Regency romance author Sarah Waldock was perusing old advertisements for women's clothing when she came across the term "invisible dresses." That, of course, deserved more in-depth research. At the beginning of the 19th century, British upper-class ladies' clothing changed considerably. The fashions of the Regency Era were known for the new soft, floating style of lightweight dresses, which were more comfortable than the previous tight-laced corsets and heavy skirts. But outside of trendsetters, women of the day didn't feel right about showing off the outlines of their bodies in these stylish fashions. That's where "invisible dresses" came in. They were neither invisible nor dresses, as we would define those words, but were some of the experimental designs for underwear that would solve the problems of the new Recency fashions. Read about invisible dresses and other underwear innovations at All Things Georgian. -via Strange Company
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