"or a bustle"
A bustle 1873
Public DomainA bustle 1873 - Credit: unknown

 

Bustles were fashionable during the second half of the 19th Century, particularly during the 1870s and 1880s.

They were devices worn under the back of women's skirts in order to push the skirt outwards and, ostensibly, help maintain its shape.

The effect of a bustle combined with a corset was to emphasise a woman's waist, bottom and breasts.

 

Mid-1880s fashion-plate illustrating the use of bustles
Public DomainMid-1880s fashion-plate illustrating the use of bustles - Credit: unknown