Check out what underwear has looked like on women in the West for the last century - and be inspired or have a giggle at all the different pieces we've seen and worn! Cami-knickers were full-body underwear that streamlined the body - a favorite with flappers and young women ready to abandon their mother's old, frumpy underwear. In the 30s and 40s, underwear began to more closely resemble what we think of when we say "underwear" today; it was shorter, and cut close to the figure of its wearer. Underwear from this era was also much simpler to move around in - a useful ability considering how much more common it was for women to work beyond their homes. Factory work during the wars and beyond!
Fashionable Forties: Underneath it all- a few words about panties
French knickers also called tap pants in the United States are a type of women's underwear or lingerie. The term is predominantly used in the United Kingdom UK and Australia [ citation needed ] to describe a style of underpant that is similar in look to a pair of shorts. French knickers are worn from the hip, concealing some of the upper thigh and all of the buttocks. The garment features an "open leg" style a loose fitting leg opening without elastic cuffs  that allows for a more comfortable fit and the straight-cut leg cuffs can be designed with or without trimming.
Pictures of 1940s Women in their Attractive Summer Undergarments
During the Regency era women began wearing lower undergarments. From the s onwards drawers were made of more feminine cotton lawn fabric and laced at the waist. Knickers were quite baggy, which accommodated the split through the crotch, so that despite the opening, the bagginess afforded some modesty when sized correctly.
Women have worn rib-crushing corsets, bandaged their chests to get an androgynous silhouette and burned their bras as a statement of liberation — put mildly, underwear matters. The vast hoop skirts of the midth century were supported by crinolines — steel, cage-like structures worn with a corset and petticoats. The crinoline reached its maximum dimensions in and then started to shrink to less ludicrous proportions. The boyish fashions of the s were unforgiving of bulky underwear, but developments in fabric technology allowed women to wear slinky petticoats that also helped them achieve the desired androgynous silhouette. They continued to be worn during the Second World War when women stepped into male roles and started wearing trousers more frequently.