The Practical History of Crotchless Underwear

It’s easy to see how a girl could have some fun in a pair of crotchless panties, but did you know that this fashion accessory is useful outside of the bedroom? While we now think of these special panties as risque, women’s underwear didn’t feature full coverage until some time in the 1850s. There are two primary reasons for this.

What’s Going on Under that Petticoat?

In the old days, skirts were long and the layers underneath them deep. There was really no danger of accidentally flashing your lady bits a la Sharon Stone while wearing a long skirt, bustle, underskirt, petticoat and chemise. Many women went completely commando, leaving panty-wearing only for the prostitutes who needed a little window dressing when peddling their wares.

As hemlines became shorter and women started wearing fewer and fewer layers, more complete undergarments that offered full coverage became much more necessary. Victorian mindsets shifted, deciding now that a proper lady wore undergarments with full coverage while only prostitutes wore more revealing lingerie.

I Really Gotta Go

In Victorian times, crotchless panties also served a practical purpose. Frankly, it’s not easy squatting over a chamber pot while holding your skirt, underskirt and bustle out of the way. Sometimes when nature calls, you need to answer in a hurry. Victorian ladies wore so many layers under their skirts, however, that getting that answering quickly was nigh on impossible. Going altogether free or wearing panties without a crotch meant one less layer of clothing to get through when relieving themselves.

Many modern women go crotchless for the same reason today. While chamber pots are a thing of the past, thank goodness, public restrooms aren’t always the most sanitary places. Going sans crotch makes it easy to pull up your skirt and hover over public toilets without making seat contact.

Now that you know a little bit about the history of this erotic underwear, we’re guessing you won’t ever look at a Victorian painting in quite the same way.