Victorian Fashion through the Seasons – Autumn

Victorian Era Fashion / Source: MET Museum

Victorian Era Fashion / Source: MET Museum

Lady Autumn makes her grand entrance down the marble stair in a shining gown of bronze taffeta. A rustling train cascades in her wake, trimmed with newly fallen leaves in hues of cranberry, pumpkin, and ginger. Crowned with a golden coronet, bedecked with garnets and amber, Lady Autumn glides onto the ball room floor, exuding relaxed elegance and a hint of sandalwood perfume.

I love the turn of the seasons almost as much as I love Victorian fashion.

Granted, my home in Texas doesn’t allow me to experience the natural grandeur of all four seasons. I basically live in a state of never-ending, sweltering summer. However, I am ever determined to embrace the essence of each season as it turns elsewhere.

When September rolls around, I decorate my home with faux golden pumpkins and fall foliage. Throughout October, I sip cranberry orange tea and savor many a pumpkin scone. And as soon as November appears on the calendar, I rummage through plastic tubs tucked away in a humid garage to retrieve little-worn, yet beloved sweaters and knit berets all the while ignoring the weather man who says the day’s high temperature is seventy-nine degrees.

Ever determined, my enthusiasm for fall fashion will not be dissuaded! Therefore, in honor of the turning season, I thought it would be fun to admire a selection of Victorian Era fashions that evoke the essence of autumn. Cozy up with a warm blanket and a hot cuppa, and let the fashion show begin!

Victorian Fashion through the Seasons – Autumn

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Day Dress dated 1867-1871. Designed by Depret (French). Finely crafted of pumpkin orange silk. / Source: MET Museum.

Day Dress dated 1867-1871. Designed by Depret (French). Finely crafted of pumpkin orange silk. / Source: MET Museum.

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