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January 26, 2023

Amazing Photos Show What Teenage Girls Wore in the Mid-19th Century

The fashion of the 19th century is renowned for its corsets, bonnets, top hats, bustles and petticoats. Women’s fashion during the Victorian period was largely dominated by full skirts, which gradually moved to the back of the silhouette. However, towards the end of the period, the less restrictive Aesthetic style began to emerge.

Girl’s fashion in the 19th century was mostly based on skirts. At certain ages, the skirts would have to be longer. At first, before they started school, the girls would wear very frilly dresses. The frillier the dress, the richer the family. When they got into school, then they would wear the skirts.

The skirts would start at about knee level, at ten years of age the skirts would drop to about mid-calf, and at sixteen years of age they would go all the way down to their ankles. At this age, the girls started dressing just like the ladies. They would wear corsets underneath their clothes, to make their bodies look the way they were most popular back then.

Take a look at these amazing photos to see what Victorian teenage girls looked like from between the 1840s and 1860s.

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