4 Lingerie Facts You Didn’t Know

Throughout history, the role of underwear has been varied. Fashion has evolved starkly over the 2,000 or so years we have been wearing clothes, so it’s safe to say there are some hidden secrets within that history. Especially when it comes lingerie. So, with that in mind, here are some lingerie facts that may shock you!

1 – Open Secrets

Once upon a time, the crotchless panty was not a point of sexiness. No, in actual fact, it was a simple part of everyday life. Men’s underwear had crotches as standard, while a woman found a standard gap there instead. Even Queen Victoria, who’s underwear went on sale at an auction not too long ago, was subject to a crotchless pair of bloomers.

Prior to the 1800s, in fact, the standard was no underwear altogether in most cases. Fairly scandalous, considering our proper and prim opinions of those in that era!

In fact, knickers which joined up in the middle only came to the market in the 1850s or so. Though they enjoyed no popularity, having been seen as unpractical and unhealthy in some cases. It was only during the turn of the 19th century when a more fashionable design was applied to many of these pieces, that they began to genuinely rise in popularity. Strange, considering support for the breasts was something even the Ancient Greeks enjoyed. Shame that the panty crotch took so long to follow!

Want to adopt the same style of as Queen Victoria? Then try out a pair of ouvert briefs from Bordelle, guaranteed to bring a breath of fresh air into your life.

2 – French Fancies

There a number of interesting facts surrounding the French and their relationship with lingerie. Largely, in part, due to the fact that they are so connected with the creation of lingerie in the first place. For example, lingerie can be used in regards to both men and women. Men’s lingerie doesn’t quite roll off the tongue in English, but it’s a common turn of phrase in France. And another little-known fact is that a French woman was the creator of the bra. We can thank Herminie Cadole for creating this level of support in 1889.

To get the look, try this influente bra from French-brand Chantal Thomass:

3 – The Birth of the Sports Bra

Debuted in 1975, the first sports bra was called the ‘Free Swing Tennis Bra’ and was made by a company called Glamorise Foundations. It was followed later by something called the ‘jockbra’ in 1977, which was invented by Lisa Lindahl. This, in turn, was renamed a ‘jogbra’ at some point and became much more widely used, until it was purchased in 1990 by the Playtex company. This saw the evolution of the sports bra in earnest.

The science of how breasts moved during exercise saw the creation of a sturdier, better, sports bra and this was then brought to market. It was showcased on the Oprah Winfrey show, which saw a surge in orders and began the reign of popularity for the sports bra as we know it today.

4 – Corsets Almost Caused Extinction

Corsets in their first form were often made from whalebone. The popularity of the corset rose throughout the 1800s, it’s why we have such a vivid image of this time with the straight-backed women in their tight corsets. However, what may have been good for fashion wasn’t necessarily good for the environment.

In fact, the popularity of corsets and the hoop skirt meant that some whales became seriously at risk of extinction. Particularly the baleen whale, whose rib cage was particularly adept for this use. Thankfully, the invention of new elastic materials at the beginning of the twentieth century made whale-bone corsets obsolete. Meaning the whale populations have been able to slowly recover following this craze.

Get the corset look – with no harm to whales – from our very own Dolci Follie collection. The heiress gold long line is an exquisite piece and worth its weight in gold.

On the whole, lingerie has a long and fascinating history. So, why not carve a little bit out for yourself? Browse the Dolci Follie luxury lingerie collection today and discover a little bit of lingerie history for yourself.


Lingerie For A Romantic Valentine’s Day

The day is fast approaching, that most romantic time of year: Valentine’s Day! The red love hearts are filling shop windows, chocolate is fully on display (tempting you to break your New Year resolutions), and teddy bears are crying out to be bought. For some, that also means it’s time to consider the type of lingerie that will come after a romantic candlelit dinner or day of fun.

For all of your romantic Valentine’s needs, look no further than our fabulous range here at Dolci Follie.

Go All Red

Valentine’s Day is a holiday associated with hearts, sweets and, above all else, the colour red. So why not celebrate the hallmark colour of the day with your very own red run of beautiful lingerie. In the picture above you can see that a fully red look isn’t necessarily as overwhelming as you might first expect. It can actually be very flattering, even if you have a skin tone that you might not necessarily expect to match all that well.

For the full look above, check out the new lines from Fleur of England now available at Dolci Follie. Including the Wallflower line with pieces as the embroidered boudoir bra, the embroidered ouvert briefs, suspender belt and even a harness.

Tie Up in a Corset

Sometimes the best looks come from going outside of your comfort zone. Which sometimes means choosing something which you wouldn’t consider very ‘you’, in this case something as beautiful as a corset. On the whole, the corset is a pretty versatile style, as you can mix it up with hold ups, stockings and even a fabulous kimono. Whatever makes you happiest when it comes to your style. The fact is that luxury lingerie doesn’t mean you have to bare all – so, don’t be afraid to go with something a little more conservative.

The above corset dress from Belle et Bonbon is a stunning example for the perfect romantic night in. Beautiful, seductive and elegant above all else.


If you don’t want to go too revealing with your lingerie choices, then some tasteful nightwear might be the better option for your romantic Valentine plans. A quiet night in with the one you love is a great option, especially if the idea of vying for a table at an overrun restaurant seems like a terrible idea. Spending an evening with your love, draped in the most luxurious of nightwear, then, is a preferable option.

The type of nightwear you choose is completely down to your style, but there is plenty on offer here at Dolci Follie. Even the beautiful sleepshirt from Asceno can be sexy, given the chance, so don’t be afraid to try it out!


On the whole, Valentine’s Day can be a beautiful occasion; only made better by the right kind of luxury lingerie. So, browse our whole collection today and find the perfect accompaniment for a night of romance!