1800s Western-Style Fashion

Let’s look at the Old West of the Victorian era. Follow the fashion of farm girls, gunslingers and cowboys in the wild, wild west.

Prairie Girl
Pair tiny floral prints, gingham and flannels with low lace-up ankle boots — dark stockings optional — and your best braided hairstyle to look totally bohemian — or totally sweet.

Miner Vibes
Levi Strauss made a mint selling blue jeans and denim overalls, which were much sturdier than the alternatives, to miners, farmers and other workmen in the 1800s. Roll the cuffs on your favorite pair of jeans and put on a button-down top to start this basic look — then add a trilby or newsboy hat and full hipster beard, if you dare.

Proper Lady
Today’s secretary blouse style owes its origins to this schoolmarm style: the visiting costume. Ignore the bustle — that look sure never came back around again — and focus on the juxtaposition of soft, feminine details with no-nonsense structure. Pair a high-necked blouse in sheer or lace fabric with skinny jeans and pointy boots, then add a heavily structured blazer with a riding jacket shape to mimic the original mix of power and beauty.

The Cowboy
Channel your inner cowboy with just a touch of Old West. Transform belted skinny pants and a button-down shirt or T-shirt with pointy boots, a neck bandana or bolero tie, a wide-brimmed hat and a great big belt buckle. Don’t go too conservative with color or fabric but make a bold statement, especially if you are also rocking a big cowboy mustache.

Get A Vintage Homecoming Dress

No matter where the event takes place, people will show up in amazing dresses. Vintage homecoming dresses are always awesome and relatively cheap. This is because they might have been used once or twice so you will be buying them on a secondhand basis. If you are working on a very fixed budget then you need the vintage dresses.

Homecoming celebrations require style, uniqueness and elegance. Girl hope to stand out at the homecoming, and she is going to have to get a dress which is very different from any one. Vintage homecoming dresses appear in numerous varieties.

There are many vintage homecoming dresses which basically don’t have too much sophistication. There are the cocktail dresses which have asymmetrical hemline. These dresses are usually so short but informal as well. They don’t go beyond the knee. They also come in numerous varieties like the ruffle and tier. Because they are basically old school dresses designers have tried to come up with modern versions which are sometimes very expensive.

When choosing vintage homecoming dresses you also need the ones that suit your body style. If you have a perfect body shape then having a tight dress is the right option but if your body shape isn’t that perfect then you need a free dress.

There are numerous designs for the vintage homecoming dresses. Some of them are velvet and crepe. These two are very requisite and have since been widely used. Silk is also used largely even though sometimes it is seen to be old school. For the colors silver is good because it goes with most bold colors. Making the right choices about colors is good because it is through colors that people get to know what mood you are in. there are other additional things you can always add to your vintage dress to make it look perfect. Jewelry like necklaces adds some taste to your style.

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Victorian Bustle Information

The Victorian bustle era costume look is beautiful. All that lace, ribbon, bows, fringe, pleated trim, ruffles, and frills galore! You want to wear one. Here will guide you through the 3 main bustle periods: the early bustle, the natural form bustle, and the late bustle. All have different shapes and elements that make up the looks and here, you will learn more.

Stick to cottons or other natural looking fabrics. But, for the bustle years, you can get more playful with colors and patterns. Small or large painted florals are always a safe fabric to choose for the era. Colors should be what are naturally found in a garden. Trims were used abundantly on bustle dresses. Although, less so for the late bustle.

Victorian Early Bustle – 1868 to 1875
The early bustle started to form during the later years of the civil war when a more elliptical hoop (instead of a rounded hoop) came into favor due to the rounded hoop becoming so big. It is said that the famed designer of the time, Charles Worth, didn’t really like the look of the rounded hoops as they began growing in width and circumference. His designs began to put more emphasis on the back end of dresses and he added draped over skirts. By 1868, we begin seeing what we would know as a bustle. The early bustle style lasted from 1864-75.

Victorian Natural Form Bustle 1876 – 1883
By 1876, a new bustle shape was appearing. This shape was…well…flat. Sometimes a small pillow was worn under the back side of the skirts. But, not really much else. Trains were very popular during the natural form era. This era lasted until about 1878-83, with the years in between this and the previously mentioned bustle style being more of transitional years where you might have seen both or a combination of the styles.

Victoria Late Bustle – 1884-1890
By 1884, we were now seeing a rather large emphasis on the rear end. The fronts of the skirts were flatter. Trains were still used for evening. The style lasted until about 1889-90.

Choose A Vintage Dress for Your Wedding

vintage dress for weddingSome brides prefer to wear vintage style dresses for their wedding day in recent years. Women want to be in their perfect appearance during this most important occasion in their life. They all want to be unique and hope the guests’s eyes focused on them when wearing gorgeous dresses.

You want to look great in photos and videos that could be lasting memories for a lifetime. Because you want something that is different for other brides, and one of the best choices is to wear a perfect vintage dresses that will make people look envious.

When modern women wear attractive and elegant type of vintage dresses, they can surely create a stunning combination of two eras which is perfect for the special occasion. One good thing about wearing this type of dress is that you have various options according to styles of the decades.

Rich and famous women during these times were known worldwide, and they are the top identity in fashion. If you make them as your icon for wearing a fashionable dress that they used to wear during their time, you are on the right track of choosing the best vintage dresses of all times.

You can find many styles available in vintage stores and antique shops. An easier and most convenient way is shopping over the online shop. You don’t have to worry on the condition of the vintage dresses that you have chosen because usually, they may have been worn only once. However, if you want an assurance that the dress has been preserved well, you can look for big shops that have a high reputation.

Back to 1940 Formal Dresses

From 1940, fashion turned back to the Victorian age suddenly, especially formal gowns and dresses. The dresses embraced fitted bodices, puffed sleeves and large full skirts. The formal gown is classic, pretty, and teens wore to prom and women out to a fancy dinner with dancing.

Evening wear was one thing that still had glamour in the 40s. Dresses and gowns were simple but shiny, and did tend to be more on the casual side than anything in the decades before or after. These dresses were usually made from rayon taking the form of jersey, taffeta or crepe and fastened with metal zippers or small buttons in the back. Black was the most popular color, and pinks, reds and blues were often used as well.

1940 formal dresses

The princess ballgown was inspired by Gone with the Wind. The very full skirt of the Victorian age was reduced to long, but semi full A-line skirts in the 1940s. A petticoat was worn underneath to add fullness otherwise skirts were simply cut wide or pleated at the waist or layered in tulle. Many dresses featured drop sleeves, hung around the shoulders which was a common style among Victorian ballgowns. Most modest designs had short cap sleeves or fuller puff sleeves that were common on 1940’s day dresses too. The princess ballgown was the most popular style for teens attending a prom.

1940 formal dresses

One evening look during the 40s was the long gown and dinner jacket. It was a more grown up look than the princess gown. The gown was a column shape, long to the floor and straight or lightly gathered. It was usually plain or had beading or sequins at the neckline. A dinner jacket, fitted and usually short (to the waist), was worn on top of the dress. The dinner jacket was decorated with sequins and beads, either all over or down the front and had square shoulder pads.

Semi formal evening dresses also called cocktail dresses were also worn shorter, just below the knee, with a similar flowing skirt. Skirts were sometimes draped. They could have thin straps, but often also had short sleeves. These dresses often had shirring in the waist, one panel on either side, or in the bust. They also often had a cross-wrapped bodice with draping that took on the look of Grecian goddesses.

The Story Behind Vintage & Retro Fashion

There are many ways to get a vintage style, whether its patterns or hair bands it is a classic look. And we see many celebrities in different vintage inspired outfits. This post will introduce you Retro & Vintage fashions from the 50s to the 80s.

50s
The ideal body was defined by an hourglass figure, with voluptuous hips and small shoulders, and this was reflected in the fashion. With belts and corset underwear, this helped shape the body making the waist look inches smaller. Elegance was in fashion for women with icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe setting the trend.

50s fashion

60s
The swinging sixties was a rebellious, seductive and fun time. John Lennon and The Beatles were at their creative peak. Dark, high, leather boots and patterned shirts, skirts and bandana’s were in as the hippie culture grew larger. Bright colors and expressive patterns are used at that period.

60s fashion

70s
The seventies was a time of floresent flowers and the hippy culture. Like the 60s, patterns and the peace symbol were stylish in this time. Hot pants, bell bottoms, platform shoes and flared jeans were all born.

70s fashion

80s
The 80s was a time of psychedelic patterns, big hair and disco fever, following on from the colorful times of the 70s with flared jeans and large Mohawks it only evolved to even bigger style.

80s fashion

1900’s Brides Fashion Look

1900brideThe wedding dress:
1. An s-shaped corset was commonly worn to draw in the stomach.
2. Frills were frequently found on the bodice to accentuate this look
3. Wide, puffy sleeves that were tapered to the forearm
4. High necklines frequently including collars
5. Long trains
6. Veiled hats

Why this look?
1. This look was popularized by Queen Victoria who is credited with starting the white wedding concept when she wore a white dress during her wedding to Prince Albert
2. White was more commonly worn by the more affluent with other brides choosing to wear colors such as azure,mauve or pale pink

The others:
1. The make-up look of this decade was to appear “un-made”
2. An arm sheath bouquet or Bemhardt bouquet was the most popular choice amongst 1900’s brides. The most commonly used flowers were white roses, orchids, lilies of the alley and orange blossoms
3. The hairstyle of choice was the “Gibson Girl” look with hair arranged on top of the head
4. Pale skin was seen as desirable with full eyebrows and rosy cheeks