1890s in Fashion

1890s in Fashion: General Trends

The 1890s in Fashion, in western countries witnessedthe use of long neat lines, tall collars indresses and the decade also saw the increase in popularity of sports wear.Women’s clothing in this decade discarded some of the excessiveness such as earlierdecades but corseting remained unchanged even increased in severity to some extent.In case of men’s fashion in the 1890s, the overall outline was long, lean, andathletic.

1890s in Fashion: Men’s Clothing

The sack coat fast replaced the frockcoat during casual and semi formal occasions. The three-piece ditto suitsconsisting of a sack coat were worn with matching or contrasting waistcoat andtrousers.

For occasions related to sports,sailing and other informal activities, men wore the blazer, a navy blue orbright-color or striped flannel coat cut like a sack coat. The blazer had patchpockets and brass buttons.

Similar to 1880s, the Norfolk jacket madeof sturdy tweed or similar fabric, still continued to be stylish for shootingand other outdoor activities.

Men during 1890s too, wore the cutawaymorning coats. A dark tail coat and trousers with a dark or light waistcoat stillconsidered as an ideal evening wear. The style of evening wear was furtheraccentuated by a white bow tie and a shirt with a winged collar.

The not-so-formal dinner jacket or tuxedowith a shawl collar had a single button during this decade.  A white shirt and a dark tie were the accompanimentsof the dinner jacket.

In winter, men wore knee-lengthtopcoats, usually with velvet or fur collars of different colors and calf-lengthovercoats.

1890s in Fashion: Women’s Clothing

During themid of this decade, leg o'mutton sleeves were introduced for women and theirsize grew each year until they went out of fashion in about 1906. During thesame period, skirts appeared in A-line shape that had almost a bell-like look.  It was the late 1890s when the decade wentback to the tight-fitting sleeves normally with small puffs or ruffles puttinga ceiling on the shoulder but fitted to the wrist. Skirts in this decadeappeared in a trumpet shape. The skirt was tight over the hip and flaring abovethe knee. In the 1890s, corsets helped in defining the hourglass figure as celebratedby artist Charles Dana Gibson. By the end of the decade the corset waselongated that gave women an insignificant S-curve outline.

Withchanging attitudes, in this decade, sportswear such as bicycling dress andtennis dress were made available for women.

1890s in Fashion: Hairstyles

Men usually wore their hair short, often with a pointed beard andmoustache.

Well-to-do women of leisure maintainedtheir childhood tresses with a lot of care and working women had rumpled hair.

Women, who were in lovewith fun, wore big hats with larger feathers and that often meant to mark theirpresence from a long distance.

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