WOMEN’S VS. MEN’S WEAR
Women’s wear in the Victorian Era (1837-1901) were primarily classy feminine style. The Victorian Era was a conservative time for women, since women’s lives were committed to the men in their lives and their children. This traditional lifestyle shows in their clothing, legs and chests completely covered to keep a modest look. Traditional women’s attire during this time period consisted of of dresses made of fine materials, including tight corsets and full skirts. These garments often included collars and cuffs to maintain modesty. Other accessories included hats with feathers and ribbons, as well as bonnets, gloves, and jewelry. Over the decades of the 1800’s, necklines on women’s dresses became increasingly shorter, forming a V shape by the 1850’s. At this time, skirts became even wider the emphasized small waists, but demand for full skirts decreased by the 1870’s, changing to a more slim fit. By the 1890’s, nearing the end of the Victorian Era, full skirts were out of style and women preferred flowery dresses.
Men’s wear maintained traditional attire as well. Though not as extravagant as women’s wear, men’s attire primarily consisted of tight fitted trousers and long coats. Similar to women’s wear, these shirts included a high neck as well as bowties. Men’s fashion evolved throughout the Victorian Era, going from tight fitted neck shirts to wider neck and collars during the 1850’s as well as coats being shortened to half length as opposed to the previous below knee length. During the 1890’s, blazers become a popular garment for men, mostly worn for sports or other casual events.
Women’s headwear matched the modest attire of women’s clothing during the time of the Victorian Era. As additional accessories, women primarily wore hats and bonnets with their elegant dresses. Bonnets were made of straw and could be decorated with feathers, jewels, flowers, or ribbons. They were a common accessory for women’s lavish style during this time.
Men’s headwear was much simpler than women’s headwear. Though not as grand as women’s colorful bonnets and hats, men maintained the conservative attire as women did. The most popular items were top hats, soft felt hats, sea caps, and railroad caps.
Women’s footwear during the Victorian Era was equally as luxurious as the clothing. Shoes mainly consisted of low heels and a pointy toe in neutral colors, black, beige, white, etc. Heels grew taller through the decades of the Victorian Era, the 1840’s-1850’s starting off with little to no heel and by the 1880’s, high heels were in. But it wasn’t all high heels and pointy shoes. The Victorian Era was a turning point for women’s footwear. During this time, it became more socially acceptable for women for wear similar shoes as men, specifically boots. Women’s boots were mainly made of leather and suede, containing the same heel and narrow toe as traditional footwear.
Men’s footwear was similar to women’s footwear in the sense that it too was formal and conservative. Most popular were the elastic-gusset boot and lace-up boots, both primarily ideally ankle length.
Cézanne was a French painter during the Victorian Era. His art was based off of the transition of culture between the 19th century and the 20th century. He focused on large resolution images and depth of landscapes.
Transportation during the Victorian Era consisted of:
- The Railroad
- Hanson Cab
- The Clarence
- Personal Horse and Carriage