Well, I finally did it--I got to The End in my 1861-set manuscript. Yay! It took longer than I thought it would--and ended up longer than it should have in word count, LOL, but it's finished. Not counting edits, revisions, cuts, chops, rewrites, what have you. ;-)
So before I dive back into the 18th century, I wanted to linger a bit on the truly awesome styling of the mid to late 19th century. Because seriously, I love a good hoop skirt. Don't you? I've put together a board on Pinterest for my favorite finds, many of which were repinned from the board of my friend Rachel Wilder, who's an expert on 19th century fashion. She has, in fact, a blog geared toward answering reader/writer questions on fashion, which I highly recommend you check out.
Now for some fun. =) Let's start with one of the most important articles of Victorian clothing--the corset. Though they get a bad rap in modern times because of how they were used to reform the figure, but the boning and stays provided the structure needed to pull off these gowns--you can't have a period dress without one. (Though we certainly don't have to reduce our waists to 17 inches with them!)
Then, of course, we need a hoop. This one has more, think levels of hoops than many I've seen pictures of but is apparently not uncommon.
And now to pick what to wear. How about a day dress? I'm in love with the asymmetrical flounce on this one from 1867!
Hope everyone enjoyed the brief tour through 1860s fashion!