“I’m Sorry Love. Your Knickers Don’t Match Your Bra”

23 Sep

I read a blog last night about a conversation that they were having on radio one that morning, discussing how many women wear matching bras and knickers, and the conundrum of washing knickers more often than bras, and therefore knickers wearing out and losing colour quicker. It made me smile that a bunch of men were spending the time to moot this point so I read through to the blog, where the guy is actually holding a poll. Read here.

It really made me giggle. I do not have Bridget Jones pants. This is simply because I have an overactive imagination and have the fear that one day I will have to get my clothes cut off by paramedics and be wearing appalling knickers. So I don’t have any. A girl has to take her Prince Charming from wherever he may come in these modern times (long gone is the idea of being in your ivory tower and letting down your hair! Especially as I have a bob shorter than many boys) and if mine is a smokin’ paramedic I don’t want to ruin my chances of happily ever after with glitter and sprinkles by wearing great big beige pants.

This fear was partially realised when I showered at my sisters and borrowed some clean clothes (sisters do this) and never gave the pants back. They just became part of my collection. Until I ended up in hospital last November. I was so sick, but the first thing I said to my mum when she rounded the corner of the ward was “this is what happens when you wear bad underwear!!!” She just laughed. All my family think my knicker fear is ridiculous. As usual, I know better.

Although my mum did put a pair in my stocking last Christmas that had little snowmen on, and you know I haven’t done any washing for a while when I am down to my Christmas pants in June.  It’s like eating an Easter egg in November. Just. Not. done.

But it’s true! You have certain bras for certain outfits, but knickers just get worn under stuff, so you can wear them whenever. Therefore they go through the wash more often and start to mismatch their intended bra partner. It’s like underwear divorce!

I have enough trouble in the morning getting up, brushing my teeth and ensuring that I have my t-shirt on the right way that matching bra and knickers do not enter into my mental equation. I envy those women who always match, but I think it’s totally unreasonable to expect.

And I honestly don’t think men care either. Or notice for that matter. So the part of the poll that says ‘should women mix and match their underwear’ and one of the answers is ‘never it doesn’t do it for me’ really made me laugh. I had visions of some poor girl getting her fella home for some one on one action and him turning round and saying “I’m sorry, I just cant. You don’t have matching underwear on!”

Thanks for the chuckle Frugal Daddy!

What are your thoughts on matching underwear? Not fussed, or total shudder?

21 Responses to ““I’m Sorry Love. Your Knickers Don’t Match Your Bra””

  1. The vigneron's wife September 23, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Just read your post and loved it.
    I’m one of those who has never ever given it a thought! My husband laughs at me because all my undies (an Australian word for them) are complete crap with the elastic gone, leaving them all baggy on the arse. He hasn’t a hope in hell of me matching them to my one pair of bras.
    You reminded me of my daughter’s picturebook ‘The Terrible Underpants’ by Kaz Cooke – definitely a writer that would appeal to you!

    Thanks for a great blog!
    The Vigneron’s Wife

    • tinkerbelle86 September 23, 2011 at 8:55 am #

      thank you! i used to put all mine in the tumble drier until i realised i was going through them at a rate of knots, it used to eat the elastic. now i just hang them around the house! 😀

  2. egills September 23, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    : : Whispers quietly so as not to let the cat out of the bag : :
    IF I’m trying to be all nice to hubby to be I have some very nice matching undies – but they tend to be bedroom wear only…..
    Practically matching doesn’t work, I mean a white top and black bottoms has to have a white bra and dark knickers or I’ll be advertising my knickers to the world – I know some people think this is acceptable, especially of the teenage boy persuasion, I however don’t.
    Personally I like nice underwear and totally love going to John Lewis during the sale to feed my habbit ( I am not prepared to pay £25 for a pair of knickers but with 75% discount…. ).
    Right off to go and read his blog

  3. The City Slacker September 23, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I worry about this too…being suddenly undressed without any preperation! I’m so glad I’m not alone.

  4. sonsothunder September 23, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Just like Mama always said, as long as they’re clean…

  5. zendictive September 23, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    well, the new rage here is… (well the younger crowd) are wearing miss matched socks…ON PURPOSE! They say it is the new style, like blue and purple, or red and maroon. Now at first I thought this began because somebody just couldn’t find a matching pair, but when I was at the store the other day I saw mis-matched striped socks and some mis-matched poka-dotted socks for sale, NEW! As for nickers and bras, my wife’s never match! She’ll throw something on, throw something over them and go… (~_~)

    • tinkerbelle86 September 23, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      ive hard about this. totally not cool enough x

  6. josierenae September 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    LOL!!! I have laughed at this post so hard until I’m sure I’ve disturbed the people in the office 40 feet away from mine! That is hilarious! Especially the “fear that one day I will have to get my clothes cut off by paramedics and be wearing appalling knickers.” part… Man that was funny! But me personally, I only have like two bra and panty sets that match. And most of the time i don’t wear them together. I did when I first bought them, but really not since then. It doesn’t matter to me or my guy. And the line at the end about a guy saying “I’m sorry, I just cant. You don’t have matching underwear on!” that’s funny!!

  7. Mama Bread Baker September 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    “this is what happens when you wear bad underwear”. LOL. My husband made fun of me because I color coordinated HIS underwear with his business outfits for his last trip. I assured him he would feel more confident in his presentations. When he returned, he admitted he did not heed my advice. A few weeks later, the deal went down the drain. Coincidence? I think not! 🙂

  8. lovelylici1986 September 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I don’t worry about perfectly matching them. I prefer colours that complement each other to trying to match the exact colour.
    And I handwash my undies for longevity. The dryer is unforgiving! I hang them on the cutest little hanger-clothespin thingies. 🙂

  9. imagesbytdashfield September 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Guys were discussing this? LOL I am one of those who try to match as best I can 🙂

  10. jbsmooth84 September 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    This is hilarious. I do as a guy notice when the tops don’t match the bottom, and for the most part don’t care. But you can’t try to get your sexy on and think you can pull that mismatch off. No go. Other than that I don’t think it really matters, good stuff.

  11. sn2snblog September 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    haha i love this post, I guess its almost comparable to men and odd socks, Until i met my partner last year (shes no incharge of sock pairing seeing as i lack the skills to keep them together) i was lucky if i had one actual pair of socks and was faced with the daily challenge of finding ones that were simular to fool those people out there that obviously have nothing better to do but check people are wearing matching socks. (You can deny they exist but i know they do, i’ve seen them!!)
    The challenge would be to wear one grey sock and a black, you’d never go for black and white because it was too obvious and the sock checkers would be onto it!.
    Now though with my loving partner sorting that side of things for me (she made her self in charge of that by the way, not me!, and this is a woman who first time she did the family washing decided to re dye everything pink!!) its much easier for me to find matching socks, Which keeps the sock checkers happy and me me confident knowing my feet match.
    One question though, Why don’t girls just buy bras like they buy outfits. loads of simular ones in different colours?
    Loved the post today tink, made me smile haha.

  12. prenin September 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    I’m with Wayne on the sock thing – I buy either black or white and usually by the dozen, rematching pairs as I tend to end up with holed socks because I potter around in stockinged feet more often than not! 🙂

    One of my Ex girlfriends used to wear white bras and all colours of knickers so it used to be highly amusing when she got down to the last pair in the drawer and then had to do a massive wash with every inch of radiator festooned with underwear in an effort to dry them quicker! LoL!!!

    I still don’t know who bought her the union jack pair…

    Love and hugs!


  13. goddessofglitter September 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Absolutely love the post! I think it has inspired a topic for a post on my blog. And I share your fear of having on the wrong underwear at the wrong time; only because it actually happened to me when I was 10 years old. I’m dating myself here, but when I was a kid we had “Under roos’s”. These were panties with matching undertops that looked liked superhero outfits. I had Wonder Woman and Bat Girl. I was wearing the bat girl panties when I flipped my bike, and yup, you guessed it, the ambulance was called and they had to cut my pants off of me in the emergancy room. I really had to pee and being strapped to a stretcher board didn’t help. Neither did the nurse who decided to call in the other nurses and doctors to oooo and ahhhh over my bat girl underwear before giving me a bedpan!
    As for bra purchases, that is pretty much a nightmare for me, so if I am able to find bras that actually fit me, well then, the LAST thing on my mind is if they match my knickers!

    p.s. knickers is a way better word than panties or underwear like we say here in the states. Panties just sounds perverted and underwear sounds like a conversation a your 100 year old great Aunt Mildred or something.

    • gojulesgo September 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      Yes! Totally agree! Love the word knickers – panties is one of my least favorite words!

      I guess I would say I’m not fussed about matching underwear, although I’m American and might be saying something I don’t mean, LOL I’ll probably live to regret this when a gorgeous paramedic has to cut off my clothes.

  14. Frugal Daddy September 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Glad you liked the post and it made you giggle. It’s great to see a females point of view. Great post by the way and thanks for the mention.

    Hope you voted in the poll lol

  15. Team Oyeniyi September 24, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    I am one of those matching people! The answer is simple – when you buy your bra and knickers, always buy two knickers to every bra. I usually buy one thong and one knickers. Then the pants get washed have as often as they otherwise would.

    As for men noticing – OH YES THEY DO!! At least, mine does. Very appreciative he is too! 😀

  16. Sandra Bell Kirchman September 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    This is hilarious, except for it being true. I wonder if all mothers all over the world take the same course that contains the admonition to kids: “Wear clean underwear. What if you were in an accident?” I had a fear of being on a stretcher and being exposed for having dirty underwear on. It didn’t have to match…just had to be clean.

    Yet I do like to have my underwear matching. The safest way for me is to always buy black bras and black knickers. That way you always match. I do have a couple of sets of white, but I rarely wear light colors, so the rest are black. I do have knickers in other colors for when I don’t wear a bra. Then the knickers either match or complement the top I’m wearing.

    One of the slang words over here for panties/knickers is gaunchies. I think that word is very raunchy. Okay, I’m feeling silly today, so sue me 😛

  17. rantonit September 25, 2011 at 3:29 am #

    crap! I almost died laughing XD


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