This striped blue day dress is an example of how hoops began to sweep towards the back in the bustle’s predecessor. Hoops were considered fashionable because they supposedly made the waist look smaller, as if stuffing them into tiny corsets wasn’t enough!
This mid-1860's crinoline shows the type of garment that would be worn to emphasize the back. Shown here in white damask, these undergarments, like corsets, could come in a variety of colors, although colorful ones were mostly worn by wealthy women (and just maybe prostitutes). Most crinolines, however, did have a fabric covering, and were just hoops. The hoops of this particular crinoline are made of steel, but they could also be made of whalebone or wicker.