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Victorian Clothing of the 1800

19th Century British Women Writers project

Kira Archambault

on 13 April 2015

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~1800 Victorian Clothing~
Presented by Kira Archambault

Women's Clothing~ the Working Class
Men's Clothing~the Working Class
The men were seen donning flat caps, and grey to dark colored clothes.

They wore black coats; often the material was very thin. Cold winter days were brutal to work in the factories.

Men with enough money could afford to wear ties and undergarments to wear under their coats.

Children's Clothing~The Working Class
If you think clothing styles today are crazy, think again!

The type of clothing someone wore, decifered whether they were of the working class or of the gentry

Those who were wealthy could afford more exquisite designs, patterns, and materials for their clothes to be made of.

Those who were unforntunate could barely feed their family, let alone worry about what they wore on their bodies.

In this presentation, you are going to learn about the clothing styles during 1800's.

Many of the women's clothing, were plain and simple.

Though this wardrobe was seen as average of the time, it was much more practical and comfortable to wear.

Women with jobs in factories, had to sustain poor, dirty conditions. The air was very toxic to breathe in.
Many women worked in textile mills.
They had to learn how to operate and use the machinery.

In the picture (left), the woman's job is to
attach the yarn to the loom.
"Comfortable, yet
"Fashion wasn’t just about sporting the latest styles, but an attitude toward how one perceived oneself and wished others to appraise them..."
Many young boys of the working class had very little to afford much clothes at all. Some had to go to work barefoot.

Overalls or high waisted pants with suspenders were very common.

They wore black clothing to hide dirt spots and it was easier to clean.

*Some children
in orphanages
were "bought"
by master sweeps.

*They worked inside
of 8 inch wide
chimney holes.
A large majority of clothing was made by hand by the women in the household.
Sewing was considered to be a very important female occupation.

Wealthy women (who were not lazy) often sewed and mended their own simple garments, and even baby clothes.

The sewing machine was not invented until 1846.
They were not commonly used until the late 1800's.

Random Fact:
Women wear white wedding dresses as a sign of purity, this came into affect after Queen Victoria wore a white wedding gown. This was a shock to most people because white was not normally worn at a wedding ritual.
Other Things to Know
Fashion Materials in 1800's
All fabrics were natural.
There was no polyester, spandex, elastic or vinyl.
The most commonly used fabrics were cotton, linen, wool.
Silk was available, but very expensive.
There were no zippers, snaps, safety pins or Velcro.
Buttons on clothing were mostly for decoration.
Hooks, straight pins and laces were the most common fastenings-which were used to close or secure.
I do say,
your hat

Pain is beauty...
Thank you for watching, and have a nice day!!! :D
Clothing said a lot about a particular person.

Those who wore fuller, and "eye-catching"
clothes were considered to have higher
Clothing was taken very seriously during
the time period.
Did you know....
Men wore a type of tight pants called breeches to show off the shape of their legs. Some would even pad their calves to get them to look better, more "shapely."

Women did not start to wear underwear until the 1820's. The first kind of women's briefs were open drawers.
This meant that there was a large slit in the front and back, no need to take them off when using the bathroom.

It was considered inappropriate for women to show their legs. They refused to refer to them as legs. Instead they
were called limbs.

Socks were the only piece of clothing that were outrageously bright with color; they were kept out of sight though.

the first woman to climb the Matterhorn mountain was known to be wearing a hoopskirt.

In England, 4,000 women were killed because their wide hoopskirts caught on fire while,
trying to cook by a stove

Some fancy corsets contained whale cartilage (parts from the jaw.)
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