Turning her face just a tiny bit, to reveal a hint of herself to someone could be a coquettish act, but as long as it was done discretely, it could not harm her reputation. So this garment, which bound her to society and its strictures, could be employed in an almost subversive way, and doubtless they were. They acted as an enticement to action on the part of those who saw her.
So have a look at these, and give a thought to who these women were, and what they were after in their lives. Every garment has a life history, and a story to tell.