A teddy, or the camiknicker, is a garment that covers the torso and crotch in one garment. Earlier it was referred to as “teddy bear” or “teddy bear suits”, now it’s just “teddy”. It looks similar to a swimsuit or bodysuit but is typically loose and more sheer. Formerly called “envelope chemise”, it came up around 1911 and was worn next to skin, replacing the bra and panties, or over the bra like a slip. It is put on by stepping into the leg holes and pulling the garment up to cover the torso. As an undergarment, it combines the function of a camisole and panties. It can also pass as lingerie.
In its early form the teddy had a very straight cut with simple button closures at the crotch to define the legs. It developed into a more fitted step in garment with short legs and a fitted bust line in the 1930s and 1940s. As time went by, more and more variations of the one-piece lingerie
evolved. Mainly, there were three styles: the teddy, the romper, and the bodysuit. Their only point of similarity is that they are all one-piece lingerie styles.
A romper and a bodysuit seem to be more contemporary and are also more casual. A teddy on the other hand, tends to be something you wear on your wedding night
or a sexy date night. It is typically very form-fitting with sexy details that uses materials like lace, sheer mesh, or even latex. A romper, on the other hand, is casual and less sexy. It’s even used as loungewear. A body suit is a form-fitting teddy with high cut legs. And in most cases, a bodysuit is an undergarment in addition to being a lingerie item. It can also be a shape wear.
The teddy has evolved into a skimpy, risqué style, that is sexy and widely worn to express the sexuality. Select your own teddy at Beverlyheels.com.