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Colour of Knickers

January 15 2005 at 9:33 AM
Keith Ash 

To the women here - what colour knickers did you wear at school?

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Veronica Soh.


January 15 2005, 9:43 AM 

Is the colour important???I find this forum fast becoming a "Fetish" forum.!Which is not supposed be.!!



January 15 2005, 10:02 AM 

Keith Ash is a well-know pervert and should not be allowed to be responsible for the welfare of our young people.

mrs palmer and her 5 daughters


January 22 2005, 2:40 AM 

I loved wearing pink knickers at school but then again I was a male wanting to be a female which is not the answer you wanted but anyway back to mrs palmer...


Re: Colour of Knickers

February 26 2006, 3:52 AM 

My sister and the other girls at her school wore dark blue knickers when in the lower forms. At a certain age, 5th or 6th form?, they started to wear white knickers with stockings and suspender belts.


Sports knickers

February 28 2006, 10:15 PM 

I assume that the knickers that girls and women use for sports like netball are rather more substantial than the standard type. Any one have info on these as worn now and in the past by schoolgirls?

Steve M

Re: Sports knickers

February 28 2006, 10:28 PM 


A quick glance at Wimbledon Women's singles will give you a clue-substantial, big pants, functional and not frilly, and majoring even more than what you see at Wimbledon in the gusset department.

After all, they are there purely to cover up vital areas in such circs and NOT for giving the men any good reason to ogle your performance as goal defence.

Alan S


August 9 2010, 12:44 PM 

It is a matter of historical record that schoolgirls in Wembley wore green knickers, at least when they were being slippered.

Alan S



Re: Wembley

August 9 2010, 9:50 PM 

In his post above my esteemed fellow contributor Alan S said:

It is a matter of historical record that schoolgirls in Wembley wore green knickers, at least when they were being slippered.

Indeed so, though in the interests of absolute historical accuracy it must be said that the garments concerned were in fact bottle green. The suffering endured by our Honorary Life Member Fran of Wembley while wearing her bottle green knickers at a school in the eponymous London borough must never be forgotten!

Those recent arrivals who are unfamiliar with the story will find links to some of its many facets in my post here.



"Bottle Green" is much too vague

August 9 2010, 10:31 PM 

Knicker colour is of such great importance that it needs to be described far more precisingly than by vague terms such as "bottle green". I prefer CIE L*a*b* diffuse/0 D65, 10 degree viewer angle descriptions but others may prefer Pantone matching, asuming no specialist knicker colour scales have already been established.

Bottle green = A dark to moderate or grayish green. I would guess L* = 30, a* = -30, b* = 30 but really don't know.

Colour generator:

A similar precise approach could and perhaps should be taken when reporing the colour of smacked bottoms. "Red" is so imprecise. One person's red is another person's pink.

School knicks

Colour of knickers

August 9 2010, 11:10 PM 

So where on the scale do you place all the other leading colours for schoolgirls knickers? Such favourites as -

Navy blue. The UK's most popular colour for schoolgirls knickers.
Bottle green. The runner up.
Sage green.
Pea green.
Sky blue.
Royal blue.
Pillar box red.

These girls were certainly spoiled for choice!



Re: "Bottle Green" is much too vague

August 10 2010, 1:23 AM 

Hi KK. You never cease to amaze!

I prefer CIE L*a*b* diffuse/0 D65, 10 degree viewer angle descriptions but others may prefer Pantone matching, asuming no specialist knicker colour scales have already been established.

Far too complex for me! The only thing I recognise there is Pantone, but though I come from a family with extensive links to printing I was the black sheep and went into computers instead. happy.gif

I'm afraid the best I can do is RGB, and on that I reckon it's round about #0F6616, though I know from past experience that many of my esteemed fellow contributors including Jetta, Alan Turing, and Declan if he's still with us, will probably disagree. happy.gif


Re: Colour of Knickers

August 10 2010, 2:04 AM 

School Knicks is a true school knicker analyst!! My wife wore navy-blue knickers to school in both primary and secondary school and received the cane once.



Bottle Green

August 10 2010, 6:18 AM 


RGB hexidecimal 0F6616 = CIE L* 37.2, a* = -40.9, b* = 36.0 (approx) which is not enormously different from my guess of 30, -30, 30.

The problem with the RGB scale is that it is device-dependent. The colour you see will vary with different monitors. The advantage of the L* a* b* system is that it does not depend on the device. The colour is the same everywhere in the Universe. However, neither system deals adequately with gloss or satin finished garments. It measures colour rather than appearance.

According to bottle green RGB hexidecmal = #1DA237 or CIE L* 58.4, a* -55.9, b* 44.6 which is rather different from my guess as to what "bottle green" might be.



Skin tones chart

August 10 2010, 6:23 AM 

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School knicks

Montfort and Cherub knickers

August 10 2010, 2:59 PM 

I think the best selling schoolgirls knickers in the UK were made by two makers - Cherub and Montfort.

The Cherub school knickers were made from 100% thick cotton and had strong elastic around the waist and legs, a large double gusset and plain back and front panels. When the knickers were taken down, a red line could be seen around the waist of the wearer and a red ring around each of her legs where the tight elastic had gripped the thighs.

The Montfort knickers were slightly differently designed. They had an elastic waistband, briefer cuff legs, which were softly elasticated, and a double back panel. This panel was designed for extra wearability and warmth. The double panel extended from the crotch up to the waistband at the back and was slightly tapered, being wider in the lower area of the buttocks and narrowing slightly as it rose up and over the buttocks to the waist. The panel was stitched internally with the seams prominent up either side of the panel. The result was that, when the knickers were taken down, red lines ran all the way up each buttock as a result of the panel seams having been pressed into the buttocks when the girl was seated, particularly so with hard wooden school seats. Sometimes these knickers were referred to (erroneously) as "Punishment knickers" due to the additional protection the double panel offered the buttocks. In fact, like Cherub's, they were simply well made and durable school knickers suitable for normal school wear as well as for gym. Intended not to attract the interest of boys, they often had the opposite effect. Younger girls would wear size 14, 16 and 18 with larger girls requiring size 20, 22 and 24.

At the equivalent of 17p per pair at the height of their popularity they were excellent value. Many schoolgirls didn't like wearing them. Too big and baggy, not sexy, itchy to wear, horrible, but they sell for big prices nowadays!

American Way

Re: Colour of Knickers

August 10 2010, 11:41 PM 

Forgive me for another off topic post but I couldn't resist. Good thing this isn't in Oxford Alabama. happy.gifhappy.gifhappy.gif

I see Paris. I see France. I see Japanese underpants. wink.gifwink.gifwink.gif



Re: Bottle Green

August 11 2010, 1:34 AM 

Hi KK. For completeness here's a background in the #1DA237 version of bottle green from that you mention above. Our readers with expertise in this area and good eyesight will doubtless inform us which seems closer to the bottle green they recall from their schooldays.

I must research the CIE L*a*b* system you mention. I have genuinely never heard of it, which annoys me, because while certainly not expert I would have expected to at least know what it was. You are of course absolutely correct to say that the appearance of colours specified in RGB on a monitor varies with the gamma and general settings and characteristics of the monitor, but surely this would be inevitable with monitors regardless of the system used to specify the colour?

There is though a further problem with colours viewed on the web. Different browsers render colours differently. On a local scale some of the coloured stuff I do here looks completely different in IE and in Chrome - and that's on the same monitor!


Re: Colour of Knickers

August 11 2010, 7:06 AM 

The girls at my school wore what were known as bloomers and they were orange. I have no idea of the make , but they had elastic around the thighs, and were relatively baggy. I don't think the girls liked them , as they must have chafed, especially after a good hockey game. They wore divided green skirts on top of them for outside sports.

One strange thing , the girls had to sew their names on to the bloomers as a part of needlework lessons.

Off topic of this thread, but I was looking at Friends Reunited recently, and I hadn't looked at it for months, and I noticed that a chap I went to junior school with had very recently joined.

I was a mate of him and got in touch, I mentioned a few names and also the names of two teachers. He replied by asking ( in a friendly manner) why I had mentioned those particular teachers, and added if this was because of all the canings and slipperings they gave us! I didn't prompt him whatsoever!

He also mentioned two boys, one of whom he still keeps in touch with, who must have held records for the canings and slipperings they received. This particular boy certainly got one of the most severe canings I have ever seen, just for talking in class.


School knickers

August 20 2010, 7:30 PM 

I agree with School knicks,I have a large Collection of Gym knickers including all the makes.colours and styles mentioned,would be good to chat.

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