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Old 03-31-2020, 11:11 AM
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Can not imagine all those clothes in hot, humid weather.
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That was required to be a lady back then. Weren't supposed to show too much.
Ever notice the bathing suits from the early 1900's?
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Social norms change over the centuries. Who knows what things will be like in the year 2200. We could be deemed savages by future generations because we believed in concepts like gender.

You cannot judge the past by current norms.
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That's how they stayed slim and attractive....

But seriously, it's what you are used to. You ever seen the good ol' boy Texans working their butts off with their vests and a tie on?

Long sleeves and skirts protected you from the sun, and from bugs to an extent. There was probably a good dose of puritanical "no skin" ideology as well. Wouldn't want to be seen as one of "those" women. Now, judging by styles, many women seem to WANT to be seen as that.
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You cannot judge the past by current norms.
And yet, many people do... and use it to justify things like tearing down statues of Confederate generals and even wanting to re-write the Constitution.
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I wonder how much the folks 200 years from now will look back at us and laugh their asses off at. I'd venture humanity has never looked more stupid than today.

"daddy, why did people in the 21st century wear their pants below their waste?"

etc, etc, etc...
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Mosquitos. Notice men didn't wear shorts or short sleeve shirts either.

I wear long pants, sleeves, hat, and bandana or netting depending on the time of day when mosquitos are out in force.

Growing up on the farm, I wore jeans and boots year round. Long sleeves in winter, short sleeves in summer. I was never bothered much by heat or cold until I moved to town and got stuck inside 70 F buildings year round. Working in the barn putting up hay in August or some cold blowing January days yeah, but generally, I could go most of the year without the weather bothering me.
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I wonder how much the folks 200 years from now will look back at us and laugh their asses off at. I'd venture humanity has never looked more stupid than today.

"daddy, why did people in the 21st century wear their pants below their waste?"

etc, etc, etc...
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You know what was one of the most important pieces of their daily wardrobe? An apron to protect maybe the only dress they might own. Farm women did a lot more messy tasks than sweeping and gardening, chopping wood, butchery, etc. Not making that up or being a smarty. I have read that more than once in the frontier novels and biographies.
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Because back then, women didn't dress like whores.
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Maybe the women wore long dresses to hide their unshaved legs?
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ONE OF the more bizarre things about old timey wimmins stuff..

their bathing attire, was full length with stockings
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they would ride out into the water in enclosed cubes on wheels, and frolic inside the box then when done some poor schlub had to pull the box back out of the water.

We've come a long way, baby...
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Modesty, hygiene, dust, dirt, cost. Back then they had to do some serious work. Not walk around the office in stripper heels.
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Like others have said. That was the societal norm back in those days, A woman wouldn't be caught dead back in the day showing anything below the neck or their ankles. That was unlady like. They weren't allowed to own property until the early 1900's. Women weren't allowed to vote until 1920. The only women who were allowed to show below the neck or ankles were the women in the red light district as it was called.

The women who didn't have much money usually had 2 dresses maybe 3 if they were really lucky. 1 for everyday wear and 1 to go to church and to town in and if they could get a little extra to buy the material they might make something to attend special occasions like a wedding or what was known as socials where everybody got together for a dance or to celebrate something. Which were far and few between. But most of the time they only had two and when they passed away they were buried in their church/town dress.

A woman who had the audacity to have more than 3 dresses was considered uppity or she had more money than most people.
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It was the Victorian era.
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Think burqua for Puritanism
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According to tales both my maternal and paternal great grandmothers told me was that women didn't shave their legs much. I never asked why but I assume it was because safety razors were hard to get. Also no one ever saw their legs but their husbands, and I doubt many husbands cared because they were just grateful to get their wives naked that they didn't care if she was hairy or not. And I also assume female hairyness just wasn't that big a deal back then.

Also, women's drawers were crotchless during most of the 1800s. Couldn't have the wind blowing up a dress and everything being on display.
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Like others have said. That was the societal norm back in those days, A woman wouldn't be caught dead back in the day showing anything below the neck or their ankles. That was unlady like. They weren't allowed to own property until the early 1900's. Women weren't allowed to vote until 1920. The only women who were allowed to show below the neck or ankles were the women in the red light district as it was called.

The women who didn't have much money usually had 2 dresses maybe 3 if they were really lucky. 1 for everyday wear and 1 to go to church and to town in and if they could get a little extra to buy the material they might make something to attend special occasions like a wedding or what was known as socials where everybody got together for a dance or to celebrate something. Which were far and few between. But most of the time they only had two and when they passed away they were buried in their church/town dress.

A woman who had the audacity to have more than 3 dresses was considered uppity or she had more money than most people.

And the BO back then was real!
I would hate to have lived back in that day.


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ONE OF the more bizarre things about old timey wimmins stuff..

their bathing attire, was full length with stockings
and
they would ride out into the water in enclosed cubes on wheels, and frolic inside the box then when done some poor schlub had to pull the box back out of the water.

We've come a long way, baby...
And the men would swim nude.
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These days it is really hard to find modest women's clothing, t shirts in particular short hem and low neckline on everything.

I got so sick of it I started shopping in the men's department, decent neckline, longer hem on the shirts. I still buy women's jeans but put a man's t-shirt on top, wear my work boots with it to work and done.

One of my medications made my chest size increase dramatically and I started getting a lot of unwanted attention until I did that. People probably think I had work done.
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