Petticoats history is part of underware fashion development and represents underskirt or an article of clothing for women; specifically an undergarment to be worn under a skirt, dress or saree. The petticoat is a separate garment hanging from the waist (unlike the chemise). In historical contexts (sixteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries), petticoat refers to any separate skirt worn with a gown, bedgown, bodice or jacket; these petticoats are not strictly speaking underwear as they were made to be seen. Petticoat history refers to skirt-like undergarments worn for warmth or to give the skirt or dress the desired fashionable shape. Modern petticoats may be called an underskirt (UK) or half slip (US), with petticoat restricted to extremely full garments.
Petticoat is the standard name in English for any underskirt worn as part of non-Western
clothing, as with the sari.
The practice of wearing petticoats as undergarments was well established by 1585. Petticoats history tells us, that they were worn by women who wanted to have the currently fashionable shape created by their clothing. The petticoat(s), if sufficiently full or stiff, would hold the overskirt out in a pleasingly domed shape and give the impression of a smaller waist than the wearer actually had. It would also complement the desired large bust. The voluminous, layered Victorian petticoats were not worn to hide the legs, as twentieth century commentators later claimed. Ublike modern petticoats they actually enhanced the stylish figure in the centuries before female attractiveness was defined in large part by how much naked leg was revealed, as has been the case since 1960.
By the middle of the 20th century, according to pettycoats history, the full petticoat was somewhat rare, having been commonly replaced by simple, ungathered underskirts (UK) or half slips (US). Ruffled white or unbleached cotton petticoats were a brief fashion under Prairie skirts in the 1970s, and remain a component of Western wear. Short, full petticoats in the 1950s style are also commonly worn by squaredancers. Modern petticoats, the full, tiered petticoat has made a small come-back in the alternative subcultures, especially the gothic subculture. Also,
as petticoats history goes,
people who dress in period costumes have began wearing petticoats for a more authentic look.
The variety of petticoat types available nowadays is much greater than that witnessed by the earlier stages of petticoats history. Compared with medieval scarcity, the variety of modern petticoats can be with no risk of exaggeration called truly breathtaking. Petticoats have firmly established themselves on the consumer market. The best proof of this statement is the fact that modern petticoats are still well sold and widely worn, regardless of the existing misconception that they are pathetically outdated and no longer worn by younger generation. One of the major landmarks in petticoats history was the introduction of such man-made fibers as nylon and polyester. It is the fashion trends that shaped the process of development in the sphere of petticoats manufacturing and also produced a considerable impact on the materials involved.
As far as petticoats are concerned, make sure that they efficiently perform their main function, that of concealing the pantyline and preventing outer clothes from clinging to the body.