The Amazing History of Petticoats

Have you ever wondered where the petticoat came from?  The mode day society has slowly killed the petticoat culture, and some people have no idea what a petticoat is. As a fashion lover, probably you are curious to know where and when the petticoat first showed up in the fashion world. Let’s dive in into some history.

Petticoats first appeared in history in the 15th century.  Petticoats were designed as a woman’s attire worn under the skirt. By the mid-16th century, the petticoat had some improvements. It now had some embroidery. In the year 1715, the crinoline was used to give a beautiful shape to the outer skirt using the whalebone hoops.

In the 19th century, women layered up many petticoats to bring out the beauty and fullness of their outer skirt. It is important to note that it is in this century that more and more women embraced the idea of wearing a petticoat.

Let’s now explore some of the roles that petticoats played in the 19th century.

·         Petticoats were made from heavy materials; hence, they were used to provide warmth.

·         Petticoats were used to protect the outer skirt from an unclean body.

·         The little coats gave structure to the outer skirt depending on the shape that was trending at that time.

·         Petticoats disguised the legs of a woman to give them a modest look.

·         The garment made its way to the list of undergarments worn by the Victorian woman. The other clothes included: chemise, drawers and corsets.

Petticoats came in two forms in the 19th century: the attached and the detached. Many petticoats worm in this century were either made of cotton, flannel, linen or cambric. The main agenda behind petticoats was to achieve a bell-like shape on the skirt and to enhance this; horsehair was used to stiffen the petticoats at the hem.

Fashion keeps evolving. When skirts became less full, petticoats lost their popularity.


Re-emergence of petticoats

Petticoats made their way back to the fashion world after the Second World War. They came back layered in full-calf length skirts. The outfits were viewed as the perfect way for women to welcome their men back after the war.

Surprising enough even Queen Elizabeth embraced the fashion. She played a huge role in bringing the style back. Her wardrobe comprised of bell-shaped, mid-calf crinoline for both daytime and nighttime look.

Christian Dior also played a massive role in marketing the crinoline after the Second World War. The new crinoline had the nylon net variety, unlike the previous that had the steel hooped version.

Fast forward to 2016

Crinoline made a massive appearance in the streets, and you can be rest assured that they will keep coming back in one way or the other. They are special ways of enhancing any silhouette look different and have a very unique look.

If you are a fan of petticoats, there quite a good number of stores that sell them. They come in different sizes, colors and shapes. You get whatever sails your boat.