At some point, you all would have noticed a small decorative bow sewn at the level of virtually every pair of women’s briefs.
Beyond that, it isn’t something that many of us can admit to thinking long and hard about.
Have you ever wondered why that was? Neither had we… but apparently there are a few reasons for it.
Knickers were first introduced during the Renaissance to maintain hygiene, to protect women from the cold and to save them from ’embarrassment’ if they fell off a horse.
But when did bows begin to feature on them, and why?
One intrigued person took to Reddit to get to the bottom of the mystery.
“Why do so many panties have that little bow on the centre front? Where did the tradition come from?” they asked, and a number of people were quick to share their assumptions.
The most common reason was that the bow kept underwear from falling down as elastic was yet to be invented.
One person commented: “Now? Because it’s cute, it’s feminine, it evokes innocence, and it makes it really easy to tell which side is the front when dressing hastily in the dark.
“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 tied that ribbon, and of course, it’s in the front because that’s the easiest place to do something like that.”
But this isn’t the only reason. Centuries ago, before electricity was invented, women would often have to get up before dawn and dress in the dark, or by candlelight.
So, the bow was used to distinguish the front from the back.
Now, the piece of ribbon is seen more as a decoration.
Another person said: “I always wondered what that damn bow was there for. I always found them a bit stupid but I learned to ignore them. It’s interesting to know why they were there to begin with (as a practical way to tie your underwear).”
“Holy s**t you just blew my mind,” said a third.
Others admitted they always remove the bows themselves, with one person commenting: “I always take them off.”
While another said: “They’re really annoying. I always tear them off.”