Chemises Are Wonderful Items Of Lingerie For Everyone

By: Mindy Cotterill

Chemises are a wonderful addition to your lingerie collection, but they have a long history, too. Today's chemises are worn to be seductive and naughty. In the past, though, chemises were worn underneath clothes so that the outer clothes wouldn't get dirty. They protected the outer clothes from skin oils and sweat. Today, chemises have less of a utilitarian purpose and more of a sexy one.

Chemises have also been called "shifts" and "smocks" and have undergone quite a transformation in the centuries they've been around.? They date all the way back to the Middle Ages, in fact, when they were worn underneath regular outer clothing.? At the time, clothing was not washed as regularly as it is today, and chemises were worn next to the skin to protect clothes from sweat and body oils.? The idea is similar to that of a modern man's white t-shirt.? In those times, however, the chemises would be washed often, but the outer garments would not.?

Modern chemises probably have more in common with a camisole or a teddy than they do with a t-shirt, though.? They are generally about thigh-length and have straps rather than sleeves.? It's true that they can still be worn as under garments.? In fact, they make great slips for short dresses.? Current fashion has even brought the chemise to the outside, as silky, short, strappy dresses have become quite popular.

Of course, the most popular use for chemises these days is as sexy lingerie.? The feel of a silk chemise against the skin can be a turn on for both the woman wearing it and the man sharing her bed.? There are dozens of styles to choose from, so it's not hard to find a chemise to suit just about any lingerie-worthy situation.? There are sheer, billowy chemises or form-fitting lacy ones.? It really depends on the mood to be set.

Chemises have a lot in common with lingerie known as "baby doll" style.? Like these little dress-type outfits, chemises tend to hug the skin along the bust line and waist and then flare out a bit at the hips.? For this reason, they look good on pretty much every body type, too, which is a real bonus for women who are new to shopping for lingerie.? While one can think of chemises as being "naughty lingerie," there is something of an air of romance to them.? This is another reason they can be a great choice for someone who is new to lingerie.? They tend to be a bit more modest than a bustier, teddy, or corset, so there's less nervousness for the woman who is simply trying to look pretty for a special night in.

Chemises are a good choice for someone wanting to make a gift of lingerie, too.? Because they aren't worn skin-tight and don't generally have bra cups, sizing is more forgiving than it is with other types of lingerie.? While it can be tricky to purchase lingerie for a woman, having an idea of her size will get you in the right ballpark for a chemise that looks as good as it will make her feel.

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