|A cheerful yellow frock. :)|
The most noticeable change in fashion was skirt volume. As in they got bigger. A lot bigger. Before 1854 women who wanted full skirts just piled on the petticoats. But then a new invention came out: the hoopskirt. The hoopskirt changed the tiered style skirt of the early 1850s, and made popular one large, smooth skirt.
Necklines in the 1850s went out around the shoulders, especially for fancy and evening dress. Here we have a lovely painting of a bride and bridesmaid. I noticed that the bridesmaid's bodice looks a lot like the fan-front dresses of the 1840s. (If you'd like to see what that looks like, click here).
This is a woman with a story. If only we knew what it was! I love her jewelry and printed dress. Her big puffy sleeves are called bishop sleeves.
This gorgeous silk gown is a great example of an 1850s ballgown. Imagine being one of the first women to own a hoopskirt, and wearing it under this dress to a dance! How fun! :)
I've noticed a couple things about the 1850s just from pins and such. One is that the color palette is very pretty; a lot of pastels and beautiful prints. Another is how the waists on the bodices vary from rather high (like this one) to low and pointed, like dresses from the 40s.
Last but not least, we have this lovely print. Both ladies have undersleeves (the white poofs) under their pagoda sleeves.
Do you like 1850s fashion?
Which dress is your favorite?
Any decade in fashion you'd like me to cover next?