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[–] YugeDick 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

They wore all those layers of clothing in the Victorian area not for modesty but for lack of bathing. The under most layers would be shed daily while the outer layers would remain relatively free of BO. Also by having so many layers they could essentially trap that nasty funk from getting out and offending others. But to really trap it you had to have high and tight collars and cuffs, which is exactly what they did.