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Teddies - Lingerie For Comfort as well as Appeal...

Updated on June 10, 2011

What Kind of Lingerie Are Teddies?

You have probably seen photos of models in magazines wearing teddies, but you may not have been aware that these garments went by that name. Teddies are making a comeback, and those who are familiar with this type of lingerie are quite pleased.

This is because a teddy is very much a multi-purpose type of garment. You can wear a teddy as sleepwear, or as a body-hugging garment to help enhance those intimate moments that take place in the bedroom, or perhaps out of it!

For a nice change from your regular nightgown or pyjamas, a teddy just cannot be beat. As a sexy, titillating garment to capture your partner’s attention, the teddy is ideal in every way. The style of a teddy is simple, yet effective. It is a one-piece article of clothing that would put you in mind of a dance leotard or a swimsuit. Strategic bits of cloth can be missing from a teddy in order to highlight certain areas of the body, and this can be true of both the top and the bottom of a teddy.

Loose fitting silk teddy lingerie

The History of Teddies Lingerie

During the 1920s, the teddy was called a camiknicker, for it combined a camisole and a pair of panties, commonly called knickers during this time period.

Women wore them underneath their dresses, and those females who served in the military wore the camiknicker under pants during the time of World War II. For reasons unknown, the camiknicker began to lose its popularity around the late 1940s.

The garment re-emerged during the 1990s with the teddy moniker, and has been an integral part of lingerie shops worldwide ever since.

Types of Teddies

There are several teddy styles that are popular and in mainstream use today.

Women normally will wear a teddy beneath the clothing as a utilitarian lingerie item. The snug fit of a teddy can be used as a support garment, and this is a common use for the teddy.

You can also find a style where the fit is a bit looser, and this is what most women will choose when a teddy is to be used only for sleeping. These may have some lace or embroidery to dress them up a bit, but can be considered as rather plain compared to the style of teddy that most women will wear only in the bedroom with their partner.

There is a teddy known as a fashion top teddy that is suitable for wearing as an outer garment. This style can also be worn as lingerie, so in a way you are getting two garments for the price of one.

Tight fitting crotchless teddy

The bedroom type of teddy garment is quite different in appearance than the ones normally chosen as sleepers or support garments. These are usually sheer, and may have lace or feathers.

Crotchless teddy selections with openings for each breast are not unusual.

A leather teddy with studs, a wet look teddy made from stretchy Lycra, or a shiny satin teddy decorated with rhinestones and hearts, and held together in strategic spots with magnets are all interesting teddy choices that can make your evenings memorable.

The Best Fit for Teddies

Full figured women have not been left out of the teddy extravaganza. There are many choices of styles for them as well. Often, the best style for these women is an actual two-piece teddy.

These sets come with a camisole-like top, and a pair of panties that come up to the waistline for comfort and a bit of camouflage, too. It would be a smart idea for all women to try on the teddy selections they are considering before they purchase one or more of them.

This is really the only way to determine the true fit of the garment, as well as whether or not the teddy suits your individual style. Look for a teddy that has a well- made upper portion, preferably with adjustable straps. Straps like these will allow you to further customize the fit of the garment.

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You may only be interested in a sleep teddy, or possibly a body briefer teddy for some light control and shape adjustment. Your perfect teddy may be the bareback type, which offers some support for the breasts so you can go braless. Alternatively, you may be satisfied with a teddy that has garters you can attach or detach, depending on the circumstances. A regular “generic” style of teddy may be all you need. Whatever type you decide upon, you can feel secure in the knowledge that teddies are a fashion staple that is here to stay.

sheer satin teddy


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      Mary Mac 

      8 years ago

      I love teddies but only small body girls loook well in them not us big boned girls with a big bums

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      9 years ago

      Love it! I like teddies, but the only problem I find is that the fit in the torsos is not long enough for me in most styles. The straps on the shoulders dig into my shoulders as the crotch area is being cut off because of it being too tight. If only the strap adjustment could be longer allowing for me being taller.

    • Bredavies profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice Hub. I love a lot of the sets!

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      Butt Bra 

      9 years ago

      I loved the sheer satin teddy and would definitely own it. Lovely collection thanks!

    • cowgirljess profile image


      9 years ago from Nor Cal

      I like one that is comfy to sleep in and does not wrap around you when you move. lol Great hub

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      9 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Lingerie history lessons - now there's a thought!

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 

      9 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Given the state of education today, perhaps the history of teddies should be taught in school . . . just kidding. Couldn't resist that one. Nice hub, though. Lingerie is a huge market.

    • Gennifer profile image


      9 years ago from Minsk, Belarus

      Great hub! I like the way you write and the photos! I'm looking forward for your new hubs!

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      9 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Why thank you all! Glad you're enjoying them!

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      9 years ago

      Oh, boy Julie... This is inspirational. I could go with a two-piece teddy. I won't even share what's recently become my sleepwear. It's really time for an upgrade. Great hub.

    • bigmikeh profile image


      9 years ago from UK

      Another well produced hub Julie-Ann! You can write about lingerie with such style - if I wrote on this subject it would just seem smutty no doubt!

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      9 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Actually the soft pastel colors seem to be most popular among women (but men always have that black and red weakness, whatever the lingerie style!)

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      9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Just wondering, is there a particular color of Teddie that is more popular than the others?


    • BirteEdwards profile image


      9 years ago

      Not one myself to use teddies, in fact I didn't even know there was such a thing. No doubt this hub will receive a lot of attention, especially with those wonderful pictures

    • fortunerep profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I will take one of each please..

      love it


    • eonsaway profile image


      9 years ago from New Mexico, USA

      Stylish, beautiful photos.

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      9 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Thanks! It takes me ages to find just the right pictures, and who would have thunk it that Amazon offered all these naughtly delights? I'm sure more people will be happy with Amazon vouchers for Christmas and Birthdays now!

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      Brian Stephens 

      9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I agree, I will be searching Amazon for more than books from now on. Well I would if I could see without my glasses!!!

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      Pete Maida 

      9 years ago

      Well you'll get plenty of views with these hubs as long as you add the pictures. I'm not sure if us guys are interested in the history of teddies but we sure like the illustrations.


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