Fashion for Women 1820s by Suzi Love
Romantic Era Women’s Fashion 1820 – 1829
The 1820s was the beginning of the Romantic era and a time when women’s clothing changed from the simplistic lines and colors of the Regency era and became more structured, complex, and colorful.
Waists began to drop from Empire lines towards a more natural waistline, skirts became fuller, and sometimes belts were added. Skirts were either A-shaped or gored with wider hems. Pelisses and spencer jackets were still worn for warmth.
Features of women’s dresses were horizontal hem embellishments, wide lapels, a large range of printed fabrics, colorful gowns and accessories, and three dimensional trimmings. Gowns were ornamented with neck ruffs, slashing to show fabric underneath, and a variety of sleeve styles, including medieval, and gigot or leg-of-mutton sleeves.
Some gowns had a pad at the center of the back which gave a beautiful line to the back and a skirt which floated down from a high waist. Flounces and padding were also added to the bottom of skirts to add weight to thin and soft silk dresses and to create another sort of beautiful skirt line.
Fans were revived and well and truly entrenched during this period and added the romanticism of women’s outfits. Fanciful clothing was enhanced with parasols, shawls, frivolous hats, and pretty reticules.
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