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How to Dress Victorian

Victorian Lady from the 1850s

 
 
 

Click on an area of the picture to see detailed pictures of this 1850s Victorian dress with a fashionable Victorian hat, Victorian shoes, parasol and more! This red and blue silk Victorian dress has the front closing bodice, sloping shoulders and wide pagoda sleeves typical of the late 1850s/ early 1860s. The full skirt measures over three yards around.

 
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To accommodate the very full, wide skirts of the mid-19th century, women wore a wired cage or hoopskirt. Shown is an illustration of "...a new and useful article..." as it appeared in Peterson's Magazine in December 1858.

Separate undersleeves, often decorated with lace or broderie anglais, were worn with the wider shaped dress sleeves of the 1850s.

Soft kid side lace boots were worn outdoors. While indoors, Victorian ladies wore heeled flat shoes or slippers. Shown are ivory kid boots that have a Philadelphia label.

The fashionable lady of the mid-19th century carried a  small reticule or purse, often made with colorful glass beads or cut steel beads. The small antique reticule or Victorian purse, is a rare 19th century French purse knitted with  rust, green and white silk then decorated with silver cut-steel beads.

In the 19th century, silk parasols were popular for strolling. Often they were decorated with lace, fringe, and tassels. This silk parasol has a folding or 'carriage' handle.

In the Mid-19th century lady's bonnets were made in every imaginable color. This silk bonnet is created with brown silk and decorated with purple silk ribbons. Added red and yellow flowers complete the colorful hat.

 
 
 
 
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