Seaside Fashions of the 19th Century

As warm weather approaches, my thoughts turn to the seashore and our week at our timeshare on the beach. So this wonderful article caught my eye. The beach has apparently always been a place to see and be seen, especially in such beautiful couture.

Mimi Matthews

“The close of the London and Parisian Season has now arrived, and the Fashionable World has sought the invigorating breezes of the Seaside…”
The Ladies’ Monthly Magazine, 1869.

(Individual Images via LACMA, V&A, and the Museum at FIT) (Individual Images via LACMA, V&A, and the Museum at FIT)

During the 19th century, there was no such thing as a holiday from fashion.  Seaside resorts in England—whether in Brighton, Bournemouth, or Burnham-on-Sea—were as much a place to flaunt one’s style as London itself during the season.  An 1869 issue of the Ladies’ Monthly Magazine even goes so far as to declare:

“…splendid as they have been in the season just ended, dresses to be worn at the Seaside, and at the mansions of our Aristocracy, often surpass those that have been worn in London or Paris, during the height of the Season.”

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4 Responses to Seaside Fashions of the 19th Century

  1. Wonderful fashions. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Neat! Being fashionable never goes out of style, though I can safely say, I like the Victorian couture somewhat better than modern high fashion. Not that I’d like to wear a corset…

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I love the clothing of the 19th century. They changed throughout the decades. A costumer I know once said the fashions of the 19th century mirrored a woman’s life, going from little girl in the Regency, to matronly in the mid-Victorian years, to the curvy, seductive woman at the end of the century. I think he may have been right!

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