Do You Know What These 14 Old Timey Fashion Terms Mean?

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7) Polonaise

Right around the time the U.S. was gaining her Independence, the Europeans were wearing the robe a la polonaise, a dress which imitated the Polish national costume.

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6) Chatelaine

The phrase refers to anything worn by a woman from her belt. Often it is used to mean her bag, but tools, scissors, and keys strung from her belt would also be considered part of the chatelaine.

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5) Stomacher

If you guessed that a stomacher went on the stomach you are correct! This triangular accessory went over a woman’s corset and would have been seen (instead of the corset) under her jacket.

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4) Farthingale

Willow, whale bones, caning or other substrates were used to create these early hoop skirts of Spanish origin.

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3) Monmouth

The Monmouth cap is a knitted cap popular from the 16th century onward and often associated with sailors or dock workers. This historical example has a carrying loop on it.

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2) Clocking

Once upon a time gentlemen’s stockings were of great importance. Made by guild members back when knitting was primarily a man’s profession, the decoration on the side was known as clocking.

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1) Linsey-woolsey

When a fabric a linen warp and woolen weft it’s called linsey-woolsey. Often worn by working class folks, this fabric is also seen as thick coverlets often woven in some combination of ecru, red, and blue.

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