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Printer: Davis, J.
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During the Victorian era women wore many layers of underwear: petticoats, bodices, slips and stockings. This was partly for warmth and partly to protect outer clothing from perspiration, so that dresses with fussy details and made of delicate fabrics needed to be washed less frequently. Linen and cotton were the main materials used for underwear worn by the working and middle classes. Only the very wealthy could afford to have undergarments made of silk.