A Suggestion for Bloomers (1851)


One of the journals in the far north suggests as a means of settling the Bloomer agitation that a compromise be entered into between the advocates of each extreme in dress. The writer is of opinion that all these parties would be satisfied by a return to the length of petticoat worn by our mothers, which ended midway between the knee and ankle, being quite long enough to permit any article of dress generally presumed to belong to the male sex to be worn without exposure to public gaze, in the next place short enough to obviate all the inconveniences alleged by the Bloomers party; and lastly, if the prim and precise ladies consider it proper to show so much of their shoulders, surely they cannot find much fault with the exposure of a few inches of their ankles.

The Times, Wednesday, Sep 03, 1851; pg. 8

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