Category Archives: What She Wore

Hidden History: Mentioning your Unmentionables

on February 12, 2021

You might think you know about historical under garments, but do you really? Do you know the difference between stays and corsets, or how to support a bustle, or what a bum roll is? No shame if you don’t; I had no idea what a bum roll was, and now it’s one of my favorite phrases!

Even if you’re entirely up-to-date on the women’s unmentionables of the past five centuries, I think you’ll enjoy the links I share in this week’s Paper Lantern Writers Link List.

 

 

Mentioning your unmentionables on Paper Lantern Writers.

What She Wore…Wednesday March 11, 1914

on March 11, 2020

From the Washington (District of Columbia) Times…New Spring Silk Frocks!

“Choose from materials such as taffeta silk, charmeuse, and silk crepe in styles and colors suitable for street or evening wear. Among the colors are new blues, soft greens, wisteria, tango, elephant’s breath, burgundy: also the pastel shades for evening wear.”

Tango?

From the Pantene website (2012): “Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward. ‘Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it.’”

What She Wore…Wednesday February 26, 1908

on February 25, 2020

Fresh from New York City (and The Evening World newspaper), it’s Bloomingdales, selling $18 & $20 Taffeta and Satin Foulard Dresses at – – – $10.75!

 

 

What She Wore…Wednesday February 19, 1947

on February 25, 2020

Ladies! Here’s a Well-Cut Frock from the Fort Myers, Florida News-Press!

“Here’s a most attractive tub frock with just the practical features you need for workaday wear: Front-button closing, easy fullness below the shoulder yoke, action back, big pockets and a sash to fit the waistline.”

What She Wore…Wednesday February 12, 1919

on February 12, 2020

The (Munster, Indiana) Times suggests that Your Valentine wants 51-Gauge Crepe Ringless Chiffons @ 59 cents a pair.

“51-gauge beautiful chiffons–aristocrats of the hosiery world–available at this extremely low price only because of tiny irregularities!”

 

Just what would these chiffons costs if there were no irregularities at all?

What She Wore…Wednesday February 5, 1919

on February 5, 2020

“A Well Proportioned Figure is Always Attractive!” (So says the Wichita (Kansas) Daily Eagle of February 5, 1919.)

“Good-looking women vary in type, but their proportions are always good. Great numbers of them wear Nemo Corsets.

NEMO CORSETS, $3.50 and up.

NEMO BRASSIERES, $1.00, $1/50 and up.”

What She Wore…Wednesday January 29, 1936

on January 29, 2020

What she wore AFTER she “made this model at home” from The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana):

“Why is the morning brighter? Because it’s both pleasant and easy to slip into this crisp and youthful house frock, knowing one is smartly and becomingly attired for “at home” hours. Truly a beginner’s fashion, with but five easy pieces to cut and fit together, it takes practically no time to run it up on the machine and the cost is just next to nothing at all. Hasn’t the yoke a decorative zig-zag cut? It’s easy and inexpensive to accent, too, with a quartet of bright shiny buttons. Beauticians and other such professionals will find it as practical a uniform as the housewife does a duty frock. Choose pre-shrunk broadcloth or poplin.”

What She Wore…Wednesday January 15, 1908

on January 15, 2020

 

What She Wore underneath it all–courtsey of the Davenport (Iowa) Democrat and Leader–is so luscious that I just have to include the second half of the advertisement!