Petticoat

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A petticoat or underskirt is an article of clothing for women; specifically an undergarment to be worn under a skirt or a dress.

In historical contexts (sixteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries), petticoat refers to any separate skirt worn with a gown, bedgown, bodice or jacket; these petticoats are not strictly speaking underwear as they were made to be seen. In both historical and modern contexts, petticoat refers to skirt-like undergarments worn for warmth or to give the skirt or dress the desired fashionable shape. In this context a petticoat may be called a waist slip or underskirt (UK) or half slip (US), with petticoat restricted to extremely full garments. Petticoat can also refer to a full-length slip in the UK, although this usage is somewhat old-fashioned.

[edit] Petticoats and fetishism

Old-fashioned, e.g. ruffled, petticoats are sometimes fetishized and play a role in cross-dressing, French maid uniforms and Lolita fashion.

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