What Did People Wear in the 1850's?

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In the 1850s people wore frames of whalebone or steel wire called crinolines under their skirts. In the late 1860s Victorian women began to wear a kind of half crinoline. The front of the skirt was flat but it bulged outwards at the back. This was called a bustle and it disappeared in the 1890s.From the 1840s onwards it was fashionable for women to have very small waists so they wore corsets. Women started wearing underwear for the first time. They were called drawers. Originally women wore a pair of drawers which were actually two garments, one for each leg, tied together at the top. In the late 19th century women's drawers were called knickerbockers. The Victorians usually wore hats. Wealthy men wore top hats. Middle class men wore bowler hats and working men wore cloth caps.
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In the 1850s, skirts were made fuller by means of flounces (deep ruffles), usually in tiers of three, gathered tightly at the top and stiffened with horsehair braid at the bottom. Evening dresses were very low-necked, falling off the shoulders, and had short sleeves.
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