Also notable is the widespread use of the shirtwaist or blouse and skirt.All walking skirts in the 1890s were designed to completely clear the ground. Severa, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, 1995 Trim was largely concentrated on the bodice during the early 1890s, having contrasting fabric, lace, braids, puffs, frills, gathers, tucks, pleats, and fancy collars.The blouses are loose in the bosom with gathers and pleats down the front. Severa The back of the shirtwaist was usually shorter than the front, seamed down the back, and fitted.Collars were usually quite high and often very stiff and straight. Severa For active wear, women donned white or navy blue tops with sailor-like braid on a deep square sailor collar and long, black silk sailor ties.Totnes, situated in the beautiful South Devon countryside, offers a wide diversity of bed & breakfast, Hotel accommodation, guesthouses, pubs & restaurants in Totnes and the Southhams.Totnes historical sites, attractions, shopping, events and Totnes services, all listed on the Totnes Web.
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Compared to the fashions of the previous decade, the 1890s styles were plainer, simpler, and more practical.
Women had more freedom in their clothing choices and often sported reform clothing for outdoor activities like biking.
In the early 1890s, the dominant skirt shape was the swooping tulip of bell form, which was snug and smooth over the hips and flared dramatically to a wide hem. By 1898, the bodice trim continued down the skirt, with sweeping curves and scallops of braid or lace sewn diagonally.
Corsets were loosened in the 1890s, and the shirtwaist or blouse, in white, pastels, deep colors, or stripes, were popular. The bodice was cut extremely narrow in the shoulders with thick gathers of pleats and full over the bosom. The women in the images below all wear separate skirts and blouses.