Now that I have your attention (and the attention of who knows what kind of Googlers)…
This advice to prospective LDS brides was published in 1915. Don’t be afraid, gentlemen; there’s nothing here to embarrass you, I think.
Pertinent Questions on Clothes.
“It has been my desire for some time to see … some suggestions regarding the trousseau of the Latter-day Saint girl – advice as to styles which should be used for underwear, as well as wedding gown, etc., of particularly a temple bride.
“I think many of our young girls dress improperly and immodestly in this regard, and are apt to regard the holiness and proper use of garments, and corresponding outer dress, with lack of thought and seriousness, just because of their ignorance on these subjects and lack of friendly suggestion and proper recommendation from those who are experienced in these lines. One of the most perplexing questions I find among brides to be, is the subject of night dresses – just what kind of sleeves they should have. Many are averse to having proper length sleeves on account of their plainness and unattractive appearance. Personally, I am of the opinion that should we become used to these styles, they would appeal to us as much and could be made as daintily and attractively as the more frequently seen, yet more undesirable (from the church standpoint, at least) form of extreme short sleeves or none at all.”
The quotation is from a letter received … in the early summer months. … This subject is often discussed but it is a rather delicate one, for we believe that brides, of all people on earth, should have their own sweet will in everything. But knowing Mutual girls are anxious to use common sense and judgment in all things, we venture a few suggestions along these lines.
First of all, a good looking jacket-suit of unobtrusive color is in better taste as a coming and going costume for the Temple bride than a brightly colored dress or even an elaborately made white one. Either is apt to call forth unpleasant comment from a certain class of people on the street, especially if the girl wearing it is going Temple-ward accompanied by a suit-case. It is a good plan to reserve the orange blossoms and all real bridal paraphernalia for display at the reception.
The dress for the Temple ceremony is best made of some sort of pretty, white washable material, not crushable and plainly made.
For underwear, corset covers, underskirts, etc., hand embroidery, lace, and embroidery flouncings, or edgings, are trimmings which no one can object to. Surely sensible girls will want to avoid the huge bows and rosettes of colored ribbon and immense sprays of artificial flowers which we see glimmering through some of the gauzy gowns we occasionally meet on the street and elsewhere.
One who knows anything about the garment knows it was never intended to be publicly displayed. Our grandmothers were so careful of its sacredness that the garments were never hung to dry with the common washing, but were put in some secluded spot or carefully covered with a thin cloth to shield them from the gaze of the curious. It would seem that the garment should mean everything or nothing to the girl. The one who takes it upon herself to wear it should do so with a full understanding of what it means to her, and a determination to wear it properly. A thin wash silk or crepe de chine under slip makes it possible to wear thin waists. Many modest women, who do not wear the garment, prefer some such arrangement rather than make a display of fancy underwear or show too much neck and arms.
Let the young girl who is embroidering night gowns beware of low necks and short sleeves, especially in those designed for her trousseau box. A goodly supply of night dresses becomes a tantalizing burden when their beauty is spoiled by the unsightliness of underwear which shows below the short sleeves and above the dainty neck-finish. Quite recently a sensitive young matron suffered considerable embarrassment during a hospital experience. Although her night dresses were of the loveliest, she realized all too late that they did not meet the requirement. In her heart she feels to say to all young girls who are preparing their trousseau: “Make your night gowns with long sleeves and the necks reasonably high.”