” . . .they were apt to bulge below the waist in front; for, poor dears, they were but human after all, and they had to expand somewhere.”


Learn more about underwear links:

Very sensible article about corsets

Underwear wars?

7 things women wore under their skirts

Underwear video

19th century changing silhouette at the Met

Above quote: Gwen Raverat Period Piece

12 Comments Add yours

  1. What a world–glad I missed corsets. Bras are bad enough!


    1. Too tight skinny jeans are probably as uncomfortable and less flattering πŸ™‚


  2. I love history, antiques, vintage and the women’s clothing! I am, however so thankful we do not wear corsets nor do I have to wear a griddle!!! I agree Jacqui bras are bad enough ~ awwwwww… the freedoms of today!


    1. Yes, but our freedom just isn’t as pretty on most days πŸ™‚ I write this in muddy sweats after visiting with my goats. I’d love to have a farm outfit that actually was pretty even with mud.


  3. I browsed around this topic in my research. I’m not sure Feminists have cause to blame men for this torture. Every culture has body modification. Women seem to pick up what attracts a man’s eye then things spin out of control. Women without doubt feel more societal pressure but the pressure seems to come from other women. Catch the end of the Western, Cat Ballou, and ask if there is any doubt that some women will have genetically grown tails in the near future. Even the standard ponytail may have something to do with the wiggle in in a woman’s walk.


    1. I’m in agreement with you πŸ™‚ I’m reminded of a few years back when Jessica Simpson was crucified for wearing high waisted jeans then a few months later I noticed the jeans featured in women’s magazines as a great new trend. We women can sometimes be a bit ridiculous, but then men can be, too.


  4. I like the idea of corsets, but actually wearing one might be a whole different thing πŸ˜€


    1. I loved wearing one and really it’s up to you how tight you want to make it. I felt very elegant in my hoops and corset under a great dress. You should try it πŸ™‚


  5. Kate Loveton says:

    They did look lovely in them, though, didn’t they? Very feminine.

    Okay, someone feel free to slap me a couple of times with a copy of ‘Ms’ magazine. πŸ˜€ But the clothing over the undergarments did look pretty. Still, glad it is not today’s fashion. No wonder women needed to carry smelling salts…


    1. Nothing wrong with feminine–though Ms. Magazine may say otherwise. πŸ™‚

      Does anyone still read Ms? Lol. I think we live more in a “Cosmo” world these days.


      1. Kate Loveton says:

        I admit, I haven’t a clue if MS or COSMO still exist. I’m lucky to find the time to flip through my writing magazines! πŸ˜€

        Interesting though… ‘Ms.’ during its heyday was all about empowering women to take their place in the Board Room. From what I’ve heard about ‘Cosmo,’ it pretty much empowers women only in the bedroom. Although I say that without reading the publication. I could be totally off base. But if it’s true, women haven’t really made many strides in terms of serious equality. Ah, but that’s for another discussion! πŸ˜€


      2. Cosmo definitely still exists.At least Cosmo has helped women to become more like men in terms of casual sex–haha. I’m not even sure I want to be equal anymore–but yes that’s for another day πŸ™‚


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