We see Betty mooching around the house in her nightgowns a lot.
Her nighties are generally white and pastel affairs in sheer nylon, with a small amount of lace or a bit of applique work;
Some pretty sheer nylon nighties for sale on etsy at the moment;
This one is a more up market set that would have been quite expensive. Betty wears one like this after she marries Henry Francis.
Back in the 1950’s (before marrying Don) Betty dappled in a bit of modelling. When she has a chance to audition of the Coca-Cola ad she wears one of her old modelling dresses and full, full, full crinoline to the casting call.
These crinolines were far too full for the average lady to wear…but not our Betty. She manages to wear this huge crinoline and still manages to look tiny.
Now I love crinolines, especially fluffy ones, but these are just too big. I call these doubly full crinolines ‘hip-enhancers’….if you are a little bit hippy or rounded through the tummy give these a miss…they will not be your friend.
Women wore crinolines for day-to-day wear underneath their full dresses and the most common ones were made of nylon. In the first two seasons we see Betty at home in crinolines (even for days that she is at home with the kids and Francine);
Betty probably would have been wearing something along the line of this one;
As the 1950’s melted into the 1960’s dress skirts became less voluminous and didn’t require the use of full crinolines/ petticoats. Betty is seen throughout the series in semi-full petticoats that she wears with her everyday dresses. We see Betty in a simple cotton petticoat in the creepy toilet scene with Glenn.
Shorter stiff nylon and net petticoats were often worn under dresses like the one above. They provided a small amount of volume beneath the skirt, a less dramatic option than a full crinoline.
As we move further into the 1960’s Betty starts to wear shift/sheath dresses.
She would have worn either a full or half slip beneath these as dresses were not normally lined. Below is a selection of Betty style half slips.
Here are some full slips that look similar to nighties, but they were actually constructed quite differently. Slips were cut very close to the body so that they didn’t create any lumps underneath garments. They featured lace or sheer work to the bust and base and were very fitted and plain through the body. This created a sleek and smooth silhouette and allowed clothes to fall well…and avoid showing any bra, girdle or panty lines.
I wasn’t originally going to cover Betty’s briefs but I saw these pretty ones and knew you’d want to see them.
These power panties became increasingly popular to wear as woman abandoned their stockings and girdle in favour of pantyhose.
I hope you have enjoyed our Lingerie spotlight on Betty!
Next week we are going to feature the beautiful Joanie.
Princess Pin Curls