Style of Dress/Etiquette of Women

By: Tai-Von McNeil

Female Etiquette

Etiquette was just as important as education in the Victorian era. The etiquette of a female is related to their wealth and also their social status. The ladies would stand up when a person entered and do a formal greeting made by bending the knees with one foot in front of the other called the curtsy. Ladies hid their feelings, it was natural to assume best in a person or a situation. A female is never seen opening a door, or carrying if a man is present. No female came down to breakfast in their pajamas grooming was important in the Victorian era. Ladies were instructed to have poise, and a elegant and gentle gentle gesture. People saw posture and gracefulness as piece of the beauty in women. The entitlement of a man a woman would marry would be based off of women's etiquette. If a women's etiquette was not up to par they may marry a man who's not highly ranked in class or they might not marry at all.

Female Manners

Manners were thought highly important of in the Victorian era. Victorians call their self perfectionist and not because of wealth but because of there manners. The families that were wealthy greatly emphasized manners like it education. Females have to learn to speak in a soft tone voice and they can't speak or act in anger. Females should never brag or make a display of their wealth. When walking on the sidewalk ladies should pass to the right as well gentlemen. A female should never enter a room without knocking and should only come in once they receive invitation.

Style of Dress

In the Victorian era, Queen Victoria ruled England from 1837-1901 before this men were on top of fashion but the life for a woman changed when she became queen. Many trends came and went through her reign. In the years of her reign petticoat skirts with a round shaped hoop were invented and later reinvented.Skirts were made of big widths of fabric. They were made of animal hair or stiffened. The hoop skirt loss popularity and its replacement was a dress called the bustle. The dress shape was full in the front and a lot of fabric to the back of it. The bustle lost its popularity but came back and the skirts were still slim in the front and waist but the back curved out over a framework. In 1890's the bustle lost popularity for good and the skirts became in the front slim and in the back very full, with arm sleeves that tended to get longer over time. The "pigeon breast" was the last dress in the Victorian era, at the hem the skirts were tightened which made a dip happen in the waist in front they called the "S" curve.


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