mon 20-May-13 20:26:28

they always stuck to your legs - yanbu

and those vests with skirts attached ...i liked them!

KansasCityOctopus Mon 20-May-13 20:26:48

no, they're quite useful.. especially when wearing something flimsy that leaves nothing to the imagination when the light shines through... they also stop skirts sticking to you!

YoniTime Mon 20-May-13 20:27:03

I wear underskirts sometimes. It's makes the skirt warmer when it's cold and makes the skirt look better if it's thin.

hiddenhome Mon 20-May-13 20:27:03

Some of the old ladies in the care home still wear petticoats.

Perhaps it was to add an extra layer for some warmth in the days before central heating. It probably also saved the outer clothes from getting sweaty as you didn't wash as much then.

KatrineEM Mon 20-May-13 20:27:59

I've never had a skirt stick to me. How does that happen?

So, petticoats are still for sale? I haven't seen one in years. Do children still wear them?

crypes Mon 20-May-13 20:28:58

But I needed to wear a petticoat dress to school under my uniform when I was in infants or the teacher made us strip off and run around in just our knickers to musical movement.

OddBoots Mon 20-May-13 20:29:08

I still wear them sometimes of a skirt isn't lined, particularly if it is the type to get caught in a wind. Dd used to have the type that was a vest with several net layer petticoat bits when she wanted her dresses to have puffy skirts.

Dawndonna Mon 20-May-13 20:29:18

I like a nice petticoat. It stops a slim skirt riding up when you're wearing tights. If it's cotton and you are wearing tights and a nylon skirt it stops you getting little shocks.
If you're one of the Railway Children, it stops trains! grin

HollyBerryBush Mon 20-May-13 20:29:38

You wore them under cheap end clothes that didn't have an sewn in petticoat lining.

hiddenhome Mon 20-May-13 20:29:42

I think you can still buy them from M&S grin

ginmakesitallok Mon 20-May-13 20:30:38

I remember wearing a slip under my school skirt in winter.... had forgotten all about their very existence until this thread

Barbie1 Mon 20-May-13 20:31:01

Some baby girls dresses in Zara come with a petticoat. Dd age 3 loves them, in fact she wore one with tights and a cardi the other day and we had so many compliments. She looked like a little hippy chick grin

BlackeyedSusan Mon 20-May-13 20:31:39

i have not thought about petticoats for years. fine until the elastic went. hmm

KatrineEM Mon 20-May-13 20:31:55

Ah, of course - bright red petticoats if you're a Railway Child! grin

I wonder if we had cheap clothes then. My mum used to make my sisters and I wear homemade, thick petticoats. Awful things and pain to get on and off for PE. I'm sure my friends were the same.

Thurlow Mon 20-May-13 20:32:33

I have one from M&S and I luffs it. It's great for thin dresses and skirts, stops them sticking to tights.

KatrineEM Mon 20-May-13 20:33:48

I used to think that underskits/slips/half-petticoats wearing was a sure sign of adulthood.

Yama Mon 20-May-13 20:34:08

I have never worn a petticoat and I'm 37.

Think my Mum was cutting edge.

EeyoreIsh Mon 20-May-13 20:34:53

I have some petticoats! I wear them with unlined dresses or skirts.

I hate underskirts though. They are like wearing a rubber band around the waist angry

DontmindifIdo Mon 20-May-13 20:34:53

because skirts are normally lined now and people wash clothes more often and more clothes are machine washable, so under layers are less important.

KatrineEM Mon 20-May-13 20:37:33

Ah, interesting re. the washing. Makes sense.

Well, that's something that's happened in my lifetime - the demise of the petticoat!

That and the invention of the vajazzle. What an era we are in...

FannyBazaar Mon 20-May-13 20:37:57

I was just thinking about the demise of the petticoat last week. I believe there are some hanging around in my lingerie draw but had forgotten why I had them confused.

badguider Mon 20-May-13 20:38:09

I wore one to school when I was in secondary as otherwise my skirt stuck to my thick tights. My mum would never have bought me a lined skirt for school (cheapskate). Now I almost always buy lined skirts.

IfNotNowThenWhen Mon 20-May-13 20:38:26

I have several vintage slips. I think they are sexy!

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 20-May-13 20:39:00

I have two half slips and a cotton full slip for under V thin cotton dresses in the summer and a satin oe for winter. Dresses. Makes everything hang better.

When I was a tiny my mum made e wear a liberty bodice over my vest in winter. I hated it at five and was the only one in the class sad.

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 20-May-13 20:39:52

So does dh ifnot now when

YoniTime Mon 20-May-13 20:40:08

Jersey summer skirts are generally not lined - at least not the ones I've found!

YoniTime Mon 20-May-13 20:41:25

Not the linen or wool or other skirts I've looked at the latest years either, in fact.

SybilRamkin Mon 20-May-13 20:41:29

Yy, petticoats are fab for stopping clothes sticking to you with static, preventing them from riding up, and most importantly for preventing thin cloth from becoming see-through with a strong back-light!

Forgetfulmog Mon 20-May-13 20:42:07

Oh god my mum used to insist I wore these, along with vests & I used to get teased by all the other girls when getting changed for pe

BMW6 Mon 20-May-13 20:42:40

At least no-one wears Liberty bodices anymore ...... I never had to, but my elder sisters did (which is odd as I am only 2 years younger than my older sis) and I am only 55, not 85!!
(I am told that they were a sort of padded vest, with rubber buttons blush)

I also went from socks to stockings and sussie belt at aged about 14..... surely tights were invented then??

KatrineEM Mon 20-May-13 20:42:44

Your DH has several vintage slips, marriedinwhite? Are they sexy?

YoniTime Mon 20-May-13 20:43:43

Not the linen or wool or other skirts I've looked at the latest years either, in fact.

KatyDid02 Mon 20-May-13 20:45:39

I'm in my 40s and I never wore one, I remember thinking how old fashioned they were when I was a child - they were something that old ladies wore. I don't think my mother ever wore one.

SoleSource Mon 20-May-13 20:49:18

I wonder if underskirts were just a British thing. I always wore one as a child.

I never wire a petticoat, I don't think I have ever seen one.

HappyAsEyeAm Mon 20-May-13 20:51:24

I have five, in different colours and different lengths! All m and s. They are all half slips, ie they start at the waist. I dont know what I would do without them! When I wear jersey dresses and skirts with tights, the jersey would stick to my legs and ride up, otherwise. They make my skirts and dresses hang well.

apostropheuse Mon 20-May-13 20:51:52

When I was a child (in the sixties) I had to wear a vest, then a liberty bodice on top of that, on top of which the petticoat went. I would then wear a dress or blouse and pinafore, and then put a cardigan on top - and of course I would have woollen tights on. My granny, who lived with us, would then put a scarf on me, criss-crossed across my chest and tied at the back. I would then be put into a duffle coat. I looked like the Michelin man! grin

To be fair our house was freezing cold, with only one room with any form of heating - a coal fire in the living room.

I wore petticoats up until probably the eighties, but don't even possess one now.

Startail Mon 20-May-13 20:54:23

Central heating happened, double glazing happened, lycra and thick tights that fit happened.

Most of all being allowed to wear trousers to school happened.

Over the knee socks and a polyester school skirt in the Welsh hills was freezing waiting for the bus and bloody cold in class rooms with grotty storage heaters and ill fitting windows.

Hence my DMum making me a nice cotton underskirt (actually out of a redundant, with the advent of duvets, sheet). I remember her moaning about the cost of a length of cotton lace to finish it.

She got her money's worth, I think I wore it and the same three white v necked T shirts under my uniform for seven years. I got taller not wider.

I still had the T shirts at uni.

Sadly I have got a lot wider now.

digerd Mon 20-May-13 20:59:11

I too remember the Liberty Bodice worn in the winter in Yorkshire, but soooo long ago, I can't remember how they did up - at the back I think, but not sure.

Petticoats were for unlined skirts. Mum made most of our clothes until I left school.
Now I'm old, I don't wear skirts, though still got a wardrobe full of mainly long elegant ones < that don't show my wrinkly knees>. Last year I wore stretch elasticated jeggings/leggings in the summer - in the garden and at home. From a distance I look like a teenager in my baseball cap and sunglasses. grin , but not close upsad

NUFC69 Mon 20-May-13 20:59:42

Another one who wore a liberty bodice - and knickers with pockets in for school! I was born in 1948 and was a teenager when the rage for very full skirted dresses was just ending. The petticoats were wonderful - I remember having one with several layers of pale green net which made my skirt stick out beautifully - I loved that petticoat and refused to throw it away for years. I started wearing tights when I was in my late teens - oh, the joy and freedom. And, of course, during the era of the minis tights were a must.

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 20-May-13 21:01:29

RofL - dh thinks they're sexy on me you numpty

NUFC69 Mon 20-May-13 21:02:12

Liberty bodices did up at the front with rubber buttons - my sister is five years younger than me and never had to wear them.

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 20-May-13 21:05:31

And I rember my granny wearing a long line bra; a long line corset with suspenders attached for stockings, bloomers over the top and a long line slip. If she went riding although she took the slip off, her jodhpurs went over that lot. Can you imagine the discomfort.

Annunziata Mon 20-May-13 21:07:43

I wear slips with dresses, I get cold otherwise. But I'm a bit obsessed with vests blush

My mum still wears her corset!

twofingerstoGideon Mon 20-May-13 21:13:50

yikes! Look what an ebay search for petticoats brought up!

hesterton Mon 20-May-13 21:18:03

My mum wore a petticoat or waist slip over a girdle with suspenders. She sort of rolled the tight girdle on over her knickers - it went from belly button to covering the top of her thighs, one big sausage of flesh coloured elastic from which she attached stockings.


She then graduated to pantihose - pants with the stockings attached (early tights). When the stocking bit laddered, she'd cut off the legs and wear the pants bit under trousers.

Then tights proper were invented which must have felt very liberating.

Exactly what apostropheuse said - but minus the liberty bodice (or 'lilly-bolly' as my gran called them!) We had our mittens on strings looped through the sleeves of our duffles. We used to sleep in our vests too, worn underneath our ankle-length nighties, and go to bed with two hotty botties because it was so indescribably cold in the winter. We NEVER got out of bed in the middle of the night - we'd have frozen to the spot! Our only regular source of heating (in a 5 bed Victorian house) was an aga range in the 'breakfast room' which was between the 'pantry' and the 'scullery' hmm.

DeWe Mon 20-May-13 21:43:50

I've just made dd2 (age 9) a petticoat from a 1950s pattern. She loves it-the lace just pokes out the bottom. I'm threatening to make her the pants that go with it though. She thinks they're hilarious.

My dm has a friend who she remembers as being the only one in the class with a liberty bodice rather than a vest, and how she hated it.

Weegiemum Mon 20-May-13 21:47:54

I'm 42 and the first thing we made in "Domestic Science" (yes at my school they still called it that!) was a petticoat.

Mind you, in my school the girls did that and the boys did technical subjects!

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 20-May-13 21:55:43

There's a girl at my dcs school who wears a slip. She's in year 5. I know because her nana, who she lives with, told me shed bought her some so her knickers don't show when she hangs upside down on the climbing frame. I'm not sure how that works, as surely the slip rides up too?

TheCatcherInTheRye Mon 20-May-13 21:55:43

I'd forgotten about these OP! I used to love them, the full slips were comfortable and pretty as pj's, and they smooth things out, no vpl, no see-through... hmm, might be my next purchase!

thegreylady Mon 20-May-13 21:56:26

In winter 1949 I wore a woollen vest then a liberty bodice made by Chilprufe [fleece lined with suspenders to hold up my itchy woollen stockings-brown or grey] then a petticoat made of flannelette then either a skirt and jumper or,more usually, a pinafore dress and jumper.
I was 5 and still remember how itchy everything was.
I still own a couple of petticoats to wear under semi see through dresses [in my case two Indian cotton ones from East].

MissFenella Mon 20-May-13 21:58:03

I've got 2 petticoats they are great under flimsy dresses and give a better line

Minione Mon 20-May-13 21:59:03

Yes, I remember the last time I wore an underskirt, I was about 13 and it fell down on the way to school. I remember trying to casually step out of it whilst my friend told a passing male classmate 'don't worry, it's just her bloomers have fell down!' This was in the early 1990s!

OrangeLily Mon 20-May-13 22:10:55

I think now most petticoats being sold are big fancy ones for retro dresses. I had one at primary school but just for warmth.

Earthymama Mon 20-May-13 22:20:31

I always wore a petticoat and a liberty bodice and a vest and a blouse and a jumper and a pinafore and a cardigan!!
It was very cold in winter in the Welsh Valleys smile

I always thought I was plump, I think it was all lumpy, lovingly knitted woollen garments.

I hate being cold and love layers.

I hate the skirt dress riding up thing, I am off to look for a petti as we called them.

In fact I now wear long skirts of differing lengths, tunics, boots etc. It is my look, I am desperate for a petti like this
I look just like that picture as I am writing (hides polar bear PJs and fleece hoodygrin)

HibiscusIsland Mon 20-May-13 22:21:00

I'm 42 and I wore one as a child. I was just thinking about them the other day for the first time in yonks, as i ordered my dd a school summer dress and it was see through (I sent it back rather than buying a petticoat!)

My mum wore a liberty bodice as a child. (I'm off to google as not sure what they are like.) I remember my mum wearing a girdle when i was a kid.

1944girl Mon 20-May-13 22:22:23

I was born in the year of my user name.
I still wear a half slip under skirts and dresses.
When I was a child I wore a wool vest with short sleeves and a drawstring neck-no health and safety rules then.Over that came a liberty bodice then a petticoat of flanelette.I wore knee length socks knitted by my great granny and held with garters.Those were my winter clothes.Completed with a wool skirt and jumper.No central heating in those days, just a ''Triplex Range'' in the living room.In the winter my mother would put our pyjamas in the oven part of the range to warm up for bed.The oven was broken and only heated to a temperature not hot enough for cooking.The bedrooms were freezing.A hot water bottle went in every night.In the winter mornings my mother would light the gas oven in the kitchen and leave the door open so we could get dressed in there and not in the freezer like bedrooms.
In these days of centrally heated houses I wonder how we all survived.

Twattybollocks Mon 20-May-13 22:25:36

I have actually been looking for a petticoat for dd for under her summer dress. Poor kid has to wear a flimsy cotton summer dress with ankle socks for school and its pissing freezing outside. I sent her in knee length socks the other day and when the head teacher commented I told her that when I saw her standing outside in a thin cotton skirt with ankle socks/no tights I would happily send dd in ankle socks the next day. She also has a pair of thermal long johns that I have cut off and hemmed into cycling short length to keep the draught out of her unmentionables. Dd that is, not the ht.

EuroShaggleton Mon 20-May-13 22:26:21

I've got one. I wear it under a couple of wrap around skirts I've got for work. If a gust of wind takes the skirt or it slips, it spares my blushes. It is just plain black. I've also worn it with an unlined skirt to avoid VPL. After all, it is really just a lining that isn't attached to the skirt!

i was looking for a petticoat 2/3 years ago blush can't for the life of me remember why, must have been a dress that was either 'a bit see through' or was maybe an uncomfortable fabric hmm

i would have been around 22 y/o at the time blush

thebody Mon 20-May-13 22:31:17

I remember wearing pretty ones as a child. Also slips to secondary school.

Haven't seen one for years but love them.

Remember the fashion for showing a petticoat under your skirt? Was that early 80s. Wasn't really a petticoat but frilly edge. So pretty.

my mum had me in them until i was about 7 or 8 i loathed them at the time. want one now tho. again

Bumpotato Mon 20-May-13 22:33:52

I bought one the other week. It is black and slinky. I like it a lot so does DH

YoniTime Mon 20-May-13 22:33:56

Why are you blushing about that One? It's a practical piece of clothing. Use one if you feel you need one!

SkaterGrrrrl Mon 20-May-13 22:34:08

To those who say that their skirts cling to their tights: try rubbing hand cream lightly over your thighs and bottom while wearing tights. The hand cream breaks the static.

YoniTime Mon 20-May-13 22:35:18

Btw, anyone know where I can get an underskirt in silk or other nice fabric that isn't polyester or similar?

ivykaty44 Mon 20-May-13 22:35:59

I wish some woman would wear them now - it would stop a few very unsightly sights

i'm googling them now yonitime grin my lovely friend spent ages taking the mick and calling me granny because of it at the time so i still get a bit red about it now. she just can't embrace my love of nice underwear and cardigans and things that may be old fashioned but are still made for good reason smile - she's a daft lass who'd rather catch cold than wear a decent winter coat/thick jumper.

PimpMyHippo Mon 20-May-13 22:40:57

I like the layered underskirts that make dresses puffy, but I had no idea what a petticoat was until reading this thread. blush I have obviously come across the word before but I could never quite picture what it actually referred to - I would get in confused with a pinafore! I was born in 1991.

EvilTwins Mon 20-May-13 22:47:44

I'm wearing one right now. I have two- one black, one nude, both from M&S, and wear them under jersey dresses for work- stops the jersey sticking to my lumps and bumps.

AudrinaAdare Mon 20-May-13 22:47:53

Holly has a good point. Cheaper clothes are never well lined. The see-through horrors people in my town buy for the summer from market stalls make me long for a petticoat revival.

When I wear skirts they are from Chanel and have fine gold chains sewn into the hemn lining, oh yes. And my coats cleverly have no bulky fabric under the belted waist to make me look slimmer in my dreams wink

HintofBream Mon 20-May-13 23:20:32

I was born at the end of the war. We had a live-in 'maid' as the title was in those days. She apparently wore very thick and stiff bombazine pettcoats, and when she turned around, they tended to knock toddling me over. My brothers called them 'Ivy's bomb proof petticoats' .

I'm 51 and rarely wore a petticoat as a child I needed one for a skirt that had to be fluffed out If I remember right. I do have two one full, one half, haven't ever wore them.
I had to google Liberty bodice, I had heard the name but no idea what they were. My Mum must have been quite the hippy, no petticoats and no liberty bodices for us girls back in the 60's grin

BackforGood Mon 20-May-13 23:48:14

It's more of a surprise to me, the number of people who don't wear a petticoat or an underskirt. They help your skirt 'hang' better, and stop the skirt material clinging to your legs. Also, if it's a thin or light coloured material, they stop people being able to see right through your skirt - as in the first photos of Lady Diana Spencer when she was first photographed as Prince Charles' consort.

Oldraver Tue 21-May-13 00:09:55

My Mum and others of her generation used to wear a Panty Girdle. She wasn't really big anyway and I can remember her saying to me when I was about 15 "Oh you'll have to wear a Panty Gridle soon" like it was some rite of passage. I was only 9 1/2 stone at the time

poorpaws Tue 21-May-13 00:16:18

I remember the liberty bodice, I hated hated hated it. I don't think any of my friends wore one but I was made to. I bet the youngsters on here have no idea what they are ~ lucky them.

totallystumped Tue 21-May-13 00:16:46

Remember the ones in the 70s(?) with the deep lace/broderie anglais to show below the hem of the skirt?
How about a dis-honorable mention for cami-knickers?

YoniBottsBumgina Tue 21-May-13 00:25:37

I can't stand them. Even the thought makes me cringe - all silky and slinky, ugh! I hate the feel of silk, especially on someone's body when they're all warm in bed. DP has a silk bathrobe and I make him take it off! I think he would love it if I bought a silk petticoat.

crazycanuck Tue 21-May-13 01:02:07

To the poster who wondered if petticoats were a British thing, I think you are spot on there. I grew up in Canada and while my mom definitely had some slips, I never ever wore anything like you lot are describing and neither did any of my friends (and I'm soon 40 so no spring chicken!) grin

garlicgrump Tue 21-May-13 02:12:09

Yonitime & OneFinger - Silk chemise. I'm going to have to stop searching for them now, or scrape the rust off my machine and start making 'em! Love your floaty Morgan layers, as well, Earthy - looking at the prices, I think it's time I did go back to dre$$making wink

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 21-May-13 07:41:26

I miss petticoats. My DDs need an extra layer under thin school frocks.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 21-May-13 07:41:42

Mine were all cotton as a kid.

MarjorieAntrobus Tue 21-May-13 08:02:42

I always wear a slip/petticoat/underskirt under a skirt or dress because it makes the garment hang better and underwear doesn't show through, as has been said above a few times. You can still buy slips in M&S, and probably in other places too.

I'm surprised they are now generally thought to be redundant as, like Adrina, I've seen plenty of "see-through horrors".

HibiscusIsland Tue 21-May-13 10:14:31

Who remembers kilts with attached vests from their childhood. This is the only photo i can find

You wore a jumper over them.

I love petticoats. I do have trouble finding ones that match the lengths of my skirts, though. If your skirt is flimsy, they stop that translucent effect, stop it clinging to your legs...oh I luff them!

Dd had some handmedown pinafore style ones when she was 3-4. Love 'em!

gordyslovesheep Tue 21-May-13 10:21:55

Me Hibiscus - I couldn't find any pictures - I had red ones and a green one grin

gordyslovesheep Tue 21-May-13 10:24:10

OMG I can buy one for my kids grin

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Tue 21-May-13 10:28:55

I had a slightly see-through dress so my MIL lent me a slip but the static was almost unbearable! So I realised why we stopped wearing them grin

KatoPotato Tue 21-May-13 10:34:50

Ahhh Hibiscus I do! What on earth was the appeal do you think?

I always remember my Dad warming our pink polyester 'simmits' at the electric fire and slowly sizzling brown spots onto them!

BoreOfWhabylon Tue 21-May-13 10:42:32

Anyone remember the M&S bra-slips from the '70s? They were slips with a built-in bra and were lovely! I remember having a bright turquoise one.

Haven't worn any sort of petticoat/slip/vest for at least 30 years now.

allmycats Tue 21-May-13 10:45:08

They are perfect for wearing under un-lined clothing, make the fabric hang properly and not cling to the body so there is a smoother appearance and I really like them.

QuinionsRainbow Tue 21-May-13 10:45:41

I had a couple of half-slips when I was at school, but didn't wear them very often and haven't worn anything like that since. Never had a full-length slip - too clingy up top for me and too much like wearing a vest - ugh! I remember a cousin coming to stay one weekend when I was in my mid-teens. She forgot to bring a nightie with her and spent the week sleeping in the full-length petticoat that she then often wore through the day.

diddl Tue 21-May-13 10:55:10

I tend to think of a petticoat as something layered & meant to be seen.

To go under something thin/stop clothes sticking-don't you just say underslip?

Spinstrel Tue 21-May-13 11:16:51

Wasn't there a scandalous (then) picture of Lady Diana Spencer caught with her skirt clinging to her legs with no petticoat, in the early 1980s?

UtterflyButterfly Tue 21-May-13 11:26:39

I generally wear trousers, but have recently bought more skirts, and was only thinking the other day I needed a slip.

Anyone remember the phrase 'Charlie's dead', when your petticoat was too long and showed under your skirt? (unintentionally). This was always a problem at school, as we used to roll our skirts up at the waist to make them shorter, but then your petticoat showed! (late 1960's early 70's)

DeWe Tue 21-May-13 11:28:37

Hibiscus not only did I have one (when about 5yo) I had a couple for dd1 and dd2 who are now 12 and 9yo when they were toddlers. I got them off ebay.

HibiscusIsland Tue 21-May-13 11:35:52

I quite like kilt vests. I think they look nice with a knitted jumper. I'd prefer the vest bit to be cotton rather than nylon as in the 70s. Probably more comfy than a skirt kilt

ParsingFancy Tue 21-May-13 11:49:38

I'm wearing one today. Under an unlined wool skirt: helps the skirt hang better and means I can wear the skirt an extra day (it doesn't wash well).

Also much used with flimsy see-through summer stuff - though at the moment it's more use as an extra thermal layer.sad

GlassofRose Tue 21-May-13 11:53:39

I wished more women adopted slips/petticoats it's stops you having to see their lumps and bumps and vpl

MrsHoarder Tue 21-May-13 12:05:20

I might make myself a silk one if I can get a pale silk in the sale at some point.

I had one underneath my pinafore in infants, but have no idea what a liberty bodice is.

TheSmallClanger Tue 21-May-13 12:10:32

I had to wear one of those kilt ones sometimes at infant school. I hated the bloody thing.

I never ever wear them now - I almost always wear tights with skirts anyway. DD has never owned or worn one, apart from as part of a godawful bridesmaid dress she had when she was 9.

Chandon Tue 21-May-13 12:15:43

I would love for petticoats to come back into fashion.

They make skirts flair out, it is pretty and fun.

I have one with a 50s dress, but am too shy to wear it....

frillyflower Tue 21-May-13 14:50:06

Petticoats are really nothing to do with washing or cleanliness! They are all about giving you a better line under a sheer dress or skirt and preventing static cling.

1944girl Tue 21-May-13 22:38:33

To the poster who mentioned M&S bra slips.
I loved those.I wore them during my second pregnancy in 1972 for some reason, but they were lovely.
Never used a horrible maternity bra.Those bra slips were OK

YoniTime Tue 21-May-13 22:42:09

Can you wear full slips underneath skirts with tops? Or would that fit strangely.

garlicgrump Tue 21-May-13 22:51:51

Another "Oooh! Yes!" to the bra slips smile I'd forgotten about them - they were great; all your trimmings held together nice and smooth!
Yoni - yes, they were a fitted shape so they didn't bag around the waist, if that's what you were thinking. I don't think it would look right under a skin-tight top, though ... <ponders> Mind you, I bag around the waist these days so I'd need a very special kind of 'fit' blush

I'm really glad you thought of this, Katrine, I'm going to get or make some. That nice feeling of my clothes fitting over my body - instead of feeling like they're desperately gripping here and there - shall be mine once more!

garlicgrump Tue 21-May-13 22:54:30
PiratePanda Tue 21-May-13 23:01:41

Women wore them for warmth and withe cheap unlined skirts as a form of lining. I don't own a petticoat, but I do own a slip to go under a couple of slightly seethrough pale/white dresses and tunics. Actually, it helps give line to an outfit too. I'm a bit of a fan.

PiratePanda Tue 21-May-13 23:05:41

Oh, and kilt vests! I was obsessively attached to mine as a child and refused to wear anything else!

burberryqueen Tue 21-May-13 23:11:44

oh my daughter had one of those kilt vests, it was superb.
and i had an underskirt for a summer dress i wore once and nearly caused a car crash as it was totally see thru.....(i was younger then obvs.)

LeonieDeSainteVire Tue 21-May-13 23:14:35

I loved my petticoats as a little girl (1970s) they were usually lacy and much prettier than the corduroy pinafores I had to wear on top. IIRC all my friends wore them too, it was a standard undergarment and definitely not to be seen under your clothes.

Whoever mentioned the phrase 'Charlie's dead' I had forgotten that completely but yes, showing your slip under your skirt hem by secondary age was highly embarrassing - like having a bra strap on show. How things have changed grin

500internalerror Tue 21-May-13 23:16:00

I wear one every day hmmconfused

garlicgrump Tue 21-May-13 23:24:12

"Charlie's dead" or "It's snowing down south!"

Looking for bra slips, I've now discovered shapewear slips which might well be the very garment I need. Any undergarment with 26% lycra has got to be a bonus! Not so pretty, perhaps ... I can see myself stocking up on lycra slips AND pretty petticoats to go on top of them.

nickschick Tue 21-May-13 23:30:51

I sold a charnos one on ebay last year for about £20

BoreOfWhabylon Wed 22-May-13 03:30:36

Oh, well done garlicgrump! grin

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