French Maid Costumes - The Evolution

Published: 15th June 2007
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Typically worn by servants in the 19th century, French maid uniforms comprised of a black and white outfit with a white apron tied around the middle. Towards the middle of the 19th century the French maid outfit was being worn in burlesque drama's and for bedroom fun.

In the modern 21st century the French maid is a highly popular form of fancy dress costume, especially desirable for hen nights, bedroom dress up fun, Rocky Horror Shows and general fancy dress parties. French maid costumes play a huge role in fetishes and fantasy play.

French Maid Costumes - The Evolution of Style


In a timeline fashion the French maid as evolved from a simple black and white servants dress with apron to a sexy outfit used as a fancy dress costume for fantasy play or as a sexy piece of lingerie. Back in the early 19th century a French maid costume was worn traditionally for servant duties by women. The maid dress was usually black and white and was made of silk or satin and included a white frilly apron.

The 21st century French maid costumes have evolved into fetish wear and fantasy wear. The overall style is still heavily based on the traditional early 19th century French maid outfit but they now often come in various colours, lengths, materials and with a variety of accessories.

Latex French maid costumes are highly popular choices of sexual wear for those indulging in sexual fantasy play and who want to bring out their wild desires. When used with latex shiner spray the latex comes up shiny black and provides a magnificent glean. Latex maid dresses can also be accompanied with French maid hats and French maid aprons, of which can also be made of latex.

White and Black latex stockings are a popular choice of hosiery to be worn with a latex French maid outfit. Many popular manufacturers produce excellent quality latex maid costumes such as Sharon Sloane in the United Kingdom and Joyce Jones.

Pvc French maid costumes are also a very popular choice for fetish wear and sexual role play. The Rocky Horror Show is a popular choice of venue for such costumes, probably originating from the days of burlesque drama' and shows.

Black and white is the traditional colour for a maid outfit but these days they are produced in various colours, a popular colour now being red French maid costumes. The colour red being associated with sex and passion.

Excellent manufacturers such as Sinners produce pvc French maid costumes made of the finest material in the United Kingdom.

Based on traditional maid costumes the most popular form of French maid costume today is the simple black and white maid dress accompanied by the white apron. These French maid outfits are now sold more often than not with accessories such as maid hat, apron and sometimes feather duster included. Fishnet stockings are a popular choice of hosiery to be added to French maid costumes. When worn with black high heels the outfit is complete.

Classifieds, Leg Avenue, Wild Designs, Espiral, Sinners and Dream Girl are just some of the fabulous manufacturers whom make a wonderful assortment of top quality French Maid costumes. Now produced in a wide variety of sizes and often available in plus sizes for the more curvaceous lady these costumes are simply fabulous.

French maid costumes are made of various materials such as latex and pvc as described above. They are also more commonly made of polyester, nylon, satin and silk. Maid costumes are usually short in length and with pretty lace drawstrings across the bust and with the white apron tied around the waist. When maid dresses are short enough it is often the case that ruffled knickers are worn to deliberately give a cheeky frill to onlookers. If the dress has short sleeves they are often puffed to add to the traditional look.

Worn mainly be women French maid costumes are also a popular choice of sexual role play for men who like to wear them on stag nights, Fancy dress parties and to Rocky Horror Shows.

When did the French Maid Uniform originate?


The French maid uniform originated in the early 19th century for servant duties, worn by females. The role of the French maid has evolved since the 19th century from a servant to an image of desires, a sexual fantasy. It is not just the role of the French maid that has changed in the past 200 years but also the design. In the 21st century French maid costumes are made sexy for fetish role play.

It is not just in the United Kingdom that the French maid is popular but worldwide. In the USA where events such as Halloween are a huge event French maid outfits are a must have item for fancy dress parties.

The future of the French Maid?


What does the future hold for the French maid? One can only assume that with fancy dress getting more and more popular each year , that worldwide sales of French maid costumes are going to continue to rise. More and more manufacturers are spending more time and money in bringing out new and different designs each year. Sinners manufacturer have even produced a Santa Maid costume comprising of a beautiful red French maid outfit for Christmas. The seasonal design is just part of the evolution of the French maid.

If you like this article and share the same passion for French Maid Costumes and Fancy Dress Outfits then please feel free to pay a visit to the authors online store Wild Desires (WD Lingerie).

The author would very much appreciate any kind of feedback that you have to offer regarding Wild Desires. Please feel free to submit your comments to the author at wilddesires@toygrotto.net. All comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated and will be taken on board.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article.

The author is 26 years old, has a Business and Computing Bsc Honours degree and is the co-owner of several online stores including a Fancy Dress and Lingerie shop called Wild Desires (WD Lingerie)



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