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This style is incredibly feminine; floral and lace fabrics are charmingly delicate in appearance and the strategically placed fullness exaggerates and enhances the female figure. However, some Victorian-inspired looks are right on the fence between fashion and costume and some people might find the style a bit too rigid or fussy. This look is certainly not for everyone when it’s in full force, but there are ways to take part in the trend without looking overdone and adopting just one or two aspects of the style at a time is a great start.
Wearing some lace is great way to take advantage of the Victorian trend without going all-out historical. For a more modern look, choose pieces that have a fresh design but feature a classic-looking lace. The Lilika Duchess Sweetheart Dress is a fabulous example! It features beautiful black lace over cream fabric that creates a very sophisticated look. Its elegance is complemented with a body-skimming silhouette that shows off your shape and definitely fits with the fashion of now. For more playful look, try something like the Sassed Crop Top or the Amelia Blush Sheath Dress. These pieces are such fun designs made in modern lace and the soft blush colour and the floral shapes give it a very feminine feel that fits wonderfully with the Victorian trend.
This print comes in so many different colours and shapes that it can fit into any wardrobe! It’s also a super easy and really chic way to take part in the Victorian theme. Like with lace, florals don’t have to make your whole look seem prim and proper—it can be fun and modern too! Use the same method for floral as with lace and wear clothes that are current in design but feature a more traditional print. Our Divine Peplum Top’s black-and-white floral print is very sophisticated and looks fantastic with the trendy peplum cut! In addition to the flowery print, the flare of the peplum fits with the trend as it’s a kind of strategically placed fullness that flatters the female form.
You could also go for a more colourful floral like the one used for our Sweetness Pink Pastels Dress. This print is full of colour and the dress has a very stylish cut that shows off your legs! The dreamy nature of the print makes it a very fashion-forward take on the traditional floral. Whether you prefer a floral design like this one or a more classic option, flowery prints are great for capturing the femininity of the Victorian trend.
Historical dresses often feature fuller skirt silhouettes but a less dramatic option is better for today’s style. A skirt like Lilika’s Madam Embossed Skirt is just right; its silhouette has a bit of fullness that hangs away from the body and its pleat details really enhance the shape. It’s elegant and refined but still so current and light! It also features a delicate embossed print that has a very Victorian vibe. This skirt falls to about knee-length, but a midi-length skirt that ends mid-calf would look fabulous too! A floor-length skirt with a full shape is too much for most people on a day-to-day basis, but a little bit of volume looks great and is delightfully comfortable.
In the Victorian era, the popular silhouette for women included a tiny, corseted waist. While most people don’t want to go about their day in a corset, accentuating the waist and creating an hourglass shape is still doable! Pick out a dress with a relaxed fit and wear a wide belt with it at your natural waist. This does two things: first, the belt will nip in the waist and secondly create a little of that strategic fullness (due to the dress’ shape) above and below it for a very feminine shape. A piece like the Tiffany Shift Dress (a one-of-a-kind dress!) is perfect for this. Their fit is lax enough to get a little bit of fullness around the belt, but not so loose that the fullness becomes puffy. If you have too much poof, it won’t be a flattering look! The Tiffany Shift also has beautiful embroidery throughout that fits so well with the Victorian trend on its own.
To add an extra Victorian touch, try out some accessories inspired by the era. Instead of a high collar, try a lacy choker with a top that has a scoop neckline, like the Dainty White Top. It will give a similar effect since it covers the neck, but looks much more modern and so chic. A beaded necklace with ribbon ties or a cameo pendant on a simple chain would also be great for this trend!