Dress Like A Victorian!

Lots of people have told us that they are going to come to our events dressed in Victorian costumes.  That’s brilliant!   Here are some tips for getting that wonderful Victorian look:

Victorian Girl

  • Long dark skirt
  • White blouse
  • Mop cap or straw hat       Photograph of The Upcher Family
  • Pinafore
  • Shawl
  • Apron
  • Dark socks and shoes

Victorian Boy

  • White shirt
  • Dark trousers
  • Waistcoat
  • Plain jumper
  • Flat cap
  • Dark shoes
  • Scarf

Victorian Lady

  • Long sleeved blouse with high neckline
  • Ankle length skirt
  • Corset
  • Straw hat or bonnet
  • Cape
  • Gloves
  • Simple ‘up’ hair style e.g. a bun
  • Simple jewellery e.g. brooch, earrings            Photograph of the exterior of Fred Lincoln's shop, and shop workers, in the Victorian Era

Victorian Gentleman

  • White shirt
  • Jacket
  • Dark trousers
  • Cravat or bow tie
  • Top hat
  • Dark shoes
  • Simple cufflinks

If you live in North Norfolk, you could also hire a Victorian costume from Sheringham Community Wardrobe, which has lots of Victorian costumes to choose from.

If you would like to find out more about Victorian dress, you might like to visit these sites:

V&A Victorian Fashion - Guide to Victorian Fashion, including costumes in the V&A Collection

The Victorian Era Fashion History - Information about all aspects of Victorian fashion

Tudors and Victorians: Dressing Up - BBC online game which challenges visitors to dress a Victorian lady and gentleman

Picture Norfolk - Search Picture Norfolk for images of people and places in Victorian Norfolk

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