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February 1, 2023

50 Charming Photos Defined Fashion Styles of Edwardian Ladies

The 20th century brought major transformations in Western fashion, but these changes didn’t appear immediately. Trends of the late 19th century (like Edwardian fashion) lingered through the decade of 1900–1909; in fact, these 1900s fashion trends lasted up until about the Great War (World War I).

The Edwardian age was known for the excesses, elegance, and strict social rules modeled by the wealthy. Edwardian fashion from the late 1800s continued to influence the early 1900s. Women still wore corsets and long skirts. Fashion in this era was opulent and formal, with expensive fabrics and trimmings. They favored a distinguished, mature look.

The well-dressed 1900s woman was covered from the neck down. Her silhouette was an S-curve. The shape came from a corset that put less pressure at the waistline by pushing a woman’s chest forward and her hips back.

Edwardian fashion is also known for dramatically large hats, so that required hairstyles that could support them. The most popular hairstyle was a full pompadour, with hair swept loosely up into coils or buns. Women might have added braids, false hairpieces, or wigs to give styles more structure and height. Some women used hot curling irons to create frizzy or curly edges. It was also stylish to tuck fresh flowers or decorative combs or hatpins into styled hair.

Take a look at these charming photos to see what Edwardian ladies looked like from the 1900s.


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