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Knicker bows

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FedglingFTB Fri 17-Mar-17 19:11:05

Not exactly a pressing question, but why must all grown women's basic underwear be covered in these childish little bows?

I've got no issues with a nice set of lacies, but WTF are these doing on my sensible Bridget's? AIBU? They infuriate me, and they're on bras too! Why on earth is the purpose of a bow between my boobs... on a t-shirt bra?

frauleinsallybowles Fri 17-Mar-17 19:12:27

never actually thought about that but now you mention it..... yeah it is a bit odd isnt it

olderthanyouthink Fri 17-Mar-17 19:12:41

Cute init?

EC22 Fri 17-Mar-17 19:13:16

YABU they make the garment!

ZogsAnon Fri 17-Mar-17 19:13:30

Well they are useful to tell the front easily...

helpimitchy Fri 17-Mar-17 19:13:50

It's so we can tell the difference between a man bra and man knickers. They don't like bows on their underwear from what I can gather confused

I know what you mean, they are annoying and infantile.

AnoiseAnnoysanOyster Fri 17-Mar-17 19:14:15

Totally pointless. I don't buy knickers with bows on.

sonlypuppyfat Fri 17-Mar-17 19:14:29

Zogs got it, so you can tell the front

Juliancopescat Fri 17-Mar-17 19:14:37

It's just to tell you which is the front and outside. Same reason they have them on bras (for inside outside anyway)

haveacupoftea Fri 17-Mar-17 19:15:35

Yanbu. I bought some M&S minis to sit under my 7 months pregnant bump and the little bow irritates my skin!

witwootoodleoo Fri 17-Mar-17 19:15:56

They drive me mad not least because they often show as a bump through nice dresses. Utterly pointless

Sirzy Fri 17-Mar-17 19:16:01

Mine are from m and S and don't have bows on

sonjadog Fri 17-Mar-17 19:16:04

It´s kind of obvious which is the front and right way round on a bra though, isn´t it? Or at least it is when the bra is my size...

FedglingFTB Fri 17-Mar-17 19:17:13

Zogs lightbulb moment! But I still hate them angry

Bluntness100 Fri 17-Mar-17 19:20:20

I like the bows I think they are pretty. GenuInely. I'm not infantile or girly but I am quite feminine and I like me a nice knicker bow. 😂

redexpat Fri 17-Mar-17 19:23:57

I usually cut them off normal underwear, but leave them on pretty stuff. YANBU!

Gazelda Fri 17-Mar-17 19:24:30

I think I've read somewhere that it's to do with Queen Victoria.

JeffyJeffington Fri 17-Mar-17 19:27:48

I genuinely never noticed so the bow thing until DD started potty training and used the them to work out front and back, and triumphally pointed out that this applied to both 'big girl' and 'mummy' pants

Bluntness100 Fri 17-Mar-17 19:34:43

Well a little google gives many reasons, the most logical being the tradition started before elastic existed and women tied their knickers with string through the waist band in a bow at the front. Same as corsets etc.

I think these days it's simply decorative. However I've many pairs of knickers without them, in fact I'd say most of them. Depends on the style.

WaegukSaram Fri 17-Mar-17 19:38:59

I've stopped seeing them, they're so prevalent.

Men must be much smarter than women - they seem to be able to work out which way round their undies go without bows.

pimmsy Fri 17-Mar-17 19:40:38

I'm feeling quite left out, I've just checked my bra... It doesn't have a bow

MeadowHay Fri 17-Mar-17 19:43:22

I'm sure there was a thread on here about this before once. YANBU it's annoying. Sometimes I just want some nice and plain thanks. I'm not 8.

1horatio Fri 17-Mar-17 19:44:05


I quite like lacy underwear. Or just normal cotton underwear but with lace on the side/at the top.

But black "granny knickers" are also wonderful imo smile

The bows are actually quite cute imo. Although I don't think my knickers have any? confused

NeedsAsockamnesty Fri 17-Mar-17 19:48:57

I often get dressed in the dark, bows mean my knickers are the right way round

sillygoof Fri 17-Mar-17 19:49:03

I assumed they were there to look pretty, until I started teaching my little girl to put her own pants on. Something clicked then, and I felt a bit thick!

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