Victorian Fashion Influences February 26 2013, 0 Comments

JaneEyre1

If you've read any of my prior posts, I'm sure you'll be able to recognize my love for Victorian-esque styled fashion- hence, my obsession with the Japanese Lolita fashion trend. But I would love to see Victorian-styled garments become more commercially available. But it certainly is attainable if you leaf through the vintage racks at Ra-Ra Superstar and similar places. To me Victorian-inspired clothing is the essence of what fashion should be; modest, but stylish and feminine.

It can be classy and bright

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Lazy, girlish and natural (think 1967-69 San Fransisco Haight Ashbury or Picnic at Hanging Rock.)

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Or it can be gothic and loopy, such as Tim Burton fashion or Alice In Wonderland inspired style...

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Just as a disclaimer, I do not endorse the use of a corset...those things are nasty.

Victorian fashion involves a lot of accessorizing, which is one of the best parts of designing an outfit. Think hats, flowers, giant bows, chokers, cameos and anything with lace.

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The silhouette is also very important and there are two types. Earlier Victorian fashion, which involves a bell-shaped skirt with a tight, cinched in waist; accentuating the best parts of a woman's body, whilst still looking classy and maintaining some 'mystery.'
If you don't want to go for the full dress look, you can also paired a high-neck blouse (preferably with some lace) with a big, balloon skirt (preferably with a petticoat!). That would be my pick for a casual Victorian look.

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As for the shoes, it's all about the lace-up boots and Oxfords.You could also really challenge this trend, but doing a more masculine take on it. Think high-waisted pants, boots and a tucked in, billowing white blouse.

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The make-up is a lot of fun too; it can be dainty and girl or very womanly. Think porcelain-powdered-white skin, baby-pink cheeks, big eyelashes and ruby-red lips.

So as we come closer to winter, I think this is a great trend to think about endorsing. Because you can do a lot with it and it will always look classy and feminine.