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Find The Perfect Civil War Dresses For You

Are you ready to look like a regular Southern Belle at your next historical event? You would look stunning wearing one of Recollections' Civil War dresses. The Civil War was an incredibly important moment in America's history. Almost every person living in the United States knew someone fighting or who had passed away during the war. The style of Civil War era clothing is one of the most quintessential looks of the entire Victorian period because it happened right in the middle of the era and because it embodied many of the fashions seen throughout the area.

Civil War dresses were characterized by hoop skirts. In fact, Civil War ball gowns had some of the widest hoop skirts of the era, and the skirt itself could take up more than five yards of fabric. Along with a hoop skirt, most Civil War dresses were worn with a corset, which cinched in the waist. Finally, crinolines were also a necessity for Civil War dresses. Crinolines were stiff petticoats that helped support the skirt of the dresses. For as extravagant as the Civil War dresses were, wealthy women would change sometimes five times a day as a way to demonstrate their wealth.

Browse our collection of Civil War dresses below to find the one that is perfect for you. We sell separates like skirts and jackets as well as full Civil War ball gowns. We also have all the accessories you need, like gloves and jewelry, so that your look can be complete. Our Civil War era clothing will have you looking like you just walked off a plantation in no time.

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English / Metric
  XS S M L XL XXL XXXL XXXXL
  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


What size should I order?

Most people find that our sizing runs generously. If you are undecided with which size to order, it is best to order the smaller size, or give us a call to assist you (1-800-452-5925). You may also email us at sales@recollections.biz with your measurements (bust and waist) and we can help you choose the nearest size.


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.


In most cases you should take your bust and waist measurement to determine your size. Please wear the undergarments that you intend to wear when you do your measuring. For example, take your measurement over the type of brassiere or corset that you may be wearing.


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


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