The Origins of Lingerie

In the Western world, around the 13th century, there was a gradual shift in distinguishing between heavier and lighter fabrics. Interestingly, this differentiation wasn't tied to seasonal changes in wardrobe. People during this time typically wore the same clothing throughout the year, merely adding or removing layers as the seasons progressed.

It was in the 13th century that a significant transformation began. The more visible layers of clothing were crafted to be seen and recognized, while the hidden layers became progressively thinner, more discreet, and softer, akin to a second skin. The latter, made of noble materials like linen and requiring intricate craftsmanship, became increasingly expensive, contributing to the scarcity of surviving pieces.

During this period, the nightshirt was introduced, marking a departure from the almost non-existent night attire of earlier times. The act of removing the nightshirt took on as much significance as donning it, creating a ceremonial aspect. The association between removing one's shirt and making love gave rise to the idiom "coucher nu à nue," signifying sleeping naked against each other in french.

Lingerie, or underwear, thus became an independent and integral part of the wardrobe.

At Betty, we're captivated by the power of intention, symbols, and signals. That's why our tights, while practical for everyday wear, serve as the perfect second-skin layer. When fully revealed, they make a clear statement of your intentions.