There are many things in life that we have thought long and hard about but never found the answers to. Let’s take women’s underwear as an example. If any men are reading this, please exit stage left because this is not that kind of party. All jokes aside, if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably wondered the same thing at some point in your life.
We had no idea there were so many reasons that needed to be discussed! It all started when someone posted the question on Reddit in a public forum. “Why do so many panties have that little bow on the front center? “How did the tradition begin?” they wondered. It didn’t take long for them to get the answer they were looking for.
“What about the tradition’s roots?
It dates back to the days before elastic, when your underwear was held in place by a ribbon threaded through the eyelet lace at the tops. “The little bow is where you tied that ribbon, and of course it’s in front because that’s the easiest place to do something like that,” someone responded. We had no idea this was such an easy concept to grasp. To be honest, we were expecting a much more complicated explanation. Another explanation makes a lot of sense as well.
Because of the realities of the time, the bow was placed on women’s underwear. This is yet another aspect that we did not consider, but are surprised that we did. Women, you see, did not have the luxury of using elastic for one-size-fits-all underwear in the past. To fit their bodies, they had to lace the underwear and pull it tight. To keep the tie tight, they would tie a bow in the front.
The bow is no longer as useful in modern times. It appears to have persisted for reasons that are almost entirely related to aesthetic appeal. Let’s face it: these bows are simply stunning. It’s fine if they don’t serve many functions other than decoration. Nonetheless, we adore the bow. At the very least, we now have a history!