For my part, I'm still firmly attached to my idea of NOT wearing five thousand layers of clothing in central Texas, sorry. Braies, a chemise, a dress, and possibly a surcote or some other top layer, is just too much; and since I'm a firm believer in NOT starting small brush fires with thigh friction, I prefer to have some form of pants on under my dresses. I did the yoga pants/bike shorts thing before I made my short braies, but the waistbands on those things are just too tight, and leave big "pantylines" showing under my dresses. No thank you.
I've also realized that I really, really need a second skirt underneath my gowns to help with fullness and flow...and so that I still have my legs covered if I need to hike up my dress for working or walking in wet grass. All of my cotehardies are self-supporting and lined through the bust if not the entire bodice; so a full chemise underneath isn't technically necessary - and again, there's that whole extra-layer thing.
So I decided to combine braies, full-length chemise, and one of my fashion nemeses from my childhood: the dreaded culottes:
|*horror movie sound effects*REET REET REET*|
I'd been trying to figure out what to call these, and my BFF hit it right on the head: MY CROTCHLESS GAUCHO PANTIES - LET ME SHOW YOU THEM...
- long enough and wide enough to fulfill the "skirt" job of filling out and effectively lining my gowns
- keeping my thighs from rubbing together and attracting hordes of thousands of crickets
- lightweight enough not to be an issue in the heat (lighter weight than my first pair of braies)
- soft and minimal enough in the waist-band not to em-bulk-en my waist under my gowns (I made that word up)
Oh, and they're also..
- elastic-waisted, because I HAVE HAD IT with trying to undo the Gordian clusterf** that my drawstring-waisted braies always manage to get themselves into
- crotchless, because (a) dealing with pull-down pant-things under a giant skirt in a port-a-potty? Hell no! and also (b) there IS actually evidence of crotchless underpants for men and women from hundreds of years ago, because they knew what they were doing back then. I've heard. I tried to find a link for you, but, well, YOU trying googling crotchless anything and see what happens.
More underwear tomorrow!