Victorian gloves: etiquette for use

By | January 10th, 2021|Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Gloves, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , |

Tis the season for chapped hands! As a Denver transplant from Arizona, wearing gloves regularly has been a hard habit for me to make and I often find myself regretting not putting more effort into covering my hands when I go out. And truth be told, I enjoy wearing gloves. But I’m glad it is [...]

A short history of the hand muff, one of history's cutest accessories

By | December 15th, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Last year I wrote about the various ways that women and families stayed warm during the cold months in Victorian times. I mentioned the little-known use of hot ceramic bottles sometimes placed in a hand muff and said that I’d love to come back to write more about this particular fashion accessory. Well, hand muffs [...]

Victorian Hair Jewelry: Yay or Nay?

By | September 26th, 2020|Categories: Accessories, In Mourning, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , |

As a blogger of the history of fashion, I am always interested when I see a surge of interest in a particular trend of the past. One such thing that I’ve noticed is the attention given to the hair jewelry of the Victorian era. While such pieces have been on display in museums and passed [...]

Before selfies and text messages were friendship books

By | September 24th, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Women's History|

While selfies and text messages may be reminders of the time we spend with friends, in times past handmade gifts, letters, and keepsakes such as hair jewelry or a cross-stitch may have been items that people would exchange to keep memories alive. Up until the early 20th century, many people kept friendship books to capture [...]

Flirting with a hand fan

By | August 15th, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Last week I explored the Victorian croquet craze and the role that flirtation played in the game’s quick rise in popularity. Young men and women delighted in the opportunity for casual socializing and flocked to lawns around England and America to interact. It lost as many fans as it gained, however, with many losing their [...]

Pioneer Clothing: Accessories Women Wore on the Frontier

By | February 18th, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

I recently wrote a post on how women in the American frontier dressed as they settled into new lives in the West. I looked at how they adapted their clothing to accommodate their new household responsibilities, how they clung to the fashions of the day and those they were used to and considered feminine, and [...]

Dressing During the Victorian Era

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dressing was no easy feat for the Victorian woman. One simply didn't jump out of bed and expect to be dressed for the day in five minutes! A lot of work went into getting all those layers just right. Here's a glimpse into what women went through on a daily basis from about mid-19th century [...]

8 Delicious Tidbits About Halloween

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Holidays, Old West, Roaring 20s, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , |

There still may be a bit of summer left on the calendar, but soon the leaves will be changing color and autumn will be in the air. When that happens, all of our thoughts will turn to... Halloween! Here are some interesting tidbits about one of our favorite holidays that I found at the History [...]

Costume College 2016

By | August 20th, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Where to start? I have just returned from this year’s Costume College, put on by the Costumer’s Guild West, and held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California. Nearly 400 attendees, dressed in every type of costume imaginable (and some highly unimaginable) gather each year at the end of July. We come to [...]