1820 to 1830

As the Romantic era arrived, clothing became more complex and increasingly structured. The previous design simplicity was replaced with decorative excess. Horizontal hem treatments added focus to skirts. Wide lapels created shoulder emphasis and the sleeves and shoulders were further emphasized with extended wings.

Surface ornamentation, color and print positively abounded. Three-dimensional effects in trimmings were achieved with padding. The waistline dropped much closer to its natural spot and was often accentuated by a wide belt. Pelisses and Spencer jackets continued to be worn for warmth.

Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild

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 1820 - 1825 blue silk gown with Rouleau trim - Courtesy of antiquedress .com
1820 - 1825 blue silk gown with Rouleau trim
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1825 cotton Pelisse - Courtesy of vintagetextile.com
1825 cotton Pelisse
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