Pretty Undies & Sexy Nighties: Would they or wouldn’t they?

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Sheila L. Majczan

And I remember that some women of that period (Was it not Caroline Lamb?) would wet their gowns so that every detail of their figure was shown. I do believe that women of most periods dressed to look their best and not just in how expensive the materials were. Those undergarments took a lot of time or money to procure, I am sure. But then we are not talking Burkas here.

Elin Eriksen

I believe they had lovely undergarments and that they used it just as we do today. Why would they wear low cut gowns and tight stays if not to “entice” the men. I am bewildered that some seem to think they were so chaste in the regency era, the stories I have read about people who lived in the era shows quite the opposite. (Cavendish, Byron, Lady Jersey, the Prince Regent etc).
Lovely stays by the way, would not mind some of them in my closet.


I loved this post Sharon. So interesting. I liked the red corset and can see how the short stays may have attracted male attention?
I think the 1830s chemise is beautiful and definitely looks more like a nightdress
Thank you for this post.

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