Undergardments: 1920-1929


c1925: Slips and bloomers, fashionable in the 1920s, and a corset, worn during the Victorian era.

The boyish silhouette of the 1920s required special undergarments. Generally, a bandeau was used to flatten the bust with a single piece of fabric. Corsets and girdles were still heavily boned. Corset substitutes were made of softer elastic and referred to as “step-ins.” Specialty corsets were created for wear during sports, dancing, and even pregnancy. Towards the end of the decade, as a natural shape became more popular, brassieres with cups and mild shaping were developed.

Loose-fitting bloomers or knickers were made of silk or rayon and were gathered just above the knee.  They came in a number of forms including one-piece camiknickers, teddy’s, step-ins, or just plain drawers (which resembled slightly flared, bifurcated skirts).  During the early years of the 1920s, calf-length petticoats were worn, but as hemlines rose, these garments were rendered obsolete.


Laubner, Ellie. Fashions of the Roaring Twenties. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Co., 1996. 15-17

Mendes, Valerie and Amy De La Haye. 20th Century Fashion. London: Thames & Hudson, 1999. 65

Riordan, Teresa. Inventing Beauty, New York: Broadway Books, 2004. 87

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