Monday, October 11, 2010

What is a Bloomer Dress?

From the December 6, 1894 Chariton Herald

What is a bloomer dress?  A lady gives the following explanation:  “The bloomer dress is a pair of trousers very baggy at the knees, abnormally full about the pistol pockets, and considerably loose where you strike a match.  The garment is cut décolleté at the south end, and the bottoms tied around the ankles, or knees to keep the mice out.  You can’t put it over your head as you do your corsets, but you sit on the floor and pull it on just as you do your stockings – one foot in each compartment.  You can easily tell which is the right side to have in front, by the buttons on the neck band.”

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