A teddy, also called a camiknicker, is a garment which covers a female’s torso and crotch in the one garment. Its a similar style of garment to a one-piece swimsuit or bodysuit, but is typically looser and more sheer. The garment is put on by stepping into the leg holes and pulling the garment up to cover the torso. As an undergarment, it combines the functions of a camisole and panties, and may be preferred to avoid a visible panty line.
A one-piece women’s undergarment which combined a camisole and knickers appeared in the 1910s under the name chemise or camiknickers. It was considered an appropriate garment to wear under the shorter dresses which came into fashion in the 1920s.
The style gained popularity during the World War II when women who served in military-related duties wore trousers instead of skirts. By the late 1940s the garment lost its popularity, but it re-appeared as a lingerie garment in the 1990s, under the name teddy or bodysuit.
How does this affect me, the ordinary crossdresser you may ask?
I suggest you put one on and look in the mirror. Ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky?
Well do ya, Punk?