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The French Maid - A Quick History of the Domestic Diva

We absolutely love our French Maid Apron but we were curious about where the sexy little vixen's roots lay.  Was there a sexy French Maid outfit back in the day or was it dreamed up by someone with a feather duster fetish?  Tipsy Totes investigated and here's what we found!

There was indeed a French Maid who had her beginnings in the early 19th century.  She wasn't nearly as glamorous as today, however.

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Historical perception and reality of the French Maid

During the 1800's upper middle class families were looking to further embellish and accessorize their lifestyles and began focusing on hiring young beautiful French women for household chores.  By most accounts, hiring a French maid was such a sign of prestige that if a family could not afford a French Maid, they would hire a less expensive maid and ask her to pretend to be French!  This was during a time when very few women actually worked outside the house so having the French Maid was a luxury as the woman of the house was available.  

Did we talk about how different her uniform was compared to what we know as a French Maid today?  Her outfit was dreadfully very prim and proper!  Her full dress buttoned up to the collar bone and hung down to at least past the knees or to the floor.  So she didn't get the dress dirty she often wore a white apron and sometimes a white cap as well.   Hardly recognizable as a French Maid today!

multiple french maid

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Hiring a French Maid in the 1800's meant every day chores like tending to the household, cooking, cleaning, minding the kids was all included as well as 24 hour service at times.  It was convenient to keep her in servant quarters within the house to make life simple when she was needed at 3AM.  And of course over time this meant the rumors and accusations of love affairs between employers and French Maids surfaced.  Her reputation soon became a bit more indecent and scandalous.  It was the beginning of our current day associations with the term French Maid.

French Maid Pinup


But to make matters worse, American burlesque furthered the cliché with comedy skits of gorgeous, uncomprehending young French girls in skimpy little outfits in questionable situations.  These costumes were meager versions of the standard black and white uniforms typically worn by real French Maids.  The outfits were risqué enough to tempt but just enough to stay off the censor's radar so they didn't get shut down during this time period.

1950s maid


Did you know all these details about the French Maid? We surely didn’t when we started our investigation. The iconic French Maid is recognizable everywhere today - mostly thanks to those Burlesque shows transforming her into the epitome of sexy we all know today.

So what inspired us to dig into the French Maid’s past? Our own French Maid. We thought if we sell them, maybe we should know about her and what made her who she is today. From Pin Up to Burlesque in the recent past we’ve continued into the realms of today with Halloween costumes and cosplay. Still sexy and still pushing those boundaries. I would argue that today’s cosplay is comparable to yesterday’s burlesque. Old Pin Up pictures are today’s ads to sell Halloween costumes. Always pushing the limits of what is or isn’t considered acceptable.

Our French Maid pays homage to the earlier women with a little more coverage than many people seek today. We leave a little more to the imagination than some - a little intrigue and a whole lot of sexy.

Allow me to include one of my favorite reviews of all time. While we have no idea who this woman is she brought us a hearty laugh and made our day. How you use the French Maid Apron is up to you - from Halloween costume, to cosplay to legit cooking apron to date night rendez-vous we wish you all the fun and satisfaction you could possibly imagine in your endeavors!

So without any further ado, here’s what our favorite Amazon reviewer wrote bout our Tispy Totes French Maid: Extra cute maid costume! Very cute and sexy, good quality material. Open back allows for easy spanking while chores are being performed.  

French Maid by Tipsy Totes Amazon Review

The review reminds us that if you are using the French Maid Outfit as a Halloween costume, maybe wear something under it! But it is the easiest outfit to throw on last minute as you scramble for a last minute idea. Simple and Sexy - the perfect combination. Plus it comes with the amazing accessory…the Feather Duster. Dust your way through trick or treating and that boozy party after  and have some good clean fun!


So next time you put on your Tipsy Totes French Maid Apron, consider her sexy burlesque history and midnight chores and channel that sexy little Temptress!

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