Chemise set

In the late 19th century, feminist ideas changed women’s fashion, both outerwear and underwear. Rigid bodices and full skirts were abandoned in favour of shorter, narrower dresses. Underwear evolved, too, from loose chemises and pantaloons to “combination” undergarments that reduced bulkiness and better suited the streamlined women’s fashion of the 20th century.


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    Chemise set

    Europe: Western Europe, France

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    Chemise set

    Europe, Western Europe, France

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    Chemise

    Europe: Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Denmark

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Why do you think underwear is often white?

responded: Sep 8, 2011

Posted by Karie

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What a risqué question TMC! I suppose the most obvious answer for me is that white represents purity, innocence, chastity and austerity- typical qualities the folks of the late 19th century might have wanted to convey with their undergarments. :)

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