The 1830's is a most sorely overlooked decade. There wasn't a whole lot happening in the likes of major events, especially in the United States. Everybody pretty much just...lived. Sure, there were technological advances, a few riots, and the beginning of the Victorian era. But no (major) wars, takeovers, or government revolutions took place. So I think this time era kind of fell through the cracks of time, overshadowed by Regency England and Civil War-era America.
|Or the 1830's may remind you of Charles Dicken, which can be rather dreary.|
Although there isn't a whole lot to talk about on the government side of history when it comes to these decades, there's a side that I like much, much better: fashion.
Now if you have studied historical fashion at all, you may think that the 1830's were rather...silly. And I'd have to sigh and agree; the hair and the puffs and the patterns on many dresses were indeed quite ridiculous. I can only imagine how Mr. Bennet would roll his eyes! But over the past year I have come to realize that not all 1830's dresses were terrible, and I've found some dresses that I really like. And of course, if I like something, I can hardly resist sharing it! :)
Isn't this just gorgeous??? I love the diagonal tucks in the front of the dress, and the green piping in all the right places. The pattern and colors are great too.
I know, this is terribly ridiculous and bold, and I would still never wear it, even if I did live in the 1830s, but there's something about this dress that draws me to it every time I see it. Even if it is too wild, the craftsmanship is impressive.
I really like how the whole ensemble is put together here. The shawl, bonnet, and reticule all make the outfit complete.
Blue and gold are so pretty together. I would definitely have worn this if I lived back then! This is a great example of a typical 1830s dress; rounded skirts (but not as round as the 1860s), large puffs on the sleeves, a short waist, and plenty of pleats.
And last, but not least, my favorite dress of all. I think the puffs are less silly in 1830's dresses when they are below the elbow and not above it. The cut, the ruffles, pleats, color, and pattern earn this dress a place in my all-time favorites!
What do you think of 1830s fashion?
Do you have a favorite dress from this post?
Do you think there are other eras of history that are overlooked or misrepresented?