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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    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 20, 2011

Posted by N Dinsmore

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I think underwear is often white because it costs more money to dye fabric, and of course, in a time when showing your underwear would be indecent there is no point spending money to dye it when no one is going to see it. White has also been a sign of purity so people might think it is more proper to have white underwear... and you wouldn't want a dark color to show through your clothing if your fabric isn't thick!

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