The traditional chemise dates all the way back to the Roman Empire (and possibly farther than that) and is sometimes called a �shift.� Back then it looked quite different and was a unisex undergarment. As the years moved on, men started to realize that they just didn�t care if their clothes smelled bad (this was the origin of the male �sniff test� for cleanliness. The same test that many bachelors still perform on the piles of clothing that lie on the floors of their apartments to this day). The men stopped wearing shifts, so the chemise evolved into a purely feminine item.
Chemises became a fashion statement, with hundreds of various styles.....read more