|Once it was all about petticoats.|
Usually what we love has been what we loved since childhood, or nearly. Pinterest allows me to harken back to fashion inspiration from the 1950s, particularly anything involving net or tulle. Once we wore petticoats.
My influence is not just from, as they were sometimes called, crinolines, but also a lavender ballet dress my mother made for a recital. Being one of the older and taller students at the Metcalf School of Ballet and Tap, my gown was "ballet" length, defined as mid-calf or just above the ankle. I have no idea how many layers went into the skirt, only that they were multiple. It floated, twirled and seemed the epitome of grace. In contrast, petticoats had to be starched regularly. Without starching they wouldn't have pouffed our skirts out to there but instead just hung inert from their elastic waists making us look bulky instead of cute. Cute was the bull's eye at which we all, boys and girls, aimed.
Until they went out of fashion, perhaps around 1960, I used to starch my petticoats in a galvanized wash tub on the driveway. Once starched, each had to be dried, usually clipped to a skirt or pants hanger, suspended from something in the garage. When dry, they could stand on their own. I believe my usual number of them was three. Eventually they grew too old to hold a starching so they either had to be replaced or added to. I bought them with my allowance at the W. T. Grant dime store in downtown Pasadena. They had the best prices.
|Now we get to wear our lingerie on the outside.|