Posted by Schoolmafter Chris on July 24, 2000 at 14:24:42:
In Reply to: Re: No way, they couldn't strip fast enough - let's analyze this posted by Vita on July 23, 2000 at 22:42:19:
Okay, maybe they were not dressed in full regulation women's wear, but they still would have had their corsets on, women's clothes of the era would not fit without one. You just can't take one of those off quickly. First they would have to undo the small buttons on their waistjackets and struggle out of those. Then, since the corset had garter straps which attached to the stockings, they would have to undo all four of those. Next untie and loosen the corset, then undo the numerous hook and eye catches at the front and then take it off. And that still leaves skirt and bloomers (and I suspect at least one petticoat) have you ever tried to swim in a full length skirt?
The corset would have to come off before engaging in a physically demanding activity like swimming a swift river. A properly laced corset was not suffocating but did restrict breathing to make exertion of that nature impossible.
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