My favourite era of history, is most definitely the Victorian era; with the realist movement of the arts; a time when art represented subject matters truthfully and with such artistic power.
I studied English literature at university and the 19th century was the most fascinating of all periods for me. Art was a way in which people voiced their opinions in a really restrictive and tough world; and I think that is why I feel novels and paintings from this era to be so emotive and captivating to observe in the modern day. I find Victorian women to be a subject I could listen and learn about forever; and what's more is I find the fashion of this time; especially of those in the upper classes to be admirable. Not to say that I fancy squeezing myself into corsetry and copious layers of petticoats, but the regality and extravagance of pieces worn by women of the 19th century was really remarkable, and I have found that more and more of the pieces that are catching my eye today, have that Victoriana touch to them.
It was my birthday a few weeks ago and I was really taken back by the pieces everyone got for me, and felt so touched by how well everyone knows what I like; they all did an amazing job at getting me presents. To my surprise I ended up getting some new blouses with this Victoriana touch to them, which I love. Detailed blouses with long sleeves, high neck and ruffles were iconic to the period and I have so many of this style in my wardrobe. The blouse I have on in todays post was from my sister and it is the perfect versatile blouse. The high neck and frilly cuffs make it an amazing piece for layering under knitwear for winter as it adds that feminine, Victoriana touch to casual outfits. I also love layering it under dresses and jumpsuits, or wearing it alone with cigarette trousers or jeans. It's quite a sheer white fabric with floral embroidered placement all over in a jacquard weave, such a lovely piece I am wearing over and over again.
The Victorian era is super influential to fashion today, and especially for the winter season where luxe fabrics come more into play. Silk, satin, lace and velvet all in rich colours were key to the era and perfect for the party season approaching. Extravagant jewellery, also iconic in the 19th century is a big thing for winter with oversized, gem-encrusted pieces being a go-to for making a statement this season.
I have teamed my Victoriana blouse with my snuggly & Other Stories jumper, Mango black tailored shorts, some tights from Primark, my lovely Radley London liverpool bag, my new special Chloe boots and a baker boy hat from Topshop.
This is a really casual outfit, but the blouse just lifts it a bit and keeps it looking feminine. Sometimes it gets a bit boring wearing jeans every day in winter so sometimes I like to put on some tailored shorts and tights, or some cigarette trousers to change things up a bit!
Something else I am excited about in this post is my new watch from Obaku. This is a Danish brand that kindly sent me two watches, which I was really happy to receive. This one has a real modern and sleek design to it. I love the dark but warm hues, perfect for winter evening wear as it has this sort of moody-luxe feel to it. It has a bit of a masculine/feminine dichotomy going on; the design detail is really lovely for the season. This watch retails at £99 and I have linked it for anyone interested.