Okay, so last post I complained about the clothing dilemma in terms of the hero. And I also wondered just what on earth a housecoat was. Thanks to Lorraine and Joanne(who has posted a lovely You Tube clip of Hilda Ogden on her blog), I now know! Yes, it is – as I feared – something my nana would have worn if she were still alive (RIP). Otherwise known as a ‘pinny’. Attractive no? Can you imagine dressing your heroine in one of these? I guess they were probably thought of as hip and up to the minute in…I was going to say the seventies here but surely by the seventies they would have had fifties housewife written all over them?
Anyway, thank God the housecoat is no longer to be seen because I’m not sure I could take a heroine who wore one entirely seriously. Which brings me to another item of clothing dearly beloved of romance heroines (the ones I’ve read anyway): the shirtwaister. Now, I have puzzled long and hard about exactly what a shirtwaister is. I have always thought it was a little bit between a housecoat and a dress, and you know what? It is! All you have to do is add a belt!
Seriously, the shirtwaister isn’t too bad all things considered. At least, it’s little sexier than what I thought. Still, I can hardly talk – my heroine is wearing leather trousers at the moment. Not sure why since she’s not really a rock chick and I’m not hugely fond of leather trousers myself. It just sort of…happened. She had all her clothes nicked and the hero’s seventeen year old sister took her shopping and…and… Look, she’s just wearing them because she likes them okay? 😉 But hey, at least she’s given up her strappy sandals, a cliche according to Jenny Hutton’s tips on the Mills and Boon boards…
So, what’s your favourite heroine outfit then? Housecoats? Shirtwaisters? Leather trousers? 🙂