Category: Fashion Style Transitions

Winter Coats 1880-1930: Bundling Up with a Bustle, Feathers, Fur, and Rising Hemlines

Winter Coats 1880-1930: Bundling Up with a Bustle, Feathers, Fur, and Rising Hemlines

Cold is sweeping the Northeast United States where this blogger is located, and it calls to mind past garments for bundling up. This post will compare coats from 1880-1930 and examine the way styles changed throughout these years.

As outerwear progressed, the decoration became progressively simpler and the construction more streamlined. The coats usually reflected the gown or dress styles of the period, for instance, in the 1880s accommodating for the bustle skirt gown, or paralleling the rising dress hemlines of the 1920s.


1880-1890

The 1880s was a period in which the bustle skirt made a comeback. This meant a large hump at the back of the skirt that needed to be accounted for when wearing a coat. Notice these coats that are hemmed very high in the back. This was done to accommodate for a bustle derriere!

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