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Victorian Clothes

 

Victorian people dressed appropriately to their age, and position in society.

Children

Children were dressed much the same as the adults but in miniature.

Click here to download a word document from westsussex.gov

Ladies

It was unheard to see Victorian ladies legs. Ladies wore long skirts or dresses. At the beginning of the Victorian era skirts went straight down. It then became fashionable for women to wear their skirts spread over large hoops. At the end of the era, the hoop disappeared from view and it was back to slimmer skirts, although now sporting a bustle.

Bonnets
The majority of women wore a hat or bonnet.

Corset
Ladies wore a corset to pull-in their waist. Young Victorians tried to have a waist the same size as their age. Eighteen years old? That meant you would strive for a seventeen inch waist.

Shawls
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Victorian GentlemanMen

Victorian men often wore a waist coat.

Click here to see some pictures of the kind of clothes Victorian men wore

Headware
Most wealthy Victorian men wore a top hat whilst poor men wore caps.

Umbrella
The majority of rich

Walking stick
The majority of Victorian gentlemen also used a walking stick, or cane.

Buying Clothes

Clothes were made to measure. People did not go to shops like we do and see rails of clothes. Every item of clothing bought had to made especially for the person. Seamstresses and tailors were responsible for making clothes. Their were also milliners, glovers, and hatters would help to complete the look.

Poor Victorians bought their clothes from second-hand, third and fourth-hand shops. Thier clothes had previously been worn and discarded, but still in good enough condition to wear.

 

 
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