"let him buy my trousseau"

A ‘trousseau’ comes from an old French word relating to ‘trousse’, meaning ‘bundle’.  It describes the possessions a young woman would collect for her marriage, such as clothing, jewellery, lingerie, table linen and quilts.  She would store these in a hope chest; often a girl would receive these items over a period of time as gifts from her family, sometimes hand made by female relatives.  This was still fairly common practice until the 1950s, although occasionally women today begin assembling specially chosen items to see them through their wedding and honeymoon.