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Directoire Knickers (DKs)

 

Directoire knickers were derived from the long bloomers which women wore as underwear in the mid to late 1800's.  These bloomers were loose baggy long legged pants gathered at the ankle (and often trimmed with lace).  In Victorian times it was considered immoral to show any part of the leg above the ankle, so not only were dresses ankle length but also their underwear.  The bloomers of that time weren't made of the most comfortable materials either, most were either a coarse cotton or even linen.

Over the years not only did dress and skirt lengths get shorter but so did the underwear and consequently Directoire Knickers were 'born' and became widely popular especially in the 1920's and 1930's.  These knickers were an immense improvement on the old bloomers, they were now made of more delicate silks and satins and they were no longer ankle length but gathered at the knee.  Some however still kept the lace trim around the legs.

Many women still wore directoire knickers right through the war time period and even into the early 1950's. Some of the older generation of women wouldn't change their style of underwear and continued to wear these knickers literally until they passed away.  Even today these knickers are still produced and there are women today who still regularly wear these knee length knickers.  

Such is their popularity not only through the women who still wear them but also through the fetishists it seems that they will be with us for many more years to come.

 

 

 

 

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