Thanks + a laundry question
Posted by Carolyn B on March 02, 1998 at 20:15:44:
In response to Clothing, written by Marie Bernadette on March 01, 1998 at 23:52:23
]what is interesting is that the undergarments completely covered the skin so that no flesh made contact with any part of the outer garment. So if a man was wearing 'unmentionables' (a popular term for trousers) his drawers were as long as the trousers.
Is this somehow related to keeping outer garments clean? (i.e, cutting down on the pervasive sweat and body oils getting into the clothes that are harder to wash and just washing the inner layer that comes in contact with the skin more often than the outer layers)
] Another myth is that the clothes are terribly uncomfortable. During the Regency period the clothes aren't too bad.
I think we look at them with modern eyes and think how awful it would be to be burdened by skirts, etc. and forget that people wore these everyday and really aren't going to put up with anything TOO uncomfortable. (corsets, high heels, etc. aside for the moment) Sometimes it can be difficult to see people in the past as real human beings living their lives rather than people in funny costumes.
]I hope that I have been helpful and have not gone on too long.
Not at all! Very interesting.
- Laundry Marie Bernadette 11:42:37 3/03/98 (0)
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