The history of the chemise

When we consider the clothing which is close to us – in fact, that which lies against our skin: underwear – the history behind it can be fascinating! This piece will explore the history of the humble chemise, which is now a top-choice of sexy bed wear amongst many women today. A chemise is generally loose-fitting, delicate lingerie which flows gently over the hips and serves as an all-in-one.

Going back in time


Yet historically a chemise could be worn by a man or a woman – as an item of underclothes, typically beneath a gown or a robe.  It is a design which seems to have developed from the Roman tunic but is lighter in appearance and weight. After all, chemises are typically associated as delicate and airy, giving the skin plenty of ventilation, which would have been valued in the hotter climates of Greece and Rome: where the design is said to have originated.

The chemise then saw a resurgence, particularly in the regency period of the 18th century. In Britain it was a typical undergarment and one of the few pieces of clothing that was discrete and easy enough to wash regularly. Lacy, elegant designs were often incorporated, which were seen to celebrate femininity. By the 19th century chemises were largely seen as bed-wear, rather than daily lingerie. It is about this time that full panties and underclothes were worn more regularly – casting the chemise into the night.

Refresh yourself with a modern design

But the chemise certainly can be celebrated as something to be enjoyed at night! Modern designers are capable of creating stunning pieces, often involving beautiful materials, cuts and colours, flattering a range of figures. A prime example of provider of high-quality lingerie with a range of chemise options is My Knickers. They offer a wide selection of fittings, materials and so much more to make you feel good: Just visit their website and find out why!