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French Knickers / Shorts

  • Our designer brands all seem to have a diffferent name for these briefs from Belgium designers Van de Velde Marie Jo and Prima Donna calling them Shorts, Hotpants, Luxury Thongs and Luxury G~String and even sometimes their full briefs, French designer Aubade as Hot Tanga, Boxer and St~Tropez Briefs, French designer Empreinte as Shorty, Culottes and Panty, Heidi Klum Intimates as Culottes, Hanro of Switzerland as Maxi briefs, Huit 8 Paris as Boxer Shorts and Panty so we have grouped them together and called them French Knickers and Shorts. Have a look at our Briefs and Thongs collections too! The term is predominantly used in the UK and Australia to describe a style of underpant that is similar in look to a pair of shorts. French knickers are worn from the hip, concealing some of the upper thigh and all of the buttocks. The garment features an "open leg" style, a loose fit that allows for a more comfortable fit and the straight-cut leg cuffs can be designed with or without trimming. The fabric is often bias cut. French knickers are not to be confused with other underpant styles such as hipsters, briefs, bikini bottoms and boyshorts, all of which feature elasticated leg openings and fit snug to the body. French knickers are ideally accompanied by full, flared and A-Line skirts, trousers and dresses, as they can add bulk and produce a visible panty line (VPL). The item is an elegant, comfortable and healthier alternative to more fitted forms of underwear and luxury fabrics like silk are often used in their production.