Friday, 26 September 2014 12:12

Smock

Smock is an obsolete English term for a garment now known as a shift or chemise. The word derives from the Old English smoc, cognate to Old German smoccho and Old Norse smokkr. In western Europe, from about the tenth to the sixteenth centuries, a smock was the undermost garment worn by women and many men. It was a loose T-shaped garment with a gathering thread or tape at the neck and at the sleeve edges.