While I was on holiday I of course went shopping, and picked up some new clothes. (I'm so glad I only packed my suitcase half full initially, as it was stuffed full with clothes and souvenirs I bought on the way back). One of the items I bought was a knee length petticoat. The underskirt is red with a black skull pattern, then a layer of black crinoline, and a third layer of black mesh over top. It's my first petticoat, so like a nerd, I'm a little excited about it. It didn't photograph the best, but here it is.
Petticoats were a standard undergarment during the Victorian period. In the early 1800s women wore several layers of petticoats, to provide warmth and give volume to their skirts. It was also so the contours of your legs didn't show through your skirts (too sexy I guess).
When crinolines were invented in the 1850s women often wore a petticoat underneath and one over the crinolines and hoops for a pouffy all around look, but a smooth outer texture to the skirt.
Then during the 1880s and 90s petticoats were worn with bustles instead of hoops, as the style changed.
In the early 20th century, they went out of style as women's skirts became smoother to the frame, and more practical. Petticoats made a brief comeback in the 1950s, but then largely disappeared from mainstream wear.
These days petticoats are found in square dancing (the horror), some bridal wear, and of course The Gothic, Lolita, and Steampunk subcultures. Personally. I'm really enjoying my petticoat!
Love this one.
What are your thoughts on petticoats?
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