The following are links to some of our favorite affordable Victorian & Edwardian lingerie underwear options sold online. These include bloomers, chemise, corset covers, petticoats, hoop skirts, and some Victorian inspired lingerie too. Corsets can be found here.
Handmade Victorian lingerie is best, so we also found some Victorian underwear sewing patterns as well as seamstresses to make them just for you. Read the history of Victorian lingerie here.
Victorian Lingerie Order
The first layer of clothing were bloomers, pantaloons, or drawers that acted as underwear. Split drawers made them functional when using the facilities. Then came a chemise for the top half. They looked like a loose cotton tank top or summer nightgown. Next was the corset or the bust supporter before the brassiere was invented, and an optional corset cover. It protected both the corset and the dress from friction.
The final set involved a petticoat slip and petticoat skirt (or crinoline) over either a hoop skirt or bustle pad. Sometimes another petticoat slip was worn over that! Then at last, it was time to wear the dress. The Edwardian era (1900s-1910s) followed the same dressing pattern.