Victorian Era was a period filled with wars, cultural development, strict social norms, huge epidemics, and truly bizarre fashion choices that reflected all of the above. It seems that the world was so crazy to live in back then that the outfits just had to be equally quirky and unusual, otherwise it made no sense to wear them. From super tight corsets and bug dresses to arsenic dye and gigantic skirts, I present you 7 bizarre Victorian fashion trends we’re glad are gone now.
Boys and girls wore dresses
This happened only till the age of four, yet both boys and girls were dressed in lacy garments – the fuller, the better! It was a sort of way to show off family’s wealth, so it didn’t really matter whether the child was male or female. Keep it in mind that we’re talking about the era when men wore heels and used cosmetics, so that doesn’t really come as a huge surprise.
Corsets deformed women’s bodies
What corsets did to a woman’s body was truly extreme. Not only did they alter the shape of her chest and waist, causing atrophy to the muscles that didn’t get any movement, but they also rearranged the organs, which was far from healthy as you might have guessed by now. Nowadays researchers believe those corsets weren’t as deadly (a little fainting here and there, what’s the harm, right?) but I doubt any woman in her right mind would like to do this to herself in the modern world.
Insects used as decoration
Who’s up for a dress decorated with some pretty, sparkly beetle wings? No? That’s a shame because they look quite pretty and cost close to nothing – that’s exactly why beetle wings were such a huge trend at one point in time back in the Victorian Era. Beetles used to gather in large quantities, mate, and then die peacefully, leaving lots of material for ‘wing harvesters’, who later used the wings to create gorgeous patterns. A bit gruesome, but quite beautiful!