Late 19th & Early 20th Century Ladies' Dress Glossary

The parts of a lady's outfit in putting-on order

Kinds of Dresses

From the early-to-mid 19th century until about the 1960s, there existed a host of dress styles dedicated to different occasions. One had to take great care to be "dressed for the occasion". Names changed, definitions of occasions shifted and merged over time - this is a rough overview of generic traits from the 1850s to the 1920s.

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