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

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    Chemise

    Europe: Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Denmark

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Why do you think underwear is often white?

responded: Sep 19, 2011

Posted by Steph P

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Undergarments are most often white I think because for the most part no one is going to see them but the wearer, therefore there is no need to make them a special colour. Also, if the undergarment isn’t white and is perhaps a dark purple, it is likely to show through the clothing where as white for the most part wouldn’t be seen. Undergarments aren’t meant to be the main focus of an outfit so by them being white it doesn’t drive attention away from the clothing which is meant to be seen.

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