Vintage Glamour: A Glimpse into 1860s Victorian Girls' Fashion


Victorian fashion was no exception, with each decade bringing its own distinct trends and nuances.

The fashion of these decades in European and European-influenced countries is characterized by women's fashion with excessively full skirts relying on crinolines and hoops and the emergence of "alternative fashion" under the influence of the artistic dress movement.

Aniline dyes (made from coal tar) were new and produced brighter colors than natural dyes (made from plants) and did not fade so quickly.

Bright colors and intricate designs that appear bold and wild to our modern tastes were popular. The skirts were wide, making the waist look smaller.

Corsets contributed to this effect by establishing trim lines over which a close-fitting bodice could easily sit. Women wore more layers under their dresses than in earlier times.

This large area was richly decorated with all kinds of decorations. Puffs and strips can cover most of the skirt. There could be so many flounces that the material of the skirt itself was barely visible.

Lace became popular again and was used throughout the dress. Silver or gold embroidery can also be done on any part of the dress.

Gowns had low necklines and short sleeves, and were worn with short gloves or lace or crocheted fingerless mitts. Voluminous skirts were supported by hoops, petticoats and or crinolines.

As skirts became narrower and flatter in the front, more emphasis was placed on the waist and hips. So corsets were used to help mold the body into the desired shape.

This was achieved by making corsets longer than before and making them from different sized pieces of fabric.

To increase stiffness, they were reinforced with several strips of whalebone, string or pieces of leather.

As well as making corsets tighter, this heavier structure helped prevent them from riding up or wrinkling at the waist.

Such styling was usually maintained by the use of hair oil and pomade. Styled hair was often restricted to decorative hairnets, especially by young women.

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