- The Edwardian Chemisette
- The Turtleneck Dickie (or dickey or dicky)
- The Lace Dickey
- Chemisettes by Anne
- Chemisette Imitations
The chemisette was a popular ladies lingerie item from the mid 19th century through the early 20th century. It was a type of false blouse, designed to cover the neck and breasts. It gave the appearance of wearing a blouse under an outer garment. They were often boned, causing them to be uncomfortable to wear.
Photos of Edwardian chemisette courtesy of home-and-garden.webshots.com
The dickie is very similar to the chemisette. The original was introduced in the latter part of the 1900’s. It was another type of false shirt, originally designed for men. The popularity of the dickie continues to come and go. The turtleneck dickie, probably the most popular, remains a uniform staple in industries where employees need to be outdoors. It helps to keep the neck and chest warm without wearing a scarf, and is easy to remove if the weather warms up. Many others still wear various forms of dickeys as a fashion accessory. The most well-known dickies today are likely those worn by Howard on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Lace dickies were introduced into the market around 1990. They were one size fits all and attached to bra straps with plastic garter clips. The plastic clips didn’t work with thick or wide bra straps and if worn for more than a few hours made a woman’s skin red and sore. They didn’t stay on the market very long, but have recently re-emerged with a few slight variations, making it more similar to the modern day Chemisette by Anne.
Chemisettes by Anne offers a patented (U.S. Patent No. 8,371,901 B2) modesty panel that is a contemporary version of the original chemisette, and a uniquely feminine version of the dickey. Chemisettes were designed to provide many functions and style, to be comfortable and to be easy to add or remove. Because the height is adjustable they can be worn to cover scars, skin conditions, tattoos, and cleavage. They were designed to keep your entire torso covered when you bend over. They are offered in wide variety of styles and colors so nearly every woman can find one that suits her style and one that is suitable for nearly any event.
Shortly after Chemisettes by Anne were introduced to the online marketplace, the lace dickies of the 90’s re-emerged and numerous imitations also appeared. Because Chemisettes by Anne owns a patent on this design, the imitations simply don’t offer the same level of functionality.