Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on June 27, 1997 at 12:54:21:
In reply to Re: Crossed Legs posted by Ann on June 26, 1997 at 00:48:09
] ] Anybody ever notice that none of the actresses in P&P2 crossed their legs? If I'm not incorrect, this was considered unladylike in the extreme. Let's hear it for historical accuracy! It's the little things like that, that get missed.
] . As for crossing legs, I assume you are not refering to throwing one knee over the other, which even today is not proper. Propriety might perhaps have required crossed ankles, but not crossed legs. My guess is that with long skirts this is much less of an error, than with 20th Century short skirts.
Ann -- I think you're right -- I remember reading somewhere that in the era of long full skirts, women tended to sit with their knees apart -- it was only the narrow skirts of the end of the 19th century, and especially the short skirts of the 20th, that made it decorous to put the knees together, or to cross the legs or ankles...
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