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

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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

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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.

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