The word "trousseau" translates from French to mean "bundle" in English. The notion of gathering a collection of clothes in preparation for marriage is rather antiquated in today's society, but once upon a time, a woman's trousseau was a very real part of the wedding ritual.
Here's an example:
This exquisitely charming silk nightgown was dated and described as worn by Aunt Allie on her wedding night - October 12, 1928.
We've posted more beautiful finds and interesting trousseaux trivia on our site's vintage clothing glossary today. Enjoy!