Dressing the Late 19th Century Woman

Modeled by Chelsea

Throughout this site you'll see pictures of drawers, chemises, corsets, corset covers, petticoats, skirts, bodices and accessories such as hats, capes, fans and more. It took an awful lot of layers (and time) to get the Victorian woman properly dressed. Although the pieces that made up the Victorian lady's costume changed as styles changed, the progression below is typical for a lady getting dressed in the 1880s.

Here's the 12 step plan for dressing the late 19th century woman:

Victorian Drawers

Drawers

Victorian Chemise

Chemise

Victorian Corset

Corset

Victorian Petticoat

Petticoat

Victorian Corset Cover

Corset Cover

Victorian Bustle

Bustle

Victorian Underskirt

Underskirt

Victorian Skirt

Skirt

Victorian Bodice

Bodice

Victorian Bodice

Bodice (back view)

Victorian Beaded Capelet

Beaded Capelet

Victorian Hat, Parasol & Fan

Hat, Parasol & Fan

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