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Elegant Photos Show Women’s Fashion Styles in the 1890s_ha

By 1890, the crinoline and bustle was fully abandoned, and skirts flared away naturally from the wearer’s tiny waist. It evolved into a bell shape, and were made to fit tighter around the hip area. Necklines were high, while sleeves of bodices initially peaked at the shoulders, but increased in size during 1894.

Fashion styles for women in the 1890s

Although the large sleeves required cushions to secure them in place, it narrowed down towards the end of the decade. Women thus adopted the style of the tailored jacket, which improved their posture and confidence, while reflecting the standards of early female liberation.

The 1890s brought the beginnings of a change in how fashion was presented as well. Take a look at these elegant photos to see fashion styles for women in the 1890s.

Rich and varied hats, Stanwood, Washington


Young woman with herself


Dancer in folk costume, Max Platz studio, Chicago


Elegant woman, Harper, Kansas


Fashionable French lady, Studio Americaine, Lyon


Friends, Mendota, Illinois studio


Lady in black, San Francisco, California


Lady in white, San Francisco, California


Lady with hair ornament. Identified on reverse as Edith May Smock, Fairfield, Iowa


Norwegian girl, Trondhjem, Norway studio


On the reverse “Annie Johnson”, G.H. Young studio, Chicago


On the reverse “Mae Pearson”, Mercer, Pennsylvania


Sisters, Nebraska City, Nebraska studio


Studio portrait of young woman, Chicago, Illinois


Swedish woman, Nosund, Sweden studio


Swedish woman, Uddevalla, Sweden studio


Woman in black, Omaha, Nebraska studio


Woman in fancy dress, Singhi Studio, Binghamton, New York


Woman in winter attire, Sunbeam Gallery, Peoria, Illinois


Woman with glasses, Providence, Rhode Island studio


Woman with straw hat, Winterset, Iowa studio


Young woman in springtime, Sunbeam Gallery, Peoria, Illinois

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