Style Glossary


Bum Roll

Bum rolls were plump, crescent shaped pillows worn by middle and upper class ladies during the Elizabethan era. These 16th and 17th-century women styled them over (sometimes up to three) petticoats, underneath an additional petticoat and a skirt, and wore them in conjunction with an elaborate steel corset. In addition to spreading the skirt evenly, the rolls gave the appearance of wider hips, an on-trend look of the time!