Tuesday, 12 April 2011
K is for Knickers
I have posted before about the joy of a pack of smooth, new, white knickers, so I won't revisit that subject. No. Today I want to talk about a particular pair of knckers; the knickers I shall never forget.
At my grammar school, we had to wear navy knickers for PE (with white "knicker linings" underneath, although I've never worked out how anyone could enforce this bizarre rule in a girls' day school). The navy knickers were the kind with elasticated legs and waist. Safe knickers, if you're running about or hanging upside down from the wall bars.
But my mother, a stranger fo convention, bought me bright, royal blue knickers*.
How I hated those knickers. Quite apart from the fact that they were Not Allowed, they showed me up. While everyone else was leaping about in regulation navy knickers, I was cringing on the sidelines in my royal blue ones. Apart from anything else, how on earth did my mother find them? I have never, before or since, seen royal blue knickers. School knickers were, bottle green, grey, possibly maroon - but royal blue?
Eventually, my mother bought me navy ones, but they weren't the right kind. They were brief, revealing, not the kind you want to wear for doing handstands (I've no idea where she found those, either). I never did have the right knickers, and the memory of the Wrong Knickers has remained with me all my life. While I have worn many pairs of knickers during my life, those royal blue ones (and their little navy successors) are the only ones I can remember.
Mum, how COULD you?
*Those knickers feature in my novel The Birds, the Bees and Other Secrets, so they were of some use in the end.
Posted by Frances Garrood at 22:25
Labels: knickers, P.E., school uniform
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Most enjoyable post about something essential.ReplyDelete
Delightful post. Moms are somethin', ain't them? :-))ReplyDelete
We had to wear navy knickers and they had to have name tapes in them. I remember having to line up at the all girls's school I went to, for inspection by the Headmistress who peered down all our knickers to see if we had name tapes. My Gran was horrified. 'I'll go and peer down hers' she threatened. That was before I became a rebel. Two years later I would have told the Headmistress she wasn't getting her thrills by checking my undies.ReplyDelete
Hehehe! Mine were brown, and the white 'liners' always ended up blotchy pink!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the replies, all. Lynne, how amazing about the checking of the name tapes (no CRB checks then!), and how exactly were you supposed to lose your knickers? We didn't take ours off!ReplyDelete
Jinksy, brown knickers....hmm. I think I prefer my royal blue ones.
Poor you - can just imagine the bright blue. And I remember those regulation navy knickers. At least you made use of the story!ReplyDelete
Royal blue? That's a very unusual colour for knickers.ReplyDelete
One of the advantages of going to a mixed school was that we weren't subjected to this whole gym knickers torture. We had to wear proper shorts - they were still horrible (navy nylon) but at least they were shorts!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the sympathy, Rosemary!ReplyDelete
Patsy - that's my whole point! Where in the world did she find them?
Alis, you were a very lucky girl!
Oh the joy of knickers!ReplyDelete
When living down South it was green thick knickers to 'protect' us while doing PE and games! I could never understand why it was okay for children to run around in knickers - did boys where shorts - I can't remember? - while adults didn't. Didn't really bother me though.
Moving further North the knickers became blue - to match the climate perhaps?
The joy of waist high knickers - will I invest in them soon as I approach my dotage? Life moves on full circle!
At long last I am wearing bottle green knickers, they feel soooo mmm nice and comfortable. I would Sooooo love to find another genuine knickers wearer/lover soon!!!Delete
Yes I agree I also love wearing my Montfort and Cherub Regulation Bottle Green Knickers, Double back panel, and Cuff Legs so Comfortable.Delete
Navy knickers were just awful. If we forgot to put on the right pair before we left home we'd have to rely on a kind friend to lend us a spare pair. Failing that, it was a matter of borrowing a dusty, elastic-less, motheaten pair from the gym cupboard. No wonder I hated PE.ReplyDelete
Anna, I am in my dotage (ish), and I promise you I wil never, ever wear waist-high knickers.ReplyDelete
Joanne, at least you wre able to borrow the right knickers, which was more than I could!
I used to wear them for peReplyDelete
Oh I just LOVE bottle green school knickers, that lovely soft stretchy material and heavenly tight knickerleg elastic gripping your------ mmmmm it is too much, I just want to be in them again !!!ReplyDelete
Great blog I love my old navy blue pe knickers like the bottle green happy days they wereReplyDelete
Paula, do you still have your bottle green knickers? I would LOVE to have some more !!Delete
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all my playmates have protested at the indignity of going back into regulation knickers, right up until they try them on. to complete the memories its usually a pinafore and socks. I confess that they are perfectly designed with spanking in mind when viewed from an over the knee position xDelete
Yes still like my old pe knickersReplyDelete
Do you still wear them Paula? Most girls I knew were only too glad to get rid of wearing them. Mind you they had to wear one pair of knickers under their uniform skirts then change into the gym knickers. They did look great in them I always thought.Delete
I too liked the school knickers as we used to have to wear them under our kilts here in Scotland back in the 50's. Navy blue or bottle green were the knickers of choice for the kilts and were very necessary to protect the world from the sight of boys being indiscreet boys lol. Thats a lovely story Frances and brings back some memories but remember us boys who had to wear those knickers too. I didnt mind them at all and recall the nice soft feel compared to what was on offer as boys underpants at the time.ReplyDelete
Yes Kiltieman, happy memories of my school days wearing my kilt with bottle green cotton interlock knickers underneath. I think many Scots school boys have similar memoriesDelete
my first wife told me more than once her bottle green school knickers were the best she had ever wornReplyDelete
Still enjoy wearing Regulation Navy Blue and Bottle Green Knickers which I aquired during my SchooldaysReplyDelete
Love the pose Kimberley. Best view of school knickers. Brings back memories. Enjoy them.ReplyDelete
Guess what, Kiltieman, it is Sunday and as I write this I am wearing my kilt as usual and underneath there is a pair of regulation bottle green cotton interlock school girl's knickers and they feel just right.ReplyDelete
I agree still I wear my cotton interlock Bottle Green Knickers regularly, firm soft and secureDelete
Hi Heilanladdie. Good for you and sorry for not replying sooner. Ive got my kilts on every day just now unless Im in the garden or up a ladder lol. I still try to wear the knickers to match the kilt and I still also find it, like Kimberley a nice feeling. Today its a nice day for the kilt and Ive got maroon ones under my kilt. I have a few different makes and styles but I like the high waist and high cut leg ones best. They also are lovely and soft and firm and keep shape very well at the front. They feel good under the kilt and I also feel very confident in them as they are subtle if they are on show accidentally. Ladies will know about this side of it too!Delete
Hi Kiltieman and Hielandladdie I don't wear a Kilt but I do dress as a Schoolgirl and wear Girls Tartan kilt style School Skirts ( Red, Blue or Green)with matching 1960's Montfort or Cherub Regulation Knickers.(Elasticated Cuff Legs double back panel) and My latest acquisition is A Convent School Maroon Tartan Kilt Skirt which I shall wear with Maroon Montfort regulation Knickers to my next School EventReplyDelete
That sounds lovely Kimberley. The girls at my old school wore tartan skirt/kilts in the same tartan as us boys. Montfort and Cherub knickers were the undergarments of choice too. I do remember that my sisters and my knickers were laundered at the same time as one so it wasnt uncommon for me to be wearing a pair of hers as we were about the same sizes. thats when washing was boiled and wrung I might add and scrubbed on a washboard lol.Delete
I always though maroon knickers were classy for some reason.
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