IF you've ever wondered why your tights are always a tone or two darker at the top, you are not alone.
Although it might just seem like a default, turns out, there is a reason behind it – our fashion whizz, Clemmie Fieldsend, revealed the underwear secrets.
TAG ON THE LEFT
Ever noticed that the tags which have sizing and washing instructions (so you don't end up shrinking your smalls) are always on the left?
This is because they have been historically sewn into that side so the wearer could tell which is the left leg.
Before knicker styles became more distinct in shape they looked the same front and back.
The small label was added to the left-hand side to make it clear that the hole was for your left leg.
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TIGHTS' DARK SECRET
You may notice when you buy a pair of tights that the top half is always a few shades darker in colour than the rest of it.
This will create that ''shorts'' shape – and there's an explanation too.
While many women may thin manufacturers make them darker so you can cover your modesty when going knickerless, in fact they use a denser denier to help prevent your tights rolling down.
These days, some brands also use them for tummy control too.
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Fans of shapewear will know that some brands design their garments crotchless, or with gusset with a slit in it.
And the hole is there for a very helpful reason – and it's nothing naughty either.
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If you've ever battled with thick Lycra shapewear, you know it can oftentimes feel like an intense exercise class to get them on – and off.
Aware of this issue, brands have designed the hole so you don't have to sweat and burn calories whilst going to the loo.
You can still do your business through the gap without the need to start doing awkward lunges in a tiny nightclub toilet cubicle.
Ladies have also discovered why there is a cute bow in the middle of a bra – and it's not just for aesthetic reasons.
“In olden days when women wore corsets, there was a piece of whalebone called a busk,'' explained one history whizz.
“It was inserted in a sheath down the front of the corset and tied in place with a bow. The busk is gone but the bow remains.
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''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.
“The little bow is where you tie that ribbon, and of course it's in the front because that's the easiest place to do something like that.”
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