Tap pants: The Little Undergarment with Big Appeal


This is not my first time declaring my love for vintage lingerie. I posted in an earlier blog about my admiration for vintage lingerie here. My current love affair is with tap pants. There is just something innocent and naughty about this little undergarment.

Tap pants, french knickers, side-pants shorts, whatever you may call them, they are a little piece of fabric that packs a pretty little punch underneath it all. They look like little shorts and the name derived from tap dancers wearing shorts while practicing their routine in the 1930s. You can find vintage photos from the 1920s-1940s that showed these were a common undergarment women wore.

When it comes to lingerie, I typically don’t buy it just for the bedroom. It’s usually not worn long and I don’t want to buy it just for it to come off in minutes. Confession: my favorite reason to wear lingerie is underneath my clothing while my outfit disguises what is underneath. Garter belts, corsets, lace, silk, vintage or vintage reproduction brassieres, seamed stockings, I love it all. To be all bundled up under a vintage dress or skirt and blouse is the bees knees.


I recently came across a sewing pattern by Mrs. Depew Vintage. The pattern seems slightly simple so I’m interested in giving it a whirl to see if I can make my own vintage reproduction tap pants. If I’m successful, everyone can expect a plethora of tap pants in my undergarment wardrobe.

If you’re looking to incorporate these beautiful knickers into your attire, I suggest searching through Etsy for the various vintage shops. I usually order vintage apparel on Etsy because I like supporting the small online business owners and the site is easy to navigate and find what I’m looking for. I also suggest other vintage manufactures such as Dollhouse Bettie and What Katie Did.

Now it’s time for tap pants eye candy 🙂

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