Victorian undergarments are not exactly what you would expect to see on the runway or on a billboard nowadays, but they are historically significant in the evolution of clothing. The different undergarments show the transformation of clothes in this era. For instance, at the beginning of the era, hoops, crinolines, and long dresses were the undergarments of choice. Towards the end of the era, when bustles became popular, the undergarments changed to suit that style of dress.
We have posted several articles about the ways in which you can wear your Victorian undergarments with your outfits and what each article of clothing signifies. Certain items were worn with very specific dresses, while others were everyday wear. It's important to research exactly what kind of Victorian undergarments went with the dresses you have so you can be as historically accurate as possible.
No matter what Victorian undergarments you need under your outfit, Recollections has you covered. We have corsets, crinolines, hoops, and everything in between. Whether you're reenacting, participating in a theatrical production, or attending a historical event, you want to be as accurate as possible. Fortunately, you can find all the Victorian undergarments to fit your needs here at Recollections. When you're done shopping for these, you can find the dresses to go over them on the other parts of our website. Get started building your Victorian wardrobe today!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.