Directoire knickers

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Jenny

UK

#1 Dec 16, 2009
I as a scot first wore navy blue bloomers under my kilt as a boy,they were so nice and comfortabl that I continued wearing them as I grew up,but now I wear silkier bloomers.
Gris

Campbellford, Canada

#2 Feb 17, 2010
I am a ,ale 72 years old and been wearing long bloomers for over 50 years.Much nicer than mens underwear, All ladies wore bloomes when I was young, so love them fully ,
Mary

Ireland

#3 Mar 31, 2010
My husband wrote earlier about how he started wearing Directoire knickers and how he has been wearing them for more than 50 years. I should say here that he is very straight. When we married I wore Directoire knickers and did so for many years. Now though I am in panties but I have encouraged him to keep it up and I keep him supplied with warm ones for the winter and lighter ones for summer. I am not able to get fleece lined knickers any more, he needed them on the motor bike, and it is even getting difficult to get Directoires at all. Also the quality is not what it used to be. whereas in former years knickers were shaped to fit the form, now they are cut like bags. We prefer blue but sometimes we have to settle for pink. But I do like him to wear knickers and I hope he will never give them up.
Kevin

High Wycombe, UK

#4 Jun 2, 2011
I, too, grew up when all women wore bloomers and have always felt that tingle of excitement at getting a glimpse of those elastic legs or seeing a row of bloomers on a clothes line. They could also be seen in drapery shop windows and on markets stalls. I have worn them myself secretly all my life and got a thrill out of going into a shop and buying them over the counter. I had my favourite shops where the shopkeepers were helpful and understanding and always took their time serving me and advising me. I only know of one shop where I can buy them personally. Fortunately there are a number of web sites where directoire knickers are obtainable and I have built up quite a large collection. Like Mary I have been unable to buy fleecy-lined bloomers for a number of years now. What a boon they were in winter. I am now on my own and wear directoire knickers all the time. I am a little surprised that more women don't still wear them. I find them much more comfortable than tighter fitting underwear and they are also warmer.
Frances

Ormskirk, UK

#5 Jun 27, 2011
My husband has always had an interest in directoire knickers but it was a few years before he admitted this to me. I began buying them for him and then encouraged him to buy his own. At first I took him to the small drapery shop where I bought my knickers (briefs) and bought directoires for him, the larger sizes obviously being for my husband. The lady soon got to know him and made him feel comfortable and eventually he was able to go in on his own for his directoires. Then one cold winter, six years ago, I reverted to the warmer directoires and have continued to wear them all the time ever since. My husband loves buying me knickers and the lady in the shop orders them specially for him.
Bryony

Baltonsborough, UK

#6 Jul 6, 2011
I am a 70+ male, I have been wearing lingerie on and off for a number of years, and I have recently acquired my first pair of directoire knickers, size 14, in a peach/pink colour. I bought them over the counter from an old-fashioned drapers shop on Station Road on the outskirts of Tregaron in md-Wales. The elderly sales-lady didn't bat an eyelid in serving me - I was the only customer at the time, but asked me if I was on holiday - no, just passing through I said.
Seamus

Dublin, Ireland

#7 Aug 22, 2011
Frances wrote:
My husband has always had an interest in directoire knickers but it was a few years before he admitted this to me. I began buying them for him and then encouraged him to buy his own. At first I took him to the small drapery shop where I bought my knickers (briefs) and bought directoires for him, the larger sizes obviously being for my husband. The lady soon got to know him and made him feel comfortable and eventually he was able to go in on his own for his directoires. Then one cold winter, six years ago, I reverted to the warmer directoires and have continued to wear them all the time ever since. My husband loves buying me knickers and the lady in the shop orders them specially for him.
Well done, Frances. I am a 56 year old Irish male and I love all the old style womens's underwear - directoire knickers, stockings, girdles, corselettes and so on. I've worn directoire knickers myself on a number of occasions and I agree, they are very comfortable. However, I'm really delighted that there are ladies out there who still enjoy wearing proper knickers, just as there are still men who enjoy their wives/partners doing so. Good luck to you and your husband.
charles robertson

Sydney, Canada

#8 Aug 27, 2011
when i was a young boy in the late fifties, ten years old i was picked up at my grandmothers where i spent summer vacation and taken home for a doctors appt.after a bath at home my mother discovered all my clean underwear were at grannies, so her solution to the problem was for me to wear a pair of my sisters cotton winter bloomers just until we got back to grannies.she said no one would even know the difference but her and myself. when we got back to grannies my mother had forgotten to change my underwear until discovered at bedtime. i didn`t mind because they were so comfortable and in short i wear ladies bloomer full time to this day.
JhMcKn

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Oct 19, 2011
I'm a seventy five year old man and I have adored women who wear DK's. I love the way they cover the top of the stocking, yet let you see the welt and suspender tabs as well as the color of the girdle or suspender belt they are wearing
DK's look nicer if they are more form fitting, but can be quite pricey too.
I know Rosalind has a shop where I can order some, but want to know other places in the UK or Canada where I might purchase a few pairs, especially sheer colors.
Raymond

Wigan, UK

#10 Oct 31, 2011
I was brought up in the years after the war when directoire knickers were the normal everyday knickers worn by the majority of women. They were always called bloomers then but directoire knickers has a certain ring to it doesn't it? I can recall as late as the 70's they were still fairly popular. They were certainly still readily available in shops and markets. I had already developed an interest in them and found it easy to go into a shop and buy them without feeling embarrassed. I only know of Woods of Morecambe who sell them over the counter and when I have been there they were most helpful and understanding. I can assure Seamus that there are still women who wear them. About two years ago when the weather was really cold my younger sister who was then in her late 50's took my advice and bought some warm cotton directoires. Now, like me sdhe wears them all the time.
Mac

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Oct 31, 2011
Mary wrote:
My husband wrote earlier about how he started wearing Directoire knickers and how he has been wearing them for more than 50 years. I should say here that he is very straight. When we married I wore Directoire knickers and did so for many years. Now though I am in panties but I have encouraged him to keep it up and I keep him supplied with warm ones for the winter and lighter ones for summer. I am not able to get fleece lined knickers any more, he needed them on the motor bike, and it is even getting difficult to get Directoires at all. Also the quality is not what it used to be. whereas in former years knickers were shaped to fit the form, now they are cut like bags. We prefer blue but sometimes we have to settle for pink. But I do like him to wear knickers and I hope he will never give them up.
Go to Rosalind Woods. com. She has wonderful Directoire Knickers in a variety of colors and styles.
You will be completely surprised.
Mac
Mac

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Oct 31, 2011
Directoire Knickers were very popular when I was a youngster in the 1940's & 50's.
Women wore nylon stockings after WWII and the DK's came down to cover the stocking welt, thus leaving no gap between the top of the stocking and the thigh.
They also began being made in a greater variety of color and fabrics, nylon being one of them. They could be very sexy looking if they were of the proper size and worn with a garter (suspender) belt.
Clive

Southport, UK

#13 Jun 14, 2012
I grew up in the 50's and 60's and like many other young boys I developed a liking for bloomers. I put my mother's and grandma's on when I had the opportunity and fortunately was never caught. When I got married womens underwear was becoming briefer and my wife followed fashion but kept her bloomers for winter. I was a postman and in the cold weather I wore my pyjama trousers as protection against the cold but these were bulky and uncomfortable. Then one day my wife suggested I wore a pair of her fleecy-lined bloomers and I naturally jumped at the chance to put on a pair of bloomers again. I started wearing them all the time and my wife encouraged me by buying me silky ones for summer. Not only that, she went back to wearing them all the time herself. No longer able to buy fleecy-lined knickers I wear two pairs of silk ones in the really cold weather. I have been lucky in having an understanding wife and also grateful that these knickers are still available although I only know of one shop where they can be bought over the counter.
Peach knickers

Ireland

#14 Aug 16, 2012
Its nice to see that there still lots of women and men who enjoy wearing directoire knickers, As for myself I began wearing directoire knickers from about the age 10, most of the women that I knew wore them that was in the late 50s or earlie 60s my mum ,my nan and most of my anties wore them,we lived in the country so perhaps country ladies held on to there directoire knickers much longer than women from the cities,as for myself now I weare them 24/7 ,over the years I have built up a large collection ,but the knickers made in the earlie 50s would be the best,sometimes they come up for sale on ebay .
Mac

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Aug 16, 2012
Dk's can be very sexy and alluring, especially if the lady wearing them is also wearing full fshioned stockings and a garter (suspender) belt or open bottom girdle.
Rosalind Woods makes them in very sheer fabrics and they can be custom made for anyone.
In sheer material you get to see what is underneath the fabric.
Nicky

UK

#16 Aug 30, 2012
Hello, I discovered this thread when searching for a supplier for cotton interlock directoire knickers as all our local shops have now ceased to stock them.
I and my husband are in our middle 60s and have been married for 44 years and it was not long after we were married that I discovered my husband's involvement and interest in elasticated knickers.
After we had been married about a year my husband had a skin irritation issue which affected the tops of his legs and his mother suggested that he might do well going back to wearing the knee length cotton underwear which had sorted his problems with similar rashes from wearing army cadet uniform when he was at school.
My husband looked embarassed and said that it had been years ago but she said that they were still in the attic in a wardrobe and sent us both upstairs to find them.
I was expecting a couple of pairs of floppy grey looking pants but was surprised to see a considerable number of pristine pairs of full bloomers in white, navy blue, maroon and pink, in very soft cotton and with still quite springy elastic, together with matching vests.
I asked him why he had needed so many and he explained that they were not all his and that the main reason for having them was part of his mother's methods of discipline applied to his sisters and himself as teenagers and which they each had to wear if they misbehaved.
I discovered much more about that later but the knickers were a great success in solving the skin problem but as he also me that he had always liked wearing them even in the circumstances and had often wanted to wear them again I threw away his horrible string Y fronts and itchy pyjamas and subsituted bloomers to this day.
As with others I decided to try them myself and found them amazingly comfortable particularly the gusset and dispensed with tights for ever.I also wear the celanese ones as well. We were fortunate about 10 years ago to find a small ladies wear shop which was closing down and bought several boxes of cotton in OS and XOS in various colours which has given us a reasonable supply but now only white cotton ones are available although pink and white celanes can be found. There are some lovely soft cotton ones on ebay but unfortunately they have stitched in and not replaceable leg elastics but I am thinking of trying to unpick and resew with a tunnel.
In the seventies and eighties I also found and bought beautifully made and tailored botany wool knickers for us both by a firm called BP - sadly long gone.
Lovely to hear from others who enjoy soft and comfy undies which are also very cuddly!
Nicky
yvonne

Wakefield, UK

#17 Nov 4, 2012
I always wear directoire knickers when i ride my horses. They are comfortable and dont show any knicker line
knicker lover

Manchester, UK

#18 Nov 28, 2012
Directoire Knickers can be obtained by mail order from
www.annettes-knickers.co.uk at very reasonable prices in both cotton and nylon.
Mary wrote:
My husband wrote earlier about how he started wearing Directoire knickers and how he has been wearing them for more than 50 years. I should say here that he is very straight. When we married I wore Directoire knickers and did so for many years. Now though I am in panties but I have encouraged him to keep it up and I keep him supplied with warm ones for the winter and lighter ones for summer. I am not able to get fleece lined knickers any more, he needed them on the motor bike, and it is even getting difficult to get Directoires at all. Also the quality is not what it used to be. whereas in former years knickers were shaped to fit the form, now they are cut like bags. We prefer blue but sometimes we have to settle for pink. But I do like him to wear knickers and I hope he will never give them up.
dave

Southampton, UK

#19 Dec 28, 2012
hello
Rita Vesttens

East Chinnock, UK

#20 Jan 9, 2013
Directoire Knickers are simply the finest item of lingerie ever created

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