Going commando is the practice of not wearing underwear under one's outer clothing. The term is theorized to be related to the much earlier term "going regimental", which refers to wearing the kilt military style, that is, without underwear (True Scotsman).
Going commando is a practice for both males and females. It can be done under any kind of outer clothing, e.g. under any kind of trousers or skirts. A person can enjoy going commando, for example, because it feels "naughty" or kinky, because it gives them a feeling of greater freedom, or simply because they like the cool. It is also a method to avoid a visible panty line. In BDSM, a submissive can be forbidden to wear underwear; for example in the Story of O.
The practice of going commando is normally invisible, and thus a thing mostly to enjoy privately — unless it comes to events where clothes are removed (such as the pantsing prank), or a hand is slipped under the garments. Women wearing no bra can be found out when their nipples trace through a sweater, or similar. Women in short skirts or dresses or men in short kilts or baggy shorts also run the risk displaying this when the sit down, or some exposed higher elevations.
Historically, it is worthwhile to remember that in Western culture girls and women did not wear any underwear until 150 to 200 years ago, so they would be always "going commando" — although there was no special expression for it back then, as it was just normal practice.
- Alsacienne "sans culotte" (beer brand with a panty-less woman on the labels) — compare Kröver Nacktarsch
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