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Women's Fashions 1870-1913

Hat Styles
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Working women enjoy their fashion culture with their extra earnings. The style above Modish garments referred the modern fashion that was popular. The style is fun and sophisticated for the women who could afford to show off.

It was the beginning of the 1900s that the S-bend style dress began to take on popularity. The look was exaggerated fullness and a flattering bosom appearance on top with a firm gathered waist to accentuate the figure.

WHAT DID GIRLS DO FOR FUN IN THE 1900s? SHOP!

Stores were open for business and the women of this time had a new pastime. They could spend hours browsing in the new stores. Some of the goods are listed below that women would buy.
Perfume
Make up
Clothes

PEDLARS

Traveling salesmen that brought materials into the more rural areas for women to sell. Other names for pedlars included: Machestermen, Scotchmen, or Talleymen.

The sewing machine was invented in the early 1800’s which changed the way people dress. Those women, who became more involved in venturing out of the house to go down town, travel, volunteer, and even playing golf, began to experiment with more styles and clothing to wear. The poorer families were able to take advantage of the use of the sewing machine by making their own clothes at home.

The 1870s cannot be mentioned without talking about the bustle in the back of the skirt. This style made women appear to have a narrower profile from the front. In the back, the skirt was gathered in the middle and hung. The pleated and ruffled style in the back was decorative and sophisticated at this time. The corset was another en vogue garment for the ladies to wear. The corsets were short in length, but as time went on, the length of the corsets grew. The corset style and bustle skirt was a perfect style to fit the high wasted look of women during this time. The height of the waist also began to lengthen later too opening up the fashion styles for all.

Some accessories to mention are the broach, earrings were worn long and dangling, but then 1873 the style changed to a simpler button type style earring. Ribbons were also very fashionable as were worn in the hair. Typically the ribbon was to inch thick.

During the 1880s the backside of women began to come in vogue. For example, women wore the cape, which wrapped around the backside. The younger (single) women would typically wear this style more than the older women. Bright colors were a sign that a woman had a sense of fashion. The cape was typically worn going to church, visiting friends, or at a community event. It was made of wool and lined with satin fabric to give it warmth during the colder months. The fringe was added to the capes to add flair. For some women who had the capes, they would save money and buy the fringe to add on to their cape.

Since the invention of the sewing machine by the variety of the clothing to choose from ranged from ready-made dresses for work to more casual wear. The bustle skirts of the 1880s had padding in the back and on the side. There was a definite period for the full figured woman whose form was the shape to mimic. During this period the bodices were worn tight and high collars were in style.

1890s

The mutton-leg sleeve began to develop popularity. This was the time period in which the sleeves at the shoulder had the pleats, which created a poof, while the arm remained tight. By 1893, the poof expanded at the shoulder, but by 1896 this style began to fade. Other sleeve styles included the bishops sleeve. Looser corsets and shirwaists were also worn during the decade.

The Beautiful Age: 1900-1913

Working women enjoy their fashion culture with their extra earnings. The style above Modish garments referred the modern fashion that was popular. The style is fun and sophisticated for the women who could afford to show off.

It was the beginning of the 1900s that the S-bend style dress began to take on popularity. The look was exaggerated fullness and a flattering bosom appearance on top with a firm gathered waist to accentuate the figure.


Sources

http://demode.tweedlebop.com/hair_early.html

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=women+fashion+1870&spell=1

http://www.ajmorris.com/roots/photo/datep18.htm

http://www.fashion-era.com/mid-late_victorian_fashion.htm

http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/victlinks.htm

Hair styles
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Photo obtained from http://www.vintagevictorian.com/costume_1890_acc.html

Information by Tricia Malovey.

Information contributed by Rachel Carter, Toni Crocilla, Priscilla Gregory, and Tricia Malovey.

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