The Victorian era was a time when femininity was in fashion. While the times have certainly changed, there are still plenty of incredible trends from the end of the 19th century that can be brought into the modern day for a stylish, vintage inspired look.
These Victorian style tips will bring your wardrobe to life and provide you with a classic look you’ll love to wear.
Clothing during the Victorian era was impeccably made. Layers of luxurious fabrics combined to create opulent looks that were nothing short of gorgeous. To channel the unmatched look of the Victorian era, search for items made of fine materials. Satins and silks are timeless fabrics that drape beautifully and have a look that is always elegant. While clothing made from high quality fabrics are sometime more expensive, investing in statement pieces will make your entire wardrobe more desirable.
Silhouettes during the Victorian era were also exceptionally stunning. Dresses often were incredibly form fitting and enhanced the female figure in a way that was incredibly flattering. While corsets and other uncomfortable undergarments had a hand in creating exaggerated hourglass figures, there are still ways to channel this Victorian ideal into the present day. Find dresses with fitted bodices and fuller skirts to enhance your figure and create a gorgeous silhouette that shows off your curves.
A Focus on Modesty
Victorian style was incredibly modest and reflective of the culture during the time period. Women often were covered head to toe, and showing any amount of skin was a daring act. Times have certainly changed, but a focus on modesty is a refreshing idea that deserves a comeback. Conservative necklines and hemlines can sometimes be even more feminine than an outfit that shows everything outright. Find a long sleeve maxi dress for a fashion forward yet delightfully modest look.
Accessories were one way that Victorian women could show off their individual sense of style. It’s for that reason that there is such beautiful jewelry and other fashionable accoutrements that came out of this time period. Victorian jewelry was often very ornate, which paired beautifully with opulent, detailed dresses for a layered look that was nothing short of exceptional. To bring this trend into the present day, don’t be afraid of over-accessorizing. Find authentically styled Victorian jewelry and create a decadent look that is simply stunning.
The last time I worn this sheer embossed robe I was literally shedding the shame of diabetes for T1D Exposed Nude advocacy calendar photo-shoot. Since that liberating experience earlier this year at studio 23 with Tara Layman Photography I’ve been waiting for the right moment again to wear it – today is that day.
Wearing nightwear as daywear can be a hit or miss, it all greatly depends on how brave you are and simply how you style it. You can easily slip a sheer robe over a minimalist black dress paired with subtle glitzy accessories to add a dose of European elegances. The key is to own the confidence of boudoir and its sulky demeanor through feeling the power it brings us to embrace our attributes.
Lingerie should never be held captivate until midnight in the bedroom; with the right clutch under your arm it’s a cue that you’re not going to bed rather your evening of luxury has just began. French Connection Cocktail Dress (similar style sold at Macys). 1950s Creation W.F. Adlwiiller Satin Sheer Robe (similar here & here). Beauty c/o Cover FX. MAC Cosmetics ‘Chili’ Lipstick. OPI ‘Big Apple Red’ Nail Polish.
Sometimes I feel like my life has been a never-ending runway show. Over the last 10 years I’ve been fortunate enough to experienced countless fashion productions, private designer showings and red-carpet events wearing a rare assortment of dress designs.
From all these dresses there has been one that has truly changed my life, a crepe dress by Koldin Original. It’s square neck line, front pockets and belted waist dates back to the early 1950s and from the unraveling hem line – it’s age is no secret. Everyone has their go-to-ensemble, and for me, an authentic vintage black dress is a must. The closest I’ve come across has been from a few reproduction retailers such as Bitter Root Vintage, Dee Foreman and Get Go Retro.
However, when you know, you know when a particular dress has a lasting effect on you. Vandalised with Love Flower Hair Clip (similar here & here). 1950s Koldin Orginal Crepe Dress. Vintage Clutch. Kate Spade ‘Heart of Gold’ Bangle & Dorsay Pumps. Beauty c/o Cover FX (Sold at Sephora). MAC Cosmetics ‘Chili’ Lipstick. Photo Credit: rf_fisher_photography.