Fashion is one thing that keeps on changing constantly. Trends observed on the cover of every fashion magazine today, are replaced by something else tomorrow! It is actually a cycle, a fashion that is dubbed as 'old' today, doesn't completely fade away, it returns again after some years.
Fashion designers, fashion police, and fashion conscious people give a modern look to that 'old' fashion, and then that fashion again becomes a hit!
It refers to the trends of the British culture that existed during the reign of queen Victoria, commonly known as the Victorian era.
The victorian era lasted for almost two-thirds of the 19th century, which is why we see many different Victorian styles.
Clothes were made by hand at the start of the era, however by the end of this age, they were made only by machines. This change is also seen in the fashion clothing of that time.
Though the method of sewing the clothes changed, a few styles remained the same. Men of the Victorian age wore stiff ankle length or full length clothing whereas the women wore flowery, flowing gowns or dresses.
The outfits changed according to the occasion, however the length remained the same. Women had to wear full length dresses, they were not even allowed to expose their ankles, it was regarded almost a crime. Ironically, bare shoulders or cleavage showing gowns were allowed.
When it came to fashion jewelry, like women of any era or age, Victorian women also loved jewelry! Art Nouveau and pearls were commonly used.
An interesting fact is that mourning jewelry was the most popular kind of jewelry! It started with Queen Victoria, she wore it after Prince Albert's death.
Almost everything that was black in color would be used to make mourning jewelry, sometimes it also included the deceased person's hair!
Modern Victorian Fashion for Women
Shirts/Blouses: Free-flowing shirts can obviously not be worn on an everyday basis now. So instead opt for Victorian style shirts.
Choose blouses made of lace, velvet, or silk and remember, the more feminine the dress is, the more Victorian it is. Go for colors like pale yellow, light blue, black, royal blue, rose pink, ivory etc. You could get pearl-style buttons stitched to complete the look.
In winter, you can opt for cashmere sweaters which have elegant buttons and delicate embroidery. Choose colors like green, deep purple, brown, etc.
Jeans: You do not need to wear long gowns to be Victorian. You can even wear jeans to dress like one. For that, buy jeans that have delicate designs, pearls, lace, velvet trim, etc.
Skirts: Skirts with hoops and laces should be worn. Velvet tier skirts also have a Victorian touch to them. Wear woolen stockings and black fishnets with your grand skirts.
Now that you know what kind of dress you should wear, let's see how to complete the look with the right accessories.
This was all about Victorian fashion for women. These were just some fashion tips, add your creativity to these tips to achieve that perfect modern Victorian look!