People Are Only Just Realising Why Women’s Underwear Have A Bow On Front

People are only just realising why women’s underwear has a bow on the front.
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People are only just realising why women’s underwear has a bow on the front.

Underwear is a key part of our day-to-day life, yet, it is probably something we don’t really think about.

Everyone notices the little bow on the front and everyone thinks it’s just a pretty feature.

However, it seems there is actually a real meaning behind it.

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Asking the importing question on Reddit, someone said: “Why do so many panties have that little bow on the centre front?”

This issued a response from someone who explains: “Now? Because it’s cute, it’s feminine, it evokes innocence, and it makes it really easy to tell which side is the front when dressing hastily in the dark.

“As for the roots of the tradition? It comes from pre-elastic days when your underthings were held in place by a bit of ribbon threaded through the eyelet lace at the tops.” 

They continue: “The little bow is where you tied that ribbon, and of course, it’s in the front because that’s the easiest place to do something like that.”

Another person backed up this claim by adding: “Originally the idea came from pre-elastic days when you had to tie it. 

“Same for ballet flats. Ballet shoes that dancers wear a tie in the front so ballet flats mimic that sometimes.”

The bow has also been used as a way to distinguish the front and back of underwear for years.

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People are only just realising why women’s underwear has a bow on the front. Credit: Alamy

This is important especially if you are getting dressed in the dark.

According to Yahoo, it is believed that before electricity was invented, women would often have to get up before dawn and dress in the dark, or by candlelight.

Most historians agree that the bows on the front of underwear would help them put the underwear on the correct way.

Many people admitted they didn’t know the reason behind the bow, with some claiming it had ‘blown their mind’.

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One person adds: “I always wondered what that damn bow was there for. I always found them a bit stupid but I learned to ignore them.

“It’s interesting to know why they were there to begin with (as a practical way to tie your underwear).”

Someone else writes: “Personally love it. I am completely blind without my glasses and sometimes I need to put on panties in a hurry.

“This is how I can just feel which part goes in front. Lmao but if I’m not being lazy, I get your point.”

A third adds: “Holy s**t you just blew my mind.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.