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Historical Book Review: The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette by Florence Hartley

52This is a special book review especially for history fans or historical authors. And the best part is, this book is a freebie on Amazon!!

The full title is, The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness A Complete Hand Book for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society.
Now if that isn’t a mouth full, I’m not sure what is! Lol

I picked up this book with the intentions of getting a better understanding of the customs and social manners of the 1800s. And, boy, was it a gold mine!! Along with the do’s and don’t’s, The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette also gave me a lesson on the common, day to day things like paying and accepting house calls. You can’t get a better source on Victorian customs than a book written in 1860.
I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to study more about the time period. I had picked up another freebie but I enjoyed the flow of thought and the overall writing style better in Florence’s version. I’ll share both links at the bottom of this page and you can give both books a try if you wish.

Here’s a list of categories found in the book:
Dress (A MAJOR bonus in this book! She offers a fantastic breakdown on the type of dresses and when/why they were worn as well as what style was acceptable for each.)
How to behave in a hotel
Evening Parties as the hostess
Evening parties as the guest
Visiting as the hostess
Visiting as the guest
Morning receptions or calls as the hostess
Morning receptions or calls as the guest
Dinner company as the hostess
Dinner company as the guest
Table etiquette
Conduct in the street
Letter writing
Polite deportment and good habits
Conduct in church
Ballroom etiquette for the hostess
Ballroom etiquette for the guest
Places of amusement
On a young lady’s conduct when contemplating marriage
Bridal etiquette
Hints on health
For the complexion

I haven’t finished reading this gem yet, but I’ve seen more than enough to pass it along to my fellow historian junkies.
You’ll find a free ebook version on Amazon here:
The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness A Complete Hand Book for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society

As mentioned, there is another book similar to this one. I didn’t read very far into it before switching books. But feel free to check them both out. This one is also free on Amazon.
Martine’s Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness

And lastly, I ran across a gentleman’s book and thought to pick up a copy for myself as well as passing it along to you. I haven’t opened this one yet so it’ll be a surprise to us all. 😉
The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society

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In Progress: Book Chat on Facebook

117While I buckle down and finish writing the first draft of If Only it were Yesterday, I thought it’d be fun to gather and talk about this new novel I’m working on.
Don’t worry, Harper fans! I’m still working on Out of the Ashes. We’re editing as I type this, but I have some time on my hands to focus on what I expect to be my next release (after Ashes, of course!).

If Only it were Yesterday is the start of a special series. Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone. And each book is loosely inspired by one of my favorite Disney movies. Our first adventure is inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

In If Only it were Yesterday, Liz Cooke dreams she time travels to 1885. So the story takes place in both 2016 and 1885. On my author’s page on Facebook, we’ll be chatting this week about the new book, time travel, and the differences between the two settings in the novel.

I’ll post 1 question Mon-Fri this week (March 6th-10th). Feel free to drop by anytime and join in the discussion. You can join the chat here. I hope to see you there!!

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The Wise Words of Mark Twain

5In celebration of Mark Twain’s birthday (November 30, 1835), we’re going to take a look at some of my favorite Twain quotes. Whether you love his work or hate it you’d have to admit, the man had some wise and witty things to say. 

“Comparison is the death of joy.”

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, you should pause and reflect.”

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” *Personal note: This quote sits on my desk. 🙂

“Never try to teach a pig to sing. You waste your time and you annoy the pig.”

“Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.”

“Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

“Sucess is going from failure to failure with enthusiasm.”

“In the long run always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

“The only place where ‘success’ comes before ‘work’ is in the dictionary.”

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t.”

“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

I’d love to hear back from you. Did you find a new favorite quote?

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Welcome to 1885


From the Civil War to the present day to 1885. We’re on quite a journey together! 🙂

Those that follow my blog are already familiar with my debut Civil War series and are already anticipating my next project. If you’re new to the blog, you might have missed some of the great Civil War history that I’ve shared with my readers over the last 22 months. If history is your thing, and Civil War history in particular, then I know you would enjoy the various Civil War letters and other tidbits that I’ve posted. Feel free to indulge yourself.

The 4th Monday of every month is history week here and now we have a new era to explore! I’ll continue to bring you Civil War facts and letters but I’ll also start sharing some of the interesting points of my research as I delve into 1885. This is a new setting for me and I don’t know very much at the start so we’ll learn as we go. But here are a couple of points that I do know!


By British standards, we’re still in the Victorian Era, which is good news for me since I’ve grown rather comfortable here. 😉 But here in America, we also like to call this era the Gilded Age. You can read about how each of these eras break down in my previous post, A Quick Guide to Common Eras in Historical Fiction.

And another major note is the style of dresses. I’ll be switching from the full belled skirts to the infamous bustle. I’ve forever been smitten with the full skirts, but what about you? Which is your favorite look between these two styles?

And lastly, as I study into the social issues of this time in history, I would love to take in as much as I can by reading fiction novels that also deal the era that I’m studying. Can you recommend any non fiction or Christian fiction novels that focus on the social issues of the 1880s?


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When Fiction Meets Reality: The Battle of Chickamauga


When I sat down to begin writing/researching for the Ancient Words Series, one of the first questions I had asked was, “If a man joined the Confederacy from Bedford Co. TN, which regiment would he join?” There were two infantry regiments. I chose the 17th and drowned myself in its history. I read everything I could get my hands on. I took notes. I followed their trail like a dedicated fan…because, let’s face it, that’s what I was at this point.


While my characters were fictional, their experiences were based on reality. One of my favorite moments to research was the Battle of Chickamauga. The anniversary of this extremely bloody battle is today and tomorrow. While there are so many factors to cover, I only want to focus on the experience of the 17th. You can read about Frank Harper’s version of events in my 2nd book, In the Shadow of Thy Wings. I had the pleasure of weaving in several real details into the story.

I also had the pleasure of touring the battlefield for the first time this summer. Here are some of my favorite photos…most of them featuring the 17th! The flag pictured above is a replica of the regimental flag. This is the first time I’ve ever seen it in person. What a TREAT!!
Perryville and Murfreesboro were two significant battles for the 17th. And both are featured in Where Can I Flee.



After touring the museum inside, we set out in search of monuments featuring the 17th. This was one of my favorite family moments of the entire weekend. We had turned it into a contest to see who could find the monuments first and all of a sudden children and adults that might not have cared in the beginning was invested and enjoying themselves. It does my heart good to see people enjoying history.
*Family Fun Tip: When visiting historical sites with children or history-hating adults, create a scavenger hunt. It worked on my family and maybe it’ll work on yours. 😉



At long last, we were rewarded with two monuments. There was something so special about standing before a monument honoring the regiment that I’ve spent so much time with.




We found smaller monuments dedicated to individual regiments around this larger one. But sadly, we couldn’t find one for the 17th. We hiked all over the area, searching for it but came up empty. I’m not sure if there ever was one for the 17th or not. I’d love to check into the situation and see what can be done, but for today, Where Can I Flee and In the Shadow of Thy Wings act as monuments to a now beloved regiment.





Words can hardly explain and these pictures will hardly do it justice when describing the hilly terrain. I’m convinced any semi-flat area that we stood on was man-made. I stepped off to the side and snapped a few pictures of the area. You can only imagine the additional hardships the armies faced on account of the landscape.



And here are some cannon shots.



A trip to Chickamauga isn’t complete without visiting the impressive Wilder Brigade Monument.



Visitors can climb to the top of the tower. I’d advise you to bring a water bottle and inhaler with you, both of which, I had left outside with my parents. Lol


But thankfully, I had brought my camera. 😉





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A Quick Guide to Common Eras in Historical Fiction

If you’ve been around Historical Fiction for any amount of time, you would have picked up on keywords such as Edwardian, Regency, Antebellum, and Victorian to name a few. But what are these eras? How can you tell them apart? Is it possible to get a fairly accurate guess of the era just by the cover?
After spending years in a state of confusion, I set out to discover the difference between one era from another. And I’m ready to help you!
For my post, I decided not to focus on eras such as Biblical and Medieval. Biblical is easy to spot and, well, I don’t know anything about Medieval. Lol
I chose to focus on the eras most common in (English) Christian Historical Fiction.

So basically, what I found is that there are two different timelines: British and American. We find both commonly used in Christian Fiction.
While learning about both timelines was confusing at first, I managed to get the hang of things. I put together something simple for you to look at. You’re welcome. 😉

British Eras are determined by who is on the throne. It’s that simple.
American Eras…not so much. Our eras are based on wars and other political events.


Now that’s the quick of it. Are you ready to dig a little deeper? Buckle up! Here we go!!!

Colonial, American Revolution, and Post-Colonialism:
Colonial technically only applies to that time in our nation’s history BEFORE the Revolutionary War. This is a time where the COLONIES was the main focus. There are a variety of Indian Wars that fall into this category.
Revolutionary War is the period of time when America was at war with England. That’s it. That’s all. In American eras, the wars always stand out as an era of their own.
Post-Colonialism refers to the years following the Revolutionary War up until the War of 1812. I’ve also found other names for this time period such as New Nation.

Here are two examples of dresses that we might find on the cover during either of these eras (Late Post-Colonialism styles will be shifting and not follow this style).
The most iconic things I’ve noticed during this era is the elbow or 3/4 sleeves on the dresses. I did see some examples where a full sleeve was worn but the 3/4 sleeve was very popular.


Regency and War of 1812:
Regency is probably one of the most well-known British eras and yet few people know what it actually stands for or how restricted the technical period is. Regency refers to the 9 years when George III was seriously ill and his son, George Prince Regent was in charge.
Regency is an interesting era in that it has adopted many works simply because it feels like it belongs rather than it was written, or set, during the restricted time period. The Regency era has such a style to it that it’s iconic all of its own and gathers other works under its heading.
War of 1812 is one of the lesser known wars in American history. The war takes place during the Regency era which is probably why it’s often overshadowed.
As for style, both of these eras are easy to spot by their high waisted gowns and thin skirts.


The Georgian period overlaps the Regency style and the style of 1830s. Those who write in this era WANT you to learn about this special time in history. For the rest of us, we’ve been known for mistaking it as either Regency or Victorian pending on the style. The early years of the Georgian period still have the look and feel of the Regency while the later part begins to look more Victorian.
Here are some examples from the 1830s. The skirts are beginning to swell back out, but most notably are the sleeves. WOW. Just wow.
*Notice the sleeves have dropped off the shoulder. This is a style that would carry on for decades to come.


Victorian, Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction:
The Victorian period is a very broad era and covers a great deal of change. This era refers to the years that Queen Victoria was on the throne. The Antebellum period begins before the Victorian but it’s common to see it listed under Victorian. Victorian is a great search term when studying life during the 1800s.
Antebellum is an American era following the War of 1812 and leads up to the Civil War. We normally think Southern Plantation when we hear the word Antebellum.
Civil War is strictly the years of the American Civil War.
The Reconstruction period is a time in our nation’s history following the Civil War where the south is being rebuilt and Freedmen are finding their footing. This is a very rocky time in our history, and books set during this era are normally full of strife.
The most iconic thing about fashion during the bulk of these eras are the belled skirts. The style of the skirt first begins to swell in the 1830s and reaches it fullest during the Civil War before shifting toward the back with the style of the bustle.


The Gilded Era was a time of mass immigration and industry in America. While not all novels are set in the north, it is a focal point of the era.
As for style, the belled skirt of the Civil War has changed into a slimmer skirt with a bustle on the back. This style takes on so many forms over the years but here are two examples of what to look for.


Progressive, Edwardian, and WWI:
Progressive is what it sounds, an era known for its progress and covers 30 years of American history. 🙂
Edwardian ushers in a new ruler in England.
WWI takes place between 1914-1918
Now for the style, there are several changes taking place. We’ll look at them one decade at a time.
1890 and the bustle is almost completely gone. Some women still wore them but they were fading out. Sleeves become the new focus. One year they are comically large and the next, they are slim and trim.


1900 and we’ll find that sleeves are being controlled once more and the skirts have remained slim.


WWI or 1910 and the skirts are shorter than ever before. You’ll notice a pre-flapper quality to these dresses in the samples below.


Prohibition and the Great Depression:
The Prohibition is a time in American history when alcohol was outlawed. You’ll also find terms such as The Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age.
The Great Depression is the era during the 1930s when the American economy had hit rock bottom.
As for style, the flapper dresses are well known and easy to spot and they represent the 1920s.


The 1930s finds women wearing short dresses on a regular basis. Unless the novel features a starlight, you’ll likely be looking at a homemade-styled dress in a pretty printed fabric like in the examples below.


WWII covers the years of the second world war between 1939-1945.
The styles are beautifully feminine. It’s common to find the hair fashionably curled and the skirts knee length.


I hope that helps!! But why don’t we try putting this knowledge to the test? 🙂 Based on the covers below, can you tell which eras each of these novels are set in?




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The Wise Words of Lincoln

253In honor of the 151st anniversary of Lincoln’s death earlier this month, I’ve pulled together a list of wise and witty sayings from our former president. Which is your favorite?

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”

“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”

If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

“No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”


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Christmas During the Civil War: On the Homefront

2047_1229winter20130134The following excerpt was taken from: L. Virginia French’s War Journal 1862-1865
Lucy Virginia Smith French was living in McMinnville, Tennessee during the war. Her journal tells the perspective of the Southern Homefront.  

Christmas 1862

“…On Tuesday evening Brooks Trezevant came to spend Christmas with us. He brought me as a Christmas gift 25 lbs of nice sugar, than which nothing could be more acceptable. On Wednesday having “made a rise” of a few dozen eggs (butter I could not get,) some turkies etc. I set to work cooking “Christmas goodies,” and succeeded “beyond my most sanguine expectations.” We had to be “Santa Clause” ourselves this season for cakes, apples and a little candy, and some picture books were all that could be procured for the children. We had to tell them Santa Clause couldn’t get thro’ the pickets, Jessie wanted to know why “the old fellows couldn’t go to his Quartermaster and get him a pass?” They seemed to enjoy their Christmas quite as well as usual however, notwithstanding that Santa Clause was blockaded. Indeed I often feel rebuked by the way the children take what is set before them never complaining or repining that it is not better, or that they must now do without this, that, and the other to which they have been accustomed…”

I loved hearing their explanation about Santa in her own words. I had found the “Santa and the blockade” fact during my research some time ago, so it was a treat to see it in an actual journal. I had incorporated this bit of information in the short story, The Hands and Feet of Christmas. You can read it here. You can also see my take on an 1860’s Christmas tree in last month’s post here.  

I also feel rebuked at the children’s ability to accept whatever is given to them without complaint. This is an area that I desperately need to grow in. 

Now, she goes on in her journal to talk about the gifts they exchanged that year and the activities. Keep reading to learn more about her experience…

“Mollie gave me a beautiful silver waiter for a Christmas gift, I got her a handsome pair of pins and cousin John a set of shirt buttons – gold and enamel. Mollie’s pins were gold and turquoise, I got Bouse 2 sets linen collar and sleeves – Ting and Bee white dresses – the Col. some new socks, and Brooks 6 pair of the same. (*Notice here that Brooks receives 6 pairs of socks. It pays to give a little sugar. 😉 ) To each of the servants I gave something, and so did Mollie…
On Christmas Eve we were “stormed” by some of the young folks, the members of the “dancing club” and they danced until about 2 o’clock. The children were delighted with the exhibition and sat in the dancing room, watching with all their eyes, until those sweet eyes closed of their own accord and they nearly dropped asleep in their little chairs. The Col. was showing the children to Capt. Butler, and had Jessie to play and sing for him. I was in the back room at the time. Soon the house became so still that I noticed it and went out to see what was the matter. I found all hands had quit dancing and adjourned to the other room to hear Jessie play. She acquitted herself very well indeed and was greatly complimented by her audience. I danced twice during the evening, once with the Col. and once with Capt. Butler. Sallie Rowan and Bettie Reed seemed to be the belles of the evening. We all noticed that Capt. Butler paid great attention to Sallie, and I could not help thinking what a beautiful couple they would make. Capt. B. I think very handsome, graceful, easy, and gentlemanly more so indeed than any man I have seen for years. He is really an elegant gentleman, and Sallie is a very lovely girl. I thought as I looked upon them both that night that I never had seen two persons whom I could more wish Walter and  Jessie to resemble, when they are grown, and this is the highest compliment I could pay either…”


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An Inside Out Look at Ladies’ Fashion in the 1860s

Before I share what I know, let’s play a quick game. I’m going to share some pictures of a lady’s undergarments during the 1860s. Let’s see if you can put them on in the right order. Just jot down your answers, then I’ll explain things further down the page. Have fun, but nooo peaking! 😉

A. Crinoline    B. Drawers   C. Corset

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D. Chemise    E. Corset Cover  F. Petticoat


Have you had time to make your guess? Are you ready for the answer? 🙂 Keep scrolling…


3031First, we’d put on B. Drawers and D. Chemise. Clearly these pieces could have been slipped on in either order, but if we wanted to split hairs over it, the drawers go underneath the chemise and could be considered the bottom layer. Also note, a lady would have worn stockings which are not pictured.


Next, we have C. Corset

Since this piece was so similar to a bra, I thought it should go first, but it doesn’t. The idea during this time was to have as little contact with the clothing as possible. With the Chemise and drawers in place, the rest of the clothing wouldn’t touch your body aside from your arms. This kept your clothing cleaner longer since your body oils never touched the large elaborate dress.

33Then E. Corset Cover

The corset cover went on over top if one was being used. They didn’t always use a corset cover, but the purpose was to smooth out the strict lines that the boned corset gave.

34Next is A. Crinoline

Crinoline was the next layer to be piled on this delicate woman. The crinoline, while looking awkward, allowed the women to reach the desired shape with fewer layers. After the war, when the bustle came into fashion the crinoline changed its shape, but we’ll look at this in a moment.


Then F. Petticoat

We’re almost done now!! The petticoat went on over the hoops to disguise the harsh lines the hoops made. Before the hoops were invented, women wore multiple layers of petticoats to fluff out the shape of her dress. You can often tell an earlier century dress from a Civil War era dress because they weren’t as full. The “cage” made all the difference. And finally a lovely dress to drape over all of that.


So how did you do on that little quiz? Don’t be ashamed if you couldn’t dress your inner 1860’s self. 😉 I wouldn’t have been able to get them in order either if it wasn’t for purposeful research and a cheat sheet.

Our model to the side is a great example, but can you spot the 2 missing pieces?

This model isn’t wearing a Petticoat or Corset Cover.

Let’s look at anther example…

40The lady in front is wearing her petticoat while the lady in back is not. Notice how you can see the ribs of the crinoline on the lady in the back? Also, now that we know the chemise went on before the corset, we take notice of the shirt like piece that is layered underneath the corset. I’ve noticed the corset and white shirt look before in a more modern…risque…look, but I never knew it was so historically accurate. 😉 Also, notice that neither of these models are wearing corset covers. I want to show you 2 more fun examples…

37 After our talk last week about the changing styles, I wanted to show you a crinoline later in the century. Remember how we looked at the change from the bell shape to the flat front and extended bottom look. Based on the shape of the crinoline, I would guess that this one was worn in the late 1860s or 70s. Also in this crinoline, we see that it already has a cover. This helps the petticoat out and became an option sometime after the invention of the hoops. Sorry, I don’t remember the year. But look at this one…

21939Who would have thought this hid under those lovely gowns we drool over? I bet you’ll never look at them the same again!

I hope you had fun with me and learned something new. And if you missed the discussion last week on ladies’ fashions, you can check it out here.  Please comment below and tell me which of these garments you were most surprised to learn about. I’d love to hear from you!

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Ladies’ Fashion in the 1800s


 We’re going to take a quick little tour through a lady’s changing wardrobe through the 1800s. This is not meant to be an extensive study, but I hope you’ll enjoy this bite-sized take on history. 🙂

1840s: This dress is an example of something that was in fashion around 1840. Women at this time wore multiple layers of petticoats in order to create the bell shape that was becoming popular.

291855-1865: In the late 1850s and early 1860s, dresses reached their largest shape. This was only created by the use of hoops or crinoline. Ladies dropped the layers of petticoats in exchange for a skirt with built in hoops. As awkward as this contraption sounds, it was a blessing since it allowed the women to shed several extra pounds.

In fact, the purpose of the wide bell shape was to make the waist appear smaller by comparison. Women during this time believed the best way to create a tiny waist was to widen both the top and bottom portions of their bodies. They wore pads (think of shoulder pads from the 1980s) on the sides of their chest to make their chests wider. Again, the idea was to make the waist look smaller by comparison. These pads were NOT worn in the front to fill them out in the top but on the sides.

28The picture above of the green-plaid dress with long wide sleeves is an example of a day dress. The picture to the right is an example of a ball gown. You can easily tell the difference by the length of the sleeves. A day dress has long sleeves and a high neckline for propriety and possibly even sun coverage. While propriety wasn’t near as strict in their idea of evening wear. A ball gown is recognized by the low neckline and short sleeves.

251865-1874: By the end of the 1860s, the now iconic bell shape was beginning to change. This dress is an example of something worn in 1869. Notice the front of the skirt is flatter while the back of the skirt is larger. This trend would continue to alter.

215Fashionable women would say goodbye to the perfectly round bell shape until 100 years later when the shape reappeared in the 1950s.


1875: It’s often been said that women are quick to change their minds, and our lesson in fashion certainly proves it to be true. This lovely dress is an example of fashion in 1875. The front is now completely flat and the bustle is all the rage. But this too will change in just a few short years.

2181880s: Here’s an example of a dress from 1885. Notice that the bustle is now beginning to slide off the dress. The bustle has an interesting history. Originally, it was added to keep help the dress keep its shape under the heavy material. In its early days, it helped the lady keep the image of a tiny waist intact, but as the years went on, it became more of a fashion statement. The bustle even disappeared between 1878 and 1882 but returned with greater popularity than before. Before the bustle faded into fashion history again, it would reach new heights. During its existence, the bustle took on various shapes and sizes. Here are some examples:

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1890s: The bustle stuck around for some ladies into the 1890s, but most of them were ready to send them away for good. Here’s an example of a dress from 1890. After the fling with the bustle, it seems that fashion is taking a simpler approach…but don’t be so easily fooled. Over exaggerated sleeves would rule this decade. Here are some examples: Notice how tiny her waist looks when set against those huge sleeves!

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2161905: Eventually, both the sleeves and backside would return to normal and take on a simpler look in the early 1900s.

I hope you enjoyed this quick little stroll through the history of ladies’ fashion. Join me next week as we take a different look at women’s clothing.

There are so many wonderful fashions through out history. Which decade are your most drawn to from the 1800s?
Which would I choose? I’d be honored to strut around wearing either of these styles(Yep, sleeves, bustle and all, I’m afraid!), but I’ve always been smitten with the large bell shapes of the Civil War era. In fact, it’s what first drew me into this particular time in history.