In Victorian times, women wore many, many layers of clothing: first came the chemise, then the stockings, garters, bloomers, and corset, followed perhaps by a crinoline cage (depending on fashion), and finally a long, very heavy dress.
But did you know underneath all those layers, a woman’s nether regions were uncovered? It’s true. Women’s bloomers were left split in the middle, except for a slight overlap for modesty. Because how else a girl gonna pee in all that clothing?
Thanks to Therese ONeill’s Unmentionables for this fun fact!