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Clothing and Fashions of the Edwardian Era

With shows and movies like Downton Abbey making a splash in pop culture, Edwardian clothing has soared in popularity. However, there is an important history to Edwardian clothing that is sometimes forgotten. Edwardian clothing allowed women to stray away from the constricting and unhealthy Victorian corset. This style offered more comfortable, versatile clothes that let women remain active.

The Edwardian era began in 1901, and its styles strayed away from the previously established norms of the last 100 years. More so than in the Victorian era, it was common to see Edwardian women sporting blouses and skirts instead of full ensembles. Women also commonly wore natural-waist dresses that didn't require hoops or as many petticoats as traditional Victorian clothes. In fact, some were completely straight sheath dresses that required few (if any) petticoats. This was incredibly important to note as women's fashion continued to change and skirts eventually became shorter in the 1920s.

Recollections will be able to help you with any Edwardian clothing that you may want for your next Downton Abbey party, Somewhere in Time gathering, or historical reenactment. No matter the kind of dress you're looking for, Recollections will have it in stock or will be able to create it for you. We even have the Edwardian accessories, like fans, gloves, and parasols, to make your look as accurate as possible. We even have the flamboyant hats complete with feathers and bows that will make your look authentic. Begin searching here for your next Edwardian clothing look and then complete it with accessories from all over our website!

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English / Metric
  24 68 1012 1416 1820 2224 2628 3032
BUST 3334 3536 3738 4042 4446 4850 5254 5658
WAIST 2425 2627 2830 3133 3537 3942 4447 5053

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An exception to the generous sizing is the type of ball gown that requires boning in the bodice and that supports a heavy skirt. Many times this style is also "off-the-shoulder" and requires a firm fit to stay up. These styles tend to not run as generously as most of our other garments because of this. But please, give us a call if you are uncertain.

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Measure the fullest part of your bust around and the smallest part of your waist.


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