FUNNY FRIDAY: This is what dressing like a woman meant in 1875
It was evidently quite uncomfortable for women to be fashionably dressed according to this article from 1875.
(Transcribed from The Athens Post – Athens, Alabama – April 2, 1875)
Take a man and pin three or four large tablecloths about him, fastened back with elastic and looped up with ribbons; drag all his own hair to the middle of his head and tie it tight, and hair-pin on about five pounds of other hair and a big bow of ribbon. Keep the front locks on pins all night and let them tickle his eyes all day; pinch his waist into a corset, and give him gloves a size too small, and shoes ditto, and a hat that will not stay on without a torturing elastic, and a frill to tickle his chin, and a little lace veil to blind his eyes whenever he goes out to walk, and he will know what a woman’s dress is.